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Wheelbarrow Castle

Stoke Prior near Leominster, Herefordshire (Ref. 904281)



Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 17

  • Bedrooms 7

  • Bathrooms 5

  • Pets Yes

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  • Hot tub
  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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44 Customer Reviews

  • "The house was absolutely perfect, and was well set up to cater for a large group of people to stay."

    We weren't expecting the beautiful view from the garden - it really was stunning. David warned us the WiFi could be slow, and that was indeed the case, hence the score on facilities but it wasn't an issue. Hot tub was fab. One small thing - having a dishcloth would be useful :)

    Thanks for the positive comments. As soon as we can access fibre we will do so to get a good wifi connection. Being rural this is some time off. A dish cloth should have been provided obviously an error on our part. Property Owner

    Reviewed by CharlotteJul 2022

  • "Everything was as promised and we all enjoyed our stay very much."

    We were fourteen adults and there was plenty of room for everyone. Really loved the hot tub and the courtyard sitting area. Beautiful surrounding countryside and amazing views that all added to the charm.

    Reviewed by AngelaJun 2022

  • "Wonderful property and location absolutely perfect for a family gathering."

    Thank you very much to our host for making it such a comfortable stay.

    Thank you for your great response. Property Owner

    Reviewed by JeremyApr 2022

  • "Everything you need is provided at Wheelbarrow Castle - plenty of kitchen items which was a good bonus and we loved the large lounge which was our main focus on an evening for family get together’s enjoying a relaxing chat and playing fun family games."

    It was a week for us without the need for TV and tablets/phones and we just had so much loved prime family time together which is priceless. There are walks directly from the cottage and there was loads of leaflets provided for walks locally and surrounding area. We were four families meeting together with various ages from 8 months to 65 - with the hot tub being a favourite with the teenagers. We all had an amazing week and would highly recommend the cottage - there was a lovely welcome gift on arrival (thank you

    Very glad you had a good stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by MargaretApr 2022

  • "We were happy with our stay at Wheelbarrow Castle, it was a multi generation family stay to celebrate a big birthday and the house suited the occasion, there was enough room for all 15 of us plus the dogs and the location was great."

    We made use of the hot tub which was a great extra to the property. We did think an additional fridge freezer would be beneficial. Overall we enjoyed the stay.

    Thank you for your suggestion. Property Owner

    Reviewed by ClareApr 2022

  • "What an amazing house!"

    Our trip was from the 25th Feb to the 4th March. We were a party of 11 and ample space for all of us. The space in the house was perfect for us, we used 6 of the 7 bedrooms. Having various gathering rooms was great so that our party could space out, but our time was mostly spent in the dining room (huge dining table) and the sun room out to the garden. We made great use of the hot tub and the younger ones in our group used it every day, we were lucky to have good weather on the weekend. There was never an issue with cutlery and crockery as there is so much of it! Very well equipped, lots of pots and pans, well pretty much everything you can think of, right down to weighing scales. The kitchen is big and has a central work area (breakfast bar) so it was easy to cook meals for our large party. We have a few walkers in our group so they enjoyed venturing out and enjoying the beautiful surrounding area. We saw deer, wild horses and rabbits, pheasants, to name a few. We were lucky to have baby lambs in the field opposite the house who were a joy to watch in the mornings. Lots of games, cards and jigsaws were a must for us on the rainy days. We found a great pub called the Fisherman's Arms close by, only popped in for a snack! But the starter portions were huge. A very warm welcome from everyone. Monkland Cheese factory close by also worth a visit, where they make their own cheese and we had delicious warm cheese scones with our coffee. And a supermarket within 15 minutes was a bonus when we needed bits and bobs.David, the host at Wheelbarrow, very kind and attentive, nothing we needed was any trouble to him. As a family we have stayed in many cottages/houses across the UK and we all loved this one. Think the space and facilities top most of them! We would highly recommend Wheelbarrow Castle, would be great in the summer to make use of the garden area on warm evenings.Thanks David and Nicola

    It is always motivating to get a review like this one. We are glad you all enjoyed yourselves and perhaps look forward to seeing you again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by SoniaFeb 2022

  • "We had an absolute fantastic stay."

    There were plenty of beds and bathroom for us all to be comfortable and lots of space to sit and relax. We loved the hot tub! The Wheelbarrow Castle really helped us to celebrate our uncles 50th Birthday in style. Thank you so much!

    Reviewed by PritiFeb 2022

  • "Was a great place for all of our family ranging From little ones to adults."

    Was very well equipped for all of our needs. A beautiful place in gorgeous surroundings. Would Definately recommend it

    Your comments are much appreciated thank you. Property Owner

    Reviewed by JeanetteJan 2022

  • "Brilliant property for a group of families with ample space to escape if you want some peace and quiet!"

    We loved it, thank you.

    Thanks you for your positive comments. Property Owner

    Reviewed by CarolineDec 2021

  • "What a wonderful house Wheelbarrow Castle is and we had a great weekend there."

    The house is enormous and although we never actually got round it doing it, ideal for a game of hide and seek! It had all the amenities we needed and was very warm and comfortable. An ideal place for getting together with a large group of friends and/or family.

    Reviewed by SueDec 2021

  • "Property is beautiful."

    We hired the main house (Wheelbarrow castle) and the cottage next door for the additional space. The owner was lovely and very helpful at check in. The house is great for entertaining, sociable kitchen and dining room. Big lounge comfortably fitting everyone with a roaring fire (if needed) but the house was usually toasty and warm. Wish we could have stayed longer. Definitely recommend

    Reviewed by SarahDec 2021

  • "Fantastic house for over a dozen adults plus a couple of infants and a dog."

    The hot-tub was perfect and David was immediately on hand to fix a small issue with it. His excellent service also extended to resolving a problem with the WiFi, which is offered but doesn't quite reach the whole house. That said, there are more than enough distractions in both the area and the house itself, and though a couple of rooms are probably due a bit of a renovation it was clean, spacious and fully-featured. Only thing it maybe needs is another dishwasher but when there's 16 of you, you always need another dishwasher.

    Reviewed by StephenNov 2021

  • "A wonderful spacious venue for a family occasion."

    Welcome gifts and heating appreciated. Many interesting local walks directly from the property.

    Reviewed by TonyNov 2021

  • "Great"

    Reviewed by TimOct 2021

  • "A huge house which has to be seen to be believed."

    Lovely setting, lovely area, 5 minutes from Leominster which has plenty of facilities.

    Reviewed by ChristineOct 2021

  • "We had a wonderful week in Wheelbarrow Castle."

    The house was clean and very well equipped. We all enjoyed the hot tub. David gave us a good introduction to the house and was on hand to answer a coue of queries when needed but otherwise left us to our own devices.

    Reviewed by ElizabethSep 2021

  • "The host, David made sure to look after us and check everything was OK."

    He was so helpful in anything we needed, the house is great for hosting themed nights, gatherings. We had such an amazing time over the weekend we felt no need to leave! Hot tub was well used, and perfect for breezier evenings. The garden area is great for a family bbq. Would definitely come again and recommend for large groups!

    Reviewed by SnehaSep 2021

  • "Clean and comfortable, good place for a large family gathering, and recommended for large group."

    Children found it amazing fantastic, and good for adventures. Lacked kindling for fire if weather has been inclement. Outside amenities varied and welcome. Owner welcomed us and keen to please. Sadly the hot tub was expensive and not included in price, so we did not use it.

    We are glad you enjoyed your stay. During the summer we do not provide kindling and wood for the fire as it is really not required (the house is centrally heated) we would have been happy to supply this had we been asked. The hot tub was installed after this booking was taken and we offered it to the guests at the price advised by Sykes. For those who booked after it was put in this has been included in the new pricing. Property Owner

    Reviewed by PeterAug 2021

  • "The Wheelbarrow castle is a beautiful very spacious house and we had a great week."

    Although generally quite well equipped we found there were some minor things missing which makes the difference between 4 and 5 stars. The hot tub is great for instance but there is no stool/ladder to get in and out and it is needed. There is no microwave, and there was no clothes horse although the latter was quickly purchased by owner after we asked. The bedrooms are all a good size and most of the beds very comfortable (we found the bed in the massive master suite far too soft though and ended up giving this room to the teenage girls in our group. The beautiful downstairs bedroom is a twin and would benefit from being a double). Towards the front of the house the views are lovely. We also loved having dinners in the dining room around the huge table and it was great having a few different reception rooms as we were a big group. The owner lives next door and he was helpful whenever we had any queries. The courtyard is nice but could benefit from some more comfortable garden furniture. It took about 40mins to walk into Leominster or £22 in a taxi to Ludlow which is a beautiful little town.

    Thank you for your comments. You are correct about the steps and microwave, the former, as the tub was newly installed, we simply ran out of time to install these. This has since been rectified. Had we known about the microwave this could have been replaced very quickly and it is a pity it was not mentioned. (I always tell guests that it there is a problem to let us know so that if possible it can be dealt with.) This was the case with the clothes horse. Beds are always difficult what is soft to one person is hard to another. We have not had a similar comment previously. The downstairs bed room is intentionally a twin with en suite, as it is often preferred by older guests who tend to prefer singles. The garden chairs are good quality and partially recline and are as shown in the photographs thus not sure what is meant by the comment. Lastly we were marked down on cleanliness which is particularly disappointing as we do take care to ensure the property ins cleaned to a high standard. Property Owner

    Reviewed by LenaJul 2021

  • "The outside space (patio) which didn't seem to feature highly in the property photos was great."

    Also even the 80 year olds climbed the stairs to explore the upper level garden and go for a walk. Its a shame the recycling bin was overflowing when we arrived and remained in that state for several days after. A general comment for improvement would be a look at how and where the cooking "pots" / utensils / plates and glasses are stored in the kitchen / "utility" Just seemed a little all over the place and perhaps in need of a freshen up. Great location and plenty of space in this wonderfully attractive building.

    Reviewed by AndrewAug 2020

  • "Fantastic place ."

    will be booking again .

    Reviewed by TimFeb 2020

  • "Wheelbarrow Castle is a fantastic place."

    It is beautiful, comfortable and has plenty of space both in bedrooms and social areas, which works perfectly for our big get-togethers. The location is also great for a break from the usual busyness of life.

    Reviewed by NicolaNov 2019

  • "No - I've stayed with Sykes many times and have never been disappointed so I guess my expectations would now be difficult to exceed!"

    Reviewed by JulieNov 2019

  • "Wheelbarrow cottage is much larger than we were expecting."

    Plenty of space for everyone. The children loved exploring. The two sitting rooms were ideal, so the children could play games in one and the adults take over the larger sitting room. It’s in a lovely part of the world and the children loved their walk at the pack of the house, seeing ponies and finding a potato field. We will definitely look to return.

    Reviewed by HelenNov 2019

  • "Wheelbarrow Castle was ideal for the needs of our extended family holiday."

    It’s a lovely well stocked house in a lovely area. We hope to come back!

    Reviewed by HelenAug 2019

  • "Just spent a week at Wheelbarrow Castle - three families with seven children ranging from 6-16 years old."

    What an incredible place. So much space to enjoy and the views were great too. Lots of places to visit nearby (Ludlow castle, Croft castle, Berrington Hall, Queensland country park) where we could combine days out with the dogs too. Only small downsides for us were no local pub (village one sadly closed) and no enclosed garden. But they were minor as the house was great and gave us plenty of space to enjoy. Was great for hide and seek and for the Easter egg hunts we did!

    Reviewed by HelenApr 2019

  • "The best holiday."

    family gathering for a long time ages from 13 to 80 all had a fabulous time. Not a cobweb to be seen anywhere.

    Reviewed by WilliamFeb 2019

  • "We were at Wheelbarrow Castle for Christmas week with our three sons, their wives and our seven grandchildren."

    There was plenty of space for all of us and the accommodation very welcoming, clean and very warm. It was also very well decorated for Christmas with a lovely lit and decorated Christmas tree. We understood from the listing that the property was quite big. However, when we went inside it was like entering the Tardis. The property was quite a lot bigger than we had been expecting from the listing. There is plenty to do in the area with two National Trust properties within ten miles. Overall we had a brilliant Family Christmas. Many thanks to the owner. John & Gill Riley

    Reviewed by JohnDec 2018

  • "Great house."

    owners very helpful. will definitely stay here again

    Reviewed by SusanNov 2018

  • "The cottage was exactly as described and owner more than obliging and helpful."

    Great for large family get together.

    Reviewed by SteveNov 2018

  • "This was our second visit to Wheelbarrow Castle."

    We returned because the combination of rooms suits our family group perfectly. We also love it because there is so much space and we never feel we are all on top of each other. There are a variety of living spaces so that adults and children can all find a space to suit their mood and activities - and there is a comfortable main sitting room where we can all gather without feeling crowded. The furnishings are homely and comfortable whilst also being tasteful and decorative - and the utility space is very helpful too. A lovely area to explore and lovely views from the front door. Highly recommended for families of about 14-16 people.

    Reviewed by CatherineOct 2018

  • "Wheelbarrow castle is an amazing venue."

    It exceeded our expectations. It was perfect for our large family get together. Everything we needed was there and despite inclement weather we had the best time ever. Would love to go again next year.

    Reviewed by MaggieSep 2018

  • "Lovely house, perfect for a large family get together."

    Unfortunately there was a wasp nest which the owner should have dealt with rather than just giving us Raid cans, so we where unable to use the courtyard and bbq. The house needs a deep clean as there were many established cobwebs. The whole family had a great weekend and the house was comfortable for both the adults and children to enjoy their time together. Brilliant kitchen for us all to use and enjoy cooking together.

    Reviewed by SarahAug 2018

  • "Excellent property, very good location, very helpful owner - the best we have had yet for our extended family of fourteen."

    Reviewed by WAug 2018

  • "Very straight forward booking process."

    David (the owner) was fantastic before and at the point of arriving at the property, he took the time to explain the property lay out and was extremely welcoming and available to help should any problems arise. The property was well kitted out and had ample space for entertaining whatever the weather - the kitchen/dining area, as well as the outdoor seating area and big lounge (or the long room as we called it), were particularly impressive. The pictures really do not do the space and character of the property justice! It was a lovely private property with smashing views and proved to be in an ideal location for exploring Leominster, Ludlow and the surrounding area. Can't fault the experience of staying here.

    Reviewed by JonathanJun 2018

  • "Perfect house for a large family get together helped by owner David making us feel it was a home from home"

    Reviewed by SimonMar 2018

  • "Really lovely and comfortable house; having The Great Hall and the Second Lounge (our names for them) meant the kids and adults had their own spaces, and the bedrooms were very clean and comfortable."

    For a cold February weekend away, the excellent heating was definitely a bonus! We would come back to Wheelbarrow Castle in a flash.

    Reviewed by ElinorFeb 2018

  • "We visited for a family birthday - there were 15 of us in total (8 adults) and the house was absolutely perfect for us."

    Very well appointed kitchen, large table to socialise and two lounges. The bedroom arrangements were flexible with 2 camp beds available which was great for the children. Nice grounds and plenty of parking. David was v helpful and welcoming and we would definitely visit again. Nice location to explore surroundings and the bowling / golf venue down the road served an excellent Sunday lunch for a v reasonable price in a great setting (The Grove I think).

    Reviewed by AndrewFeb 2018

  • "This is a great holiday house!"

    It was perfect for a weekend with friends. It is in a beautiful location. The communal areas are great with the right number of seats, which can be difficult to find, and an amazing kitchen! A definite find!

    Reviewed by NicolaJan 2018

  • "Large home, big enough to accommodate our family party of 17 age range from 4-74!"

    We booked the home to celebrate an 18th birthday. We enjoyed the different sitting rooms - a tv room plus very large sitting room with log burner and the kitchen diner which could seat everyone and big enough for music and dancing! We liked having plenty of bathrooms too. Although a large house, it was very warm and cosy. The beds and pillows were comfortable too and the duvets kept you warm. Although situated in the countryside we walked into Leominster and to the Grove Golf and Bowl. We would definitely recommend Wheelbarrow Castle and hope we can stay again in the future. We found the owner David welcoming and helpful too.

    Reviewed by FayeNov 2017

  • "Having just returned from wheelbarrow castle after celebrating a birthday where we thoroughly enjoyed our stay."

    Dispite it's huge size it was a warm and welcoming place. We found the owner very helpful even returning some left items at his expense . Thank you. Hopefully we will be returning soon.

    Reviewed by JayneNov 2017

  • "Very spacious, comfortable house that is well equipped."

    Lots of room for all the family. Recommend the local pub The Lamb Inn for good home made food, very welcoming.

    Reviewed by JanetJul 2017

  • "Lovely house."

    Couldn't fault it!

    Reviewed by BryonyNov 2016

  • "What a wonderful property!"

    It was actually even better than it looked on the website and the owner was so kind and helpful. Thanks very much.

    Reviewed by MargaretAug 2016

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  • Over three floors
  • Seven bedrooms: 1 x ground floor twin with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x first floor king-size sleigh bed with en-suite bath, hand-held shower, separate shower, twin basin and WC, 1 x first floor king-size double with en-suite bath, hand-held shower, basin and WC, 1 x first floor double, 1 x second floor king-size double with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x second floor twin, 1 x second floor family with 3 singles
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Ground floor basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area
  • Utility
  • Sitting room
  • Drawing room with woodburning stove
  • Garden room
  • Oil central heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric range oven and hob, microwave, 2 x fridge/freezers, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, DVD, CD/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
  • Two travel cots (please bring own cot linen) and two highchairs available
  • Two folding beds available on request
  • Ample off road parking
  • Lockable bike storage
  • Garden with enclosed courtyard with furniture and BBQ, 6 person hot tub, steps to elevated lawned garden
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 2 miles
  • Note: There are some uneven floors and a steep staircase leading to the second floor king-size and triple bedrooms
  • Note: The second floor twin bedroom has restricted height
  • Note: Steps up to lawned garden and care should be taken
  • Pub 2 miles away
  • Check in is 4pm and checkout is 10am
  • Please note: This property has a good housekeeping bond of £350

The property

Leominster 2.5 miles.

A stunning detached property located in the grounds of the owner's home, on the outskirts of the pretty village of Stoke Prior, near Leominster in the beautiful Herefordshire countryside.

This part 16th century holiday home oozes character and charm, and makes an ideal base for a group of friends or extended family to get together.

Set over three floors, this impressive property boasts many original features together with homely comfortable furnishings.

The farmhouse-style kitchen on the ground floor has everything guests need to cater for a large party, with a dining area to seat all guests and perfect for enjoying a celebratory dinner.

There is both a utility and boot room off the kitchen providing a useful area for storing walking gear, wellies and drying off dogs!

Converted from a stone barn the large sitting room, accessed through a small sun room from the hallway, has a high-vaulted ceiling with a charming fireplace housing a warming woodburning stove and can seat up to 15 guests.

The house also benefits from a further smaller sitting room with seating for six and a TV.

There is also a ground floor twin bedroom with an en-suite shower, and a separate cloakroom with basin and WC.

The other six bedrooms are over the first and second floors, with the three king-size bedrooms having en-suite facilities.

There are two staircases from the first floor to the second, one of which takes guests to the king-size and triple bedrooms, the other to a twin bedroom.

The rear courtyard garden can be accessed from the sun room and kitchen and provides a private area to enjoy a lunch time barbecue or alfresco dining on a summer's evening.

Climb the rear outdoor steps to a large grassed area again with seating, which provides space for ball games, picnics and offers stunning views to the Black Mountains and Radnor Hills, together with links to many footpaths.

Enjoy a stroll around the ancient market town of Leominster, the Black and White Village Trail, or explore the many lovely towns and villages this unspoilt area has to offer.

A wonderful cottage to be enjoyed at any time of year.

Note: This cottage is approx. 50 yards from Ref. 904154, together they sleep 22.

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

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About the location


Hereford 12 miles; Ludlow 12 miles.

Leominster is located in the heart of the beautiful border countryside, where England and Wales nudge each other along Offa’s Dyke. Dating back to the 7th Century, the town of Leominster possesses some fine examples of architecture such as the Priory Church, along with a wide variety of shops, cafes and pubs, and is the ideal place in which to spend a lazy afternoon strolling around in pleasant surroundings. Nearby is the smaller market town of Tenbury Wells situated on the banks of the River Teme. Dating back to the Iron Age and said to have been called 'my little town in the orchard' by Queen Victoria, Tenbury Wells boasts a unique 18th century bridge built by Thomas Telford, the magnificent Pump Rooms, which housed baths where local mineral water was available, and many other listed buildings dating back to the 17th century. 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 it's fascinating Mappa Mundi world map and the captivating chained library, home to a collection of rare and ancient books while nearby Bromyard has an air of timelessness with many half-timbered buildings, helping visitors relax amongst a good range of pubs, restaurants and shops. 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. The magnificent Black Mountains, Brecon Beacons National Park and stunning Malvern Hills also make a great day out.

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