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The Cider House

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Ledbury, Herefordshire
Grade 4 Star rating
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Sleeps4
Bedrooms2
Bathrooms2
Pets 2
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Description

Enjoy the 9 acres of meadowland that surrounds this property, or travel further afield and discover Ledbury, Hereford, Gloucester and more!


Many years ago, The Cider House was used for storage of grain and home-produced cider barrels (from which its name derives), and preceding that, it housed the farmstead’s cows. More recently, the owners of this model Flemish Bond brick-building have seen it transformed into a calm, comfortable and relaxing retreat in the hills. Well-kept and equipped with all necessary mod-cons, the property is an enviable holiday accommodation, ideal for those who seek solace from the madding crowd and the pressures of the everyday grind.

The property is situated in 9 acres of meadowland, with a meandering brook and smallholding within the grounds of the owner’s working farm, Highbridge Farm, surrounded by rolling Herefordshire countryside yet with easy access to the pretty market town of Ledbury. History emanates from every corner of the farm; earthworks are still visible along the edge of the spinney which dates back to 1066, and the land around the present location of Highbridge Farm has been worked since the Norman times. Buildings of the farm have been present since c1540, and although it has now silted up and planted with young trees, the small stream was once dammed to form a header pool, most likely used to feed the nearby River Leadon. Also visible are medieval ridge and furrow earthworks, a ploughing system used in the Middle Ages (which have been mapped from aerial photos as part of the Malvern Hills National Mapping Programme). Sure enough, the property is great for those who have a thirst for history.

Walkers can enjoy walks from the doorstep and beyond to the Malvern Hills; you might want to bring a camera, sketch pad and pencil, as the area is also popular with photographers, artists and cyclists alike. There are many historical places of interest to visit including castles, National Trust houses and gardens. Ledbury itself offers a selection of boutique shops, galleries, restaurants and local attractions. The picturesque Forest of Dean is well worth a visit for a picnic, or absorb the stunning scenery of the Wye Valley. Further afield but within easy driving, is the cathedral city of Hereford, Ross-on-Wye, Gloucester and Cheltenham. Shop 1¼ miles, pub 1 mile and restaurant 1½ miles.

2 steps to entrance.
Ground Floor:
Open plan living space.
Living area: With 32" Smart TV, DVD player and double sofa bed (for alternative sleeping). Dining area.
Kitchen area: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, tumble dryer and beams.
Bedroom 1: With double bed and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.
First Floor:
Bedroom 2: With double bed, Freeview TV, DVD player, beams and en-suite with bath and toilet.

Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Welcome pack and bathrobes. Enclosed, lawned garden with gravel courtyard, patio, garden furniture, patio heater and barbecue. Shared 9 acre grounds. 2 dogs welcome, to be kept on a lead at all times (sheep country, working farm). Stabling for horses. Ample parking. No smoking. Please note: No children under 12 years of age, and there is a fenced brook in the grounds.

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Features

  • Barbecue
    Barbecue
  • Bike Store
    Bike Store
  • Detached Property
    Detached Property
  • Dishwasher
    Dishwasher
  • Ground Floor Facilities
    Ground Floor Facilities
  • Enclosed Garden / Patio
    Enclosed Garden / Patio
  • Garden / Patio
    Garden / Patio
  • Pub within 1 mile
    Pub within 1 mile
  • Pets – no charge
    Pets – no charge
  • Romantic Getaways
    Romantic Getaways
  • Rural Location
    Rural Location
  • Decorated at Christmas
    Decorated at Christmas
  • Wifi
    Wifi
  • Washing Machine
    Washing Machine
  • Working Farm
    Working Farm
  • Green Scheme
    Green Scheme
  • All En-suite
    All En-suite
  • Parking - On Site
    Parking - On Site

Customer Comments

  • 9

    27/05/2018
    Confirmed guest, 18/05/2018
    We found the cottage both comfortable and well equipped - it was great to be left some welcoming provisions for our arrival. Carol and Ian were friendly but did not disturb us at all. We took our dog Boyd - it was thoughtful to place chairs just outside but under cover so his paws could be properly dried before entering. The enclosed garden was secure and there was a footpath across a field just outside to walk him although the grass was rather long. Our daughter and partner joined us for 3 nights and used the upstairs bedroom with its en-suite, which was useful to have but not quite as good as the en-suite to the downstairs bedroom. If four adults share for a week, the upstairs would definitely be drawing the short straw. However the cost reflects this compared with similar cottages. We can definitely recommend staying in this cottage, especially for dog owners or parents with two teenagers.


  • 10

    21/04/2018
    Confirmed guest, 15/04/2018
    Fabulous cottage highly recommended. Lots if personal touches.


  • 10

    07/04/2018
    Confirmed guest, 03/04/2018
    Wonderful few days spent at The Cider House. A very warm welcome from Carol and a lovely thoughtful selection of local produce together with information on local events. Not been on a cottage break before and Carol and Ian have set the bar very high for any future cottage holidays.


  • 10

    23/12/2017
    Confirmed guest, 22/12/2017
    Very quiet and relaxing, but within easy reach of places we wished to go to. We and the dogs can definitely recommend this cottage, its one of the best we have been to and has all the necessary facilities provided. Ian and Carol were very welcoming sharing their plans for the cottage and surrounds.


  • 10

    17/12/2017
    Confirmed guest, 13/11/2017
    Had a lovely weekend catching up with family. Excellent location, very quiet but close to main roads for travelling. Cottage was lovely, welcome pack was very thoughtful and a nice surprise. Owner was so friendly and really cares that you have a good experience. Would definitely visit again.


  • 1

    14/10/2017
    Confirmed guest, 29/09/2017
    The owners of this 4* property appear to prioritise carpet care over customer care and safety. Dog lovers beware - a minor contravention of the dog-related T&C's resulted in a 30 minute stern ticking off and a excuse to "fine" me £200 for carpet cleaning, which was payable the same day. The owners were open about asking former "errant" guests to leave. It is unfair and misleading to market this property as dog friendly. The property also has several safety related concerns. If you can use the hard to turn door knob to get inside, do watch your head on the upstairs beams, unless you want to suffer a concussion injury as I did. The owner's attitude to guest safety is that people should be responsible for themselves. Take particular care too when entering or leaving the property which is right on a busy country lane with limited visibility to the left and right of the entrance, that doesn't have a name sign. On my return home I needed a week off work to get over my "holiday" and am still recovering physically. I can only hope that no one else has to suffer such an upsetting experience.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the Owner; Customer Care, Safety and Quality of Holiday Experience are at the very heart of our ethos and reason for setting up this ‘retreat’ to share with our guests, as previous reviews will attest. I feel it would be inappropriate and unprofessional to make any further comment until these serious, unsubstantiated allegations are determined. Thank you for taking the time to read this short response.

  • 9

    12/09/2017
    Confirmed guest, 08/09/2017
    Very nice cottage.


  • 9

    09/09/2017
    Confirmed guest, 25/08/2017
    This was an excellent stay and our host could not have been more helpful.


  • 10

    15/07/2017
    Confirmed guest, 14/07/2017
    The cottage is fantastic and in a lovely part of the country. The hosts are most welcoming but get the balance exactly right between friendliness and distance. Our dogs loved the enclosed garden space. Wifi was a bit hit and miss but that was honestly the only thing that we could find any fault with at all. Will be booking again for next year.


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