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Chess Cottage (CHESS)

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Excellent 5/5 Score from 2 reviews

Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4

Key Info
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

One of two very pretty red brick holiday cottages, very well designed and converted from the original old stables that housed the working horses on this beautiful Hereforshire farm. Set on a wonderful and very picturesque working farm close to the Wales/ Herefordshire Borders and within easy reach of Hay-on-Wye, Hereford and Leominster. Everything in the cottage has been personally chosen, is tasteful and useful with many items hand-crafted by Pearl. From time to time Felting Course and Gardening Courses are available. At present Dying using eco-dyes from the garden is available (Summer 2013) vThe owners are charming and you are guaranteed a lovely warm welcome. The owner was voted "Best AA Land Lady of the Year" and Jon and Pearl pride themselves on always making sure guests are happy; they delight in taking folk for guided tours of the farm and are hapy to help with itineries to ensure visitors can enjoy the best tea shops and craft shops, gardens and walks not to be missed and are always interested in reports of local restaurants in the area.

Cottage Accommodation

Chess Cottage so called because of the Chess Designs in the cottage is equally as pretty, warm and comfortable as its immediate neighbour Apple Bough - really there is very little to choose between the two cottages except perhaps that Apple Bough has a downstairs shower room.

The kitchen is again using the featured horses stable iron stall with the large iron balls on top making this a most attractive feature to separate the kitchen area. There is an electric cooker with a microwave, a dishwasher, fridge and a freezer and a washing machine.

The dining/sitting area has lovely sofas and chairs with "designer fabrics", a dining table and chairs, TV with Freeview and DVD.

Upstairs to two bedrooms:

Bedroom 1 A bedroom with a double bed, whb and a door with granary steps and a small balcony with views down across the garden and to the meadows beyond.

Bedroom 2 A second bedroom with a gain a gorgeous double bed and handbasin in the corner of the room.

The bathroom has a walk in shower, handbasin and toilet.

Useful information:

Electricity and oil central heating

Bedlinen and towels provided

A Lovely welcome is always guaranteed for visitors, the owner was "Best AA Land Lady of the Year"

Freeview TV and DVD


Mobile reception

Ample parking

Safe lock-up storage for mountain bikes and panniers, motorcycles, canoes etc.

Gardens with garden furniture and BBQ - several quiet and sunny peaceful sitting area.

A children's play area with slide and trampoline

There is a stable if visitors wish to bring a pony and grazing to share with the family cob - Tilly.

Beautifully kept gardens

The gardens are very special, a herb garden where visitors can help themselves and a vegetable garden again that the owner allows visitors to use the produce in season - the one acre gardens are beautifully kept and laid out with a new Knot Garden recently designed and planted. The vegetable garden is very productive with a range of fruit and vegetables. There is a fig tree, pearl tree, three eating apple trees, damson, mulberry, quince, cooking apple tree and cherry trees all providing beautiful blossom and produce.

Plenty to see and do

Close by Kinnersley with its unique castle is on The Black and White Tudor House village trail with the many tea shops and galleries. Only 30 minutes from Ludlow with its impressive castle and of course foodie heaven, perfect for a day visit. Five minutes from the Welsh Border and 10 miles to Hay-on-Wye, famous for the Literary Festival, antique shops. Kington, Offa's Dyke Path, The Golden Valley, Ross and Wye and The Wye Valley are all within easy reach making this a great place to stay to enjoy both Wales and England and The Welsh Marches. Hereford with its wonderful Cathedral and Mappa Mundi is only 15 minutes drive. Brecon and The Brecon Beacons National Park along with The Black Mountains are 25 minutes.

Leominster with its many antique shops, Victorian market and more is less than 15 minutes.

Learn more about Hay-on-Wye

If you would like to speak to someone who has visited this property please ask for: Elizabeth, Carolyn or Tom

Size Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms
Will consider Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month)
Access Car advised
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

General TV
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron
Utilities Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine
Rooms 2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms
Furniture Double beds (2), Cots (1)
Other High chair
Outdoors Private garden, BBQ
Access Parking

About this location

The Herefordshire region

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

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20 Apr 2014



We arrived to the warmest reception one could have wished for. The location is beautiful, with a vast amount of country side to explore no matter the age group. At the end of a busy day engaging in th… More

8 Apr 2014


"Superbly Equipped, Comfortable and Peacful"

Pearl and John are lovely hosts. Set in the heart of a working farm this cottage has everything you need. The kitchen has every gadget for an enthusiastic cook, the beds are comfortable with lovely li… More

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Elizabeth Daniel (Property Manager Brecon Beacon Holidays)

  • 3 Years listed

Calendar last updated:27 Feb 2015

Based in United Kingdom

Languages spoken
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