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Picturesque Black And White Cottage



Updated: 20-Oct-2016
Cottage in Bircher, Nr. Leominster, Herefordshire, England - Ideal Walking And Cycling Base

This is a timber framed cottage, with bathroom extension. The cottage is situated down a quiet country lane in the hamlet of Bircher. The nearby villages of Yarpole and Orleton are within walking distance and both have thriving village shops (Yarpole community shop is in the church), churches and traditional pubs. There are a wealth of footpaths in the area as well as long distance footpaths. The Mortimer Trail and Offa's Dyke path are both within reach. The area is one of rolling hills and agricultural land, in one of the most beautiful areas of the Welsh Marches.

  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Bookable online

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About the Owner

Gatehouse Cottage belonged to my grandparents, and was passed down to my Mother and then to myself. It was originally a farm workers cottage, and my Mother remembered the 6 children who were brought up in the small cottage with no running water or electricity.

My husband and I moved to Herefordshire when he retired and now manage the cottage for holiday lets. We live about 8 miles away so can readily attend to changeovers and deal with any problems.

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3 Reviews

based on 3 holidaymaker reviews


Charming cottage in peaceful area

  • 5 of 5

We had the pleasure of spending a week at the cottage in June. The weather was glorious so we spent many hours in the beautiful quiet garden when not out exploring the area. The cottage was clean, warm and characterful and was equipped with everything we needed. Would definitely recommend!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 22, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Charming cottage in a peaceful spot

  • 5 of 5

We had the pleasure of staying in this lovely little cottage for a week in June. We were very lucky to have glorious weather which meant we spent hours in the fabulous peaceful garden when not out exploring the area. The cottage itself was characterful, clean & equipped with everything we needed. I would definitely recommend the cottage!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 22, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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my holiday

  • 5 of 5

A truly wonderful cottage in truly wonderful area ,so peacefull only the birdsong and sheep to be heard we had an excellent week her and will come back again , in fact I loved it so much I wanted to move to the area but have not managed to persuade my husband. The eggs and milk left for our arrival where much appreciated , thankyou for a great week I am planning to visit at other times of the year.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 16, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Activity and Interests

Nearest Barpub : Yarpole at 2 Miles Nearest Golf : Ludlow at 8 Miles Nearest Train : Leominster at 8 Miles Nearest Motorway : M42 at 40 Miles Car: necessary


There are railway stations at Ludlow and Leominster and a limited bus service. Use of car is recommended.


The villages of Yarpole and Orleton are within 2 miles walking distance. Leominster is a quiet country town 5 miles south. Ludlow is 5 miles north and the renowned "foodie" capital of the Midlands. Ludlow has a wonderful castle and St Laurence Church is well worth a visit for its carved misericords.

The National Trust properties of Croft Castle and Berrington Hall are within easy reach. Bircher Common is owned by the National Trust and has wonderful views of the surrounding countryside.

Further Details:

The Stagg at Titley is a Michelin star pub about 10 miles away, the Riverside at Aymestry is well known for good dining. There are supermarkets, banks and many independent retailers in both Ludlow and Leominster. There are swimming pools in both towns, and riding can be arranged on Mortimer Forest. Hereford is famous for the cathedral and Mappa Mundi exhibition. Further afield, Gloucester and Worcester are well worth a visit. The renowned Three Choirs Festival takes place in one of the three cathedral cities every year, the Hay literary festival is an annual event, as is the Ludlow food festival.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
4 Sep 2016 - 17 Dec 2016
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
18 Dec 2016 - 7 Jan 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
8 Jan 2017 - 4 Mar 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
early summer
5 Mar 2017 - 1 Jul 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Please contact owner. Sorry-not suitable for pets.

Changeover Day:
Preferred changeover day Saturday, short breaks available when booked not not than 4 weeks ahead. Please contact owner to check.

Notes on prices:
A deposit of 30% is required to secure the booking, the balance to be paid 6 weeks prior to commencement of the holiday. Bookings taken less than 6 weeks before the letting date must be paid in full. A full refund will be paid for cancellations up to 21 days prior to the letting date. Cancellation after this time will result in forfeiture of the full rental unless we can re-let the property for those dates. Cancellation insurance is recommended.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Updated: 20-Oct-2016
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From the Owner

Although the cottage is on a quiet lane, it is close to several highways, and you can travel north, south, east and west with ease, without having to retrace your steps. The garden is a delight and can be enjoyed at all times of the year.

Property Type

  • cottage


  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wood Stove ...


  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob


  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...


  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • rural


  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • One downstairs bathroom, wc with bath and shower over.


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed. Bedroom 2 with two single beds, the second bedroom is L shaped and the beds cannot be placed together.


  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue


  • Self-catering


  • Outside: Large private garden with flower beds and orchard. Lawn area and ample off street parking. Barbeque, garden table and chairs, garden bench. Utility Room: N/A Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen are included, changed weekly. The property is cleaned after every visitor. For stays longer than 1 week extra linen will be provided and cleaning done by appointment.

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