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The School Room

Kington near Hay-on-Wye, Herefordshire (Ref. 4338)

4.9

Outstanding

Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 1

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets No

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Features

  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi

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41 Customer Reviews

  • "The School Room is a gem of accommodation in a beautiful area of Welsh Borders between the Welsh Hills (you have a stunning view of Bradnor Hill right out of your window) and bucolic black and white villages of Herefordshire."

    The period property is converted into a tasteful, comfortable and spacious accommodation with all modern conveniences. The owner is an interesting and delightful person eager to satisfy any possible request. We greatly enjoyed our holiday there and fully recommend it. Lena and Chris.

    Thank you guys! Property Owner

    Reviewed by ChristopherJun 2022

  • "The property was lovely and met the description, My husband felt it would have been nice to have access to a free view tv box, there was a DVD player but we could not locate any DVDs?"

    I would have liked a second key. Information on locally known places to visit would have been nice there is usually a visitors book and people make suggestions like the best local pubs for dinner. There was an excellent pub nearby called The Swan. We did not see the owner which we thought was unusual but they kindly left their mobile number and made phone contact with us about key collection . Parking was easy on the local square - we did hear there may be charges to park there in future? Local shops opening was a bit hit and miss the tourist information was never open I appreciate its difficult when staffed by volunteers - There was a bottle of wine and biscuits on arrival that was very kind. I have a disability and found the mats on the hardwood floor slippery but it was fine I just moved them, we appreciated being able to turn the heating on ourselves if it was cold. My husband thought the towel rail had a bit broken off? Some warning on not to follow your TOM TOM and stay on main roads I think is advisable we had to revert to old fashioned menthods of stopping and asking for directions

    We are sorry you could not access Freeview TV. Nobody else seems to have a problem with this. The DVDs are in a drawer next to the TV. We don't keep a visitors' book with suggestions, as standards in pubs etc can change so quickly, but we always leave a great many brochures with details of pubs, restaurants, local attractions etc - not quite everything kept by the Tourist information Centre, but nearly. There are no immediate threats to free parking in the Square; other car parks in Kington are under threat, but not the Square. The Tourist Information Centre is usually open from 10.00 - 4.00. We are sorry we didn't meet you - like you we had some family issues. We will deal with the bathroom towel rail - thank you. As you had our mobile number, we are sorry you didn't call us with any of your concerns. Property Owner

    Reviewed by BetsyMay 2022

  • "This is the second time my husband and have stayed at the School Room, I was not disappointed."

    It’s a delightful place to stay, it has all the facilities you need for a comfortable stay. Kington is a lovely town, with lots of great walks and places to eat. It’s easy to reach the surrounding towns and Hay in Wales, where we visited the book festival.

    Reviewed by CatherineMay 2022

  • "The accommodation was as described comfortable and clean ."

    Reviewed by PatrickMay 2022

  • "My wife and I felt at home from the minute we went into the School Room."

    The accommodation comprised one large room cleverly designed with a well-equipped kitchen and dining area,a cosy corner with settees,a t.v. and a bookcase with a collection of excellent reading materials. To complete the layout,there was a comfy bed,a generous wardrobe and a huge opened desk fronted by an easel with a “Welcome” message scribed on it.Sarah,the host, gave us a brief history of the building and made it clear we could ask her or her husband Roger’s advice at any time. There was literature available clearly giving ideas of local walks on and around Offa’s Dyke plus details of eating and drinking establishments in Kington and the surrounding area. Our first visit to this part of England,we’ll be back! Graham and Val Palmer

    Reviewed by GrahamApr 2022

  • "We very much enjoyed our stay very warm cosy and spacious accommodation."

    Very convenient for walking around the town.

    Reviewed by LyndsayDec 2021

  • "What a find!"

    We loved the School Room. It was spacious, quiet and full of character - very quirky. The bed was so comfy and the heating really efficient. Sarah and Roger were lovely hosts and they left me gluten free biscuits, Tiger bread and elderflower presse. Kington is a super town with some independent shops and good eating places. I’d definitely return!

    Reviewed by SteveOct 2021

  • "We loved it so quaint, quite old fashioned but part of its charm."

    Bed was comfortable Sarah & Roger were very welcoming, would definitely use it again.

    Reviewed by ChristineOct 2021

  • "The owners of the property were very friendly."

    We had a lovely relaxing time there. The cottage is very close to the town centre. There are plenty of parking spaces nearby.

    Reviewed by CharlotteAug 2021

  • "The holiday house was quite delightful."

    The old school room and setting were charmimg and cosy and we felt very much at home. Everything in the home was of a high standard, including bedlinen, towels and a very comfortable bed. The location was handy for walks, convenience shops and pub/restaurants and cafes as well as other nearby attractions such as Hay-on Wye and Hereford.

    Reviewed by SarahJul 2021

  • "We would happily recommend The School Room in every respect for anyone thinking of taking a holiday in the Welsh borders."

    The accommodation, all in one room, is pleasant and spacious. Take note, though - as there are no other rooms to retreat to, it's a struggle for early-risers to keep quiet enough so as not to disturb those who like a lie-in!

    Reviewed by KeithJul 2021

  • "Lovely place to stay"

    Reviewed by JohnJun 2021

  • "We really enjoyed our week in Kington, the accomodation was very comfortable and conveniently situated to the local town and to the several walks in the area."

    A quiet and relaxing stay, thank you!

    Reviewed by JillMay 2021

  • "We spent a most enjoyable week at tha Old School Room."

    An interesting and characterful accommodation with everything you could possibly need for a comfortable stay. A very efficient central heating system kept us snugly warm when the weather turned cold. Well located for easy access to so many other attractive places in the Welsh Borders. A walker or wanderer's paradise. Peaceful yet just two minutes walk to Kington High Street.

    Reviewed by DianeMay 2021

  • "Perfect holiday!"

    The location was great with many things to see and do around. The cottage was very spacious, clean and as described. The hostesses were very friendly and helpful too, the cooker wasn’t working but they supplied us with 2 alternatives which was great. We were not very happy with the shower

    Reviewed by CharmaineApr 2021

  • "A brilliant little room to spend the weekend in."

    It's themed brilliantly with great little games dotted about the house. Perfect for a small family to enjoy. The bed was soft and comfortable as well as a lovely modern kitchen.

    Reviewed by DanielApr 2021

  • "A beautiful home with everything we needed - lovely, cosy, and surprisingly spacious!"

    A very comfortable stay for the four of us (2 adults and 2 children).

    Reviewed by RuthApr 2021

  • "Couldn't have been more perfect, a beautiful property, clean and with everything we needed to enjoy our break."

    Reviewed by NigelOct 2020

  • "We had a lovely time in this unusual property."

    It was light & roomy and situated in a picturesque part of the country with plenty of walking opportunities and places to visit. We even enjoyed staying indoors when the weather was wet! We woul love to revisit.

    Reviewed by ChrisSep 2020

  • "Most enjoyed location and ease of flat with good balance between period features and comfort."

    Owner was friendly and unobtrusive during my short stay :-)

    Reviewed by AnnaAug 2020

  • "As an agency I found Sykes Holiday Cottages very helpful and pleasant to deal with, they made me feel like they cared about both my holiday and the cottage owner."

    Well done guys, great service. The School Room at Kington is delightful. Very well equipped and cleverly designed, beautifully decorated, we loved it. Photos do not do it justice. The owner left us prosecco and delicious biscuits as a welcome and was very kind and easy to deal with. The room was also spotlessly clean which was great. Kington itself is a fun little town to stay in and the area is beautiful with lots of interesting and attractive places to explore. If you like to walk, cycle, enjoy the countryside, history, art and coffee with delicious cakes this is a great place to be!

    Reviewed by SueAug 2020

  • "Great room in good central town position with plenty of pubs and cafes in walking distance."

    Good area to visit with lots to see and do, lovely scenery.

    Reviewed by CaroleNov 2019

  • "We loved staying at The School Room."

    Although only one room, it felt a lot bigger and each zone was comfortable. The kitchen was very well equipped with everything required for cooking. The owners have thought carefully, and met all needs of their guests. The wells stocked bookcase, tourist information, cable TV, games and excellent WiFi all contributed to making our stay a memorable one.Thank you, Sarah and Roger.

    Reviewed by JennyAug 2019

  • "The property is in a very quiet yet convenient part of town."

    Parking is close by ,and shops just a few minutes walk away. We very much enjoyed our time there.

    Reviewed by DavidJul 2019

  • "What a little gem of a place."

    Absolutely lovely. Kington was a delightful village, fantastic butchers, there is a great Public House/Reastaurant only a few steps from The School House where the food was very good. The owners of the School House were delightful, very helpful and informative. We had booked because we were attending a wedding in Shobden, but will definitely return for a long break to see more the the countryside and lovely little villages.

    Reviewed by CarolJul 2019

  • "The apartment is fantastic."

    If we are ever back in the area we would definitely check out the availability here first.

    Reviewed by HelenMay 2019

  • "Love place o stay in lovely village accommodation had everything you need ..."

    Love place o stay in lovely village accommodation had everything you need friendly helpful couple would definitely stay there again

    Reviewed by PaulineMay 2019

  • "We have stayed here before and it is always ready on time and has all we need it is clean and tidy and close to the town easy walk to pubs etc."

    Reviewed by PatrickMay 2019

  • "The Schoolroom was a sheer delight, for two; we spent Christmas at this lovely historic border town in England but only a stone's throw from Wales with brecon beacons, ludlow, black and white villages and gorgeous elan valley very near."

    The historic house was great with views on clear days to bradnor hill, Well equipped (except freezer) with good tv with sky and wide range of books. Owners very friendly and even put up christmas tree and fairy lights, Well stocked coop and excellent nisa short walk down one of the many hilly footways, away from traffic, in this stone built village. We are entranced by the marches this is our sixtieth week spent here in the last 45 years. Mr Lewis the butcher sells super pies We discovered a Victorian local woman (Ella Leather of Weobley) had collected wax cyclinder recordings in the 1900s of herefordshire folk tunes and carols for Cecil Sharp's English Folk Song Society, two of which RVW transcribed as part of his fantastia on christmas carols in 1912. We listened while there on the pc - magical.

    Reviewed by PeterDec 2018

  • "Excellent, nice quiet place just right for what I needed for my stay away from home."

    This self-contained room is well kept and in a good location. The kitchen facilities were as good as you need if you wanted to cook and the inclusion of a washing machine and full electric oven could be a bonus if you needed it. I would stay there again if I was ever in the area in the future.

    Reviewed by JasonNov 2018

  • "The school house was lovely."

    It was cosy and warm with everything you might need for a holiday stay. There's a lovely delicatessen down the road to get fresh bread in the mornings. It's very quiet and a perfect based for walking holidays or exploring the area by car. The bed was very comfortable. The two sofas are sofa beds and my daughter slept very well on it.

    Reviewed by GeorgeSep 2018

  • "Highly recommended, lovely room, lovely area and really nice people."

    Reviewed by KevanAug 2018

  • "The old school room was very clean and comfortable."

    The little touches like having tea and coffee and the selection of books, games and dvds were great. The owners themselves were lovely and very helpful. We had a lovely week and would highly recommend it.

    Reviewed by CatherineAug 2018

  • "It was a brilliant place to stay with a friendly host who quickly responded to a request for a china tea pot (with cosy!"

    ) Lovely big room with everything we needed in a great little town. Also really good place to store our bicycles which can be a problem for us sometimes.

    Reviewed by JillAug 2018

  • "Thoroughly enjoyed our stay."

    Reviewed by ColinAug 2018

  • "Easy booking, both the location and amenities at the cottage exceeded our expectations."

    We had a fabulous week relaxing in the cottage and exploring the area.

    Reviewed by AminaJul 2018

  • "The School Room is at a great location - just a short walk from downtown Kington and local walking paths."

    The room is spacious, but feels cosy. I have plenty of space to open my suitcase and spread out I very much appreciate the comfortable bed, and the extra blankets available. I am also able to turn the heat on as needed, and the shower has plenty of hot water. (Uncomfortable beds, and lack of heat and hot water have been issues at other places I have stayed). The beautiful house is stone, so it stays cool in the summer heat. The room is also very quiet, so no worries about being woken up in the middle of the night by loud neighbors. Sarah and Roger are lovely people; they are very friendly and make sure you're comfortable. Parking spaces are available just seconds away by foot in The Square. The kitchen includes a stove, oven, microwave, and refrigerator, plenty of supplies to cook if you want to. I'm lazy and don't cook when I visit, and there's plenty of local options for meals, including yummy take-out fish and chips, or chinese food to eat in the flat. Kington itself is lovely, with two butchers shops, several local restaurants and pubs, and The Border Bean coffee shop which has excellent sandwhiches and soups, and delicious homemade deserts. My visits to Kington are to take care of my Mum, who is in a wheelchair. The Kington community is always kind and helpful as I wheel her around the shops. I recommend the School Room to anyone staying in Kington, and recommend Kington to anyone interested in staying in the area.

    Reviewed by CarolynJun 2018

  • "Very comfortable accommodation."

    Ideal base for exploring the area. Only negative is no parking on holiday premises.

    Reviewed by MargaretSep 2017

  • "Very comfortable , spacious, light and really well equipped studio school room."

    Lovely view of Bradnor hill. Very friendly and helpful owners. Great wifi connection. Very peaceful location despite being only minutes walk into town. Countryside is beautiful and this place is a great location for walking from doorstep, so many joining paths as well as offas dyke giving great circular walks.

    Reviewed by BronwenJun 2017

  • "A really excellent place."

    The owners was friendly and helpful. The place was clean, warm and comfortable, with lots of small touches to make my stay perfect, including teabags and wash powder. The bed was comfortable, the heating effective, the room quiet and parking nearby. Overall, an excellent retreat for a single person or a couple. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by MartinFeb 2017

  • "Wonderful location, so quiet and peaceful but only two minutes walk from town ."

    Excellent centre for exploring wonderful countryside and local attractions.

    Reviewed by AlanSep 2016

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Summary

  • All upper-ground-floor. Spacious open plan studio living area with king-size double bed, fitted kitchen, dining area and sitting area with two single sofa beds
  • Shower room with shower, basin and WC.
  • Gas central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, washing machine, TV, DVD, WiFi, books, games and DVDs
  • All fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair on request
  • Storage area for two bicycles
  • Free parking in town square 50 metres from property (guests can pull up outside property to load/unload)
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shops and pubs 2 mins walk
  • Note: Five stone steps up to front door, further four steps inside property.

The property

Set within a beautiful Victorian School House which dates back to the 1830s, is this lofty and spacious studio-apartment, resting in the village of Kington on the English side of the England/Wales border.

Restored to provide a lovely holiday home for a couple’s romantic break, this open-plan space contains elegant, antique furnishings, along with all the contemporary essentials.

Enjoy relaxing within the sitting area with light flooding in from the large picture windows which offer views of Bradnor Hill.

Rustle up a treat in the kitchen area, and serve it at the quaint, wooden dining table as you discuss your plans for the rest of your stay.

Recharge your batteries and rest in the king-size bed tucked in the corner of the room, and wake up to enjoy a refreshing shower in the bathroom.

Explore the beautiful area of Herefordshire with walks along the River Arrow, meandering over the Shropshire Hills AONB, and crossing the border into Wales to see delightful towns like Llandrindod Wells.

The School Room is a perfect spot to unwind when not out and about in Herefordshire.

Note: This property is part of a group and can be booked with Ref. 1011538, together sleeping 4 to 6 guests.

Kington Apartments

Resting in the charming Herefordshire village of Kington are these delightful apartments, The School Room and Garden View, set within a wonderful and historic Victorian School House, built all the way back in the 1830s. Both apartments offer a simple, charming base for couples or small groups of friends, with a preference for exploring pretty villages and towns, and meandering over the countryside. Within Garden View you discover a kitchen/diner, with an open-plan bedroom-cum-sitting room next door, completed by a smart shower room. Expect to find a lofty and bright space within The School Room, where a studio-layout has been created to make the most of the space, with picture windows providing views of Bradnor Hill beyond. Make use of the kitchen space, dining area and the lovely sitting area where two single sofa beds offer extra room. Kington lies on the English side of the England/Wales border, and is well-positioned mid-way between the Shropshire Hills AONB and the Brecon Beacons National Park, so you have plenty of choice of walking terrain for those who enjoy being active in the outdoors. Walk along the border following the Mortimer Trail or famous Offa's Dyke Path, and be blown away by the unrivalled views and landscapes along the way. Wander into the centre of Kington and relax in one of the traditional local pubs for a well-earned pint and hearty pub lunch, or sample some delicious food in one of the restaurants. Enjoy a wonderful break in Herefordshire in one of these lovely apartments.

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About the location

KINGTON

Presteigne 6 miles; Hay-on-Wye 12 miles.

The small town of Kington, well regarded as a centre for walking, is situated near the England/Wales border in a beautiful area known as the Welsh Marches. It is a wonderful area of wooded hills, tranquil valleys and unspoilt Black and White villages on the English side and the more rugged Cambrian Mountains on the Welsh side. Celebrated by visitors for its lovely scenery and excellent walking and cycling in the surrounding rolling hills, this quiet, pleasant town offers a number of excellent shops, pubs and restaurants. Further afield there is plenty to do, pony treking is available at the Black Mountains and why not try Canoeing on the river Wye. There are a variety of tourist attractions close by including the Small Breeds Farm and Owl Centre, the nationally important Hergest Croft Gardens, Offa’s Dyke Path and Mortimer Trail long distance footpaths, and slightly further afield the National Trust properties of Croft Castle and Berrington Hall. Bradnor Hill, with England’s highest golf course, lies just outside the town. Also within easy reach and well worth a visit is the delightful town of Hay-on-Wye with its numerous book shops, craft and antique shops, along with hosting the famous Hay Festival during the Spring Bank Holiday. Nearby is Ludlow, famous for its gourmet food shops and fine restaurants. The ancient city of Hereford, with its impressive Norman cathedral and famous Mappa Mundi, a 13th century cartographer's interpretation of the world, offers a great day out. A delightful holiday location to suit all ages and tastes.

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This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Christmas