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Fabulous farmhouse in idyllic rural setting

Overview

Property

Updated: 07-Dec-2016
Large house sleeping up to 20 on 16 acres in beautiful countryside

Sleeps 14-20 in 7 double bedrooms. Beautiful period farmhouse with fantastic and substantial grounds (8 acres around house and 8 acres of fields). Secure garden includes croquet lawn, woodland, ponds, orchards, period barns (stables and coach house), veggie garden and hedged field meadows. Fabulous for exploring and playing. House includes large farmhouse kitchen with Aga and huge kitchen table. It has a very large living room and a large, separate TV lounge, both with wood burning stoves. There are 4 new bathrooms, 1 for downstairs rooms and 2 en-suite. Gorgeous area - walks, cycling, riding, historical heritage, vineyards and more.

Cottage also be made available for larger bookings (at an additional cost). Sleeps 4 in 2 double bedrooms. Traditional cottage with many features including beams, oil fired burner in huge fireplace and Aga. Kitchen with large table (can seat 8), Aga, dishwasher, washing machine, microwave. Living room with fireplace, TV, DVD player. 2 double bedrooms upstairs (one large) and shared bathroom with electric shower over the bath.

Details for holiday farmhouse Blackway House, 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 20, 4 Bathrooms

HOUSE: Sleeps 14-20 in 7 double bedrooms. Beautiful period farmhouse with fantastic and substantial grounds (8 acres around house and 8 acres of fields). Secure garden includes croquet lawn, woodland, ponds, orchards, period barns (stables and coach house), veggie garden and hedged field meadows. Fabulous for exploring and playing. House includes large farmhouse kitchen with Aga and huge kitchen table. It has a very large living room and a large, separate TV lounge, both with wood burning stoves. There are 4 new bathrooms, 1 for downstairs rooms and 2 en-suite. Available alone or can be rented with Unit 2. Gorgeous area - walks, cycling, riding, historical heritage, vineyards and more.

  • Sleeps 20
  • 7 Bedrooms
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

When I found this property and fell in love with it immediately. I think you will love it too.

I live at the property in a separate cottage so is on hand to help with any enquiries or problems but won't be in the way.

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Speaks English, French, German, Spanish, Russian, Dutch, Polish

Guestbook comments from the owner

(Posted on Trip Advisor with 5 out of 5 stars) Whole booking process extremely straight forward. Met owner on arrival who showed me round the house and cottage which we had booked for an extended family reunion - 23 in total ages from 8 to 80, plus 2 dogs. Rooms were lovely with French style furniture. We all managed to get round the kitchen table - bit of a squash but very jolly. Cold but sunny weekend with cosy evenings in front of the log burners. Reception rooms were particularly good and there was a piano in the hall. Clean, tidy and exceptional - we plan to return next year. PS, Waitrose deliver here
Nov 2015
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8 Reviews

4.8
based on 8 holidaymaker reviews

5

A beautiful elegant house

  • 5 of 5

A beautiful elegant house with lovely garden and grounds. Sarah is a wonderful proprietor and we had a very happy time. Fruit trees loaded with plums and apples. A lovely outside fire and starry night. Fantastic walks through pretty hilly countryside.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Obviously delighted with this review - this is what all the hard work is about: making special memories and helping people reconnect with themselves and their friends and families. The ideal spot for such important times together :o)
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5

Lovely family reunion and celebration

  • 5 of 5

We had such a nice time in this calm and welcoming place. The garden, fields and woods were exciting to discover and peaceful to amble around. The house was comfortable, clean and a little bit luxurious for us with the large aga, big comfy sofas and lashings of hot water. The children didn't want to leave and they think we should have all our family parties here! Thank you.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So delighted with this review - this is exactly what we hope to achieve: calm, relaxing, fun and rather special. A great time to reconnect with yourself and your loved ones. You are, of course, welcome back should your children's view prevail :o)!
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lovely house, spoilt weekend

  • 3 of 5

I had booked this house for an extended family get together, particularly for my parents.

The house is roomy and relaxed. My brother arrived first and tells me he was met with a list of things not to do. The heating didn't work , which was Ok as it was a reasonably warm weekend but had it turned chilly, it would have been a problem for my parents. Sarah mentioned we had used all the logs but we had to light both fires both nights.

The kitchen is Ok, but 16 is a tight squeeze around the table.

And finally, we were charged a ridiculous amount for a bin we didn't break. Overall, we had a lovely weekend in a house which has nice grounds,but me and my brothers were left with a bit of a sour taste at the end of it all.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 24, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am sorry these guests were disappointed with their experience. Guests staying just a week later said what a wonderful time they had and how friendly and helpful I was so I guess it's subjective. For that reason, I thought it might be helpful to respond to this. Unfortunately I discovered the heating pump was broken 2 hours before the guests arrived (this is fixed now, of course). Having called the plumber, I resolved the hot water situation and didn't want to ruin their stay by calling someone who might have had to do substantial work while they were there. As it was still summer and the heating would probably not be needed, I made a judgement call. When the guests arrived I pointed out the problem and my reasoning but made them aware that they had 600 litres of hot water (which did work), 2 wood burners (which they were welcome to use and did - there was no problem with this), a 4 door Aga in the kitchen and extra blankets. I also reminded them I was on hand for any problems. However, none were reported during the stay. Had they been, I could have provided heaters or, indeed, had the pump fixed. The kitchen table takes 14, as stated in the advert. However, up to 20 can eat together (and often have done) by using the second, fold-out table and I can provide extra chairs upon request. I was not asked for these. The policy on breakages (which are rare) is that they are covered by a deposit. Where they occur, I provide photographic evidence and an internet link to the item that was broken to determine a suitable charge. Being aware that the guest was unhappy in this case, I have consulted with the website hosts and sent them all my correspondence to ensure I had behaved fairly. I am always open to improving my processes and welcome constructive feedback. However, they agreed that I had, in their words "tried your best to offer a resolution to a traveler complaining about their holiday stay". Looking after this place is an enormous amount of hard work and I really want people to benefit from that by having a relaxed and happy stay. Generally that is exactly what happens and I regret the difficulties experienced on this occasion.
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5

Beautiful large property

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful house, we had 20 of us staying there from Friday to Sunday for a hen party and there was ample space and hot water for 20 girls!!

Great location, although most got lost using sat nav! we went into both hereford and Worcester during our stay which were both enjoyed!

Sarah was very helpful before and during our stay by kindly taking delivery of a hot tub for us and being flexible on arrival times!

Only thing I would say is we wished the table was big enough for 20 to sit around but we made it work with the spare chairs provided around the house!

Great house :)

  • Review Submitted: Aug 6, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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chew valley
5

Fabulous house!

  • 5 of 5

We have just had a really enjoyable weekend at Blackway house celebrating an 80th birthday. On the Saturday night there were 20 of us and we still did not feel crowded! House was clean and confortable and warm. Sarah was very helpful when booking. I would definitely recommend this property for large gatherings.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 18, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Debs. It was a pleasure having you :o)!
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Somerset
5

Brilliant for large family gatherings

  • 5 of 5

This is a lovely big house, clearly recently and beautifully refurbished with lovely spaces and excellent fittings (e.g. kitchen Aga, big TV, walk in showers, log stoves ...). Then add on the huge and varied land and gardens, woods, and walks and it is perfect for just staying put. But also Herefordshire itself has lots of beautiful countryside to explore.

The only slight niggle is the very small and unmarked driveway on a fast-ish A road bend that took some finding (especially in the dark). But that is just something to be aware of and by no means detracts from a lovely place itself.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 11, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Great that you had a good time and thanks for the review. Just a note for travellers that I will send you a map and can put out bunting and even 'talk you in', for those who want it. More specifically though, we are in discussions with our local Councillor at the moment about slowing down the traffic on the road so with luck that will lead to some action. Getting a lit up sign made has been on the list a while I admit but I've been struggling to decide on a logo. I recently settled on using a silhouette of our absolutely beautiful Lebanese cedar tree, which its own brilliant sign post during the day and which will also eventually be lit up, so serving as a sign post at night too... One thing at a time ;o)!
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Location

From the Owner

Herefordshire is what I always thought England should look like before I came to live in the UK. Rolling green hills, gorgeous blossom in the spring time on all the apple trees and the glorious smell of apples in the autumn. However, I'd no plans to move to this part of the world until I saw this house and the land it is on. It just couldn't be more perfect! Remote from the madding crowd, you can still be in a beautiful village or town in minutes and access all the shops, restaurants and amenities you fancy.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Golf : at 15 Kilometres Car: recommended

Special interest holidays:

Walking, camping, riding, cycling.

Surrounded by beautiful countryside and rolling hills, perfect for walking holidays.

Plenty of beautiful spaces for camping if you want extra accommodation. This can be organised by separate arrangement.

We can also provide facilities for horses. The period barn includes stalls (rather than loose boxes). Large secure fields with water available could provide plenty of grazing if you don't mind keeping your horses outside. Bridle path nearby, though you do have to cross the road to access this.

Travel:

On A4103 so easy to get to. Only 20 minutes from M5.

Distances:

Malvern (and Malvern Hills) - 15 minutes

Ledbury market town - 15 minutes

Hereford and Worcester - 15 & 20 minutes respectively

Fishing, golf, spas, gyms, yoga studio, castles, gardens, historic artefacts and heritage, vineyards, ale and cider tasting, some of the best walking in the country - all within 20 minutes drive

Further Details:

Contact if you have specific interests.

If you want to bring any dogs it costs £50. We normally have a restriction of 2 dogs per stay and they are not allowed upstairs or on any of the furniture. Otherwise they are welcome providing this has been cleared first. Please check with the owner.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Late Autumn
4 Nov 2016 - 15 Dec 2016
2 night minimum stay
£1,500
for 2 nights
From
£750
£2,250
 
 
Christmas
16 Dec 2016 - 3 Jan 2017
4 night minimum stay
£4,000
for 4 nights
From
£1,000
£4,000
 
 
Winter
4 Jan 2017 - 2 Mar 2017
2 night minimum stay
£1,400
for 2 nights
From
£700
£2,250
 
 
Early Spring
3 Mar 2017 - 30 Mar 2017
2 night minimum stay
£1,600
for 2 nights
From
£800
£2,500
 
 
Easter holidays
1 Apr 2017 - 13 Apr 2017
4 night minimum stay
£3,200
for 4 nights
From
£800
£3,250
 
 
Easter
14 Apr 2017 - 21 Apr 2017
4 night minimum stay
£3,800
for 4 nights
From
£950
£3,500
 
 
Late Spring
22 Apr 2017 - 27 Apr 2017
2 night minimum stay
£1,600
for 2 nights
From
£800
£2,500
 
 
May Bank Holiday
28 Apr 2017 - 4 May 2017
2 night minimum stay
£1,700
for 2 nights
From
£850
£2,750
 
 
Early summer
5 May 2017 - 25 May 2017
2 night minimum stay
£1,600
for 2 nights
From
£800
£2,500
 
 
May half term
26 May 2017 - 8 Jun 2017
4 night minimum stay
£3,600
for 4 nights
From
£900
£2,800
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
£1,600
for 2 nights
From
£800
£2,500
 

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £50
Refundable Damage Deposit £250

Booking Notes:
30% deposit required with booking. Balance due 30 days prior to arrival.
A £250 security deposit is required when balance is paid and is refunded 10 days after departure.

Weekend bookings charged at 60% of the weekly price plus 10% for each additional day. In peak season, this changes to 80% (though, for this, you can stay 4 days).

We will also do midweek bookings - Monday to Thursday - which are charged at 50% of the weekly rate off season/ 70% in peak season.

Changeover Day:
If your timings differ from those published, do still get in touch to see if we can accommodate your preferred dates.

Generally Friday. Weekend bookings 4pm Friday to 2pm Sunday. Weekly bookings 5pm Friday to 10am Friday. We are flexible so do ask.


Notes on prices:
REDUCED PRICE deals on last minute availability in May, June and July

Weekend bookings charged at 60% of the weekly price plus 10% for each additional day. In peak season, this changes to 80% (though, for this, you can stay 4 days).

We will also do midweek bookings - Monday to Thursday - which are charged at 50% of the weekly rate off season/ 70% in peak season.

30% deposit required to secure booking.

Balance, plus £250 damages deposit, payable a month before arrival. Damages deposit returned within 10 days of departure providing all is in order

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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Facilities

From the Owner

Being flexible enough to sleep 20 people is a rarity. Having that on 16 acres of land is even more special. It really is a lovely place.

Property Type

  • farmhouse

Theme

  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions

General

  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...

Dining

  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area

Entertainment

  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...

Suitability

  • children welcome
  • non smoking only

Location Type

  • rural

Attractions

  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • water tubing

Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 3 - Shower Enclosure

Bedrooms

  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 20
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed, 2 Single Bed, Family Room with ensuite
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed, 2 Single Bed, Family room with ensuite
  • Bedroom 4 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
  • Bedroom 5 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
  • Bedroom 6 - 2 Single Bed, Twin room, 2 single beds. Downstairs, greater accessibility.
  • Bedroom 7 - 2 Single Bed, Twin room, 2 single beds. Downstairs, greater accessibility.
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed, 2 Single Bed, Family Room, next to family bathroom

Outside

  • Bicycles ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • 2 bicycles

Meals

  • Self-catering

Notes:

  • Notes on accommodation: HOUSE: Perfect for extended family get-togethers, reunions, hen parties and stag dos. It would also be wonderful for a murder mystery weekend, an artistic or yoga retreat, a wedding party (the lawn is perfect for a marquee), business away days, team building events, school outings and so on - the list is endless. If you want a bigger party, a marquee on the lawn would allow this. Extra people could stay in Unit 2, camp by special arrangement or stay locally. COTTAGE: Perfect for family with children or friends who want a base for walks and enjoying the local area (see 'Outside' notes ) Outside: Secure off road parking with gate and CCTV. 16 acres of land. House surrounded by large garden, croquet lawn, woodland, ponds, orchards, period barns (stables), veggie garden. Further away from house are 4 fields, 2 with cider and perry trees. Perfect for exploring children, relaxing strolls, family games, etc. Beautiful views over rolling countryside. Walks available from the house. Good local pubs and restaurants, farm shop, tea rooms and craft centre. Play barn, spa, gym, golf course, fishing, point to point racing, vineyards, cider making, etc. all withing 10 miles. Ledbury 7 miles - idyllic market town, Malvern 10 miles - incredible walks and views, Hereford 10 miles - historic city centre, cathedral housing Mappi Mundi, birthplace of Elgar, Worcester 15 miles - historic city centre, great restaurants, Ross-on-Wye 30 miles - stunning countryside, cultural and natural heritage hot spot.

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