This beautiful station building is divided into two self-contained holiday lets, The Booking Office (a three bed property) and The Waiting Room (a two bed property). For larger groups, both cottages can be booked to provide sleeping for 10 people. Directly opposite the station there are large lawns to enjoy garden games, sun lounging or to simply enjoy a peaceful read. This is a truly wonderful country retreat to sit out in the gardens or on the platform and just soak in the country air! We're very fond of just sitting and listening to the birds singing and the breeze brushing through the trees - and the occasional train rolling past, of course! The station is situated down a quiet and pretty country lane within the agricultural heartland of Herefordshire's Frome Valley. We have plenty of parking and dog facilities. Nearest day kennels are: Larkholme Boarding House (01432 850317) £15/day, Ledbury Lodge Kennels (01531 670960) varying £'s. Click here for our Booking Terms & Conditions.
The closest shops are Bartestree Village Stores (6mins drive) & Newtown Cross Garage (7mins drive), who both sell all the fresh & cupboard essentials, including a good range of local produce – including some lovely beers & ciders! A bit further down the road (East, toward Ledbury) you will find a wonderful little spot called The Nest, which boasts a wealth of local, unusual and truly delicious local produce, as well has offering a café and “pop-up” bar (please phone ahead to check if/when serving), as well as a well-stocked garden centre. We should probably point out that this is also where we source the contents of your welcome hamper! If you’re in need of a slightly bigger shop, then there’s plenty of choice in the Tudor market towns of Hereford (15mins) & Ledbury (12mins), but for ease of access, we recommend the latter – both the Tesco & Aldi are on a very simple route, with not much traffic to contend with.
The main entrance is accessed via the sheltered "corridor" in the centre of the building, opening up into a spacious lobby area with stone fire surround housing a double sided wood burning stove, linked through to the living room. Off the entrance lobby guests benefit from a utility area, downstairs shower room with WC and a well equipped kitchen with a tasteful modern finish which captures the rural country charm, comprising of a range of well stocked wall & base units, electric oven & hob, fridge/freezer, integrated dishwasher and a vast array of kitchen tools, pots, pans, glassware, crockery and more. Through an exposed brick archway off the kitchen lies the spacious living room, with large handmade Elm dining table, rear access door out onto the platform, and plenty of seating, naturally all centered around the other face of the wood burning stove, sat in a stone surround with handmade Elm mantelpiece.
Up the stairs you will find a family bathroom with corner bath and mains shower, a good size twin room with two single beds, built-in wardrobe, bedside tables, chest of drawers and a blanket/luggage box under Velux window. The master bedroom is a spacious double with king size bed, bedside tables, dressing table/drawers, built-in wardrobe, blanket box under the Velux window and access on through to the en-suite with WC and wash hand basin. Across the landing is another spacious double with king size bed sat under the Velux window (perfect for stargazing!), bedside tables, chest of drawers, wardrobe and access on through to en-suite housing wash hand basin and WC.
Outside guests can enjoy a meal or a drink sat on the private platform patio, which is a charming spot to sit and enjoy the historic feel come rain or shine, sheltered by the station overhang. Or bask in the sunshine out on the platform lawns & BBQ area, a relaxing setting with unspoilt views over the glorious Herefordshire countryside. The platform garden is largely enclosed with one exit point, with secure fencing to the railway line. In addition to this, there's ample outdoor space within the station yard, including a larger lawn immediately opposite the cottages where guests can play garden games or simply read a book in a shaded spot under trees. This also makes for a great area to play with your K9 friend!
Please note we are still furnishing this cottage, so more photos to follow in due course.
The main entrance is accessed via the sheltered "corridor" in the centre of the building, opening up into a small entrance lobby with concertina doors enclosing a utility area housing a washer/dryer. The lobby leads into a cosy living room, fully kitted out with electric fire, lounge furniture and dining table with comfortable seating for four. An exposed brick archway leads through to modern galley kitchen with country feel, comprising of a range of well stocked wall & base units, electric oven & hob, fridge/freezer, integrated dishwasher and a vast array of kitchen tools, pots, pans, glassware, crockery and more.
Up the stairs you will find a family bathroom with corner bath and electric shower over, a good size twin room with two single beds, built-in wardrobe, bedside tables, chest of drawers and a blanket/luggage box under Velux window. The master bedroom is a spacious double with king size bed, bedside tables, dressing table/drawers, built-in wardrobe, blanket box under the Velux window and access on through to the en-suite with WC and wash hand basin. The landing provides additional space for children to play or, if you can’t escape the office, this acts as a good spot to sit and work in peace using the vintage writing bureau.
Outside guests can enjoy a meal or a drink sitting out in front of the property, and there's ample outdoor space within the station yard, including a large lawn immediately opposite the cottages where guests can play garden games or simply read a book in a shaded spot under trees. This also makes for a great area to play with your K9 friend!
We have pork, burgers and sausages from Neil Powell;
Bread from Peter Cook;
Ciders from Greggs Pit and Bartestree Cider;
Beer from the Hop Shed;
Craft items from Monohandmade and Woodnwool;
Cakes and mince pies from Danielle Jones.
Covid-19 Notice for Guests
Our promise to you:
Regardless of a global pandemic, our properties are always cleaned to a very high standard throughout. Now, in light of the current situation, we are following the latest Government approved cleaning protocol, as advised by the Professional Association of Self-Caterers (PASC), and have prepared a Covid-specific Risk Assessment which can be viewed on request. For your reassurance, please find a copy of our Cleaning Checklist attached to this notice, which details all parts of our cleaning process.
We will also be regularly gathering all the information we can about where you can go out to eat and what local attractions are open as booking in advance will be crucial. This will be especially important for Restaurants and Pubs, as well as many take-a-ways needing advance orders to allocate collection slots. If you require any of this information please don't hesitate to ask.
What we ask of our guests:
The extra workload put on our cleaners means the time available to them is even more valuable during the changeover and so it would be very helpful if, on the day of departure, guests could complete the following:
1. Strip all bedding and bag it up in the white linen sacks provided
2. Open all windows to allow fresh air to circulate - unless it’s raining or likely to rain! 3. Bag up all rubbish and place in the correct outside bins provided
In addition to this, we respectfully ask that during any face-to-face interaction with your host, neighbours or the general public, you maintain social distancing whenever possible (2m is still the aim, but of course 1m+ has now been introduced for those times where 2m is simply not possible).
Covid-19 Specific Changes to What we Offer:
In light of the Covid guidelines released this year, aimed at reducing risk to guests, hosts & the general public, we have had to make a few changes to what we would normally offer/supply to our guests. These are as follows:
Tea, coffee & condiments - rather than leaving fully stocked caddies/mills with these available, for hygiene purposes we are instead just providing a handful of unopened sachets of each tea, coffee, white sugar, brown sugar salt & pepper. To save wastage (unused sachets will need to be thrown away), we aim to “under supply” these, with contact-free top ups available on request.
Children’s toys - given how tactile children are, forever putting things in their mouths, we have taken the decision to not provide the usual children’s toys for now, to avoid any potential risk - these are not the easiest of things to clean beyond doubt, so we feel it’s not worth the risk.
Glasses, crockery, kitchen kit etc. - in light of all the additional cleaning/sanitising required, for now, we are aiming to provide a less than normal level of these sort of items, so the cupboards may look a little bare! They will be at least two sets of all the essentials, and again, contact-free resupplying is possible on request.