The Old Threshing Barn

United Kingdom, Leominster area, North Herefordshire, Lyonshall
  • Sleeps 4

  • en suites
  • spectacular gardens
  • huge living area
  • views
  • library
  • placed to catch the sun

Fantastic Quality Barn Conversion in stunning Gardens

The Old Threshing Barn is the ideal base for some of the areas finest walks, Offas Dyke, Long Mynd and Bucknell to Knighton. Following Offa's Dyke to the south is Hay on Wye. The holiday let benefits from a large and very beautiful 3 acre shared garden of rare and remarkable design created by a one of the owners, a professional garden designer.

The Barn is at the side of the owner's house in a tranquil spot. Surrounded by 13 acres of private woodland filled with a variety of native trees and carpeted with bluebells in spring. Guests are free to visit all areas of the garden and woodland. The Barn is large, light, filled with books, rugs, paintings and antique furniture and furnished very much as a home. One of the outstanding features of The Old Threshing Barn is the large living/ entertaining space with a library and full height French windows.

Also, there's a genuine 1959 Wurlitzer in the barn with 200 original records from the 50s/60s/70s. And you don't have to put any money in it!

There are two stories. Upstairs there is a private balcony with garden furniture looking out onto the wild life pond with views of the countryside to the south; the perfect place for a drink at the end of the day. The Barn sleeps 4 in two ensuite bedrooms.

Entering, a modern kitchen is to the right and a large downstairs toilet and shower to the left. The kitchen overlooks the very large downstairs dining and sitting room featuring large two story windows on each side and french doors with a lovely view at the far end beyond the woodburner and sofas.

To the left are the stairs to an upstairs sitting area with TV. At the end there is a small balcony with far views over rolling countryside and a lovely view of part of the remarkable gardens. Chairs are available to enjoy morning sunshine or a drink in the evening after a day out exploring.

Walking back above the dining area can be found the two en suite bedrooms. The left is bedroom 1, a twin that can be made up as a double on request and, to the right, is bedroom 2, a king size bedroom. The building is highly insulated and the woodburner adds to the already efficient heating.

As the owners have their own friendly dogs and cats, who can make a fuss of you. Sadly, guests cannot bring pets to stay. But for keen gardners it is one of the most delightful places to stay. The owners do not charge for wood fuel so you can use the wood burner as much as you like. We have rated this holiday let as CHL 5 star on the basis of the gardens, the size of the accommodation and its exceptional value and nature. It is unusual and quite special.

Quality duvets, pillows, bed linen and towels are provided.

Arrival after 3pm please and departure before 10.30am. All bookings carry a booking fee of £35.00 already included in the advertised price, unless it is a repeat booking at the same holiday let within three years, then there is no booking fee charge. If you are repeat booking you will need to ring to book on 01568 612467.

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  • Aga/Rayburn
  • Bath
  • Child Friendly
  • Coffee Percolator
  • Cooker Gas/Electric
  • Cot / Highchair
  • Disabled Friendly
  • Dishwasher
  • DVD Player
  • En Suite
  • Fishing nearby
  • Fishing onsite
  • Fridge/Fridge-Freeze
  • Games Room
  • Garden/Outdoor space
  • Golf nearby
  • Hairdryer
  • Heating
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Jacuzzi/Hot Tub
  • Microwave
  • No dogs
  • Offroad free Parking
  • Pet friendly
  • Satellite/Freeview
  • Sauna
  • Shower
  • Smoking
  • Swimming Pool
  • Television
  • Tennis Court
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • WiFi
  • wood burner

About The Old Threshing Barn

Located in North West Herefordshire The Old Threshing Barn is situated about .4 of a mile along a small country road. It nestles on the side of a wooded ridge.

It is an excellent location for walking Offa's Dyke, a long distance footpath running for a total of 180 miles north - south along the ancient border of England and Wales. Our nearest access to the path is about three miles away, where the path winds across a ridge, with fantastic views into Wales and the Marches. After about three miles you reach Gladestry with a welcoming pub - a good stopping point with the option of a straight return to Kington or a circular route.

There are other splendid routes from Kington, from one hour strolls around the town to the 30 mile Mortimer trail through the beautiful hills of the border country to Ludlow

To the south is the Black and White village of Eardisley and, then, the historic market town of Hay on Wye, with its medieval castle, and famous for its international literary festival. Hay has wonderful narrow streets, cafes, quality pubs, galleries, gift and craft shops, as well as a host of secondhand book shops, giving a wide variety of places to explore.

The River Wye to the south offers a great year-round stroll for anyone with beautiful views to enjoy all the way along, up river, is a natural stone beach with pools good for swimming on a hot day. There is the memorable walk to Hay Bluff. You can drive most of the way up to what is a very special place with landscape views across large parts of England and Wales.

East of Hay on Wye to the centre of the county is Hereford, famous for its Cathedral housing the unique Mappa Mundi and Chained Library exhibitions that open all year round.

North of Kington are Presteigne and Knighton. Knighton is an attractive border town, mostly medieval - the Eastern edge of the town is actually in England but the main part is in Wales. The main street is topped by a clock tower around which are a number of narrow streets with local shops and cafes to explore, these streets are called "The Narrows" locally.

There is a local Town Trail available which shows visitors the places of interest around the town and gives you an insight into the incredible history as well as the Marches history. Knighton was governed by the Mortimer family who had their stronghold in nearby Wigmore for many years, the remains of their castle still stands.

Further to the north is the beautiful village of Clun and the border town of Bishops Castle on the edge of the South Shropshire Hills and the Stiperstones.


September 2016 "We had an absolutely wonderful short break in the Old Threshing Barn. The most well equipped accommodation we have ever stayed in (and we have stayed in a lot!) The gardens were superb - Richard and Cary were very friendly and helpful - the dogs and cats were very well behaved - a property in a superb location and only five minutes from Kington where there are excellent butchers and bakers and a choice of supermarkets.

We will certainly be back."

August 2016 "Truly excellent. A wonderful place to stay, welcoming and attentive hosts who provided that bit extra. Clean, comfortable and luxurious accommodation in beautiful surroundings and the Juke box was a real added bonus. Great value for money and we would love to return."

May 2016 "We had a lovely holiday in the Old Threshing Barn once again."

February 2016 "We had a wonderful holiday at The Old Threshing Barn. It's a stunning and unique property, full of light and furnished with antiques and very unusual items, like the Wurlitzer juke box! The owners left a fantastic welcome pack with all the basics, plus a bottle of wine, and couldn't have been more welcoming and helpful. We particularly enjoyed walking through the woodlands on the estate, accompanied by the 3 friendly, resident dogs! We will definitely be going back!"

September 2015 "We had a wonderful time at the Old Threshing Barn. The Barn was very comfortable, spacious, and interesting with fabulous views across the gardens. The gardens were amazing and we had some lovely walks around the large land. The owners, and theirs pets, made us very welcome. Really the perfect holiday for us.

A truly magical place which we did not want to leave and hope one day to return."

August 2015 "Fantastic spacious accommodation for 4. We loved the personality of the property. A must for garden lovers."

May 2015 "Just to let you know that we had a wonderful time staying at the Old Threshing Barn. The weather was very mixed but there are plenty of National Trust properties and black and white villages to visit nearby. It was lovely to come back to the barn and sit next to the log burner drinking a glass of wine. We had a very relaxing holiday and we thoroughly enjoyed walking around the beautiful gardens landscaped by the current owner.

As I said in the comments leaflet - it was a great privilege to stay in such a place, full of antiques and books. It was like staying in a property shown in the 'House and Garden' magazine. We will definitely come back, hopefully annually, it was that good!"

Area around The Old Threshing Barn

Offa's Dyke Path runs through nearby Kington, it is midway along Offa's Dyke and a little north is the start of Glyndwr's Way. The lovely surrounding countryside makes it ideal for walking, cycling and outdoor activity holidays.

Knighton is home to the Offa's Dyke centre, with an interactive exhibition covering the fascinating history of the dyke and other walks available locally. On this part of Offa's Dyke are some of the best preserved earthworks. Close to the town are the Spaceguard Centre and the Judges Lodging at Presteigne, there is, also, a local 9 hole golf course, 18 hole golf courses are available at both Kington and Ludlow nearby.

Kington has a great deal to offer visitors, you can enjoy a quiet drink or meal in a local pub, all of which ooze history or browse the quirky variety of shops at your leisure, including a reasonable sized supermarket, there are shops available 7 days a week, although please check the opening hours. This area is saturated with local artists and their work can be seen and bought locally as well.

A few miles to the east is the village of Pembridge one of several on the Black and White village trail. The New Inn has an open fire most days of the year, and provides pub food. The other side of Pembridge village is Dunkerton's, an organic cider producer with a shop and restaurant in a black and white barn. A Cook's Kitchen is open on a Mondays, when many restaurants are closed. . The Stagg at Titley with has a Michelin star. For an extra special treat Mr Underhill's in Ludlow is worth a visit but bookings often need to be made well in advance.

Hay on Wye has a good choice of pubs and restaurants. The Swan Hotel has a bar, the Three Tuns provides pub food and the Globe is comfortable cafe serving food all day. It's a good place for families with lots of space. The Bull's Head at Crasswall is outside of Hay but worth considering. The Bull's Head is a wonderful untouched pub serving great food. Outside the door you will find excellent walking in the Olchon Valley, well described in Owen Sheers's book Resistance (and recently filmed) and on the Black Hill of Bruce Chatwin fame. Lurkenhope featured in the book is, in fact, just north of Knighton on the road to Clun.

Other local pubs offering food include The Harp at Old Radnor with fires in the winter and outside seating areas, with wonderful views to the west, for warmer weather.

To the west, in Wales, is the spectacular Elan Valley. The Elan Valley (Welsh: Cwm Elan) is a river valley situated to the west of Rhayader, in Powys, Wales, sometimes known as the "Welsh Lake District". It covers 70 square miles (180 km2) of lake and countryside. The valley contains the Elan Valley Reservoirs and Elan Village, designed by architect Herbert Tudor Buckland as part of the same scheme. Elan Village is the only purpose-built Arts and Crafts "Model Village" in Wales. It is also famous for its picturesque scenery. Over 80% of the valley is designated as Sites of Special Scientific Interest, and a popular cycle trail, the Elan Valley Trail, makes a loop from Rhayader around the reservoirs. Part of the trail overlaps with a spur of National Cycle Route 81.

The Old Threshing Barn is in a good location to explore South Shropshire, Herefordshire and Wales. There are several market towns, all with historic interest: Shrewsbury , Ludlow, Leominster and Hereford. There is a photo gallery for Hay on Wye. Other towns of interest are Clun and Bishop’s Castle with its local Brewery The Three Tuns, perfect for Real Ale lovers.

This is an idyllic retreat based near the English/Welsh border, any time of the year, there is plenty to see and do. Visit our Events Calendar, Attractions, Things to do for free and Where to Eat pages for more ideas.

The Old Threshing Barn is in a good location to explore South Shropshire, Herefordshire and Wales. There are several market towns a short drive away all with historic interest: Brecon, Leominster and Hereford. Ludlow and Shrewsbury are further north but a lovely drive for a day trip out. Other towns of interest are Clun and Bishop’s Castle with its local Brewery, The Three Tuns, perfect for Real Ale lovers.

This is a perfect base for exploring the area, any time of the year, there is plenty to see and do.

Visit our Events Calendar, Attractions, Things to do for free and Where to Eat pages for more ideas.


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