Stone cottage nestled on the edge of the Woolhope Dome, steeped in history, visitors can see fallow deer in the wildflower meadows above the cottage and glow worms in the garden between May and September. Guided nature walks and fishing trips available. Day tickets available for fishing less than a mile away and rented canoeing facilities with drop off and pick up points arranged. Numerous footpaths passing through miles of wildlife rich woodland and pasture. Situated 30 miles from Hay on Wye and within easy reach of the Malvern Hills, Forest of Dean and the Brecon Beacons. Ideally sited for local attractions like Eastnor Castle and the highly acclaimed Hay on Wye literary Festival. Situated in the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) there are many local pubs serving great food, a couple of which are within walking distance.
Cottage in Fownhope, Herefordshire, England - A Unique Dwelling Immersed in History and Natural Beauty
- Calendar last updated:
- Dec 8, 2018
Richard and Sarah are both self employed. Richard has a business called Bugs and Beasties and creates space for nature play and learning in school grounds. He also gives talks all over the country geared around gardening for wildlife. Sarah is a researcher with an expertise in social policy. Sarah loves her horses and Richard is a mad keen fisherman. We have a wicked veg patch (most years!!) friends and guests often enjoy some cheeky treats from the garden. We like to make sure visitors have everything they need whilst leaving them in peace. We produce our own lamb from our few badgerface and ryeland sheep and have the tastiest eggs from our friendly hens. We have a bit of a lifestyle thing going on here and its really nice to share this beautiful place with other people!
Owner purchased this in 2004
Why Owner chose Hereford
The folly is only 15 minutes from the M50 and 15 minutes drive from Hereford City but we are a million miles away from street lights and traffic noise. We are only a 10 minute walk from the pub,shop and River Wye , but on the other hand we are set in a rural paradise with only the sound of bird song and bleating of sheep! The wildflower meadow is one of the best preserved in the county. We have fabulous elevated views and the novelty hasn't worn off in 11 years. Fownhope is a cracking friendly village. Great pub nightlife, fab well stocked shop. We can step out of the garden onto miles and miles of deserted footpaths leading to a world of natural beauty. It took us many years to find The Folly with its lovely warm south facing aspect and astounding views over real unspoilt countryside
What makes this unique
The countryside here is unique. The Silurian limestone that forms the Woolhope Dome makes for a wonderfully biodiverse landscape. Visitors can witness a beautiful tawny owl fly over their heads on the edge off dusk whilst enjoying a beer or glass or wine on the terrace outside the cottage or watch a herd of deer graze within throwing distance from the accommodation. The cottage is truly authentic, and retains its original charm and character whilst full refurbishment make for a comfy stay. Visitors often enjoy some tasty veg from the garden or fresh hen eggs for breakfast. We have horses and sheep to say hello to and if visitors ask in advance we are happy to book pubs or restaurants or find out what you would like to know to make their stay as lovely as it can be!
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
Peace and tranquility in the Wye Valley.
A lovely cosy cottage for two, overlooking a beautiful valley and the Wye river itself. The cottage overlooked a lovely garden full of flowers where we spent a lot of time relaxing and watching the wildlife, including fallow deer and lots of birds.
Sarah and Richard, not forgetting Dougie the very friendly dog, were excellent hosts with lots of local knowledge ready to pass on. They also had very clever hens who left eggs very neatly gathered together on the doorstep on more than one occasion.
The cottage was ideal for two, well equipped and very comfortable.
Constant 30c plus temperatures made it even better.
The Forest of Dean (inc heritage railway), Symonds Yat, Ross, Hay, Hereford and Monmouth are within easy reach and all worth a visit.
Thanks for the wonderful week.
Compact cottage in beautiful surroundings
A beautiful setting, with lots of walks direct from the house and a selection of pubs within 45 minutes walk. Cottage ideal for 2, with most of the basics provided. Narrow staircase, so not suitable for those with any manoeuvrability issues.
Cosy little gem.
Lovely peaceful cottage on the side of a hill overlooking the Wye Valley. Warm, friendly welcome from the owners and dog, Dougie. Great place to stay to recharge your batteries.
Special interest holidays:
Guided nature walks and fishing trips on River Wye and Severn. Canoeing trips arranged.
Hereford City, Ross-on-Wye and Ledbury all 7 miles away, Westons Cider Heritage Centre 6 miles, River Wye 1 mile, pubs 1 mile, village shop 1 mile, Hereford Cathedral and Mappa Mundi 7 miles, Goodrich Castle and Symonds Yat river boat trips 12 miles.
Booking Notes: Booking to e-mail address or by phone. 20% deposit via cheque in post, 7 days after initial reservation. Changeover Day: Departure by 10.30am preferable, though some flexibilty here on request.