I'm thrilled to be writing the first words about Lower Bache House on TA but I'm shocked that no one has taken the time to do this before me since this is a B&B that is worthy of much praise.
We've just returned from a tranquil, peaceful and most enjoyable stay at Lower Bache House. The location of Lower Bache House is very remote in Kimbolton, near Leominster, Herefordshire, England. A beautiful drive down two narrow remote country lanes with seemingly mile-high hedgerows on either side leads you to this secluded 14-acre site.
Upon our arrival, Leslie Wiles led us to an entrance on the old granary section of the house and from the very first "mind your head coming in" and glimpse of the wonderful low-beamed ceilings and half-timbered walls, we were captivated by the charm and character of our selection of B&B's.
The door to our suite opened to two rooms furnished with English stripped pine antique furniture and charming accessories. Two large windows opened to a small pond and the front lawn. Our sitting room was furnished with two comfortable chairs upholstered in a chintz fabric, a lovely antique writing table and chair, and an armoire. There was a television as well. In the corner, a small table cloth-covered round table was stocked with all that we needed for tea and Leslie promptly returned with fresh milk. There was a bookcase filled with books to read and a basket with current issues of English magazines. The very wide window sills held potted plants and there was an array of sweet lamps and wall sconces for lighting the room. The bed was huge (actually two twins put together to form a king-sized bed). Fluffy towels in our bath room (huge stall shower) and it was stocked with tissue, cotton balls, shampoo, guest soaps and shower gel. The walls were adorned with old prints. It all looked and felt SO comfortable.
We normally unpack, freshen up and immediately head out to explore any new area. The first trip to the car was diverted by what we thought would be a quick look at the gardens. "Quick" was NOT POSSIBLE!!! At almost every turn of the path, we found additional ponds, tiny stairways leading to more terraced garden areas, sitting areas, flower gardens, herb gardens, statuary. We walked around for well over an hour, taking photographs and enjoying the huge variety of flowers and herbs. Rose Wiles is given all the credit for the development of these gardens. This is the first time after MANY, MANY trips that we felt so captivated by our surroundings that we didn't want to leave. Instead of driving anywhere, we continued to walk around for some time, enjoying the sights, the sounds of the chirping birds and the sheep that were in neighboring pastures.
I can not finish this commentary without writing about the dining room. Your entry through a tiny flower-filled solarium into a section of their HUGE kitchen (oh, the wonderful antiques here!), past the place where the small straw-filled basket used daily to collect eggs from the free range chickens is stored, and through the entrance to what was a stone cider-making barn, you will find the dining room! The focal part of this unique room is the HUGE original cider mill which was once turned by horses! The floor is flagstone topped by a wonderfully worn oriental rug. More plants, more antique furnishings and accessories!
Their breakfast is award-winning (they were Herefordshire’s 2007 Best Breakfast) and the dinner we enjoyed on the first night of our two-night stay (available by previous arrangement) was scrumptious. They prepare meals with home or locally grown organic ingredients. (But this is a separate subject entirely and there’s not enough space on TA for all of my favorable comments.)
I can go on and on about Lower Bache House …… but I fear that more words might just cause you to lose interest. My primary objective here is to share what I feel are valuable comments about this B&B with TA readers. I always read what I can about places where I intend to stay and appreciate all that is written. I sincerely hope that my description of Lower Bache House will lead you to their doorstep one day. You certainly won’t regret it.
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