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Lower Court Byre

Kinsham near Lingen, Herefordshire (Ref. 926185)



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  • Sleeps 5

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 2

  • Pets No

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  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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50 Customer Reviews

  • "This was everything and even more than we thought possible imagined."

    In fact we are coming back again in a months time

    Reviewed by BarbaraMar 2022

  • "A very comfortable cottage in a lovely garden setting."

    Excellent facilities both inside and for sitting outside and enjoying the garden.

    Reviewed by KennethMar 2022

  • "Such a beautiful cottage and garden."

    Enjoyed watching all the birds. Cottage was very clean and very comfy. The welcome cake was very much appreciated.

    Reviewed by MarilynMar 2022

  • "A lovely cottage with lovely owners!"

    A real "get away from it all" cottage - in a secluded spot in a tiny village, & with a wonderful garden. The cottage was very comfortable & well equipped with spacious rooms & a real log fire.

    Reviewed by MurrayNov 2021

  • "The cottage and garden was lovely, also the owner was very nice and helpful."

    many of the roads in the area was very narrow, but the black and whit trail was beautiful and well worth seeing.

    Reviewed by ColinSep 2021

  • "This is a lovely cottage - quiet & peaceful, clean and with everything you need for a relaxing break."

    The photos of the garden on the listing don't do it justice - it's beautiful.

    Reviewed by IainAug 2021

  • "Lovely garden."

    All the rooms were large. plenty of different birds visiting the pond.good wifi. very quiet place. lots of places to eat.

    Reviewed by DaphneJul 2021

  • "The cottage itself was a real home from home, and every detail had been catered for."

    The garden is absolutely stunning, and as the weather was kind to us we spent a good deal of time in relaxing in the beautiful surroundings., The host was most accommodating and nothing was too much trouble. We would certainly recommend this property.

    Reviewed by VeronicaJul 2021

  • "We had a fantastic week at Lower Court Byre."

    The house is really lovely, we had everything we needed and it felt very cosy. The garden is beautiful and we really enjoyed relaxing there after many local walks. The owners are on hand if you need them but are not intrusive. We'd definitely return at some point.

    Reviewed by DawnJul 2021

  • "We spent 2 weeks in this beautiful cottage."

    The photos don’t do it justice. Everything you could want is provided and Trevor, Theresa and Monica are always available if needed. The garden is beautiful full of lovely scented flowers and a huge pond with 2 bridges over it and a fountain. There is also a summerhouse in the garden. It is ideally placed for exploring the black and white trail and also close to Ludlow and Hereford. Over all this is the best self catering accommodation we have stayed in and if we could have given it 6 stars we would have

    Reviewed by ValerieJun 2021

  • "A lovely, beautifully clean, comfortable cottage, set in a large tranquil garden full of bird song."

    The local area is very quiet, but with some good pubs and is great for cyclists and walkers, but be prepared to put effort in on the hills! We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and hope to book again.

    Reviewed by TeresaMay 2021

  • "Can't wait to return."

    Just wonderful.

    Reviewed by GlendaApr 2021

  • "We had a great time cottage was as advertised very clean even with the virus around the corner so to speak and as you stated books."

    games . and usual extras were missing but made absolutely no difference to our stay would go gain

    Reviewed by EileenSep 2020

  • "We had a most enjoyable stay in your lovely, well equipped property."

    Very warm welcome and the best lemon drizzle cake we had ever tasted! House was very comfortable, cosy, and full of character. The amazing garden was stunningly beautiful, full of birdlife. We were lucky enough to see the elusive kingfisher and the greater spotted woodpecker. We would love to return as soon as we can and would thoroughly recommend the property and hosts.

    Reviewed by SusanMar 2020

  • "A very friendly welcome from the owners, which included a lovely fruitcake and they were kind enough to put up a Christmas tree for us as we were staying there over the Christmas holidays."

    We thought the cottage was delightful, well equipped, clean and comfortable. We enjoyed having an open fire over the Christmas holidays and although the weather wasn’t brilliant we did manage to see some of the beautiful countryside. We would love to visit again in the Spring or Summer.

    Reviewed by JoanneDec 2019

  • "Wonderful cottage fabulous garden friendly and accommodating hosts."

    Open fireplace with logs and coal provided. Homemade cake, milk in the fridge A superb place to stay while exploring the area. Lots of great places to visit and walks galore. Definitely five star!

    Reviewed by VivienNov 2019

  • "A very comfortable cottage in a peaceful location, although the track to the cottage was full of potholes and very muddy."

    Farmer also decided to cut the hedges which left thorny branches on the track and having just bought a new car was of concern as we didn't want to get a puncture. My husband spent time picking these up and throwing back in to the hedgerow!

    *Further to our original feedback we can now confirm that we have re tarmacked the entire private road to the cottage in Spring 2021.* Thank you for your valuable feedback we are glad you found the cottage so comfortable and peaceful.We are sorry that your stay was affected by the annual hedge cropping carried out by an agricultural contractor. Unfortunately we had no prior notice of his arrival and were away on farm business on this particular day. If we had been at home we would have happily supervised him and cleared the branches immediately. The recent heavy rainfall has resulted in muddier rural roads than usual and we have engaged a local firm to fill any holes in as soon as practicably possible. We would love to welcome you back soon. Property Owner

    Reviewed by DeborahOct 2019

  • "The cottage was in a beautiful location and allowed us to relax surrounded by quietness."

    Our welcome was warm, yet unobtrusive. All facilities needed could be found in the cottage. The area has plenty to do, which meant that we had busy days, and we were able to relax in the stunning garden at the end of the day. We would thoroughly recommend the cottage.

    Reviewed by ChristopherSep 2019

  • "The character of the cottage and the garden plus the wild life make this an excellent holiday property."

    If you want peace and quiet this is the place to be. Excellent facilities and a good internet connection. Just a word of caution,whilst the stair case is integral part of the character it requires great care if you have mobility issues, the steps are well polished and seem to slope slightly.

    Reviewed by GeoffSep 2019

  • "This is our third visit to The Byre and we were so happy to return."

    It’s comfortable and clean and spacious and peaceful. The garden is delightful. It is set in the beautiful border lands . What more could you ask for?

    Reviewed by PeggotyAug 2019

  • "I cannot recommend Lower Court Byre highly enough, is the most comfortable cottage we have ever stayed in."

    It was spotlessly clean and really well equipped. All the rooms are large and airy, super comfortable furniture in the lounge and the beds were fabulous. There is a good sized fridge in the kitchen and a 3 drawer freezer and washing machine in the utility room. We went with our grandchildren aged 6 and 7 and found the garden and grounds absolutely perfect for them to play in. There are birds galore and a kingfisher fishing from the bridge over the pond in the morning was breathtaking. The owners were both really friendly and kind and a pleasure to chat with. Thank youTrevor and Monica. Just one little thought, a blind or curtain for the arched kitchen window would be nice, give that bit more privacy. But that’s only one tiny comment and in no way would it stop us returning.

    Reviewed by LyndaAug 2019

  • "Lovely old, atmospheric, cottage with an even lovelier garden!"

    The variety of plants in the garden competes with a castle walled garden! We spent hours watching the birds, fish and dragonflies, and relaxed completely in the beautiful surroundings. Garden was laid out in a way, with bushes and trees, with lawn in between, that the children played hide-and-seek for hours. Owner was extremely friendly, giving us ideas for family trips and good restaurants, and brought a lemon drizzle cake on arrival at the cottage! The house is well maintained and contained everything we could possibly have needed: storage space, comfortable beds, bedding, kitchen appliances, puzzles, table tennis, DVDs, lovely sized bath, conservatory and separate shower room! We felt so at home, but the attention to detail made it feel like a hotel holiday. Huge compliment to the owner. We visited lots of National Trust sites but also larger towns like Hereford or Shrewsbury, and the scenery whilst driving was breathtaking. We hiked in the area too, and further afield in the Brecon Beacons. The beauty of this area, the wildlife, the owner's welcome and support, the cottage and garden, the historical locations, and the river all contributed to one of the most relaxing but stimulating holidays (with three children under 12 years of age! ) for years! We would love to come back, and the memories will remain a lifetime.

    Reviewed by ClaireJul 2019

  • "A wonderful warm welcome from the owners."

    The cottage was exactly as advertised and much more was to be found. We would recommend to anyone wanting a quiet peaceful rest - the garden was wonderful, with lots of wildlife visiting.

    Reviewed by ShirleyJun 2019

  • "A great holiday at Lower Court Byre, a beautiful country cottage with an amazing MONET inspired garden, in Herefordshire."

    Visits to Berrington Hall & Croft Castle (Both National Trust) also Hereford Cathedral. Lovely countryside and timbered buildings. Would recommend this gorgeous cottage.

    Reviewed by MargaretMay 2019

  • "Fabulous cottage, wonderful garden, super hosts"

    Reviewed by VivienMay 2019

  • "The cottage was one of the most beautiful cottages we have stayed in So far The garden was lovely as well it was very enjoyable just having breakfast out there or a glass of wine in the evening very Nice!"

    Reviewed by MatthewApr 2019

  • "The garden is a real bonus, even in autumn."

    Owners were lovely and very helpful too.

    Reviewed by KateOct 2018

  • "We had a wonderful week exploring Herefordshire and staying in Lower Court Byre was an absolute joy."

    The cottage was exceptional and the garden absolutely lovely. Luckily the weather was good so we were able to sit outside and enjoy the peaceful surroundings. This was one of the nicest cottages we have stayed in.

    Reviewed by WilfredSep 2018

  • "Well presented and comfortable cottage."

    Exceptional gardens and pond. Owners were very nice and very friendly. Couldn't fault it in any way.

    Reviewed by DavidAug 2018

  • "Met everything we look for in a holiday property & more."

    Beautifully converted cottage, outstanding garden & made to feel very welcome by owners. Our first visit but we are already looking forward to returning next year.

    Reviewed by ValerieJun 2018

  • "What an amazing cottage and gardens."

    Absolutely stunning. Was a perfect escape, we had everything we wanted and it was just so idyllic, I was proud to call it my home for the week. I did not want to leave, i would love to permanently live there ! Was so central to everywhere we wanted to go. The hospitality was lovely, the family were so friendly, welcoming and helpful. Thank you so much to Theresa, Monica and Trevor, it is a real credit to you. We will definitely return and definitely recommend to anyone, we will tell all our friends. We wish you continued success. Thank you so much for everything and the gorgeous lemon drizzle cake was amazing. We were fortunate to be blessed with beautiful weather for our weeks stay which just made our perfect holiday even better !

    Reviewed by AlisonApr 2018

  • "The cottage and gardens were stunning."

    We completely relaxed and lost whole hours just sat watching the wildlife! A beautiful oasis and a place we hope to return to.

    Reviewed by LynetteMar 2018

  • "We arrived in snow which was unexpected and meant we didn’t go out much after arrival."

    However, the owners were lovely, they helped us out on that first night by collecting some shopping, that was just wonderful, we should have been better planned but the weather caught us off-guard. On that first night we were mesmerised by the snow falling into the fountain, we loved the fountain on the frozen pond. The house was cozy yet spacious. The beams are beautiful. The lights and many windows made the very old building feel bright and open. Perfect balance of old and new. The surrounding countryside is breathtaking. We felt like we build friendships during the week, and would love to return soon.

    Reviewed by LindaDec 2017

  • "The cottage is delightful, in a stunning location."

    Very important to us was a very warm welcome by the owners who provided a wonderful home made cake. We were there in early December 2017 when the snow storm blocked us in. We were supported and when it was time to go dug out by the owners tractor. Simply a great place to escape the business of life

    Reviewed by AndrewDec 2017

  • "The cottage and its garden are delightful."

    We loved staying there. Quite simply the nicest place we have ever rented.

    Reviewed by PeggotyAug 2017

  • "Lovely cottage, friendly owner, beautiful location!"

    Reviewed by ChrisAug 2017

  • "Our hosts Monica and Theresa were charming and friendly."

    They really made us feel at home. Lovely touches included a cake on arrival and also plenty of bird food so that we had wonderful bird life in the garden. And the garden and pond are really lovely. Beautifully maintained and interesting. The kids played happily in it and we also enjoyed meals al fresco. Plenty of wildlife too. We saw rabbits and a hedgehog! We would love to return there one day.

    Reviewed by JosephineJul 2017

  • "Beautiful cottage, very well equipped with a fantastic garden."

    Breakfast on the lawn a particular treat. Very friendly host and a welcome cake, we will certainly consider coming again The area is very tranquil with good cycling and walking, fascinating history nearby

    Reviewed by Mary GayleJul 2017

  • "Lower Court Byre is not showy but quite simply a place of great beauty and warmth."

    The lovely garden, inspired by Claude Monet's Garden at Giverny, is a place of quiet refreshment, and is, indeed, a place difficult to leave. We were thrilled to see woodpeckers and a heron by the lake. The birds are so used to human beings they come to the feeding station when one is only a few yards away at the picnic table. The house is well thought-out and carefully arranged. eg. There is a hand towel in both toilets, obviating the need to traipse around finding one and the fire was a dream to light, to tend and to enjoy. We were welcomed by a whole and magnificent lemon cake and a more than helpful family who were really pleased to offer advice about the kind of things we might enjoy. The place and their whole attitude conspired to make this one of the most regenerative holidays we have ever enjoyed. We think this was partly because we did not feel like tenants but welcome visitors.

    Reviewed by ChristopherJun 2017

  • "Lower Court Byre cottage and garden are amazing, the cottage so spacious and comfortable, the garden absolutely beautiful, full of interest and little surprises."

    Our initial thoughts whilst being so warmly welcomed and shown around by Theresa and Trevor were- a week is far too short a time to stay in this lovely place! Everything was faultless! Unfortunately our week was cut short due to bad health, Monica could not have been more helpful, also, her cakes are truly delicious! It is top of our list to return as soon as is possible. A hearty thanks to the Joseph Family.

    Reviewed by EleanorMay 2017

  • "This is by far the best holiday let we have booked."

    The cottage is superb and the garden is truly amazing. We are pensioners and my only note of caution is to be careful on the stairs. You could not have better facilities and the owners could not have been more helpful. Lovely people.

    Reviewed by JohnMay 2017

  • "Welcome cake was delicious, owners really friendly and helpful."

    Nice place to spend some time and relax

    Reviewed by CliffordMar 2017

  • "The cottage turned out to be exceptionally clean, cosy, well thought out, there was everything provided that we would need."

    Picturesque setting and most of all, the owners lived nearby and made us so welcome and we felt like their house guests! we are definitely coming back.

    Reviewed by PratulaDec 2016

  • "Apart from the cottage being so comfortable and pleasant, the owners went that extra mile to ensure we were happy to be there."

    I was so shocked to see a beautifully decorated Christmas tree and other festive decorations, in addition to a homemade cake. What a welcome, and such friendly, warm people. I will certainly return and am so pleased to have found this home away from home. Thank you for this amazing listing.

    Reviewed by CherryDec 2016

  • "The cottage was lovely and clean and had everything we needed."

    The gardens were beautifully kept and we loved the fountain. A cake on arrival and friendly welcome were appreciated!

    Reviewed by PaulNov 2016

  • "A lovely cottage in a wonderful setting with friendly and very helpful owners on hand to help with any questions."

    Reviewed by DenisSep 2016

  • "Wonderful cottage, well equipped with everything you need."

    The garden is amazing and the owners were lovely. There was cake on arrival and they let us pick apples and plums from the orchard. Lovely traditional features with modern comforts. Lots to do in the area within 1/2 hour drive and plenty walks from the doorstep. Will definitely be back.

    Reviewed by AlisonSep 2016

  • "It was a lovely cottage with a beautiful garden in a lovely peaceful location."

    The owners were very pleasant and helpful and the cake mrs jones baked was very welcome! I would recommend it to everybody and we would hope to go back again in the future.

    Reviewed by LynnSep 2016



    Reviewed by JackieAug 2016

  • "The surroundings and the people near by were all marvellous."

    Reviewed by SandraJul 2016

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x king-size double, 1 x twin with additional single bed on request
  • Bathroom with bath, basin and WC
  • Ground floor shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen with breakfast area.Utility
  • Sitting room with dining area and open fire
  • Conservatory
  • Oil central heating with open fire
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with FreeSat, DVD, WiFi
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for fire inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for 4 cars
  • Lockable store for bikes
  • Private enclosed patio plus large lawned gardens and patio with furniture
  • Sorry, no dogs and no smoking
  • Shop 3.3 miles, pub 2.2 miles
  • Note: This cottage has a large unfenced pond, children should be supervised in this area

The property

Lingen 2 miles.

An enchanting detached cottage, very privately nestled into truly endearing gardens, on the owner’s farm, close to Lingen, Herefordshire.

This homely cottage is a perfect tranquil retreat, with lots of space inside and out, perfect for families or groups of friends looking to relax in a traditional house with beautiful gardens.

Set over two floors, there are two comfortable bedrooms with a family bathroom.

There is a well- equipped kitchen with breakfast area, leading out into a traditional porch with seating, perfect to enjoy a morning cup of coffee.

There is a spacious sitting room with open fire, adjacent to the dining area, and additional comfy seating in the conservatory.

Outside, you can sit in the beautifully-landscaped mature gardens or meander around the lawned pathways and stop awhile on the little bridge, overlooking the impressive fountain, and maybe catch a glimpse of the resident moorhen.

Alternatively, sit and enjoy a glass of something cool in the enclosed courtyard garden adjacent to the conservatory.

This garden is a real jewel and you may find it difficult to leave.

Surrounded by the owner’s farm, the cottage gives you the wonderful opportunity to explore the area and perhaps walk up to the local viewpoint, known as the Top-a-Scope, or enjoy the owner’s stretch of the River Lugg, with the opportunity to enjoy their fishing rights.

You are ideally placed to explore a selection of National Trust properties, such as Croft Castle and Parkland, giving you a glimpse of the past, and surrounded by fabulous gardens.

Alternatively, visit Berrington Hall and enjoy the grandeur, wandering through one of Capability Brown’s final landscapes.

The area offers numerous outdoor activities such as cycling, riding, golf, go-karting or perhaps a flying lesson.

For walkers, this cottage sits on the Herefordshire Trail, a popular 150-mile route taking in spectacular countryside, which can be walked in small sections at a time.

Why not take time out to explore the Black and White Village Trail, where you can experience exquisite English villages and their ancient medieval timber-framed buildings?

There is so much to enjoy in the area, however, slightly further afield is Leominster where you can enjoy browsing in the antique shops, cafes and a variety of smaller shops, perfect for a lazy afternoon.

For a change, head off for a day in the cathedral city of Hereford, which is on the River Wye, a perfect place to start exploring the Wye Valley.

A fabulous opportunity to relax in an idyllic cottage, overlooking a pretty rambling garden, providing a real retreat, and ideal for family and friends to spend time together in traditional surroundings, yet being close to a selection of pretty towns, villages and days out.

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About the location


Presteigne 5 miles; Knighton 9 miles; Ludlow 12 miles.

The ancient village of Lingen, mentioned in the Domesday Book, lies on wooded Herefordshire Hills in the Welsh Marches and is surrounded by beautiful unspoilt countryside. The historic small town of Presteigne, known as The Gateway to Mid Wales, is only 5 miles away and boasts the award-winning attraction 'The Judge's Lodging' as well as a range of pubs, restaurants and local shops. Presteigne is a local culture centre and plays host to art and music festivals throughout the year. Explore the Mortimer Trail, Offa’s Dyke, the lovely walks up to Wigmore Castle, Croft Ambrey and the quiet valleys of the Lugg, Teme and Clun. Visit the market town of Hay-on-Wye, often described as “the town of books”, the ancient city of Hereford with its impressive Norman cathedral, Leominster and its renowned antique shops, and discover Britain's loveliest medieval town, Ludlow with its 13th century castle, riverside walks and famous food and cultural festivals. Radnor Forest is also close by and offers an abundance of walks and cycle routes. This is a truly unspoilt area offering something for everyone at any time of year.

Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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