7.3 miles W of Hereford
Sleeps 4 | dog friendly
From £140 per night
Quirky House in Herefordshire with a hot tub: Nestled within the depths of an ancient woodland, lies a historic retreat with heaps of charm. Lovely Mrs Higgs is a hideaway like no other. Completely secluded, totally off-grid and definitely one-of-a-kind.
If you are seeking a hideaway encompassed by nature, then look no further. Built in 1835, Mrs Higgs is an antique stone cottage. Lost within the forest this quirky house oozes remote charm. A space where time has stood still. Historic and original features flow throughout this off-grid cottage, offering an experience from a time gone by. Mrs Higgs will capture your heart and will have you wishing to return from the moment your bags hit the floor.
As you enter your little stone house you are instantly greeted with wholesome charm. Arriving on the second floor, you will find two cosy bedrooms adorned in vintage furniture and luxury linens. The main bedroom sits to the left of the property and hosts a comfy double bed. To the right, you will find the twin bedroom, perfect for children or friends if you are on a group adventure! Each bedroom has its own wood-burner to keep you snug, whatever the weather. In fact, the only heating at Mrs Higgs is provided by the wood-burners. There’s a third to be found down the very steep stairs. As you move into the downstairs space, it’s as if you’ve journeyed back to another century. You can truly imagine a time when collecting firewood to keep warm was a must and baking bread was a daily occurrence. The kitchen is equipped with everything you’ll need for your unique getaway. With a vintage gas cooker, fridge with ice compartment (powered by solar), sink and all the utensils for prepping delicious seasonal delights. The farmhouse dining table is perfect for gathering around and sharing stories, playing board games and of course tucking into a wholesome brunch. The living space is just as lovely, decorated to be in keeping with the cottage's design. The space becomes even more magical as dusk falls and the golden glow of the fire warms your soul.
To the rear of the cottage is where you will find the wooden outhouse with a large hot power shower, flushing WC and wash basin.
With nothing but the sweet sound of rustling leaves on the trees swaying in the gentle breeze to disturb you, the outside space is what truly makes this hideout a peaceful paradise. Hidden within the depths of an ancient woodland, Mrs Higgs is the optimum of a forest retreat. There are plenty of spaces to sit and watch the world go by. From the handcrafted alfresco dining table and fire pit area to the sweet benches positioned either side of the stable door. For us though, one of the best features at Mrs Higgs has to be the wood-fired hot tub. As the night sky comes to life, pour a glass of your favourite and hop in.
Being too far into the woods to be connected to mains water or electricity, the cottage is completely off-grid. The lighting and fridge are powered by solar energy. There is a vintage gas cooker for prepping meals and the water is pumped up from the original spring well. Drinking water is provided in bottles. The cottage is heated by the three wood-burners and there is an endless supply of wood onsite. Due to the nature of the hideaway, there is no TV or Wi-fi, allowing your mind to simply switch off from the outside world and truly connect with nature and all the beauty surrounding your hidden haven.
If you wish not to see another soul while retreating to Mrs Higgs, then you are in luck as the only neighbours you need to worry about are wild deer, owls and the occasional badger. But, if civilisation calls there’s a whole array of wonderful things to do nearby. For adventure seekers, why not book into Celtic Canoes and paddle down the River Wye, or pop on your walking boots and venture out on a countryside ramble with your four-legged friend in tow. For independent shops, scrumptious eateries and plenty of history, explore the Cathedral city of Hereford. For culture, you could head to the Courtyard Hereford for theatre, comedy and art workshops.
If city life isn’t for you, explore Breinton Springs, leading you through an apple orchard, where you can visit The Museum of Cider. Or why not stop at Monkland Cheese Dairy for a cheese tasting tour to sample the local delicacies. If you love history, the National Trust house of Berrington Hall, The Weir Garden and Brobury House could be added to your itinerary as all are within easy reach.
The picturesque village of Pembridge isn’t far and just a little further afield is the beautiful Hay on Wye, famous for its vast array of book shops. Both are well worth a visit and even have plenty of hidden wild swimming spots to be discovered.
And finally, we wanted to mention Oak Church Farm Shop which is only five minutes’ drive from Mrs Higgs. If you are a lover of fresh seasonal produce look on further. This local establishment is perfect for stocking up on delicious delights!
Open plan living-room with kitchen and dining areas Wood-burner. Gas cooker and fridge with ice box
Bedroom 1 With double bed (4'6") and wood-burner
Bedroom 2 With twin beds (3') and wood-burner
Wet-room With shower, WC and wash-basin
There are 3 other hideaways within this 2,500-acre private estate: The Hideout (5282), The Cider Camp (5280) and Riverside Safari. All hideaways are settled in their own secluded spot with private areas to enjoy. You will be met at a prearranged meeting point and guided to your hideaway. Parking is available nearby during the winter months and you will be transferred in an appropriate vehicle, or you can follow your host if your vehicle is up for the challenge of the bumpy lane. You will be given a brief tour and then left in peace.
Please always supervise children if you head down to the river. Due to its location, the property may not be suitable for those with limited mobility. Take care on the track to the hideaway in low vehicles. Please be careful, when climbing the stairs as they are very steep.
Availability, reservations and pricing: £140 - £190 per night
Bed linen and towels are included in the price. There are no extra charges for cots or high chairs where they are listed in the property description on the website.
There is a charge of £38 per pet per week or short break.
A non-refundable booking fee of £40 is payable per booking.
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