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Woodlands Cottage

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Docklow near Leominster, Herefordshire Show on map


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  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Garden / Patio
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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47 Customer Reviews

  • "My friend and I plus my 2 dogs spent Christmas at Woodlands cottage."

    I wouldn’t normally stay in a cottage attached to the owner’s house but I want to thank Jane for being so welcoming , to the point where my friend felt comfortable enough to ask for some flour she’d needed and I felt comfortable walking my dogs around the beautiful grounds. My friend is a chef and she was impressed with the kitchen quality. I found the bed very comfortable which is important. Very handy to have 2 sofas and 2 bathrooms. The weather was atrocious but we hunkered down. We did think the wood burner was real and were a little disappointed to find it was electric, but that was our mistake. The WiFi isn’t great but my friend was able to make zoom calls so it was adequate. Spotlessly clean , a bit draughty and cold but it was December in the middle of a 3 day storm ! The garden was enclosed and safe for the dogs which was very important . An enjoyable stay .

    Reviewed by Rachel5.0Dec 2023

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our stay."

    Brian & Jane made us very welcome. It's a lovely cottage and quite likely we'll be coming back. It was ideal for us we were all very comfortable and the garden is secure for dogs.

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Dec 2023

  • "Wonderful let in a wonderful setting."

    With a fabulous and friendly welcome from the owners. Will be returning!

    Reviewed by Robin5.0Oct 2023

  • "We had an idyllic week at woodland cottage."

    Such a hidden gem. Wonderful position, beautiful scenery, private and tranquil. High spec, everything you could need. Owners very helpful. If you want a get away from it all holiday this is the place. Herefordshire is a beautiful county and Docklow Manor is in a good position to explore it. Highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Patricia5.0Sep 2023

  • "We have just spent a relaxing and peaceful week in Woodlands cottage."

    The cottage was clean and comfortable and well equipped with everything we needed. Jane and Brian were very friendly and helpful. The cake and milk on arrival was a lovely touch. Jane cooked us a lovely meal midweek which is highly recommended. There is a lovely secure garden which the dogs enjoyed. The Kings Head pub serves lovely meals and is very friend!y and only minutes from the cottage. Already looking forward to going back.

    Reviewed by Janet5.0Sep 2023

  • "A lovely cottage situated in beautiful surroundings with stunning scenery."

    We cooked every night and really appreciated the well stocked, large kitchen, nespresso machine with coffee pods, fresh milk, fresh coffee provided with percolator, yummy lemon cake baked by Jane, and enjoyed the local walks. A really relaxing stay in a tranquil part of the UK.

    Reviewed by Hanna4.7Jul 2023

  • "Beautiful cottage in very calming surroundings everything we could’ve asked for…a relaxing break."

    Thank you David Julie and Tilly

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Jul 2023

  • "Woodlands is a quintessential English cottage with roses growing around the door."

    It is in a beautiful setting, that's quiet with lovely grounds. The garden is nicely secluded and adorned with roses and most smell divine. Inside, the cottage is well equipped and very comfortable with all you need for a restful stay. Jane, the owner, is welcoming and charming. My only criticism is with the WiFi. For ordinary surfing it is fine but the upload speeds are pitiful. Having said that, it wouldn't put me off returning another day.

    Reviewed by Brian4.4Jun 2023

  • "Had a lovely holiday."

    Woodland Cottage is charming and has the most beautiful views of the country side.The enclosed garden is ideal for your four legged friends and a place you can relax in. Docklow is peaceful and ideally placed to visit all the surrounding areas. Hopefully we shall return. Thank you to Jane, Brian and lovely Shirley for making us welcome.

    Reviewed by Stephanie4.7May 2023

  • "Jane and Brian were very welcoming, and we felt right at home."

    We had one minor property issue on the Sunday (which did not need immediate attention) - but a tradesman came that day and resolved the issue very quickly (impressive for a Sunday the day prior to a Bank Holiday) No complaints at all, and we would happily stay there again.

    Reviewed by Adrian5.0May 2023

  • "We enjoyed our stay at Woodlands Cottage lovely surroundings."

    Cottage had everything you would need. Lovely cake made by the owner when we arrived. We would defiantly return .

    Reviewed by Phyllis5.0Feb 2023

  • "We were greeted by the housekeeper and nothing was too much trouble."

    The cottage is beautifully decorated and has extremely comfortable beds. It was lovely and warm, and very well equipped. The garden was secure and relaxing. The views all around were stunning. I would definitely stay again and recommend to relatives visiting the area. An absolute gem! Many thanks to Jane and Shirley.

    Thank you so much for your lovely feedback - I'm so glad Woodlands Cottage met your needs and made you comfortable. Thank you for booking with us, and please do send your friends and relatives along, they'd be most welcome! Best wishes Jane Property Owner

    Reviewed by Victoria5.0Jan 2023

  • "We loved the cottage and had a very cosy time there."

    The owners were very nice and helpful, the kitchen was really well stocked. We really appreciated the Christmas decorations and the gorgeous treats left as gifts. The only minor inconvenience was that you need to walk through the second bedroom to get to the bathroom, which is tricky in the middle of the night! But all in all we were very happy there.

    I'm so glad you had a happy Christmas at Woodlands Cottage, and thank you for such positive feedback. For the benefit of any future guests reading this comment, I'd like to add that there are two bathrooms in Woodlands - a large family bathroom, independent of the bedrooms, and a small en-suite off the twin room. It sounds as though you didn't open the door to the main bathroom - which is a great shame! Best wishes Jane Property Owner

    Reviewed by Victoria3.8Dec 2022

  • "We had a great time at Woodlands Cottage."

    We were made to feel very welcome with our dog and encouraged to walk in the owner’s adjacent gardens and our daughter loved the huge trampoline. The cottage itself is warm and cosy and an ideal base from which to explore the area. The kitchen is huge and a great place to cook and congregate in. There are loads of leaflets outlining things to do in the area. The hosts were extremely friendly and always on hand for advice or queries. I can’t recommend this place enough! Thanks for the apple cake- delicious- hope you enjoyed the scones!

    Reviewed by Sharrow5.0Nov 2022

  • "Thank you for having us!"

    The cottage was lovely - homely and co

    Reviewed by Sophie5.0Oct 2022

  • "The cottage is lovely and we had a very nice weeks holiday there."

    The owners were very concerned that we were warm enough, which we were as the heating system is perfectly adequate. Jane made us a lovely meal one evening for a very reasonable price, delivered to the door, she’s a very good cook! Would definitely recommend this cottage, it’s so quiet and peaceful.

    Thanks for your kind words - I'm so glad you had a good time, Best wishes Jane Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ruth4.4Sep 2022

  • "The cottage was very dirty, and in need of a good clean."

    The furniture and beds were uncomfortable. The stairs were very steep.In summary the cottage was tired and in need of complete overhaul, and redecoration. On the plus side the gardens, and surrounding area were very good. Finally it would have been nice if someone had come to see us diring our stay, and we could have discussed these problems in more detail.

    Sorry to hear your complaints - I don't agree with the points you make, but of course you're entitled to your opinion. Our cleaners are conscientious and experienced, and we trust them implicitly. We didn't come and say hello because we were in Sicily. However, our housekeeper came to say hello on your arrival, and any complaints you had subsequently could have been made to her. Jane Viner Property Owner

    Reviewed by Geoffrey2.8Sep 2022

  • "Cottage in a good location with lovely views and pretty garden"

    Reviewed by David4.1Sep 2022

  • "We are just back from a week's stay at Docklow Manor, staying at their Woodlands Cottage."

    Amazing views, with a beautiful cottage set in some stunning grounds. Nestled in the countryside, it made a great base for days out to Ludlow, Leominster and Ross-on-Wye amongst others. The nearby Kings Head Pub is walking distance, and definitely worth at least one visit. The owners were welcoming and friendly, and the property itself was to a high clean standard. The kitchen was our main focus, and with a big range oven, was so much fun to cook and relax in, and watch the world and the wildlife go by. We cannot recommend this cottage enough, and will be looking forward to our next visit.

    Thank you so much, and we’re absolutely delighted you enjoyed Woodlands Cottage so much, as well as the gardens, and all the county has to offer. You were lovely guests, and we look forward to welcoming you back before too long. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Gillian5.0Aug 2022

  • "I am sorry to say we were quite disappointed with the Property."

    It is in need of some attention to sort out various defects (e.g. towel rails hanging off the walls) and was not very comfortable. The dark settee was especially uncomfortable. However the main issue was that it was generally not very clean (e.g. the microwave, fridge, kitchen table were all dirty and there were piles (x4) of Dog mess in the garden). We saw the Owner on the second day and mentioned our concerns. We were told they had just engaged a new cleaning company, so clearly there are some teething issues. Generally it is in need of a good clean and some TLC.

    It's so disappointing to read this, and while we regret this customer's feelings about his stay in Woodlands Cottage, we don't think it's a fair or balanced review. We're proud of Woodlands Cottage, and work hard to make people feel as comfortable and welcome as possible. Please don't be put off! Jane and Brian Property Owner

    Reviewed by Stephen1.9Jul 2022

  • "We had a wonderful stay."

    We were made very welcome by the hosts with a lovely package when we arrived. They made extra time to say hello. The cottage is beautiful! The location and views stunning. Period properties have their quirks but this was done out beautifully. The kitchen I have to say is amazing! A wonderful range cooker. We will definitely go back.

    Reviewed by Joanne5.0Jun 2022

  • "Having stayed in several cottages (one previous with Sykes with the same star rating which was superb) we were disappointed with Woodlands Cottage."

    The cottage was in need of some TLC and redecorating throughout. Basic items like the fridge/freezer, cooker and microwave were not in the best of condition and not too clean. The beds were also rather uncomfortable. During our stay we did not see anything of the owners which was strange as in every other cottage we have stayed the owner’s have always come and said hello and asked if everything was to our liking. It’s such a shame that our stay in a very beautiful part of the country was let down by our accommodation.

    I'm so sorry you felt let down by Woodlands Cottage. Your holiday coincided with our own - we were in America, at our son's wedding celebration, from April 26 until May 11, but I can assure you that if we'd been at home, we would certainly have come to say hello. I've noted your points, and while your views are fortunately not shared by most of our guests, I shall certainly take them very seriously. Best wishes Jane Property Owner

    Reviewed by Chris1.3Apr 2022

  • "The cottage was really lovely, as soon as we stepped inside I was really impressed by the kitchen."

    It had everything holiday makers could want and was really quirky too. The lounge was very spacious for the two of us, a settee each and upstairs we could choose from the double or twin room. The shower room suited us as we don't have a bath at home . The only thing I would have preferred was carpet in the lounge and twin bedroom as that would have been cosier in my opinion. The location in the grounds of the Manor House with Country views is amazing and very quiet and although it is attached to the Manor House you aren't aware of having neighbours.

    Reviewed by Liz4.7Apr 2022

  • "This is a super little cottage, exactly what we wanted for a few days away and a great location to visit local attractions from (Hereford, Hampton Court castle, Ludlow) and lovely walks and local pubs."

    Our daughter loved the swing and the views are so beautiful and calming. Brian and Jane are open and lovely, don’t be put off by their close proximity! Jane was superb when helping me deal with a forgotten handbag on our departure day! Thank you, we would definitely come back!

    Reviewed by Zena4.7Apr 2022

  • "Lovely cottage stylishly decorated in the most beautiful of settings."

    Short drive to fabulous dog walks on Bringsty Common and Bromyard Downs. The Kings Head pub is literally minutes away on foot and is welcoming with good pub grub. The cottage is attached to the owners house which we would normally not entertain however I’m glad that we “took the risk” as in no way did we ever feel uncomfortable with this. The owner can provide home-cooking should you wish and I would highly recommended it - the food is amazing! We loved our time at Woodlands and plan to return.

    Reviewed by Faith4.7Mar 2022

  • "The website photographs really don't do the property justice!"

    It is really spacious and very tastefully decorated and presented. A lovely place to spend the week. Oh, and the views from the front door are beautiful, with the garden a real sun trap (even in February!!)

    Reviewed by Jason5.0Feb 2022

  • "Really lovely comfortable stay, felt like home!"

    Grounds lovely, although kids too young for treehouse, the trampoline was great. Good location to explore.

    Reviewed by Ema-louise4.4Feb 2022

  • "We had a lovely time at Woodlands Cottage."

    The cottage was exactly what we were looking for, comfy, spacious, warm, cosy (especially during the windy days) and clean. Jane and Brian were super helpful and friendly. Jane cooked an amazing meal for us and gave us really helpful recommendations. We would definitely book this lovely place again! Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by David5.0Feb 2022

  • "A beautiful property in an idyllic setting."

    A feeling of seclusion yet within easy reach of restaurants, supermarkets, towns etc. The owners, Brian and Jane, were extremely friendly, helpful and accommodating without being intrusive. Comfortably furnished and kitted out. I would definitely return and would do spring or summer next time to enjoy the wonderful garden and outside space.

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Nov 2021

  • "Wonderful cottage - owners so friendly and accomodating."

    Reviewed by David4.7Oct 2021

  • "The property was extremely comfortable and our hosts had ensured that it was lovely and cosy for when we arrived."

    The enclosed garden was great for our two little dogs. It was a great base to explore the area. There are plenty of places to eat out, but the meal prepared by our host was one of the highlights for us. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and will look to return.

    Reviewed by Geoff5.0Oct 2021

  • "One of the best cottages we have ever stayed."

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Sep 2021

  • "A lovely, comfortable and stylish cottage in beautiful, tranquil surroundings."

    We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would be very happy to return.

    Reviewed by Hilary5.0Sep 2021

  • "Great holiday in this cottage, it had everything we needed and the owners were very accommodating."

    Lovely big gardens that the children enjoyed exploring. Comfortable and very peaceful. Many thanks.

    Reviewed by Stuart5.0Aug 2021

  • "The cottage was finished to a high standatd with a dishwasher and granite surfaces all round."

    Beds were comfortable and bedding was high quality as were the towels. Grounds very pretty although because it is on a main road you will need the car to get anywhere. We found Brian to be very helpful - would recommend for a nice break in the country.

    Reviewed by Brian4.4Aug 2021

  • "Property was excellent, great location and we all enjoyed using the beautiful gardens which included a trampoline and football net (& the kids also loved the treehouse)."

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Aug 2021

  • "We had a lovely stay and the owners were helpful and friendly."

    The cottage is lovely and had an enclosed garden which was great for the dogs. It is central to lots of places of interest and we explored the local area.

    Reviewed by Diane4.7Jul 2021

  • "Beautiful, spacious cottage in grounds of Docklow Manor."

    Great location to explore the many sights of the area. Would recommend booking the home cooked meal by Jane.

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Jun 2021

  • "Cottage wasn't as clean as we expected especially at the moment."

    Sofa, floors and carpets all had stains and scratches - could do with some upgrading. Sofa was very uncomfortable and rock hard. Angry dog called Boris next door that barked everytime you went outside. Plus points, beds were very comfortable, good shower plenty hot water, big kitchen, lots of utensils. Overall enjoyed holiday but won't be returning.

    Reviewed by Marie3.1Apr 2021

  • "The listing was inaccurate, it states that the double bedroom has an ensuite, with an additional family bathroom with walk in shower."

    In reality, the twin room has the ensuite, and there is no walk in shower in the family bathroom. Because the whole family likes to have showers, we all had to use the children's ensuite, which was inconvenient overall the standard of accommodation was good, the setting was lovely and the owner Jane was very helpful when we pointed out some problems we were having including getting a new dishwasher fitted immediately! The following are some minor problems:- we had a problem with the dishwasher but as I have noted already Jane dealt with this as soon as we raised it. there were no instructions for the washer / dryer and it was difficult to work out how to work it - Jane did print out some instructions she found on the internet for us in double room, one side of bed did not have bedside lamp (because to do so would have blocked of access to cupboard) - this meant that only one of us could have the bedside lamp on to read The maximum temperature on the shower could have been a bit higher the main issue for us was the inaccurate listing, it is unlikely we would have booked the cottage, if we knew the reality of the bathroom situation - we made Jane aware of the inaccurate listing

    Reviewed by Karen3.4Oct 2020

  • "Woodlands cottage is well away from the road so is nice and quiet."

    It has a very secure garden which is important with dogs. The views are uninterrupted and very pleasant to the hills away in the distant. The cottage is extremely comfortable in all aspects , relaxing in the cottage reading one of the excellent books available is a great way to spend a relaxing day. Central to lots of worthwhile places of interest within a 30 mile radius with some charming villages and towns. Definitely one to consider if heading this way.

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Oct 2020

  • "It was a beautiful cottage."

    Lovely views. Great location. We had everything we wanted. Would recommend and return.

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Sep 2020

  • "The cottage was excellent and bigger than we were expecting with a lovely sunny garden so no complaints at all there."

    However, the particulars on your site stated that there was a pub close by. In fact the pub had closed. While it didn't bother us, anyone hoping to be able to walk there for an evening meal would be disappointed as the nearest open pub/restaurant was a few miles away. The same thing happened to us on a previous booking so please could you try and keep your information up to date.

    Reviewed by Terence4.7Sep 2020

  • "Great cottage, fabulous location, very helpful owners."

    Perfect for a quiet time in the middle of a pretty county.

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Jul 2020

  • "A delightful cottage in a lovely rural setting."

    It has everything you could need for a comfortable and relaxing break. We felt instantly at home. There are some really interesting towns and villages to visit in the area as well as some great National Trust Properties, if that’s your bag, and the rolling Herefordshire countryside is beautiful.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Mar 2020

  • "Had a really lovely time, accommodation was excellent very homely and comfortable."

    Would not hesitated in going back again.

    Reviewed by Janice5.0Nov 2019

  • "Lovely spot and super home from home - a really lovely cosy four nights away."

    Thank you to the owners at Woodlands Cottage

    Reviewed by Victoria5.0Oct 2019

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin with en-suite walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Family bathroom with bath, hand-held shower attachment, basin and WC
  • Spacious kitchen/diner
  • Living room with double french windows onto a small patio.
  • Gas central heating, and electric wood-effect stove in the living room
  • Electric range cooker with gas hob, dishwasher, a combination washing machine/tumble dryer, microwave, fridge/freezer, smart TV and DVD player (and a large selection of films)
  • Broadband/WiFi
  • All bed linen, towels, tea towels supplied
  • Allocated parking for two cars
  • Private, enclosed garden with table and chairs, barbecue, and access to the beautiful grounds of Docklow Manor
  • Two well-behaved pets welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking allowed
  • Kings Head pub 0.2 miles, shops 5.5 miles
  • Note: Due to location, dogs should be kept on a lead when outside
  • Whilst the property is pet friendly we kindly request that dogs do not go on the furniture or in the bedrooms
  • Please note: minimum stay is 3 nights
  • Please note: Home cooked dinners can be delivered to your cottage, at a price of £17.50 per head for two courses (subject to availability)
  • Please contact owners for more details.

The property

Woodlands Cottage is a beautiful family-sized house, with its own enclosed and pretty garden, in the grounds of Docklow Manor.

It’s situated in the tiny rural hamlet of Docklow, and has extensive views west of the rolling Herefordshire countryside towards Wales.

This spacious accommodation is perfect for family or friends seeking a restorative holiday in the rural idyll of this unspoilt county of apple orchards and hop fields, traditional pubs and picturesque villages.

A winding path through the pretty garden of Woodlands Cottage leads you to the front door.

Step into the large, stylish kitchen/diner, where you will find everything you could possibly need to rustle up a delicious evening meal before heading into the comfortable sitting room, which boasts a superb selection of DVDs, books and games.

Upstairs are two bedrooms – a double and a twin – each of them tastefully furnished and beautifully decorated.

There’s an en-suite shower room in the twin bedroom, and a separate family-sized bathroom too, with a bath and hand-held shower.

The property is set in the beautiful 4-acre grounds of Docklow Manor, which guests are welcome to explore.

There are formal lawns, herbaceous borders, a kitchen garden, an orchard of apple, pear and cherry trees, and a wilder wooded area with two giant Wellingtonia redwoods, rhododendrons and azaleas, and at the right time of year, a mass of spring flowers.

There are benches here and there, for guests to sit and enjoy the glorious far-reaching views towards Hay Bluff and the Brecon Beacons.

Younger guests will find there’s plenty of room to play football, and there’s a trampoline too (on which children must be supervised by an adult).

Docklow Manor Cottages

Leominster 5.5 miles. Situated in an idyllic position amid the rolling hills of Herefordshire are a pair of characterful dwellings, Woodlands Cottage and Yew Tree Cottage, each offering a seamless blend of character and charm, with everything you could possibly need for a comfortable stay. They are set in the beautiful 4-acre grounds of Docklow Manor, where there are formal lawns, herbaceous borders, a kitchen garden, an orchard of apple, pear and cherry trees, and a wild and wooded area too, as well as benches here and there, for guests to sit and enjoy the glorious sunsets and far-reaching views towards Hay Bluff and the Brecon Beacons. Younger visitors will be delighted to find a football net, a trampoline and an endearing treehouse in the woodland, promising hours of entertainment. If you can tear yourselves away from this wonderful hideaway, venture into the market town of Leominster, for its variety of independent shops and renowned antique shops. Alternatively, the ancient cathedral cities of Hereford and Worcester are each a short drive away, as is the beautiful timbered town of Ludlow, just over the border in Shropshire. For those feeling active, bring your bikes along to your cottage and explore the cycling trails through Mortimer Forest and beyond, or follow the vast choice of walks in this unspoilt and very special part of rural England. Docklow Manor Cottages are the ideal choice for families, friends and couples seeking a relaxing, restorative break to this pretty part of the country.

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About the location


Leominster 5.5 miles; Bromyard 6.5 miles; Hereford 17 miles.

The tiny hamlet of Docklow is surrounded by rolling Herefordshire countryside, and there are some traditional inns within a short drive, which offer a warm welcome and excellent food. Docklow is ideally placed for exploring everything this peaceful county has to offer, as well as – a little further afield - the delights of neighbouring Shropshire, Worcestershire and The Cotswolds. The area has many lovely walks, including the long-distance Three Choirs Way and Offa’s Dyke, and there are also cycle trails, horse riding and fishing all available nearby. A short drive from Docklow is the historic town of Leominster, with the lovely Priory church, half-timbered architecture, many antique shops and a variety of other independent shops and cafés. A little further away is the cathedral city of Hereford, where the majestic cathedral itself is home to the fascinating Mappa Mundi, and Chained Library. Hereford dates to Saxon times, and its position in the Welsh Marches made it the site of many a skirmish over the centuries. Surrounded by the hills beyond, and with its medieval bridge over the lazy, winding River Wye, it is the very image of picturesque England.

Please note: minimum stay is 3 nights.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas