The Barns – Information
The Barns are nestled between the pretty towns of Kington and Leominster, surrounded by idyllic countryside as far as the eye can see. The Barns began life as a scattering of tumbledown farm buildings, and have been lovingly restored by the current owners into a magnificent country-luxe retreat. Surrounded by vast landscapes and even bigger skies, this is the perfect place for adventure. Enjoy mile after mile of beautiful walks, adrenaline fuelled outdoor activities or relax in the hot tub and marvel at the stars after some serious pampering in the comfort of your home from home.
The interiors don’t disappoint either – think contemporary cool combined with divine rustic simplicity, with oodles of space for large groups to celebrate in style without ever feeling crammed in. The high ceilings, exposed stone and original beams are truly beautiful, with cosy clear view log burners and gorgeous flagstone flooring adding to the country style. Floor to ceiling French doors fold right back on sunny days to let the countryside in, with the sweet sound of birdsong filtering through the breeze.
The estate consists of two main buildings, The Old Mill and The Stables, each with their own kitchens, living rooms and dining areas, plus two accommodation only annexes, The Granary and The Hayloft, and one further barn, The Byre, all arranged around a central courtyard.
The Old Mill has ample space for 48 guests to dine and relax together, flooded with natural light thanks to floor to ceiling windows onto the private walled garden. The amazing 65ft kitchen has everything you may need to make cooking for large groups a breeze, with quality tableware, an AGA and electric oven, hot trays and cabinets, or why not let the professionals take the strain with a private chef to cater for your every need. There is a second spacious kitchen in The Stables with space for 22 to dine comfortably.
There are no less than ten living spaces throughout The Barns, including two TV rooms with 60 inch Smart TVs and DVD players, all luxuriously furnished and offering plenty of space to relax in comfort. The ethos here is rustic simplicity, with quirky one off finds from the farm and stunning original artwork lending a stylish contemporary feel to this gorgeous country retreat.
The two games rooms are huge and well equipped to keep everyone entertained, with table tennis, air hockey, table football, and comfy seating with board games and books, along with a piano in one. The Barns are fantastic for families with safe, enclosed gardens, an outdoor playground and plenty of toys, games and sports equipment available. Horace and Roger the Shetland ponies at the farm next door love to say hello to guests, especially if they bring a carrot or two along!
The bedrooms at The Barns are all individually styled, with luxurious furnishings and rich textures creating a real sensory delight. Every bedroom benefits from its own private or en-suite luxury bathroom, and many of the bedrooms offer flexible accommodation with either twin or double beds, along with some family rooms. Underfloor heating and individual thermostats help to keep you cosy and warm, whilst hi-tech appliances including Ipod radios in every bedroom, Wi-Fi and iPod speakers ensure your utmost comfort.
Outside, the pretty stone buildings wrap around a central courtyard, with a beautiful sculpture over the ancient well. Each barn has its own private enclosed garden complete with hot tub, outdoor seating and dining and gas BBQ, and the grounds next to The Stables and Granary back onto fields. There is a play area for children with a climbing frame, crows nest and swing set, and a croquet lawn and grassed lawn for ball games and masses of space for letting off steam.
The adventure playground of the Black Mountains is just minutes away, with the Brecon Beacons National Park, Wye Valley and Mortimer Forest all close by. The area is renowned for outdoor pursuits, such as walking, cycling, riding, fishing, climbing and canoeing.
There are stunning circular walks from the doorstep through open countryside, Offa’s Dyke runs through the farm or hike up the nearby Lord Hereford’s Knob and Hergest Ridge. For the more experienced mountaineer the challenging summits of Pen y Fan and Sugar Loaf are both within easy reach, and you can return to base and revive aching legs in the steaming hot tub, sipping champagne under the shimmering moonlight.
The renowned towns of Hay on Wye and Ludlow are both less than 30 minutes away, and there are a variety of award winning tea rooms, country inns and Michelin starred restaurants within easy reach. Admire the glorious views on England’s highest 18-hole golf course at Kington, or exhaust the kids at Oaker Wood Leisure with quad bikes, high ropes and raft building.
We can of course assist you in arranging any activities you may wish to enjoy during your stay, along with additional services you may require, from a private chef to housekeeping to entertainment. Why not contact us today to let us create your perfect escape?