Upper Crossway Cottage
Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
The two-bedroomed cottage is situated on a ridge above the cider orchards and meadows of the lush Golden Valley and close to the dramatic Black Mountains range of the Brecon Beacons. This warm, cosy cottage has recently been completely refurbished to provide a comfortable stay for your self-catering holiday for up to 4 (+1).
We are about 12 miles from Hay-on-Wye, 15 miles from Hereford and 15 miles or so from Abergavenny with the nearest local village shops about 6 miles away.
There are lots of opportunities for an interesting stay with activities to suit most tastes - from dare-devil exploits in the mountains and the River Wye, to the gentler pursuits of strolls around quiet country lanes, visiting historic churches and gardens, hill walking, castle-hopping, photography - or just curling up in the cottage next to the woodburner with a good book. Don’t forget to pack your laptop, walking boots, cycle, camera, sketchbook, paint-box, binoculars, canoe, fishing rod, your half-written novel …….. !
Upper Crossway Cottage is a traditional stone-built smallholder’s cottage set in its own private and pretty cottage garden. The cottage retains some of the character of former years, including 3 well-signed low doors, but you will find more contemporary features and comforts such as Wi-Fi, phone, TV and DVD player, lovely shower room, comfy beds and so on - in fact, everything to make your stay as restful, comfortable and interesting as possible.
The cottage comprises a large lockable entrance porch, kitchen/breakfast room, dining room, sitting room with woodburner, shower room, a double bedroom and twin/kingsize bedroom.
Although the cottage is semi-detached with our own house next door, it is completely private (see floor plans on our website). You can be assured that after an initial welcome your privacy is respected.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||10 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Bristol 125 km, Nearest railway: Hereford 24 km|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Telephone, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Further details indoors|
A large lockable porch for storage and outdoor clothes etc.leads you from the private garden to the fully equipped kitchen / breakfast room with views across the fields. There is a separate dining room leading to a warm, comfortable sitting room with TV/DVD, Wi-Fi,phone and woodburner, window seat overlooking pretty cottage garden. A hallway from the sitting room leads to the roomy super shower room with large heated towel rail and toilet facilities.
Upstairs there are two bedrooms - one twin/king and one double bedroom with comfy beds with plenty of storage.
Electric storage radiators provide background heating and an electric timed immersion heater provides hot water.
There are some well signed low doors.
|Further details outdoors|
From the front gate next to the parking area, a wide brick path leads to the cottage entrances and the garden – and at night – this pathway is automatically illuminated
In the private garden, there are 2 garden benches, a table with 4 chairs , a parasol, a rotary clothes dryer and a swingball.
The garden lawn is edged with pretty borders, fruit trees and herbs (help yourself!) – a wonderful place for alfresco dining and ornithology !
Although this is a semi-detached property with owners living next door, after an initial welcome, your privacy will be respected.
There are some low doors – see our website for access details.
The Heart of England/Peak District
This is Border Country, inhabited, farmed and fought over for thousands of years. Mottes and baileys, old castles, forts abound from Neolithic times to the occupation of the Norman Marcher barons. The Welsh language is still evident locally in house names and landscape features and indicates the changing position of the Welsh boundary. Turbulent times!
Today life is more peaceful and there is great beauty in the changing seasons and quality of light in this historic and dramatic landscape. The nearby Black Mountains which form the north-eastern edge of the Brecon Beacons, Offa's Dyke and the soft rolling hills and valleys of its foothills are full of interest - spectacular walks along the Cat's Back (no hang-glider needed here for a sensation of flying!), old abbeys, cider orchards, rivers, quiet winding lanes and tracks, ancient churches, historic water meadows and small hamlets – idyllic!
Within 30 minutes' drive are the historic market towns of Hay-on-Wye (book town and famous for its literary, food and film festivals), Abergavenny (famous for its Food Festival) and the cathedral city of Hereford (famous for its cathedral, Mappa Mundi and Chained Library, Three Choirs Festival, Borderlines Film Festival and Contemporary Craft Show).
A little further afield (about 45 minutes drive) are historic Monmouth, Ledbury, Ross-on-Wye, Leominster, Brecon, Presteigne and Builth Wells.
Even further afield: to the South are the old mining valleys of South Wales and their industrial archaeology: to the West is the Elan Valley of mid-Wales and the Red Kite Country: to the North are the Malvern Hills and Worcester, … and to the East is the Forest of Dean and the Cotswolds.
This is a superb centre for walking – there are many open spaces and woodland walks as well as the Offa’s Dyke Path, Black Mountains, Brecon Beacons and other trails. The cottage is situated in upland farming area - mainly cattle and sheep with plenty of opportunity for local walks.
Horse and pony trekking for beginners or experts is available around the nearby Black Mountains area.
Boats and canoes can be hired at at Hay-on-Wye and Llangorse Lake nr Hay.
Numerous castles, churches, cathedrals and historic buildings are within easy travelling distance by car as are gardens.
At certain times of the year, there are festivals – notably the Hay Book Festival, food festivals in Hay, Abergavenny and Hereford and some music festivals.
See the 'LOCAL INFORMATION' page of our website (www.uppercrosswaycottage.co.uk) for links to all the above plus local pubs, restaurants, shops, theatres, cinemas, festivals..
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17 Nov 2013
"Perfect break away"
We enjoyed a fantastic week away at Upper Crossway. After a warm welcome from Steph we instantly felt at home and settled in easily. We loved the log burning stove and were actually glad it was cold … More
17 Sep 2013
After the warm welcome from Steph, we straight away felt at home in this cosy cottage. Mel & Steph have put so much thought into the décor and requirements of their guests, we couldn't fault it… More
5 Sep 2013
"Un cottage perfecto y encantador"
Un delicioso cottage en un paraje muy agradable. La casa esta muy bien equipada, no falta absolutamenta de nada, sin olvidar una wifi con buen ancho de banda. Tiene un jardin encantador, nosotros hemo… More
20 Aug 2013
We stayed at Upper Crossway Cottage for five lovely days and we absolutely enjoyed our stay, which was even beyond our expectations!The place is beautiful and the cottage is cosy, tipically British an… More
24 Jun 2013
Crossway Cottage lies in a superb location if you're looking for a tranquil break. Sit in the beautiful cottage style garden and all you will hear is birdsong. The cottage itself is full of chara… More
9 Jun 2013
"Absolutely perfect for us! Ideal for Hay-on-Wye Festival."
I was looking, belatedly, for a cottage for four adult women during the Hay-on-Wye Festival. How Upper Crossway was still available is totally beyond me, and I credit Providence. It was absolutely per… More
5 Jun 2013
"Cosy Cottage with lots of characters"
A well equipped, very clean, cosy and nice cottage near the door of Wales. I have spent a wonderful time there with my family. The owners always look after us from the first arrival and give us lots o… More
10 Apr 2013
"Great cosy cottage to rest and relax"
Cottage is very well equipped, tastefully decorated, just like being at home. Fantastic location, views and wildlife nearby.Everything was thought of including fresh flowers in each room, everything y… More
18 Nov 2012
"Nicest cottage we have ever stayed in"
As other reviewers have said, this cottage is very well equipped, tastefully decorated and beautifully situated. We stayed in October - our weather was actually quite nice, but we wouldn't have m… More
2 Jan 2012
"A perfect winter hideaway"
We stayed here at the very end of 2011. The cottage is cosy and warm, and the perfect place to escape for a few days from the turbulence of modern life. With a few good books and a supply of food, y… More
We're so glad you and the grandchildren had a great time here just after Christmas. As you say, the hurly burly and fast pace of modern life can seem a long way away in this part of rural Herefordshire where not much intrudes on the quiet and peace of country life. If you need to, the outside world can be easily contacted via Skype from the free WiFi connection in the cottage (see our website) if you bring your laptop with you. Mobile reception can be had about 100 yards up the lane but that's not much fun in the rain; however, UK landline numbers can be called at cost from the cottage phone and of course people can ring you on that line so you don't have to stray from the glow of the woodburning stove!
I know you are a keen birdwatcher and took the children to see the Red Kites at the feeding site in Rhyader. We sometimes see a red kite flying over the house here as they spread their territory eastwards - and, on the 'red' theme, a pair of redstarts raised a brood last summer from their nest in the wall above the cottage kitchen. Hope they and you can visit again! Steph Curtis
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