Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 5
Blodeuwedd Cottage is located on a single track no-through road and on the edge of the attractive and thriving market town of Kington, a 'Border Town' in the Welsh Marches. It's only 10 minutes walk to local shops, deli, tourist info, post office, takeaways, restaurants, pubs etc. The cottage is named after Blodeuwedd (meaning 'Flower Face'), a beautiful woman who was cursed and turned into an owl in one of the stories belonging to the Mabinogion, a famous collection of old Welsh legends.
The cottage is several hundred years old and is one half of a traditional Welsh long-house. One can see how the central circular fireplace has been divided in two, probably a hundred years ago or more. Both the lounge and front bedroom have lots of exposed beams and many of the walls downstairs are natural local stone.
The cottage is wonderfully romantic for a couple and quite magical for children and therefore also ideally suited for families. We also regularly let to walkers and cyclists. The property is full of character with lots of period features. Charming living room with exposed beams and wood burning stove. Bright kitchen, spacious garden and terrace with BBQ. Fitted with all mod cons such as individually adjustable heating in all rooms, DVD player, Sky TV, internet, fully equipped kitchen, washing machine etc.
Included in the rental are logs, electricity, linen and bath towels. Use of local guide books and maps are complimentary during your stay.
Sorry, no pets allowed (not even small and cuddly ones).
We use the place too for weekends and have tried to make it a really lovely place to stay… somewhere to relax and the perfect base to visit some of the loveliest and most rural countryside in our isles.
Sky TV. Broadband internet (wifi and wired). Very completely furnished with high quality furnishings and decorated as a home, not a holiday let. Extensive collection of local guide books and maps. Log-burner and free logs plus excellent heating. Very well equipped kitchen with many gadgets. Large fridge-freezer, eye-level double oven/grill, dishwasher. Beautiful slate floor and rugs downstairs, carpeted upstairs. Lovely garden adjacent to castle mound with gorgeous views to surrounding hills and wonderful sunsets. Pretty patio with BBQ and good quality table, chairs and umbrella. Access from the door to outstanding walks including Offa's Dyke National Path and storage space for coats, shoe rack etc. Quiet no-through road but only a few minutes walk from all local amenities.
The main bedroom is very romantic. It has exposed wooden beams and a beautiful four-poster bed with comfy king size mattress. We provide high quality white linen, warm duvets and plenty of pillows. Wardrobe and lots of drawer space. This is an old cottage and the rooms are not huge, but they work as proper double bed-rooms just fine and feel really cosy and special. They are both romantic and the sort of bedrooms kids love. If a fifth person is staying, we have an additional fold-down bed.
Shower and bath. Heated towel rail. Bath seat available.
|Size||Sleeps up to 5, 2 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Double beds (2), Dining seats for 5, Lounge seats for 5|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
Romantic things to do in the area:
Watch the sunset go down over the Welsh Mountains from the top of the Whimble. Or walk across Hergest Ridge, both listening to 'Hergest Ridge' by Mike Oldfield on your iPods and take a break at the bench under the Monkey Puzzle trees to admire the views. Or have a pint of real ale in the Olde Tavern in Kington. Or walk along the Fairy Path and visit the 30m high waterfall 'Water-Break-Its-Neck'. Or ride ponies through the Black Mountains. Or have a picnic in a cider orchard. Or take afternoon tea on the veranda at Hergest Croft Gardens. Or paddle a canoe down the river Wye. Or visit the heart-shaped waterfall above Hafod. Or watch the Red Kites soaring above Radnorshire Forest. Or have morning coffee with a beautiful slice of cake at the historic Thomas Shop in Penybont. Or share an adrenaline rush by taking part in extreme sports at the Black Mountain Adventure Centre including zip wires, canyoning and abseiling.
Walking, Cycling, Riding:
The cottage is on the Offa's Dyke walking path and close to the Wye Valley Walk, Glyndwr's Walk and Mortimer's Trail Longmynd, Stipperstones and Wenlock Edge are an easy drive to the Northeast, to the South are the Black Mountains and Brecon Beacons and the West the Radnorshire Forest, Elan Valley, Hafod and Plynlimon. The opportunities for short circular walks to strenuous distances across remote countryside are some of the best in Britain. For mountain biking, there is a fantastic off-road trail through the Elan Valley, enormous numbers of bridleways across the open moorland in the area and hundreds of miles of forest tracks. Bicycle hire can be arranged. We can give you details of riding schools offering pony trekking through the mountains and indoor riding. Stabling can be arranged. The weather conditions are varied across the area, so with a bit of planning one can usually find somewhere good to go every day, even during unsettled weather periods. Great game and carp fishing nearby and shooting.
Festivals and Events
Blodeuwedd Cottage is an ideal base to explore the region and take part in local festivals and events. We have listed a small selection of upcoming events, for which the cottage is either a very local accommodation option or at the most 45 minute drive away.
Weekend 4-6 May 2013: Clun Green Man Festival in Clun, Shropshire
Weekend 11-12 May 2013: Ludlow Spring Festival in Ludlow, Shropshire
23 May – 2 June 2013: Hay Festival of Literature & Art in Hay-On-Wye, Powys
Sunday 14 July 2013: Kington Classic Sportive Bike Ride, starting and finishing in Kington, Herefordshire
22-25 July 2013: The Royal Welsh Show, Llanelwedd, Builth Wells, Powys
Weekend 9-11 August 2013: Brecon Jazz Festival in Brecon, Powys
Sunday 11 August 2013: Steam and Vintage Rally in Hay-On-Wye, Powys
15-18 August 2013: Green Man Festival in Crickhowell, Powys
21-27 August 2013: Presteigne Art and Music Festival in Presteigne, Powys
Weekend 13-15 September 2013: Ludlow Food and Drink Festival in Ludlow, Shropshire
Saturday 14 September 2013: Kington Show in Kington, Herefordshire
19-22 September 2013: Kington Walking Festival
[sorry, cannot guarantee accuracy of event and festival information]