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Upper Crossway Cottage

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Cottage front from garden

Cottage / 2 bedrooms / sleeps 4

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Cottage / 2 bedrooms / sleeps 4

Key Info
  • Suitable for children over 5
  • Car essential
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

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
Access Car essential
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 Double beds (1), Single beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Private garden
Access Parking, Not suitable for wheelchair users
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 !

Further details

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 Herefordshire region

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.

Newton St Margarets

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 ( for links to all the above plus local pubs, restaurants, shops, theatres, cinemas, festivals..

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28 Sep 2011


"Excellent accomodation"

We heard about this very comfortable self catering accomodation from friends. We were one of the first guests to use it and Stephanie & Mel had worked very hard to put the finishing touches together. We would recommend Crossways as an ideal cottage to explore the area of Hay on Wye, Hereford, and Ross on Wye.

27 Sep 2011


"Just what we needed - superb stay"

My partner and I were lucky enough to stay at Upper Crossway while we attended a friends wedding in the Parish Church at Newton St. Margarets. Both Mel and Steph were very attentive and friendly hosts and made us feel welcome but not hassled in any way. Our accomodation was homely and very comfortable, beautifuly soft towels and plenty of piping hot water and a comfortable bed to fall into at the end of the day. We were thrilled to have some ground coffee and a cafetiere on our room, such a nice touch as we can't stand instant coffee! The breakfast was really superb, freshly cooked and using quality, fresh, local produce, everything was cooked well from the free range eggs to the homemade hash browns. The cooked breakfast was followed by generous hunks of toast cut from a good quality loaf of bread and a wide range of top quality preserves topped it off perfectly. The wide range of "proper" (not from concentrate) fruit juices was also appreciated. Upper Crossway is a real home from home where the emphasis is on homely comfort and quality ingredients - in our book this is exactly what the great English B&B is all about.

Thanks for the lovely comments - we really enjoyed welcoming you both. You may like to know that we now have a secure lock-up for bikes attached to the cottage so if you come to us again for B&B or for a self-catering stay, you could bring your bikes along as well and explore that lovely countryside you were admiring on your brief visit! Regards - Steph and Mel

14 Sep 2011


"We just loved it!"

Really high standard, really comfortable, every small detail has been thought of by the owners. Comfy beds, gorgeous shower room, well fitted kitchen and lovely garden. There is a 'backroads' drive to Hay on Wye which is beautiful. Stephanie is a wonderful hostess and deserves every success in this venture. We initially thought it pricey but it is worth every penny. Go, and enjoy.

Mel and I really enjoyed welcoming you to Upper Crossway Cottage over the Hay Festival and are so glad you found everything to your liking. Yesterday we walked over an extensive common just off the 'scenic route' from here to Hay-on-Wye that you mention. The walk took us to the edge of the ridge and we looked out over the complete north-eastern edge of the Black Mountains - beautiful and spectacular. We are busy compiling a folder of our favourite walks and this one will go in! Hope you will be able to return and enjoy it all again. Regards, Mel and Steph

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