White Hopton House

Sarn near Bishop's Castle, Wales (Ref. 906834)

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Cottage features

  • Hot tub
  • Swimming pool
  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Smoke-free
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Sky TV
  • Broadband / WiFi
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The property

Sarn 1.3 miles.

A beautiful, 17th century, detached, black and white timber-framed country house, situated next to the owner’s barn conversion home and stables, amidst 12 acres of land and only 1.3 miles from the rural village of Sarn.

Close to the English/Welsh border, and with no passing traffic, this historic Churchstoke holiday cottage is a wonderful example of post Tudor (1625) timber-framed architecture which, in later years, has had a Victorian extension.

This wonderful property provides high-quality, character accommodation which includes a wealth of exposed oak beams, trusses and wall timbers as well as boasting all modern facilities which include a heated, outdoor swimming pool open between April and October, a sauna and a six-seater hot tub.

Set over three floors, this lovely Churchstoke cottage has two charming second floor twin bedrooms and four first floor romantic bedrooms, two with excellent en-suites, one with an all-body jet shower, and all with TV, DVD and full Sky Multiroom.

The delightful kitchen has a range cooker and large breakfast table and is very well equipped, the formal dining room is atmospheric and perfect for enjoying family meals, whilst the two sitting rooms, one with an impressive inglenook fireplace with woodburning stove, both have a large TV and are ideal for relaxing.

Outside this Sarn cottage is a large front lawn with fenced off pond, which is home to peacocks and geese, whilst the lovely rear garden boasts a large lawn and patio, housing the large outdoor heated swimming pool and the spacious changing room with 5-seat sauna, shower and WC.

There's also a hot tub, meaning this outdoor leisure area will provide hours of family fun and relaxation and is perfect for unwinding after an exciting day out discovering this beautiful region, which is known as the Border Lands.

The area surrounding this Sarn cottage is extremely rural, with vast open landscapes and the whole area provides excellent walking, cycling and mountain biking, with Offa’s Dyke, the Kerry Rideway, and Clun Forest nearby.

Enjoy trips to delightful Montgomery, Bishop’s Castle, Church Stretton, medieval Ludlow and even the beautiful beaches of Cardigan Bay.

This is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy a beautiful character Sarn holiday cottage with excellent facilities, in a scenic part of the UK.


Over three floors. Six bedrooms (all first floor rooms include TV with Sky Multiroom): 2 x super king-size double (one with dressing room and en-suite double-ended bath, walk-in jet shower, twin basins and WC), 1 x king-size double with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x king-size double with dressing room, 2 x second floor twin. First floor bathroom with bath, separate shower, basin and WC. Ground floor basin and WC. Kitchen with breakfast area (seats 8). Utility. Boot room. Dining room. Sitting room (seats 9) with woodburning stove. Large sun lounge (seats 10) with French doors leading to swimming pool, sauna (seats 5), hot tub (seats 6) and external changing room with music system, shower and WC.


Oil central heating with woodburning stove. Britannia electric range with double oven and 6-ring hob, microwave, 2 x fridges, fridge/freezer, chest freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, 6 x TVs (one 50") with Sky Multiroom, DVDs, WiFi, selection of books, games and CDs. Fuel, power and fuel for woodburner inc. in rent. Bed linen and towels inc. in rent, please bring own pool towels. Travel cot and highchair on request. Off road parking for 6 cars. Lockable bike storage. Large front lawn with fenced pond. Large rear lawn with patio and furniture, covered sitting area, BBQ, private outdoor heated swimming pool, sauna and changing room. Hot tub. Two well-behaved dogs welcome. Sorry, no smoking. Shops 6 miles, pub 1.5 miles. Note: Children to be supervised in pool and sauna. Note: There is modern stabling for 4 horses, paddocks and riding trails, for more details contact owner directly. Note: The front lawn with fenced pond has peacocks and geese, children to be supervised. Note: Private outdoor pool is 40' x 20' and 3' to 6' deep, is open Apr- beginning of Oct and heated to 86 degrees.

Please note: The number of people occupying this property should not exceed the number stated on the Holiday Confirmation. If you wish to invite additional guests, this must be agreed by the owner in advance.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas

Guest Reviews


    • “Mr”
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    • “Cannot recommend this property enough! We had the most amazing week here with a family of 3 generations who all enjoyed all of amenities available. The pool and hot tub are fantastic and the owners keep it this way by coming early each morning to keep it to the immensely clean standard that we were greeted with upon our arrival. We had fresh eggs delivered to us from the owners of the property making us feel even more welcome and with 5 children/teens with us the note in the welcome book to 'make as much noise as we like' was very welcome! It was nice to not have to feel like that we were bothering anyone and that the kids could all thoroughly enjoy themselves! The surrounding areas and animals in particular were a massive hit with everyone as were all of the extras inside the house. Plenty of activities to do, more than enough TVs to go round, although the setting of the property meant we didn't really use them as we were too busy otherwise or chose to spend the time together gathered round the one in the amazing sun room! We also had our 2 puppies with us, Trixie and Diesel, who were again welcomed by the owners and they too enjoyed the vast outdoor areas! The house itself is very remote, but for us from a busy city that was a welcome change! The nearest supermarkets (Tesco/Morrisons/Iceland) are all within a 10 minute drive to Newtown so your not too cut off if you need anything! Overall, if your thinking of booking this property.....DO IT! You won't regret it, unless your looking for something in the middle of a bustling city!!! Thank you to Sharon and Wayne for renting out their property and giving us a family holiday we won't forget!”

    Stacy B, September 2015

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    • “Wonderful property. We were a large family group of 3 generations celebrating a 40th birthday. Pool and hot tub kept the children and adults happy. Very remote but once in happy to stay in property. A couple of practical pointers to consider. Could do with an extra frying pan for such large groups otherwise breakfast can take a long time to prepare! The dishwasher was not very good as some of the plates were too large for it. But that apart a truly magnificent venue”

    Irene R, Worthing, United Kingdom, June 2015

    • “Birthday bash - made to feel very welcome”
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    • “We booked this venue for a large family gathering for my birthday. I really wanted something with a wow factor and this place has it. The booking through Sykes cottages was efficient and the company kept in touch as the house was new to the site and did not have interior photos to view at the time. They were happy to reserve our booking until we had viewed the rooms. We were not disappointed. Nearer the time we contacted Wayne and Sharon and nothing was too much trouble. I called as we needed a camp bed for my 3 yr old niece - sorted. I also needed to discuss linen change during the week as some guest were staying just for the weekend with a whole new change of linen required. There was plenty lining and towels stored in the utility room so no laundry day was needed. They also answered all my question promptly about the games console and if they had a food warmer (they didn't, shame as they are useful when cooking for 12) I was worried that due to the rural nature that the kids would be bored but I needn't had worried as they never left the pool which was well heated (we did discovered that the Play station had been replaced by a Wii and Xbox but they never left the box).The directions given were good but the lane was still easy to miss. I looked on Google earth to give me a better idea and glad I did. The photos on the website simply did not do the house justice. It was more beautiful. The oak floors and stair, to the formal dining room, the front lounge and sun room so comfortable and useful if you wanted peace and quite watching the movie channel, while the rest of the party chatted watching sport. Or you could disappear to your room and watch what you want on the sky multi channel. We had the master bedroom with the huge ensuite. It had a slipper bath and a walk-in shower, along with the heated floor, which was a touch of luxury. a brand new hair dryer was also supplied. The owners popped across from their onsite home to welcome us with local wine and beer and supplied fresh eggs when needed. Basic for a cuppa was in place too. Helped direct us to the best butcher locally where we were not disappointed (Ricky Lloyds in Welshpool the burgers were like door stops!) On the day of the birthday they generously gave me a bottle of Champaign and a box of chocolates which was very thoughtful and very well received. (Thank you). The owners love dogs and despite what the website says Sharon was happy for us to leave them in the house alone but since we didn't really need to go anywhere this wasn't an issue. The house is fantastic but here's a couple of points to maybe consider: the back garden is huge and peaceful, ideal for our old dog but it is uneven as I discovered whilst playing badminton. The external stone flag step near the greenhouse were loose but easily avoidable. The family bathroom is on the first floor not the 2nd floor as stated on the website, the twin bedroom on the 2nd floor has crooked stairs and a low ceiling leading up to it so really not for the infirm however our granddad and my dad slept up there and were fine and finally it is an very old house with very low beams so 'watch your head' quickly followed by and swear word became a regular occurrence of the house. It is the norm for the electrics to trip out but again easily solved by a phone call to the owners who left us the key to the electrics room if it happened again. Depending on your network the phone signals are very poor as so is the Wi-Fi but the owners we already solving that small issue when we left. Although there was a basket of leaflets a guide/ info book would have been useful eg nearest supermarket, pub, best places to eat, distance to dog friendly beach. Oviously this is all online but with the poor Wi-Fi this meant this was not always possible - so consider doing your research before you go. The house does have its quirkiness ( the 'butler' and possible 'ghost') which will leave you smiling. We were all sad to leave as we had a lovely time and would definitely return someday hopefully soon.”

    Warnesygirl, West Yorkshire, September 2014

    • “Fantastic relaxing stay”
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    • “We stayed at this house as part of a family group arranged by my father-in-law. As a idyllic relaxing place to stay you can't do much better! The house is an old 17th Century farmhouse, with later Victorian extensions and a later conservatory added which adds to the character of the property. Inside there are numerous places to relax or eat all tastefully integrating the latest mod-cons with the character of the house. One of the characters though is the low beams - if you're over 5 foot 7 you'll need to watch your head! Also, the floor in the Victorian section is lower than the older section so people with mobility difficulties may need to think about the additional steps. The amenities offered are vast and are included to help entertain and relax you, from the big screen TV's all with Sky in all bedrooms and living areas (the conservatory has the biggest at 50") to the heated pool, hot tub and sauna. A badminton set is also provided, and there are many places to sit outside and enjoy the sun - around the pool, outside the conservatory, at the "bar" in the garden (not a real bar - one made up as a show-piece in the garden) or the gazebo. Kids have a wendy house outside to play with - though if there is one suggestion I would make to the owners is that they provide some other outdoor play equipment for the little ones - a swing/slide set from Argos (or similar retailer) would do it and an ideal place would be by the "bar" - adults could sit have a nice drink and watch their children play safely. Location wise you're 1.5 miles from the nearest village (the pub isn't recommended though - and they don't serve food) and 7 miles from the nearest town Newtown which has rail links to Shrewsbury and Birmingham and coach links too. The area is in the valley of Kerry so the local scenery is very hilly and picturesque. There are many places to visit nearby too. Something to watch out for (and this isn't a fault with the property) is that if you're coming in using a postcode on a Sat Nav, it will take you up a wrong lane as the postcode covers many of the lanes! You may find using a grid reference of 52.511618, -3.140642 (as provided by Google Maps) more accurate. Also, the Wi-Fi wasn't working while we were there (connection fault) though wireless mobile dongles are provided in case of problems like this. The owners live on-site in a modern building next door and can be contacted if problems occur. The property is surrounded by farm-land and the gardens are home to ducks, geese and peacocks (yes, peacocks live on-site!). Also, while we were there a neighbouring farm cat decided to drop-by and stay! In summary - I doubt you'll find a better place to stay in the area than this house.”

    Andy2510, Birmingham, August 2014

    • “Beautiful house, gardens, pool, owners and peacocks!”
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    • “We stayed at White Hopton house for the Easter Weekend and had such a fantastic time. The house is spacious, beautiful decorated and clean. The facilities were fantastic with the pool, BBQ area and large garden being a highlight for us! The owner kindly directed us to a lovely walk just minutes from the property which had fantastic views over the welsh countryside, wildlife and house itself. I would recommend this place to anyone!”

    Amy C, Queenstown, New Zealand, April 2014

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    • “An absolutely fantastic property, could not recommend it highly enough. The facilities were fantastic and kept the whole family entertained all week! Exceptionally impressed and would love to return.”

    Mr Barry, Leeds, August 2015

    • “Fantastic house and garden. The pool, sauna, hot tub and BBQ were absolutely great. The location is beautiful as well and the owners are very friendly and helpful.”

    Mr Roberts, Ferndown, July 2015

    • “Loved White Hopton House to bits. Had a great pool, tub and sauna which we used in all weathers. Everything had been thought of, even down to games consoles (whilst we didn't use them ourselves would no doubt get the approval of any teenage guest). The owners were very helpful and friendly.”

    Mr Wallace, Cambridge, May 2015

    • “White Hopton House was very nice indeed, loved the pool,sauna and hot tub. Great to have TVs in the room especially the lounge and conservatory and the fact that there was the sports channels available.”

    Mrs McNally, Middlesbrough, May 2015

    • “The house was 'awesome' according to an adult and one of the grandchildren. The pool and hot tub and sauna were equally very much appreciated as was the location. The house met all our requirements. Thanks to the owners and all who look after the property.”

    Rev Raven, Exeter, April 2015

    • “The cottage was amazing. The owners were helpful and looked after us well and the pool, sauna and hot tub really made our holiday. Can't wait to come again.”

    Ms Owen, Maidstone, February 2015

    • “The location was beautiful, there were plenty of varied walks and the views of the rolling countryside were amazing particularly from the top of the hill to the side of the house. We enjoyed a great celebratory weekend at Hopton House. The pool and the hot tub were an added bonus and we still managed to use them the weekend before Xmas. Many thanks for a wonderful weekend, I'm sure my parents will have some fond memories for their golden wedding anniversary.”

    Mrs Whittaker, Chester, December 2014

    • “White Hopton House is a superb property. The excellent interior is matched by the top class outdoor pool facilities which we were able to put to full use with unseasonally warm weather in November.”

    Mrs Simms, St. Helens, November 2014

    • “We could not fault anything, the Hosts were very helpful and obliging, cannot thank them enough. We will go there again some time in the future. Thank you.”

    Mr Whitehouse, Birmingham, October 2014

    • “So happy with our choice to stay at White Hopton House for our honeymoon. Exactly what we were looking for. Everything perfect. Owners extremely helpful and accommodating. Would love to stay there again!”

    Mr Phelps, Wolverhampton, September 2014

    • “This house was amazing! The children loved the swimming pool and the hot tub. They loved having a BBQ and the badminton court. The rooms we fantastic, bedsheets clean and mattresses comfy. The en-suite rooms were just great. The second everyone stepped into the house they went running around looking at everything in awe! The children came running down in excitement and were already deciding which rooms they were to sleep in! I would definitely recommend White Hopton House to others!”

    Mrs Begum, London, August 2014

    • “The hosts were fantastic, they went out of their way to ensure we had a fabulous holiday. Everything was even better than we expected. The house is beautiful, full of character and tastefully decorated in keeping with its age but with all the modern conveniences.”

    Mrs Rokach, London, August 2014

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About the location


Kerry 4 miles; Montgomery 4 miles; Bishops Castle 5 miles.

Sarn is a small village, which nestles in the lovely Vale of Kerry, centrally located in Mid Wales and close to the borders with Shropshire. This wonderfully scenic region is known as The Marches and is steeped in history. Nearby is Kerry, which has a village shop and two pubs, one with a restaurant. The area is known as a popular destination for walkers and mountain bikers because of the Kerry Ridgeway; a gentle 15 mile route through the hills providing remarkable views in all directions (up to 70 miles on clear days). Discover Montgomery and Powis Castles, the medieval towns of Bishops Castle, Ludlow, Shrewsbury and Machynlleth, or the Snowdonia and Brecon Beacons National Parks. With easy access to Offa's Dyke, beautiful gardens, steam railways and the stunning Cardigan Bay coastline about an hour's drive away, this location is a real gem!