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The Smithy

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Lucton near Mortimers Cross, Herefordshire Show on map


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  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


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

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66 Customer Reviews

  • "Just a lovely place to stay , very quiet at night and a good base for travelling to near by villages and towns ."

    Reviewed by Lee5.0Feb 2024

  • "Relaxing Christmas stay - so peaceful and quiet."

    Comfy bed, good shower - note there is no longer a bath. Lovely welcome pack, friendly owners couldn't do enough to accommodate our needs, but not obtrusive. Excellent for our aging dog - she really enjoyed the walks around the village. Many thanks Philippa and Warren for a superbly relaxed Christmas and the introduction to Tudges sausages - we are planning to put in a bulk order and collect from the farm direct!

    Reviewed by Alice4.4Dec 2023

  • "We loved the cottage, the silent environment, beautiful scenery and long walks."

    Thank you for the ‘taking our wellington’s’ advice we certainly needed them! To return to a cosy cottage with a log burner was a perfect way for us to unwind and our dogs were so happy with the near field to run in Will recommend Thank you

    Reviewed by Katy5.0Nov 2023

  • "The owners are extremely welcoming and very helpful with their local knowledge of walks and places to visit."

    The facilities offer all that is necessary for a wonderful holiday including two lovely dogs. I would recommend this place for a quiet holiday but not too far from places to go like National Trust and towns with lots to offer.

    Reviewed by Norma5.0Oct 2023

  • "A lovely little place to stay, close to many historic villages, towns and NT properties."

    We and our two dogs really enjoyed our stay. The welcome basket was a lovely touch, along with the information sheets provided.

    Reviewed by Liz5.0Oct 2023

  • "Lovely property, great welcome and just had a wonderful time - we’ll definitely go back again!"

    Reviewed by Trudy5.0Sep 2023

  • "A lovely character cottage tucked away in the quiet hamlet of Lucton, nearby amenities in Kingsland."

    Warm, cosy, good facilities. Cooked every night, didn't find anything lacking. Welcomed with free range eggs and milk. Friendly but non-intrusive owners live nearby. Private parking behind the cottage. Close to lots of attractions; we visited Croft Castle, Westonbury Water Gardens, Ludlow, south Shropshire hills and Hay-On-Wye. For dog owners, there is a nice yard for seating at the front and a handy 5 minute loop around the hamlet for ablutions. The bedroom is open plan to the living room, so if you don't want your dog going upstairs, bring a stair gate, or else you'll be building a chair and cushion barrier! :-D Lovely place to stay. Will be returning :-)

    Reviewed by Kerry5.0Sep 2023

  • "Wonderful, comfy, welcoming idyll."

    Perfect for one or two people looking to leave their worries behind for a few days. Charming little cobbled courtyard. Well appointed kitchen. Comfy sofa and TV easy to operate. Super comfy bed and good quality bedding. The only slight issue I had was the shower, but that was easily fixed. I had baths! The owner advises me the shower is soon to be replaced.

    Reviewed by Jennifer4.7Jul 2023

  • "A wonderful and cosy cottage!"

    Well equipped and beautifully decorated. Loved the little personal touches such as the fresh flowers from the garden, eggs from the hens and local Hereford cider! Warren and Philippa were very welcoming and helpful throughout our stay. Would recommend to family and friends and will definitely come back and stay again.

    Reviewed by Catherine5.0Jul 2023

  • "Perfect location, Perfect cottage, Perfect hosts!"


    Reviewed by Jo5.0Jun 2023

  • "Wonderful little cottage in a beautiful location."

    Perfect for a couple with 2 dogs, particularly in the hot weather. We enjoyed exploring the local area and all the nearby villages (and sampling the local cider). Philippa and Warren are lovely hosts and very generously gave us extra eggs from their own chickens. Thank you again!

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Jun 2023

  • "The Smithy at Lucton was a beautifully presented period cottage."

    Immaculate but also very welcoming. Lovely to be able to holiday with our young dog as well. She enjoyed the cool kitchen tiles as it was the hottest week of the year. Located within easy reach of Black & White cottage trail, Westonbury Water Garden (strongly recommend) and Queenswood Park and much more. Thank you Phillipa and Warren for a great stay.

    Reviewed by Pauline5.0Jun 2023

  • "Fantastic week , lovely cottage in a nice quiet area, the courtyard garden is a lovely sun trap, and a great place to relax at the end of the day with a glass or two of local cider."

    Reviewed by Graham5.0Apr 2023

  • "The pretty cottage was clean fresh and welcoming as were the property owners."

    The cottage has all equipment you need for your stay. The towels soft and fluffy. The quiet hamlet setting was perfect for our relaxing getaway. Great local walks.

    Reviewed by Kare5.0Apr 2023

  • "The Smithy is ideally situated for beautiful local walks straight from the cottage."

    We highly recommend Croft Ambrey hill fort for stunning views, the Castle and parkland. Further afield, Monkland cheese dairy is well worth a visit for a good ploughman‘s lunch and delicious cheeses to take away. There are plenty more interesting places to visit. We appreciated the peace and quiet around the old cottage which is quaint but in need of some TLC. Do have a torch handy on arrival in the dark. We arrived in complete darkness and pouring rain which first made it a bit difficult to find. We didn’t have our torch handy and struggled to find the key, unlock the door and find the light switch indoors. There is a step inside the kitchen which we could not see in the dark and it resulted in a fall, fortunately without too much harm done. We found the upstairs bedroom smoke alarm fitting off the ceiling and on the window sill. The battery appeared not to be functioning. The fault was reported but nothing came of it. On the plus side, the cottage with its wood stove is cosy and warm and the milk and delicious cider left for us on arrival were very welcome.

    Reviewed by Michael4.1Oct 2022

  • "Very nice indeed."

    Suited us perfectly.

    Reviewed by Ian Mark5.0Oct 2022

  • "A lovely stay at a perfect little property."

    No flashier than it needed to be but provided for all our needs. Perfect for two people (plus two dogs in our case). A lovely, often overlooked part of the country. Particularly liked the wood burner.

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Oct 2022

  • "We loved Smithy Cottage, charming and quiet location and equally charming hosts."

    Reviewed by Conway5.0Aug 2022

  • "This was the most enjoyable holiday."

    Lovely place, home from home. The owners are lovely people who did everything possible to make us comfortable.

    Reviewed by Sheelagh5.0Aug 2022

  • "Lovely Place Plenty to do in the Area The owners weren't available but the ..."

    Lovely Place Plenty to do in the Area The owners weren't available but the Mother was really lovely and helpful and checked on us if we needed anything Nice to stay in period property with all the features made it special Cottage was clean and tidy and had everything we needed Welcome pack was a nice gesture

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Jul 2022

  • "Absolutely lovely stay at the Smithy."

    Lovely property and really nice owners - made us very welcome. If it’s peace and quiet you’re looking for then look no further. We were really able to recharge our batteries. Exploring the area with our dogs, and with tips and suggestions from Warren really made for a super week.

    Reviewed by Antoinette5.0May 2022

  • "My husband, myself and our 2 little dogs had a lovely stay at The Smithy."

    We had everything we needed and the welcome basket with fresh eggs, cider and the milk in the fridge were a very thoughtful addition. Phillipa & Warren were lovely and were easily on hand if we needed anything. We visited Ludlow which is within easy distance and Croft Castle which is nearby. The cottage is very cosy and comfortable with handy parking to the rear.

    Reviewed by Pamela4.7May 2022

  • "A very charming cottage in a quiet location but with great places to visit within a short distance including the Welsh border."

    My daughter and I really enjoy our stay and the hosts were friendly and had left us a lovely welcome basket which included tasty free range eggs and there was fresh milk in the fridge. Great local walks with our puppy. Well equipped and furnished. Would definitely recommend The Smithy and we hope to return later in the year.

    Reviewed by Marie5.0Apr 2022

  • "An excellent location for walking and visiting Hereford and Leominster."

    The nearby National Trust Croft Castle is well worth a visit both for the house and the variety of parkland walks. The bottle of local cider and fresh farm eggs provided by Philippa and Warren on arrival was very welcome.

    Reviewed by Gordon4.7Mar 2022

  • "Lovely little cottage in a pretty village."

    Well equipped and very comfortable, we had a lovely stay. Thank you for the welcome pack, the cider was delicious. Couldn’t have asked for more.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Mar 2022

  • "Really relaxing and enjoyable stay at the smithy."

    Just the place to unwind in a beautiful part of the country. Phillipa and Warren were both friendly and approachable and the home produced eggs in the welcome pack were tremendous. Hope to visit again at some point in the future.

    Reviewed by Jim4.1Mar 2022

  • "Lovely olde worlde cottage."

    Perfect size for a couple and a dog. Cottage had everything you could need with comfy sofa and bed. The log burner was excellent for keeping warm following our trips during dry but freezing days. The owners were very helpful and supplied us with extra logs which was very much appreciated.

    Reviewed by Iona4.4Mar 2022

  • "The Smithy was a really great place to have a weeks break."

    On arrival a welcome pack was in the Kitchen. Owners could not do enough for us. The Smithy itself, was comfortable and located in a small Hamlet, surrounded with fields and hills to do some walking. It's also located within easy distance to larger Towns and other places to fulfil your break, and there is full helpful list information is in the smithy. We recommend this Smithy for a break and will be going again.

    Reviewed by Brian4.4Feb 2022

  • "A lovely old and homely cottage."

    We really enjoyed our stay. The hosts were very friendly and helpful.

    Reviewed by Fiona5.0Feb 2022

  • "Beautiful cottage,very cosy and everything you need for a weeks stay."

    ..5 star cottage...3 star weather...we needed a quiet break with the 2 dogs and that's exactly what we got...met the owners too who were delightful and provided us with their own chickens freshly laid eggs and a lovely welcome basket and milk....loved it

    Reviewed by Gary5.0Feb 2022

  • "Warm and comfortable accommodation but in need of some Tlc both inside and outside."

    White goods although working are not the most efficient. Positives - quiet, friendly hosts, comfortable bed. A good base for exploring.

    Reviewed by Dorothy3.4Jan 2022

  • "The Smithy is a very pretty cottage with many period features."

    All the amenities are provided. The countryside is very beautiful and everyone in the village is very friendly. I would definitely recommend the Smithy.

    Reviewed by Jackie5.0Dec 2021

  • "Lovely cottage."

    Everything you need for a peaceful stay in beautiful countryside. The owners are very kind and provided a goodies basket as well as freshly picked fruit. Lots of interesting places to visit within a short drive.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Sep 2021

  • "Just wanted to say what a fantastic holiday we had, the cottage was absolutely lovely and was well equipped."

    We would like to say Thanks so much for the lovely welcome pack as well, I loved hearing the Cockerel in the mornings. Owners Warren and Philippa live next door and what a lovely friendly couple they are, and I have to say where on hand if we needed anything. Places to visit weren’t that far away I think Stratford upon Avon was the longest a hour and a half’s drive. We will defiantly be visiting again at some point our husky loved every minute of the holiday as well and loved the walks and days out.

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Aug 2021

  • "A very pleasant place to visit in a very lovely area."

    Kind and welcome hospitality much appreciated. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Jean5.0Jul 2021

  • "Beautiful old character cottage for 2 people and doggies."

    Lovely friendly owners on hand if necessary. Loved the special welcome pack which included homemade goodies of sloe gin, jam and eggs. Enjoyed the private cobbled patio area enclosed by cottage garden planting - a lovely place to sit with a glass or two! Walks from the doorstep in a variety of lengths and up into the NT Croft Castle Estate. We've stayed before in this cottage but mainly in Autumn and winter time. This time in summer the dawn chorus was sublime. Thankyou!

    Reviewed by Caroline5.0Jul 2021

  • "Lovely secluded cottage, good base to get to Ludlow , very helpful owners who were next door"

    Reviewed by Lee4.7Jun 2021

  • "Friendly owners, nothing too much trouble but left us to to enjoy the holiday."

    If you are looking for somewhere quiet, in beautiful countryside and amazing dawn choruses, this is the place to go.

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Jun 2021

  • "The location of The Smith is excellent."

    In a very pretty village with lovely walks from the door as well as being close to Croft Castle estate and Mortimer forest. Owners are next door and are very friendly and helpful.

    Reviewed by Kim4.7May 2021

  • "Great property, cosy, everything you needed, lovely secure cottage garden to sit in."

    Owners hospitable and friendly without intruding. Look forward to returning.

    Reviewed by Belinda5.0Apr 2021

  • "The owners, Warren and Philippa, are very friendly and accommodating."

    The goody baskets they provide serve as wonderful treats too. I would highly recommend this getaway. Apart from a lovely cottage, and secure garden for your pets, the village is quite charming and welcoming. There are walks close by as are nice pubs.

    Reviewed by Marc5.0Apr 2021

  • "Firstly we enjoyed Christmas in this beautiful cottage so much that we booked Christmas 2021 whilst we were there!"

    The owners left us a welcome basket of homemade mince pies, lockdown Raspberry jam, Sloes Gin which was delicious and freshly laid eggs from their own hens. The cottage had everything that we had taken with us which included items such as salt, pepper, flour, oil and all of the basics that you wouldn't expect and even a pint of milk in the fridge ready for our arrival. There wasn't anything missing that we needed especially over Christmas and was cleanliness was 10/10. We met the owners at a distance when they kindly delivered some more delicious eggs but they respected our privacy and left us alone. If you have a dog this is perfect the garden is fenced off (even though we wouldn't leave ours outside on her own) the local walks are ideal and Croft Castle is a 5 minute drive with landscape walks. Thank you once again and we look forward to spending another Christmas in your beautiful cottage.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Dec 2020

  • ""What A Great Cottage " Everything you needed was there Enjoyed my week stay Will definitely return next year"

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Dec 2020

  • "An ideal location for exploring the surrounding countryside."

    Cosy cottage, excellent cleanliness and very pleasant hosts. Would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Frances5.0Oct 2020

  • "Peace and tranquility was the order of the day and 'The Smithy' did not fail us."

    Set in a rural, yet accessible location, it was perfect for exploring Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Shropshire. Recommend Leominster, Ludlow and Church Stretton where one can access the ANOB of the Shropshire Hills. Dog friendly pubs and cafes are a plenty. Thank you Mr and Mrs Alexander for being wonderful hosts, the Damson Gin was a real tonic!

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Feb 2020

  • "Lovely cosy cottage had everything we needed."

    TV appeared not to be picking up any stations told owner who lived next door immediately rectified with new TV. Left you alone even though lived next door so lots of privacy nothing better than waking up to bird song and no sounds of constant traffic. Perfect place to start new year off.

    Reviewed by Susan4.4Dec 2019

  • "Everything was just as you would hope - a clean, well equipped cottage in the midst of some really beautiful countryside."

    Reviewed by Cleo5.0Nov 2019

  • "Great place to stay fo a quiet break."

    Took as a while to find though as the house sign is too small and difficult to spot.

    Reviewed by Tracey4.7Oct 2019

  • "Good location."

    A charming cottage, nestled near a farm where I found the bleating of the lambs quite soothing.

    Reviewed by Linda4.4Jun 2019

  • "Our hosts were very friendly and helpful"

    Reviewed by Kaye4.7May 2019

  • "Would stay there again"

    Reviewed by Martin4.7May 2019

  • "Another lovely cottage from sykes."

    Beautiful setting. Owners so welcoming. Everything you need. Great dog friendly.sad only a week would of liked two.

    Reviewed by Lorraine5.0Apr 2019

  • "'The Smithy' is a little gem."

    Fully equipped, dog friendly, clean and ideally located for truly amazing walks around the area and farther afield. Set in a quiet hamlet it is within easy driving distance of several National Trust properties and larger towns. We could not have had a better place to stay. One tip....take a torch!

    Reviewed by Alan5.0Mar 2019

  • "The Smithy is a lovely cozy little cottage."

    Everything one needs is provided and the owners are next door if there are any problems. We had a lovely few days and would like to return perhaps in the warmer weather. Couldn't fault it!

    Reviewed by Frank5.0Jan 2019

  • "Lovely cosy little cottage for two , great that the owners accept dogs & they had a safe enclosed garden area."

    Beautiful countryside and great walks , lots of areas to discover.

    Reviewed by Jill5.0Nov 2018

  • "Lovely cottage in very quiet village and dog friendly with walks nearby."

    No shops in village and need car to get to nearest pub and shopn. Great base to explore the area.

    Reviewed by Jackalyn5.0Oct 2018

  • "Normally I would shy away from a property where it is close to owner's home but there was absolutely no problem with this clean, comfortable cottage."

    The owners are welcoming & there if you need them but equally respect your privacy. The cottage is well equipped and comfortable and the village is a lovely quiet location. Our 2 dogs thoroughly enjoyed themselves also & this is a great property & area for dogs being made welcome.

    Reviewed by Janice4.4Sep 2018

  • "Lovely cottage well located for visiting many beautiful villages and towns with miles of walks from the doorstep."

    Owners very helpful and pleasant. We would recommend this cottage and would like to say thank you for a great stay. Paul and Christine

    Reviewed by Christine4.4Sep 2018

  • "Lovely cosy cottage in rural area."

    Decent facilities and kitchen quite well equipped. Lots to see in the location and great pubs within a short drive serving excellent food. Particularly recommend the Riverside in Aymestry which can be walked to during the day for a good Sunday lunch Leominster and Ludlow are quaint towns worth a visit. Hosts are friendly and welcoming. Hopefully return one day.

    Reviewed by Christopher4.4Aug 2018

  • "Charming cottage in very quiet hamlet."

    Lovely walks. Friendly and helpful hosts. You do need to like dogs as their three like to say hello through the gate when you're sat in the lovely little patio garden.

    Reviewed by J5.0Jul 2018

  • "Peaceful, relaxing ,lots of great walks with out having to travel far."

    Great for my two dogs . We all had a super time .

    Reviewed by Judith5.0May 2018

  • "Had a fab week at this cottage, unfortunately had to leave a day early due to extreme weather conditions."

    There are great walks from the door and a very good forest to walk around and exercise dogs. The cottage is comfortable and clean, the owners are helpful and nice, any problems are easy sorted as they live next door.

    Reviewed by June4.4Feb 2018

  • "We just had a wonderful time exploring the area - lots of lovely places to visit."

    The cottage was adorable, the beds and pillows exceptionally comfortable - would certainly re book for a longer period. If we enjoyed it so much in February with not particular good weather then it must be fantastic in Spring/Summer/Autumn! Look forward to returning. P.S. The dogs loved it too.

    Reviewed by Carol5.0Feb 2018

  • "Peaceful situation in delightful area."

    Owners were great. Kind and helpful. the cottage was wonderful and very cosy.

    Reviewed by Ken5.0Aug 2017

  • "The property owners are wonderful."

    The location is ideal as a central point for exploring Herefordshire, Shropshire, Wales and points beyond.

    Reviewed by Richard4.4May 2017

  • "Good, comfortable holiday cottage in an ideal peaceful, location for exploring the area."

    Great National Trust properties in the vicinity, lots of good walks and interesting old market towns.

    Reviewed by Jenny4.4Mar 2017

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  • One double bedroom
  • Ground floor bathroom with a walk in shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove.
  • Electric central heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, DVD, radio, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Lockable bike storage
  • Front enclosed patio with furniture and BBQ
  • Two well-behaved pets welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 1.5 miles, pub 1.1 miles.

The property

Mortimers Cross 1.1 miles.

A charming, detached, Grade II listed Black and White cottage, situated in the village of Lucton, close to Yarpole and Mortimers Cross, in Herefordshire.

Thoughtfully furnished throughout, this traditional cottage provides warm and welcoming accommodation, perfect for a romantic break away in the most relaxing of locations.

Make your way through the pretty courtyard garden and enter the cottage directly into the well-equipped kitchen and dining area, complete with exposed stone walls and original beams, whilst next door the cosy sitting room provides the perfect place in which to unwind in front of the warming woodburning stove.

From here climb the stairs to the first floor and discover the bright and airy double bedroom in which to relax after a day exploring the beautiful Herefordshire countryside.

Outside, the enclosed patio makes for an ideal space to relax whilst sipping a refreshing drink on a summer’s evening.

Lucton is a tranquil hamlet which boasts several Black and White cottages, an ancient earthwork and is surrounded by a number of lovely villages which are steeped in history such as Shobdon with its Baroque church.

Mentioned in the Domesday Book, the lovely village of Yarpole is steeped in history and boasts a fine selection of shops selling delicious cheeses, and The Bell Inn, a family pub with a roaring fire serving food and good ales.

For those who enjoy walking and cycling, the area surrounding Yarpole offers many excellent routes, taking in superb views of the rolling countryside and dotted with traditional pubs.

For a great day out, visit one the interesting National Trust properties close by, including Croft Castle and Berrington Hall, whilst there are many unspoilt villages within driving distance along the Black and White Village Trail, not to mention Leominster, Ludlow and the delightful Shropshire Hills.

A characterful and cosy cottage providing the perfect base for a romantic retreat at any time of the year.

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About the location


Lucton 1.1 miles; Leominster 6 miles; Ludlow 12.5 miles.

Mortimers Cross is a small village best known for the historic battle fought in 1461 during the Wars of the Roses. The village now has a scattering of cottages, a shop, a local inn and is home to the English Heritage Mortimers Cross Watermill on the River Lugg. Nearby is the little hamlet of Lucton nestled in beautiful Herefordshire countryside on the borders of Radnorshire and Shropshire. The thriving village of Yarpole is also nearby, situated equidistant between the pretty market towns of Ludlow and Leominster. This area is home to the famous Mortimer Trail, a long distance walking route and nearby is the National Trust’s Croft Castle with its medieval fishponds. Enjoy a walk on the nearby Bircher Common, an area of lowland heath offering lovely views of the surrounding Marches, wild horses, sheep grazing and deer, ideal for enjoying the peace and tranquillity 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. 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 all 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 Bromyard, Ledbury, Ironbridge, Hay-on-Wye and the Long Mynd. There is something for everyone is this delightful area.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas