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Durstone Cottage

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Pencombe near Bromyard, Herefordshire Show on map


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  • 22 Guests

  • 9 Bedrooms

  • 5 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Games Room
  • Broadband / WiFi

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26 Customer Reviews

  • "This is the second time our large extended family group, with ages ranging from 1 to 70 plus, has stayed at Durstone Cottages."

    We were made very welcome and enjoyed our stay thoroughly despite disappointing weather. The games room certainly helped to keep us entertained. Since last year the second kitchen has been upgraded to a high and spacious standard making catering for a large group much more manageable and pleasurable.

    Reviewed by Gillian5.0Apr 2024

  • "We had a lovely stay at your cottage, thank you very much"

    Reviewed by Deborah5.0Mar 2024

  • "We had a group of 19 including 4 young children."

    The large dining room and well stocked kitchen made it really easy to eat as a whole group . The surrounding area was great and owner was really helpful during our stay.

    Reviewed by Emily5.0Oct 2023

  • "Excellent accommodation and facilities for a large family gathering, especially the spacious kitchen, communal dining area and games room."

    Everyone enjoyed their stay, with beautiful views of the Herefordshire countryside. Our host, Sarah, was quick to respond to any requests and queries, would recommend to anyone.

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Jul 2023

  • "We loved this house and location."

    Perfect for a large group. Beautifully presented and it had everything we needed. The highlight was the games room which both the adults and kids enjoyed. We were also greeted with a lovely welcome hamper. We will definitely return.

    Reviewed by Bianca5.0Jun 2023

  • "As a large group of 19, there was ample space in the property, and plenty of bathrooms for everyone."

    Bedrooms were fab size for sharing, along with the long dining table was great so everyone could sit down together. The fact that it had 2 kitchens was great for cooking. The surroundings were beautiful. The property was clean. and we parked 7 cars. The owners were lovely.

    Reviewed by Divina5.0Apr 2023

  • "On behalf of the whole family who stayed at Durnstone Cottage this weekend, I am pleased to say that we all enjoyed our stay."

    The space of the two living rooms kitchens and best of all the communal dining area, was a lovely place to socialise and spend time with the family. We did not have to bring any kitchen appliances of our own, nor any pillows or towels. They were all supplied for us from all the plates we needed to the toasters and urn. The amount of space provided in the cottage allowed someone to find a place of their own for some time alone if they ever needed space.The games room was popular among children and adults alike, a much go-to place for heaps of fun, as well as the sandpit and swing! It was a pleasant area to go walk the dog in and there were no disturbances. Overall, it was a spectacular place for a family reunion - Phoebe, age 11 (:

    Reviewed by Adrienne4.7Apr 2023

  • "Sarah the owner gave us a warm welcome."

    The cottages were beautifully clean and comfortable and we were impressed by the new spacious kitchen. Small maintenance problems arising during our stay were dealt with immediately. I would recommend the property for a large family gathering with ages ranging from 0 to pensioners, including four under fives. There were several places to visit within easy reach for young families, great walking and running routes from the house with superb views, plus the Malverns and Hereford not too far away. We all enjoyed a lovely week at Durstone.

    Reviewed by Gillian5.0Mar 2023

  • "Great house and location for a big family get togther Review Our extended family and friends, aged 8 to 80 really enjoyed our weekend in Durstone cottage."

    It's a lovely, quiet, remote setting, but with village and bigger towns nearby. We filled the house, everyone got a bed, some with en-suite. The 2 living rooms & kitchens were really handy for such a large group. The wood burning fires were lovely, and Sarah the host was great at providing additional wood. The dining room annex fitted us all in, but a bit of a squeeze to move around. The games was great, if a little chilly, much appreciated by the teenagers (and those who wished they were!). It's a great, comfortable place where you can relax without worrying about the host "inspecting with a fine tooth comb"! We even got a thank you from Sarah for how clean we left it.

    Reviewed by Abigail5.0Dec 2022

  • "The property is beautiful from the outside in terms of the building and the countryside and the owner seemed nice."

    However we were 20 plus people and found it hard to be together as there were 2 separate houses so the living rooms could only accommodate 10 people each. The dining room was big enough for everyone but too narrow to move around in. Anyone could not get out if others were sitting on the benches. The 2 small kitchens were such that anyone passing by would be an obstruction for the kitchen users due to the smallness of the kitchens. We had to distribute items over 2 fridges and kitchens. Extra items had to be placed in the freezer in the games room outside which has items in it already. The saucepans were difficult to cook in due to their thinness and burning our food. The grill gave off such a bad smell that couldn't be used. General cleanliness was low. There were cobwebs and the handwashes were diluted with water. The toilet seat in one bathroom was loose and a shared ensuite bathroom had no lock in it. In one side, 8 people shared one bathroom. The games room is in a bad condition with 2 less balls in the Poole table and the cue ends were not fully in tact. The table tennis bats had the material torn off and the table looked battered though could be used. The kids enjoyed the swing hanging off the trees though. The grounds were too narrow for football games or Frisbee without the items going into the bushes, but ok to sit out in.

    Thank you for your feedback and comments, it is extremely valuable for us to make sure we are maintaining the high standards we pride ourselves on. We appreciate your thoughts on the size of the kitchen, dining room and living rooms, however, this has not been an issue for any of our prior guests over the past couple of years and do apologise you felt this way. Again, we would like to apologise that you thought the kitchens were too small, we have made sure to show the full scale of the kitchen in the photographs advertised and given the size of the property we feel this is more than enough space for daily use. We pride ourselves on being very clean with having a team of 5 cleaners at the property we have never had a cleanliness comment before that has not been a positive one. We thoroughly check the property to make sure that guests are entering a clean and safe home each and every time. We take these points on board and will look to make sure that the toilet seats are all tightened down and look to add a lock to the shared ensuite. I have been to the property to make sure that the equipment in the gaming room is up to standard and can tell all balls are present for the pool table and can only think that some may have gotten stuck on the runners while you were there. We do also provide several new paddles however, we like to keep more of worse condition paddles just as extra for larger games. We would like to thank you for your time in staying with us and leaving constructive feedback for us to improve on. We do hope you had a lovely stay and hope to see you again soon. We do hope these issues did not ruin your stay and hope that all was well after we added 2 accessibility ramps for you. We do hope this made the stay at the Durstone Cottage easier for everyone who attended. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Alima1.6Aug 2022

  • "We were a party of 17 varying from 1 to 72 in age and we found Durstone cottage ideal for us."

    Sarah and her daughter were very helpful and made us feel very welcome. We had a lovely holiday and the comfort of the cottage made it even better. One of our teenage granddaughters said she wished they could stay forever. Thoroughly recommend Durstone.

    Reviewed by Michael5.0May 2022

  • "WE really enjoyed our stay in Durstone Cottage."

    We had a weekend get together with friends - 8 adults and 9 children aged 1-14y. The space in the cottage was great and the facilities were just right for a comfortable hangout together. Lovely part of the country to get away to also. Overall I would definitely recommend this property for a large group.

    Reviewed by Nicola4.4Apr 2022

  • "We were a party of 16, including my 6 month old gandaughter."

    We also had 2 well behaved dogs. The cottages were absolutely fantastic. So clean. I have absolutely nothing negative to say. Every facility was there to make our stay magical. Me and my family had a wonderful time. Thank you so much.

    Reviewed by Sandra5.0Dec 2021

  • "Our stay at Durstone Cottage was perfect for our large family gathering."

    18 of us assembled and really enjoyed our stay. We enjoyed trips out to Hereford, Bromyard, Leominster and Abergavenny all within easy reach. The cottage is surrounded by lovely scenery and had all the necessary amenities allowing us to cater for everyone. Perfect.

    Reviewed by Ken4.7Oct 2021

  • "Its a fantastic place for families, the farmer cut the hay in the fields bailed ..."

    Its a fantastic place for families, the farmer cut the hay in the fields bailed it up and our children were playing on the bails, pigs cows they loved it

    Reviewed by Paul4.4Jul 2021

  • "The owner was most helpful and we enjoyed our week."

    Any reservations we had were to do with our dealings with Sykes Cottages, who we felt were a little inflexible with regard to dealing with our concerns regarding the Covid Virus.

    Reviewed by Sheila5.0Jul 2020

  • "Fab time away."

    We were a large group with kids and it catered very well for our needs. The location was beautiful and the cottage was lovely. Would definitely go back.

    Reviewed by Lorna5.0May 2019

  • "Absolutely delightful."

    There were 14 of us plus a baby. The teenagers loved the table tennis and pool room. The only downside was the road into the building. Would book again tomorrow if it wasn’t for that. Owners popped occasionally to see if all was well but left us alone other than that

    Reviewed by Kathryn4.4Apr 2019

  • "We had a wonderful family week-end and appreciate how well the cottage was equipped, especially the kitchen."

    Reviewed by Dave5.0Mar 2019

  • "Ideal for family groups, cottages are very private up about a mile track ,some places very bumpy."

    Cottage had everything you would need to cater for a lot of people. Good to have two rooms to sit in . Also really nice to have clean bed linen and towels provided. Owner very helpful and welcoming ,flowers and wine a lovely touch

    Reviewed by Brenda5.0Feb 2019

  • "The cottage was warm, comfortable and more than met the needs of our family of 15!"


    Reviewed by Glyn4.7Feb 2019

  • "There is a tap in one of the bathrooms where the temperature control has come loose."

    Reviewed by Mary5.0Jan 2019

  • "The house was exactly what we were looking for."

    The double rooms are all really lovely and there was plenty of room for the 16 of us. The track up to it is bumpy but serviceable. Really recommend!

    Reviewed by Jennie5.0Nov 2018

  • "Excellent property for a gathering of all ages."

    There were 22 of us ranging from 1 to 70, celebrating 2 family birthdays. Great that there was a room big enough to seat us all! Fabulous location with beautiful views and only a 20 minutes walk to the local pub and 10 miles from Hereford. The games room, although a little tired looking, kept some of the party occupied for hours. Would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by Sue5.0Oct 2018

  • "The owner of property was very helpfull and went 'above and beyond' by bringing in our ASDA delivery and putting the cold things in the freezer for us."

    Loved the cottages, comfortable and quaint but very well equipt, really is in the middle of just countryside which was great for us the children could play out safely. The track up is very rough as is reallly just a farm track so maybe would struggle if you had a car with a low undercarrage, our cars all managed it ok. Would deffinitely recomened for large family holiday venue.

    Reviewed by Amanda5.0Mar 2018

  • "The cottage was booked for a surprise family birthday ."

    Guest ages ranged from 4 to 69 , comprising of youngsters, teenagers and adults. Two kitchens enabled breakfast to be served to everyone at the same time. Two lounges meant the "oldies" could have some time away from the youngsters in comfort.. The games room was well equipped and a big hit. The cottage contained everything you could possibly want, from the fresh bed linen and towels to plenty of comfortable seating. The cottage was as warm as toast which was very appreciated at this time of year.

    Reviewed by Lynne4.8Dec 2016

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  • Nine bedrooms: 1 x ground floor family room with 1 king-size double (zip/link, can be twin on request) and 1 single with TV, 1 x ground floor twin, 1 x family room with 1 double and 2 singles with en-suite bath, shower over, basin and WC, 1 x family room with triple bunks (double on bottom, single on top), 2 x twin, 1 x double, 1 x adult bunks, 1 x king-size double (zip/link, can be twin on request)
  • Two ground floor shower rooms with shower and basin
  • Two bathrooms with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Ground floor basin and WC
  • Two fitted kitchens with dining areas (seats 8)
  • Dining room (seats 22)
  • Two sitting rooms (seats 10 each) with open fires
  • Games room with pool table, table tennis and table football.
  • Oil central heating with open fires
  • Two electric double oven and hob, 2 x microwave, large fridge, 2nd fridge in porch, chest freezer, fridge/freezer, washing machine, 2 x dishwashers, 3 x TVs with Freeview, DVDs, CD, radio, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel, power and all fuel for fires inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair
  • Off road parking for 6 cars
  • Bike storage
  • Large lawned garden with patio, furniture, BBQ and sandpit
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 3 miles, pub 1 mile
  • Note: Refundable Good Housekeeping bond for stag and hen parties.

The property

Pencombe 1.3 miles. Situated down a single-track road, this lovely detached Herefordshire holiday cottage enjoys a peaceful location on the edge of the owners' livestock farm.

Cosy and comfortable throughout, and with breathtaking views, this Herefordshire holiday cottage is an ideal space for a get together with family and friends.

Formerly two cottages, this charming Herefordshire holiday cottage offers two sittings rooms, both with open fires, and two well-equipped kitchen diners.

The accommodation is connected by a large dining room seating 22, perfect for a dinner party or celebration lunch.

This unique Herefordshire holiday cottage boasts two ground floor bedrooms, and three family rooms, one with en-suite facilities.

Outside this Herefordshire cottage is a large enclosed lawned garden with patio, BBQ and sandpit for the younger members of the group, and for the older members, a games room with pool table, table tennis and football table.

Within easy reach of this Herefordshire cottage are the pretty medieval village of Bromyard, the historic cathedral city of Hereford, the Wye and Golden Valleys, unspoilt villages on the Black and White Trail and the fascinating towns of Leominster and Ludlow.

A perfect place to meet up with family and friends at any time of year.

Note: This property has a refundable Good Housekeeping bond of £150.

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About the location


Bromyard 3 miles.

The thriving village of Pencombe is surrounded by rolling farmland, beautifully situated amidst lovely Herefordshire countryside, just 3 miles from the delightful, medieval market town of Bromyard. Located between the cathedral cities of Hereford and Worcester, Pencombe is the perfect base for touring the wonderful surrounding counties renowned for their outstanding scenery, boasting many scenic walks and cycle trails, great nature watching opportunities and of course, a wealth of historic houses and gardens scattered throughout the area. Nearby Bromyard has an air of timelessness with many half-timbered buildings, helping visitors relax amongst a good range of pubs, restaurants and shops, whilst the cathedral town of Hereford dates back to Saxon times, and with its medieval bridge over the winding River Wye it is the very image of picturesque England. With a mix of buildings from almost every British era, eclectic Hereford is a popular base for those seeking to explore the locale – being ideally placed for accessing the ‘Black and White’ villages of the region, not to mention the delights of neighbouring Shropshire, Worcestershire and The Cotswolds. This lovely location has plenty to offer, at any time of year!

This property offers the following short breaks:

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