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The Smithy

Lucton near Mortimers Cross, Herefordshire (Ref. 934782)


Very good

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  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
  • Icon/Feature/Open fire Open fire
  • Icon/Feature/Garden or Patio Garden / Patio
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Cot available
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Reviews & Ratings

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34 Customer Reviews

  • "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 SusanSep 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 KarenAug 2021

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

    Kind and welcome hospitality much appreciated. Thank you.

    Reviewed by JeanJul 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 CarolineJul 2021

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

    Reviewed by LeeJun 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 AlisonJun 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 KimMay 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 BelindaApr 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 MarcApr 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 SuziDec 2020

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

    Reviewed by StephenDec 2020

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

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

    Reviewed by FrancesOct 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 PaulFeb 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 SusanDec 2019

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

    Reviewed by CleoNov 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 TraceyOct 2019

  • "Good location."

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

    Reviewed by LindaJun 2019

  • "Our hosts were very friendly and helpful"

    Reviewed by KayeMay 2019

  • "Would stay there again"

    Reviewed by MartinMay 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 LorraineApr 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 AlanMar 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 FrankJan 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 JillNov 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 JackyOct 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 JaniceSep 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 PaulSep 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 ChristopherAug 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 JJul 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 JudithMay 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 JuneFeb 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 CarolFeb 2018

  • "Peaceful situation in delightful area."

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

    Reviewed by KenAug 2017

  • "The property owners are wonderful."

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

    Reviewed by RichardMay 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 JennyMar 2017

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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.


  • One double bedroom
  • Ground floor bathroom with bath, shower over, 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.

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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.

Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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