Harp Cottage is a lifestyle cottage, simply and stylishly decorated with traditional features
for a wonderfully relaxing stay.
The cottage sleeps five in three bedrooms and includes two log-burning stoves,
a fully equipped kitchen stocked with the essentials, wireless fibre broadband,
ample books and games. Harp Cottage is nestled in gorgeous countryside,
making it the perfect place to stay.
An idyllic retreat to stop, stay and curl up with a book next to the log fire or go out
exploring the area nearby, such as the world famous book town Hay on Wye, or
walking in the beautiful surrounding valleys.
Original flagstone hallway & sitting room
Two wood burners
Electricity, gas, hot water included
Big kitchen – microwave, dishwasher & small fridge and freezer
Smeg stove has 5-burner gas hob and big electric oven
Store Cupboard with basics included (olive oil, coffee, tea & sugar)
Utility room – washing machine and downstairs toilet
Sleeps up to five people
Two double bedrooms (both king sizes) & one single
One king bed is zip-and-link to create twin beds, if needed
100% White linen bedlinen, towels, soap, loo roll included
TV with DVD player
Some mobile signal, depending on your service provider
Lots of books & games
Experience the beauty and simplicity with a stay at Harp Cottage
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Six miles from Old Radnor, Presteigne is famous for its two arts and music festivals, the Presteigne Festival of Arts and Music which takes classical music to unusual local venues, and the rock-and-pop festival Sheep Music, which takes over a local field in late July. The VSCC holds its Welsh Rally of Pre-war vintage cars in the surrounding hills over a weekend in October. Presteigne is quiet and sleepy with an excellent fishmonger, greengrocer, butcher, deli and bread on a Saturday by artisan baker, Alex Gooch. There are card and book shops, library, a leisure centre with swimming pool, tennis courts, playground, a Lloyds Bank and a wide range of pubs. A trip to the award winning museum The Judge’s Lodgings is recommended. The river Lugg, just below the medieval church of St Andrew, marks the border with England and for this reason Presteigne is one of the many local towns with both a Welsh and an English name; Presteigne’s Welsh name is Llanandras.
Kington is an attractive town five miles from Old Radnor, with a large Norman church, many Georgian buildings, and many quirky lanes and alleyways to explore. It has a medium-sized Co-op supermarket and a NISA supermarket, as well as an Indian and a Chinese takeaway and two fish-and-chip shops. There are also several pubs serving food, especially The Swan and The Royal Oak. The market takes place on Tuesdays, when there is a bus service from Old Radnor into Kington. Barclays Bank has a branch in Kington.
Knighton is a quirky town about twelve miles from Old Radnor, with a large Tuffins supermarket, lots of independent shops, an Indian restaurant and the Cottage’s nearest hospital! It also has the nearest railway station to Old Radnor, with daily trains to Crewe and Shrewsbury and along the Heart of Wales line to Swansea.
Hay-on-Wye is famous for its many bookshops, is a pretty and thriving town on the River Wye. It is a wonderful place to browse for hours. Hay is best known for the Hay Festival at the end of May. The Hay Festival is, in Bill Clinton’s phrase, ‘the Woodstock of the mind’. HowTheLightGetsIn, the world’s largest philosophy and music festival takes place at the same time.
Further afield, Ludlow and Hereford are roughly twenty-five miles from Old Radnor. The beautiful town of Ludlow is famous for its food shops, restaurants and foodie pubs and also has some great independent shops selling everything from mugs to clothes. The town’s market has food, clothing, plants, picture frames and pet supplies. The outstanding local produce market takes place on the 2nd and 4th Thursday every month.
Hereford has an imposing Norman cathedral housing the Mappa Mundi. There are also larger supermarkets including Waitrose and Sainsbury’s, as well as an interesting old town and the new shops on the Edgar Street Grid.
Guests are welcome to use the Cottage’s small library of poetry, travel writing, biography and local interest books, as well as the selection of local maps. Please remember to leave them behind when you leave! Presteigne has a great second-hand bookshop, King’s Head Books on High Street, which is an honesty bookshop, unstaffed and relying on the good will and honesty of customers. There are also books for sale in the wonderful Llanandras Curios on Broad Street.
Hay on Wye, which is famous world-wide for its second-hand bookshops and literary festival in late May/early June, is only thirteen miles away
The Cottage attracts birds throughout the year as it is surrounded by fields and woodland. The informal gardens attract robins, house and hedge sparrows, wrens, blackbirds, blue tits and great tits, and there are buzzards and ravens in the woods above the house. Goshawks, and the peregrines which nest in the quarry over the hill, are occasionally seen from the garden. Tawny owls are heard at dusk and regularly seen on the church tower, where there is also a resident kestrel. Swallows and swifts return to the village in late April or May, and house martins nest on the cottage above the master bedroom window. Occasionally nuthatches, lesser spotted woodpeckers, marsh/willow tits, garden warblers, serins, coal tits, goldfinches and bullfinches visit the garden, occasionally we have a resident pheasant and merlins have been seen hunting alongside the hedges behind the Cottage. Red kites are occasionally seen high over the house. They are common in the area and are easily seen on the A44, soaring above Llanfihangel on the way to Crossgates. The Kite Feeding Station at Gigrin Farm near Rhayader and the Small Breeds Farm Park with Owl Centre near Kington are interesting days out.
Perhaps because of the well-established buzzard family on the hill there are surprisingly few foxes in the area, although the night-time garden is visited by hedgehogs and bats are easily seen at dusk in the summer. There are many deer in the area, and fallow and muntjac deer are often seen at Burfa Woods and Nash Woods outside Presteigne. There are also rumours of wild boar in the thick woods above Knighton, and a colony of wild cats in Shobdon Woods
Bryan’s Ground in Stapleton near to Presteigne
Whimble Nursery, Gardens and Cafe in nearby Kinnerton
Hergest Croft Gardens at Kington, (www.hergest.co.uk )
Hampton Court Gardens at Hope-under-Dinmore near Leominster
The Sidney Nolan Trust houses a collection of works by the late Sidney Nolan, the eminent Australian painter, who lived and worked at The Rodd, near Presteigne. There are regular exhibitions of works by Sidney Nolan and other artists, workshops, talks and concerts in the beautifully restored tithe barn at The Rodd.
The Workshouse Gallery in Presteigne have an ever-changing programme of exhibitions and events, plus a great cafe.
h-Art is Herefordshire’s annual open studio event taking place over nine days in September.
St Michael’s Church in Discoed, near Presteigne, with its remarkable 5000 year old yew tree holds interesting exhibitions and concerts.
The local listings magazine, Broad Sheep, has all the up to date information about exhibitions, concerts and theatre in the area.