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  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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31 Customer Reviews

  • "Spent an amazing week over Xmas at Sunnyside with family."

    This is my second stay at the cottage this year and it didn't fail to impress again! The kitchen is so well equipped and everything has been considered from gin glasses, serving dishes to a hand blender, which made cooking Xmas dinner effortless. Lovely walks from the doorstep, we walked across the common to The Maidenhead pub (about 45 mins) on Xmas eve and had a really good meal. Seeing the loval black pig at thebgarden gate is always one of the highlights! I could go on and on about how amazing this place is, the log burner (which heated the entire house all week - we didn't use the central heating once!) real Xmas tree and other festive decorations, the freindly neighbours and owner who popped by to check everything was okay, the stunning location, the amazing power shower, the comfortable beds and not least the luxurious and spacious accommodation where everything has been considered and which ticks every box! I look forward to returning ☺️

    Reviewed by Vanessa5.0Dec 2023

  • "Extremely well equipped with high quality throughout."

    Lovely surroundings and within a radius of about 30 miles from many interesting places to visit. As mentioned by others the access road is typically a little rough, as you'd expect on a Common, but with care is easily negotiated (we arrived and left in torrential rain!). We've been holidaying in cottages for many years and this cottage stands out as one of the best.

    Reviewed by Raymond5.0Oct 2023

  • "There is only one route to Sunnyside for vehicles (despite what your satnav might tell you) The final part of this is on unmade track, just passable for a normal family car, but not an easy drive."

    The track needs levelling and the vegetation needs cutting back. Parking at the property is good. Entrance to the property is via an ample cloakroom (with attached toilet). The open plan kitchen/living area has doors opened onto the lower balcony. There is a good sized dining table (with 5 chairs) and 2 sofas. There is a smart tv and sound system. The kitchen is a good size with ample utensils. The kitchen appliances are very good although the controls for the oven and hob may take some getting used to (it is definitely advisable to read the instructions). A door gives access to a larger lounge, with a log burner and a large sofa with a second smart tv. We found this room less useable since the owner has requested the guests do not eat or drink on this sofa, so it was more relaxing to stay in the other lounge area. Upstairs the large bedroom had a really comfortable super-king bed. There were 2 skylights and doors opening onto the balcony. There is adjacent shower room (extremely good shower) and toilet. In the bathroom was another toilet (3 in all, very useful) and a good sized bath. The bunk beds are comfortable. Likewise, the double room has a comfortable bed. The property has ample storage in all rooms. Due to the weather we made little use of the outside facilities, but the garden is a good size and there is a good sized barbeque which appeared to be in good, clean condition. Some information in the property handbook seems a little out of date, since we found a rather overgrown area instead of the promised vegetable garden. All in all the house is comfortable and well maintained. Throughout our stay the internet was very slow, which did effect connectivity and the reception of the smart tv’s. The access to Bircher Common is a massive asset, with wild ponies and deer almost literally on the doorstep. The poor condition of the track for the 700 yards from the cattle grid (the last bit of tarmac) to the house, would be the major factor to influence whether to stay here again.

    Reviewed by Alan4.4Sep 2023

  • "As previous guests have mentioned the approach"road" is substandard potentially a problem for vehicles suspension, springs and tyres."

    i appreciate this is not the owners fault as they have no control over it as well as the foliage that scrapes the side of the car in many places. having said that the property is really well presented, maintained and stocked. our stay was peaceful and tranquil and our thanks go to the owners for opening their doors to us.

    Reviewed by Chris4.7Sep 2023

  • "We had a perfect holiday at Sunnyside and would like to thank you for the welcome pack and little extras at the house."

    The grandchildren loved the sheep, pig and abundant wild life in the area and we enjoyed sitting on the veranda in the evening with a drink. Very peaceful area although the dirt track drive in a small car was a challenge.

    Reviewed by Suzanne4.4Sep 2023

  • "Well what a house!"

    ! Everything was 10/10 - we totally enjoyed our time relaxing and having fun! Everything was perfect, so comfortable surroundings - we tried to use every area dependant on the weather - and managed one day to open up the bi-fold doors! Everything was clean and plentiful. Excellent choice, and this now becomes our number one to return again some day. Excellent communication before we arrived and we settled in straight away from the minute we walked in. Thank you so much.

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Jul 2023

  • "Due to unforeseen circumstances we could not arrive until the Monday."

    Our stay was lovely, shame about the weather!! Would really love to stay here again, next time for the full week!! The road to the property is dreadful but once there the parking places were good. Well equipped with everything one would need for the stay. We were in contact with the owners, they were very amenable and sympathetic, the wine was lovely!! Thank you for an excellent stay

    I am glad you would love to stay again and I am sorry you were unable to arrive as planned. The property is fully booked, so unfortunately I could not flex the booking to extend your stay. That said, I will be in contact to see what I can do to compensate you. As stated previously (below feedback response), the road to the property is owned by the National Trust and they are responsible for its up keep. I do inform guest prior to arrival there is a stone road to the property. Thank you for your positive feedback and we hope to see you back soon. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Fiona5.0Jun 2023

  • "Approach road very poor ,drive with extreme caution Bees nest in corner of ..."

    Approach road very poor ,drive with extreme caution Bees nest in corner of double bedroom in eaves No cupboard space in bunk bed room

    I'm sorry you found the gravel road to the property poor. This approach road is owned by the National Trust and they are liable for the up-keep. We try to support the NT and conduct some road maintenance, but the National Trust are very restrictive in what they allow us to do; please note, the road is in keeping with all the roads in this common area. With regard to the bees, I have had a Bee Specialist to the property. He has assessed there are 30-40 bees and they are on the gable end / holly bush external to the property, and pose no threat, so they cannot be relocated. If this changes, he has asked me to contact him and he'll reassess the situation; I am sorry if the bees bothered you. In the bunk room, there is a storage draw under the bottom bunk and two pull out hanger on the wall. Other than this, I do hope you had a great stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Brenda3.8Jun 2023

  • "Amazing holiday, great facilities."

    The property was so private and peaceful. There was plenty of seating Both indoors and outdoors The owner had provided all the sundries we required in the kitchen which was unexpected and appreciated. Communication from the owner prior to arrival was informative and helpful. The bottle of prosecco on arrival was a nice surprise. We loved the sheep coming up to the front gate and the walks from the property We had a meal at the Bell inn just a 5 minute drive away. The service was great, they were very welcoming and the food was amazing We had a lovely relaxed holiday in a perfect place. I would not hesitate to book again and would highly recommend it to anyone

    Reviewed by Craig5.0May 2023

  • "Nestled on the edge of the beautiful common land and surrounded by trees humming with birdsong, Sunnyside was a wonderful place of tranquility to escape the stresses of everyday life."

    The decked areas with comfortable seating were the perfect place to unwind. Our holiday was free of hassle as the well equipped cottage provided all we could desire. A perfect holiday setting!

    Reviewed by Rosemary4.4Apr 2023

  • "This is an extremely well presented property, with excellent furnishings and equipment."

    It is very comfortable and warm. The location is ideal for walking, wildlife, National Trust properties and places of interest, such as Ludlow, Hereford and Ironbridge The owners were very helpful and responsive to our enquiries. Thanks for a great week!

    Reviewed by Allan Albert George5.0Mar 2023

  • "A very well equipped and maintained holiday home, with pretty much everything you would need."

    The balconies, whilst not really used much with our February stay, are a brilliant touch. It's in a very quiet place with nature right on your as the adjacent common has roaming sheep, deer plus a friendly black pig. The locals are lovely and the peace is superb to unwind to. There is also an additional BBQ area, which I don't recall seeing on the booking photos, which would be a nice addition to the listing. The area has plenty of amenities should you need anything, or just a wander. Ludlow is a good small town with plenty going on including a market plus Ludlow Castle. Ironbridge is an hour away but there is more than enough to keep you going all day there, so worth the drive. The access tracks off the main road have had a bit of a battering so follow the guidance notes provided and you should be fine. Cars with lower ground clearance may get the off clunk underneath, but these can be driven around with care and the access tracks aren't that long once you have left the main road.

    Reviewed by John5.0Feb 2023

  • "It was great to stay at a property that is obviously so well cared for and set up to such a high specification."

    Everything we needed was right there and it is rare to come across a holiday property that is so well equipped (it even has free sheep!!). Th Christmas tree was a lovely addition which we are very greatful for as it really added to the atmosphere. We would definitely recommend Sunnyside and would love to visit again.

    Reviewed by Louise5.0Dec 2022

  • "Beautifully presented house."

    Clean & comfortable. Couldn't of wished for better. Loved chilling out & relaxing. A good base in ehich to explore the area. Great place on edge of common so plenty of walks, wildlife & amazing amount of stars at night.

    Reviewed by Vicki5.0Oct 2022

  • "Lovely home, we had everything we needed!"

    Enjoyed our walks and watching the sunset on the swings was just beautiful!

    Reviewed by Deliwe5.0Aug 2022

  • "Sunnyside was a lovely, comfortable and clean house and we had a lovely couple of weeks stay there."

    We enjoyed sitting on the terrace when we had the chance and it was so peaceful being tucked away in the countryside. The road was a bit of an issue in my low car and I had to navigate carefully - the only downside, but all in all a wonderful and relaxing stay. Thank you!

    Reviewed by Cathie5.0Aug 2022

  • "A fantastic place to stay!"

    Property had everything we needed, all furniture and equipment to a very high spec! Property surrounded by loads of lovely walking routes! Balcony and decking areas gave great sun traps while also providing great shade when needed! Highly recommend 10/10

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Aug 2022

  • "Excellent accommodation in lovely surroundings."

    A very enjoyable holiday spent with the family.

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Jul 2022

  • "Sunnyside is a beautiful cottage in a beautiful location."

    We had a wonderful quiet and peaceful stay - a perfect place to unwind. There's plenty to do on the doorstep but it's also a great place to hang out - especially on the sofas on the veranda. We'll certainly be looking to come back again.

    Reviewed by Kate4.7Jul 2022

  • "Superb accommodation, the property has clearly been refurbished to a very high standard rather than to a budget."

    The setting is wonderful, looking out over the countryside from the verandah and balcony; it is very quiet and peaceful, just the sound of the sheep calling and the cuckoo in the morning. The property was spotlessly clean and tidy. We would happily stay there again. One suggestion: it would be helpful to alert potential guests to the rough track up to the cottage before they have committed to a booking - low slung cars might have a problem negotiating it (our estate car managed just fine).

    Reviewed by Jan5.0Jun 2022

  • "We shared with the owner a need for clearer directions to locate the property."

    The holly bush should be cut to be able to see better the name.

    Reviewed by Joyce4.4Jun 2022

  • "A lovely house in beautiful surroundings."

    Everything was top notch from beds and towels to crockery and appliances. Couldn’t have wished for a better place to relax and unwind. Just sorry that the weather wasn’t quite warm enough to enjoy time on the balconies.

    Reviewed by Jenny5.0May 2022

  • "Lovely property in a peaceful location."

    Clean and comfortable with plenty of seating. Great outdoor space too. Enjoyable walks from the door and good local food and drink.

    Reviewed by Christine5.0May 2022

  • "The accommodation was very comfortable."

    The kitchen well equipped and the shower and bath were lovely. We only used the Master bedroom which was very nice. We were lucky with the weather but the track to reach the cottage could be more of a problem if it was wet or snowy/icy. Very, very quiet and peaceful.

    Reviewed by Margaret5.0Mar 2022

  • "Very nice and clean as you see in the pictures you will find in the cottage."

    The owner is very helpful and directly answer when need them. Very nice place and great location 100% recommended this for all and sure I’ll be back to stay again

    Reviewed by Ali4.4Jan 2022

  • "Fantastic place perfect settling couldn’t of asked for a better stay will definitely be returning…."

    Highly recommended

    Reviewed by Rebecca5.0Dec 2021

  • "Given the Rural location, Internet speed was poor."

    However this is only the fault of BT ! It's worth considering, if you want to stream movies as we did on the evenings. Everything else was absolutely fantastic ! Loved every min ! Thankyou

    Reviewed by Stephen4.7Dec 2021

  • "A wonderful and well presented property couldn't of asked for anything more, and in a lovely part of the country"

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Dec 2021

  • "Absolutely loved the house, the location and all the thoughtful things the owners have done to ensure guests have a comfortable stay."

    Reviewed by Marian5.0Oct 2021

  • "Amazing place in a amazing location must be seen to appreciate"

    Reviewed by Keith5.0Sep 2021

  • "A lovely place to stay, nicely kitted out, felt a bit like a hotel with big beds and nice white bed linen."

    The common is very rural and filled with wildlife, great for walking. A great place to get away from it all and relax. There's also a fab pub just over a mile away.

    Reviewed by Mary5.0Aug 2021

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  • Three bedrooms: 1 x super-king-size with balcony, 1 x double and 1 x adult bunk bed
  • Bathroom with roll-top bath, basin and WC
  • Shower room with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Open-plan living space with kitchen, dining area and sitting area
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove
  • Oil central heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric double oven and grill, 5-burner induction hob, integrated fridge and freezer and dishwasher
  • 2 x TVs, a DVD player with surround sound and WiFi
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for woodburning stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Highchair, cot, stairgate and changing mats available
  • Off-road parking for 2 cars with additional parking on the common
  • Enclosed side patio with garden furniture
  • Enclosed front lawn
  • Enclosed ground-floor terrace with decking and garden furniture
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking on the property
  • Shop 1.3 miles and pub 1.1 mile
  • Note: Entrance of the property can be accessed from the parking area via external steps to the ground floor, or off the common directly onto the front porch
  • Note: Check-in is from 3:30pm, check-out by 10am

The property

Yarpole 1.2 miles.

The marvellous detached house of Sunnyside rests in Bircher Common near Yarpole, Herefordshire.

Surrounded by a quaint vista in the popular Bircher Common's grounds, with easy access to Croft Castle and its Parkland, Sunnyside is a peaceful location for a group of six seeking a countryside getaway.

After spotting the sheep who have made the common their home and parking in the two handy off-road spaces, be dazzled by your home-from-homes contemporary exterior.

Make your way up the external steps onto the terrace and enjoy a well-earned rest on the fabulous sofas; the terrace's elevated position really highlights those panoramic views of Herefordshire's greenery.

The house retains a light and fresh feel which you'll immediately notice as you enter the open-plan living space, with its ample windows and neutral tones.

The sitting area is the perfect spot for relaxation, stretch out on the plush sofa as you watch a family-favourite on the TV.

Sunnyside is not only home to one sitting area, but it is home to two, with an extra sitting room situated next door, featuring a woodburning stove, a large deep set velvet sofa, an original inglenook, TV and vibrant accents.

When it's time to cook, continue to the kitchen, a sleek space with impressive wooden worktops and integrated appliances; the space is additionally served by a dishwasher, making cleaning up a breeze!

The dining table is a wonderful socialising spot, with cream, faux leather seats for all the family.

In the evening, venture upstairs to a stylish first-floor, with deep pile grey carpets and glass doors for each room; here is where you can find three bedrooms.

The first bedroom is a magnificent super-king-size that benefits from bi-folding doors that lead to a spacious balcony, where the morning people of the group can enjoy a coffee or a yoga session as the sun rises!

Further along the corridor is an elegant double room that boasts a velvet bed for that luxurious feel, continue to find an adult bunk bed that can sleep the kids or extra group members!

Two fabulous bathrooms can also be found on the first-floor, one containing a double walk-in shower and the other showcasing a roll-top bath.

The outdoor spaces truly compliment the property, with a large front lawn for the kids to play to their heart's content in, as well as a lower-ground-floor side patio where you can relish some peace and quiet on the seating.

Be sure to make the most of Sunnyside's location and venture through the esteemed Croft Castle and its Parkland; not only is the manor house home to remarkable interiors and grounds, but it features a play area for children.

Just over a mile away lies the village of Yarpole, where you can access your amenities; pick up your necessities from the village shop before relishing great quality food and beer at The Bell.

Take the family for an outing in Leominster and learn of the town's links to the Great War in the Leominster Museum, view the ancient Leominster Priory Church, before touring the glorious Hampton Court Castle.

The historic market town of Ludlow is a superb day out, foodies will be delighted by the famed Ludlow Food Festival, while nature enthusiasts can hike to the Whitcliffe Common Nature Reserve or wander through the extensive Mortimer Forest.

The Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is a brilliant location for outdoors enthusiasts with its abundant walking routes, including The Lady Halton Loop, mountain bike trails and air sports!

Take your staycation further and spend the day visiting Hereford's many cultural attractions.

An excellent holiday is waiting to be experienced at Sunnyside.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £350.

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About the location


Leominster 4.8 miles; Ludlow 7.9 miles.

The thriving village of Yarpole nestles in beautiful Herefordshire countryside equidistant between the pretty market towns of Ludlow and Leominster. Mentioned in the Doomesday Book, Yarpole boasts an award-winning village shop - the first full time shop in a church! Just a short walk from the village is Bircher Common, an area of lowland heath offering lovely views of the surrounding Marches, ideal for enjoying the peace and tranquility of the area. Close by, enjoy an afternoon visit to the Monkland Cheese Dairy, a working dairy producing and selling local, artisan cheeses, as well as offering a well-stocked shop and cafe. Leominster, dating back to the 7th century, possesses some fine examples of architecture including the Priory Church, along with a wide variety of shops, cafes, antique centres and pubs – it’s an ideal place to spend an afternoon. Close by are many National Trust properties including Croft Castle and Berrington Hall, plus the Judge's Lodgings in Presteigne, Stokesay Castle, the renowned Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre and the Acton Scott Historic Working Farm are well worth a visit. Sample Herefordshire's famous cider or discover Hereford with its fascinating Mappa Mundi world map and the captivating chained library, home to a collection of rare and ancient books. The pretty medieval market town of Ludlow makes a great day out, with more than 500 listed buildings and a magnificent castle, and also within easy reach are Ironbridge and Hay-on-Wye.

This property offers the following short breaks:

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  • Christmas