3 (all year)
Bridgefarm House is in the beautiful Herefordshire village of Michaelchurch Escley, close to the Welsh border and the Brecon Beacons National Park. The Grade II listed farmhouse dates from the 1600s and sleeps up to 10 guests in four gorgeous bedrooms with plenty of character and original features. The award-winning Bridge Inn pub is only a short walk from the cottage for times when you want to treat yourself to a delicious meal cooked by someone else. The layout and location make this house ideal for families and friends.
The quiet village is popular with walkers and cyclists, which isn't surprising when you consider the surrounding landscape. Wake every morning to the blissful sight of the Black Mountains and the Herefordshire hills which are a haven for birds and wildlife. You won't be able to wait to explore, whether it be up a mountain, beside a river or in one of the region's charming towns. Hay-on-Wye is 9-miles away with an impressive selection of specialist book shops, superb cafes, delis and boutiques, as well as a weekly market that runs every Thursday morning. Hereford sits on the River Wye and is another great choice for shopping, sightseeing and eating. Don't miss a visit to the cathedral which houses the ancient Mappa Mundi as well as one of the oldest chained libraries in Europe. Other choices for a day out include the vibrant market town of Abergavenny (market days are Tuesday and Saturday, with a flea market on Wednesday). Ledbury's black and white timber Tudor buildings are some of the best-preserved in England, while those who appreciate that period of architecture can follow the Black and White Trail. If a cider trail is more to your taste, then Herefordshire has that covered as well!
Historians will delight in the number of castles scattered along the Welsh border, their elevated locations once used for spotting enemies now provide the perfect picnic spot with panoramic views. The Three Castles walk is an excellent route for keen walkers in any season. The 19-mile route passes Grosmont, Skenfrith and White Castles, or stay closer to home and on the beautiful three-mile Cat's Back walk, stretching it by another three miles if you continue onto Hay Bluff. The scenery around here will take your breath away whether you walk, cycle, climb or drive through it. Alternatively, give your legs a rest by taking it easy along the pretty circular walk from Bridgefarm House along Escley Brook from where you can admire Cat's Back and Hay Bluff without having to scale them.
The owners of Bridgefarm House have two spacious yurts that are ideal for couples or families with one or two young children. These can be booked separately or together with the farmhouse to accommodate bigger groups of friends or extended families. Please see the owner's website for information.
Gisela & Glyn joined Independent Cottages in August 2020
Bridgefarm House is a beautiful Grade II listed cottage with period features and accommodation over two levels.
Outside: The house has mature gardens and an area of lawn and picnic benches. The yurts are in a separate part of the garden which is private from the main house. There is ample off-street parking.
Additional Information: All utilities, WiFi, linen and towels are provided, along with a starter pack of logs for the wood burner. Short breaks are possible depending on availability. Smoking not permitted. One well behaved dog accepted by prior agreement at an additional charge of £10 per night (dogs must be kept downstairs and off soft furnishings).
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