Eric Dee's Cottage at Brinsop
Cottage | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 2
The White House at Brinsop is a grade II listed farmhouse dating from 15th century that retains many of its original features. The attached stone and timber framed former cider house has been sensitively converted into two charming self catering holiday cottages that combine traditional architecture with modern, comfortable accommodation. The properties are available individually or can be let together (see separate listing for The Cider Press no 311452).
This cottage formerly known as Cider Press 2 is named after Eric Dee, who was born at the White House in 1923. He has numerous tales of life here from the early part of the twentieth century right up until the mid 1960s including detail about the horse driven apple crusher that was located in the main living area of the cottage and the shire horse that powered it.
Accessed directly from the front garden, this bright and inviting ground floor stone cottage is conveniently arranged on one level, in an open-plan format to provide an inclusive feel. This quaint property is well equipped with flat screen TV/DVD player, games, books, and a wide selection of maps and DVDs if desired. It benefits from central heating, a compact handmade kitchen and a spacious modern shower room with provided toiletries. Fluffy towels and Egyptian cotton bedding are provided as standard. There are charming views of the Iron Age hill fort and pond to the rear, whilst beyond the lawn to the front, the distant Welsh hills provide the perfect setting for the evening sun. The welcome pack will include milk, fruit juice, home made bread and cake, tea, coffee, sugar, eggs, butter and cheese. NB This property has low ceilings and is ideally suited to persons 6ft (1.82 metres) or under.
Immediately outside the property there is an enclosed, lawned garden facing west, and then just behind the property is a patio and BBQ area that leads to the ancient fish pool. There is a separate outbuilding that is locked each night and walking or cycling equipment may be stored here. It also contains additional fridge and freezer space should you need it, washing machines for laundry generated during your stay and a tumble dryer.
Situated along a quite lane in the beautiful Brinsop valley, the property overlooks the Iron Age hill fort of Credenhill to the east, and the Black Mountains to the west - yet is an easy two minute walk from the hourly bus service from mid Wales into Hereford. White House is surrounded by large and accessible grounds that incorporate lawned areas, a pony paddock and a medieval fishpond that extends to nearly an acre. Seats and benches are carefully placed around to take advantage of the views and they make the perfect place to appreciate and enjoy, water, wildlife and the odd glass of wine!
The lanes and footpaths around are great for walking and cycling and Hereford, Hay-on-Wye, the Black Mountains, Leominster, the Black and White villages trail and Ludlow are all within easy reach.
We endeavour to make the stay of all our guests special, appreciating the fact that you have chosen to stay with us, and pride ourselves on the bespoke service we are able to offer as resident hosts. However, we urge you to visit Tripadvisor to view the impartial comments left about White House and the cottages by previous occupants.
The prices shown are weekly rates based on a changeover date of Saturday. However shorter stays and other changeover days are available by arrangement. Price will depend on the length of stay and time of year. Please contact the owner for further details.
|Size||Sleeps up to 2, 1 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car advised, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||2.5 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Birmingham or Bristol 100 km, Nearest railway: Hereford 10 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Double beds (1), Dining seats for 3, Lounge seats for 3|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Shared garden, BBQ, Bicycles available|
|Access||Wheelchair users, Secure parking|
The Heart of England/Peak District
Herefordshire is a historic county lying on the western edge of England adjoining Wales. The Welsh Marches is a mystical land of castles, ancient churches and pretty villages full of stone and half timbered buildings dating from earlier centuries. The Black Mountains which form part of the border with Wales are part of the Brecon Beacons National Park and the major towns of interest include Hereford, Leominster, Ross-on-Wye and Ledbury.
There is something for every visitor whether your interest lies in activities such as walking or cycling or canoeing on the River Wye or simply relaxing and soaking up the sights and flavours on offer. Annually there are famous literary festivals in Ludlow and Hay-on-Wye and Herefordshire has gained something of a reputation for good food and drink as exemplified by the Flavours of Herefordshire food festival held annually at the beginning of November.
Hereford 6.5 miles; Leominster 14 miles; Hay on Wye 18 miles
The hamlet of Brinsop is situated amidst beautiful countryside between the towns of Hereford, Leominster and Hay-on-Wye. The cathedral town of Hereford dates back to Saxon times and boasts an eclectic mix of architecture and a medieval bridge spanning the winding River Wye, perfectly placed for enjoying the delightful Black & White Villages trail. Sample Hereford's famous cider or discover the fascinating Mappa Mundi world map and the captivating chained library, home to a collection of rare and ancient books. Leominster features a majestic church and a variety of shops, pubs and cafés, while nearby Offa's Dyke offers excellent walking and cycling. The wonderful market town of Hay-on-Wye, famous for its 30-plus book shops, excellent pubs, restaurants and antique shops and annual world famous literary festival make it a popular tourist attraction. Symonds Yat, a rocky outcrop on the River Wye, with spectacular views and the opportunity to spot protected Peregrine Falcons flying from their nests, is also within easy reach
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17 Sep 2013
"Wonderful cottage in a beautiful location."
Great value for money. Cottage is beautifully furnished. Ideal location for exploring Hereford and the surrounding countryside. We were made to feel very welcome. Have already recommended the cottage … More
9 Sep 2013
"Relaxing holiday in beautiful surrounds"
This is a brilliant holiday cottage for getting away from the stresses of everyday life and taking a break! The house has everything you need, including full cooking facilities and it is very modern a… More
28 Jun 2013
"Visting the area and stayed at the Guest House"
Excellent accommodation and surrounding views, with very friendly hosts who went out of their way to make me feel as comfortable as possible.
My stay was such a positive experience I have rebooked this place a further 2 times for when I am in the area in the coming future. I would certainly recommend to anyone.
24 Jun 2013
"A beautiful two bed apartment"
It was, lovely and clean, beautiful farmhouse style apartment, in stunning surroundings, and owners are lovely and welcoming and made us some home cooked cakes on arrive. I would recommend to anyone.
26 May 2013
"A great place to stay for those that like the quiet life."
We rented the upper apartment in May 2012 and were impressed enough to return in 2013 to rent the lower apartment. Both apartments have been recently refurbished and offer quality accommodation with everything you need for a quiet vacation in the Herefordshire countryside. Both apartments have wireless Internet access, convenient for looking up all the places to visit. The grounds also has a small lake with a resident wild fowl population so take your binoculars. Our only reservation is that if you are over five foot ten inches I would go for the upper apartment as the lower apartment has low ceilings given that it is a former cider press. Parts of the main house are reputed to be 500 years old so has lots of of history for anyone interested in old buildings. One last thing, the owners, Tim and Abi who live in the big red house attached ( not sure where 'White House' originated) are the most friendly and helpful hosts we have experienced in almost 30 years of staying in holiday cottages. We will be going back in 2014 but this time we will be taking our paint-boxes. What more can we say.
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