Cottage | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8
The Birches at Craswell is a wonderful, spacious and very recently renovated 17th century stone farmhouse. Large, friendly and comfortable - perfect for a very quiet location and a group of friends or family! It is set beside a range of barns used occasionally by a hill farm in the stunning Valley that runs from Hay-on-Wye through Craswall to Ewyas Harold and Abergavenny. The Vision, made famous in Bruce Chatwin's "On the Black Hill" is just across the Valley. The source of the River Monnow rises here on the boundary between Herefordshire and Brecknockshire, England and Wales winding down to Monmouth. There is wonderful walking surrounding The Birches, well off the beaten track, following in the steps of The Drovers who used to pass this way; there is also The Cats Back and of course Offa's Dyke Path. A couple of miles up this narrow picturesque valley is The Bulls Head in the small hamlet of Craswall. The Bulls Head is a little gem, "a lost and gone pub", unique pub that has resisted the change in time and is full of character, you enter a small gate and walk down the cobbled path, in a low doorway to a warm room with flag stone floors, a woodburning stove and a hatch behind which is the bar. This pub really is worth a visit, whether for a meal or a drink or a coffee in the sunny garden. A mile up the valley from the farmhouse is Craswall Priory
This magnificent stone farmhouse, has been in the same family for over 100 years, and has now been restored by the next generation of the family, making it a stunning house and location in which to stay in this very special remote valley. There is now underfloor heating, central heating and double glazed windows throughout ensuring the house is always warm and dry. This is also a perfect place if visitors would like to bring their own horses with stables available on discussion with the owner. Miles of stunning uninterrupted riding over The Black Mountains and beyond is perfect for keen riders.
The house is entered by an ancient door and a wide entrance hall.
The kitchen is new but very much in keeping with oak units, a double oven electric cooker with hob, microwave, dishwasher, an under counter fridge, second fridge and a freezer in the utility room, a breakfast bar with stools. There is a featured old bread oven, slate floors and great oak beams.
The adjoining utility room with the stable door leading out to the court yard has a washing machine and the central heating boiler, second fridge and freezer.
A downstairs cloakroom with a shower, handbasin and toilet.
The dining room has a large side board, long dining table and chairs.
The sitting room is large with stone slab floors and a welcoming woodburning stove, lovely rugs, big comfortable sofas and chairs. TV with Freeview.
There is a reception/office room with chez lounge and a large board giving the visitor all the local information needed, recommending places to eat and to visit.
Up a flight of traditional wooden stairs to a family bathroom with a bath and a shower over, handbasin and toilet.
Bedroom 1: The master bedroom has a king size bed with a Victorian Fireplace - not now in use.
Bedroom 2: A bedroom with a double
Bedroom 3: A bedroom with twin beds
Bedroom 4: A bedroom with twin beds
Bedlinen and towels provided.All electricity, underfloor heating and oil central heatingAmple supply of wood for the woodburning stove.No mobile reception (inside the house) Cot & Highchair availableWelcome pack on arrivalAmple parkingLarge enclosed garden and courtyard.Garden furniture and BBQSpring Water for Drinking and WashingChildrens Sand Play PitSafe storage for mountain bikes etc.Sorry not suitable for dogs (except 1st January - Mid April) as this is real sheep country and apart from this time there will be sheep and lambs around the farm. The farmhouse is situated on a farm yard which is occasionally used by farmers for handling sheep and cattle.Area steeped in History - Craswall Priory, the only Grandmontine house in England with substantial remains, is a unique site where the complete unconserved remains of a small medieval priory are now exposed to view for the first time in three quarters of a century.
It is a subordinate of the Abbey of Normandy. There is also easy access for walkers to Lord Herefords Knob and The National Cycle Trail passes along the valley.
Outdoor activities - There are all types of outdoor pursuits locally including; pony trekking and riding, mountain biking, golfing, hang gliding off Hay Bluff, canoeing on The River Wye and even a Llama Farm in Ewyas Harold offering Llama Treks.
Hay on Wye 3.5 miles, Abergavenny 16 Miles and Hereford 20 miles.
Learn more about Hay-on-Wye
If you would like to speak to someone who has visited this property please ask for: Elizabeth, Emma or Sophie
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|General||Central heating, TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Double beds (1), Cots (1)|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ|
The Heart of England/Peak District
Brecon is centrally positioned in the National Park and is a very popular base for walkers, mountain bikers and those who just enjoy being within the beautiful surrounding countryside with breathtaking views. The cathedral town boasts two museums - The Welsh Borderer's Museum and the Brecon Cathedral along with a shop and cafe. The bustling town centre is quaint with many individual shops and cafes. There is an annual world renowned Jazz Festival held in the town during August.
Crickhowell is a small, pretty and sheltered Georgian market town set between the lower slopes of Table Mountain and the backdrop of Llangattock Mountain with its great limestone crags. The River Usk, renowned for the good trout and salmon fishing, flows past spanned by an interesting buttressed bridge with twelve arches facing downstream and thirteen arches facing upstream. There are many excellent walks in the Black Mountains and the Brecon Beacons and horse riding, fishing, and canoeing can all be arranged locally.
Abergavenny is a bustling market town with a large covered outdoor market and a busy cattle market; there are ample local producers, craft and antique markets and every September the famous Abergavenny Food Festival brings together a wealth of local food producers, celebrity chefs and an enthusiastic food loving audience. This area remains a favourite base for walkers, cyclists, para-gliders, fishermen and canal enthusiasts, and there are many outdoor activity providers.
Hay-on-Wye is a popular market town on the River Wye, sitting on the border between England and Wales, at the foot of The Black Mountains. Overlooked by the fascinating 11thc. Castle, the town has a wealth of interesting old buildings and the "largest second-hand bookshop in the world" in the old cinema- one of the 30 major antiquarian bookshops, each with their own speciality. Hay-on-Wye hosts the world famous Literary Festival.
Builth Wells in the Mid Wales countryside is varied with magnificent great reservoirs using the natural shape of the landscape - now established over many years and a natural habitat for all kinds of wildlife and flora. There are great expanses of open countryside where the Red Kite (which can be viewed at close proximity in several Red Kite Centres), buzzard, kestrel and sparrow hawks wheel and hover overhead.
The Upper Swansea Valley is an ideal location for those wishing to explore this area known as 'Waterfall Country',
Monmouth takes its name from the mouth of the Monnow River, which flows into the River Wye just South of the town. Monmouth is a bustling market town with many shops and supermarkets. The pubs and restaurants provide good food. All types of outdoor activities are available, there is excellent fishing on the River Monnow and the River Wye; golf is nearby at the Rolls of Monmouth; Hot Air Ballooning at nearby Raglan and pony trekking in the area; excellent walking in the Wye Valley and the Royal Forest of Dean, exploring the Welsh Borders and Offa's Dyke Path
On the western side of the Brecon Beacons lie the old market towns of Llandeilo and Llandovery. Both are charming market towns with excellent local shops and information centres, guiding people to the numerous local places of interest such as Carreg Cennen Castle.
Hay-on-Wye is a popular market town on the River Wye, sitting on the border between England and Wales, at the foot of The Black Mountains. Overlooked by the fascinating 11thc. Castle, the town has a wealth of interesting old buildings and the "largest second-hand bookshop in the world" in the old cinema- one of the 30 major antiquarian bookshops, each with their own speciality. Hay-on-Wye hosts the world famous Literary Festival with a great many famous literary figures taking the stage