We had a fantastic stay at the Old Vicarage in December. It is a beautiful old house modernised to a really high standard whilst keeping a cosy comfortable feel.
The large kitchen diner and large living room is perfect for bigger groups or families.
The hot tub in the garden was a hit even in December!
We had quite a few kids in our group and they enjoyed football and exploring in the garden, and we made Christmas crafts in the living room.
The Golden Valley is stunning English countryside for walking, and the Old Vicarage is so close for trips to Hay on Wye and Hereford.
We definitely want to visit again to explore more.
Stayed here with a large party of 9 adults and 5 children just before Christmas and was very impressed. The house is beautifully decorated and extremely well equipped. Lots of bathrooms and a huge kitchen so we never felt like we were tripping over each other. Star-gazing in the hot tub at midnight was the definite highlight for me although the children (aged 5-12) loved the place too with its large grounds for football, hide&seek and snowball fights as well as table football and wii sports inside in front of the roaring fire. Highly recommend - we look forward to visiting again.
Having seen the excellent reviews, The Old Vicarage was carefully chosen for our annual university reunion, complete with families these days!
Can only endorse previous comments, it's a lovely spacious house which has combined old and new with stylish bedrooms. The large open kitchen diner provides a social layout, the breakfast stools are perfect for catching up with friends over morning coffee and as it turned out late nightcaps!
The children enjoyed the extensive grounds, plenty of room for ball games and all enjoyed gazing at the stars from the hot tub...
This house is great for a large family party. Unlike a lot of houses that sleep a large number, there was more or less enough comfy seating in the sitting room, and chairs round the dining table. Also plenty of fridge space, really useful as we were there for Christmas. The owners had made a real effort with Christmas decorations, and were very helpful generally. Wifi good, though mobile reception variable - however there is a landline that you're able to use for incoming and outgoing calls. The garden is huge and you are on the edge of a village surrounded by rolling hills - very picturesque. with sheep and horses in the nearby fields. The house is on a fairly quiet 'B' road, and is roughly equidistant from Hereford and Hay on Wye (about 11 miles from both). There are some nice walks from the house, and it's worth visiting the rest of the village and the church where there is a small display about Skeffington Dodgson (Lewis Carroll's brother) who was vicar from 1895 - 1910. The sauna and hot tub weren't quite ready when we were there but are soon going to make the house even more appealing.
We stayed at this property as a group of 7 family members and it was wonderful from start to finish. Everything has been thought of and there are very comprehensive instructions for all the appliances as well. The owners are on the end of a phone and helpful in all matters at all times. The house is very well placed for exploring the Ross - Hay On Wye area and has some fantastic pubs around close by. The house is very warm and well set up. The kitchen has everything you could want with plenty of crockery and cutlery. And 3 fridges!! Amazing. Lovely 6 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms. Absolutely perfect for a get together. We all want to move in permanently!!
This lovely brick built and recently refurbished Old Vicarage that has retained some period features includes loads of home comforts (see the blurb) and all perfectly served our extended family celebration. Before we arrived we received an email with access to very detailed information about how the house works and its contents. Then on arrival, we were personally welcomed and introduced to the house and gardens by a member of the family who own the property; a welcome pack including homemade preserves was waiting in the ample sized kitchen as were logs should we need a real fire in either the dining room or lounge. The house is fresh, clean and well equipped, in fact it felt as if the family had just stepped out to let us stay. Oh the joy of waking from a comfortable holiday let bed to see the sun rising over the hill and then taking coffee in the garden with a red kite flying above with the sound of relatively little else! Peace and quiet! Locally, lovely country walks, whilst some of the footpaths are not used a regularly as others, we were able to take one of the maps provided in the house and work our way around for a morning's exercise with two small children. Going a bit further afield there's Hereford, Hay on Wye, The Weir Garden (National Trust), The Gruffalo Trail in Queenswood and The Red Kite feeding centre. Plenty in the area for all ages to do and see.
Would highly recommend the Old Vicarage for a relaxing break either with family or with a group of friends (albeit reluctantly as would like to keep it a secret so it would always be available should we need to book again!)
What an impressive place! We loved the huge, fantastically equipped kitchen (3 fridges, a range cooker and enough cutlery, plates, glasses etc for double the number of people staying), which also included a large dining table with french windows that led out onto the lovely garden. The rooms are beautifully presented, the front room was large enough for us all to sit and enjoy the real log fire. The bedrooms are all beautifully decorated, luxurious and spacious.
We had a great meal at The Bridge at Michaelchurch Escley, our only problem was getting there - local taxis are in short supply. We visited the cider museum and Belmont Abbey - a Benedictine Monastery, both interesting in their own ways.
I really can't fault this property, it was everything I had hoped for and more and Elwyn was always at the end of the phone to answer any queries.
I would thoroughly recommend this property.