Hacton Cruck is a rare example of a medieval hall set in three acres of pasture and orchard on the outskirts of Preston-on-Wye, conveniently located in between Hay-on-Wye and Hereford. An award winning restoration, the cottage has been brought into the 21st without losing any of its original character. The house accommodates four comfortably in double and twin bedrooms, living space is in the atmospheric hall with its minstrel’s gallery.
Hacton is a haven for wildlife - the owner has recorded over sixty species of birds on the farm - the area offers peace and tranquillity, with just one immediate neighbouring property being that of Dily, the housekeeper of the cottage. A network of footpaths leads from the edge of the property for farm walks. The Yew Tree country inn is in the village and ten minutes walk away.
As you walk or drive through peaceful country lanes, it is difficult to believe that up until the time of Hacton’s construction in the early C15th, this gentle countryside was fiercely contested. The numerous castles dotted along the Welsh Borders are evidence of this, yet the bucolic setting is, these days, nothing short of idyllic. Within half an hour you can be wandering through Hereford and admiring its magnificent cathedral, or browsing one of the many second-hand book and antique stores in Hay-on-Wye. A little further away and you have a playground of wilderness to explore; the Forest of Dean, Black Mountains and Brecon Beacons, and market towns like Monmouth, Ross- on Wye and Ledbury. Tintern Abbey and Llanthony Priory vie for the title of most romantic ruin. Herefordshire’s black and white village trail is another draw.
Whether or not you time your visit to coincide with world-class festivals like the Hay-on-Wye Literary Festival, Abergavenny Food Festival or Greenman Festival, there is always something to see, do, eat or drink nearby.
Phil Williams joined Independent Cottages in April 2017
Heating is supplied by a combination of underfloor heating of the flagstone floor in the cooler months and a wood burning stone which may be used at any time of year.
Downstairs is taken up by a spacious living, dining area, and kitchen in the open hall, and twin bedroom.
Additional Information: The property has broadband internet access. No smoking. No pets. Short breaks are available. All towels and bed linen are provided and included in the price together with electricity and logs for the wood burner. Four night midweek or three night weekend breaks available from £360 low season to £610 high season.
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