Long Barn Cottage

United Kingdom, Knighton area, Welsh Marches, Presteigne
  • Sleep 6

  • Generous reception rooms
  • Peaceful rural location
  • Close to Offa's Dyke
  • Black and white villages
  • Hay on Wye
  • Ludlow and beautiful Wales

Lovely location on the Welsh Border

Long Barn Cottage close to Presteigne is in a beautiful area on the borders of Wales and England.

Turning into the drive the cottage is straight ahead. To your right is the owner's black and white house and a short drive to parking around the back. If you wish you can drive straight ahead into an enclosed area with the conservatory and cottage down the right hand side.

The main entrance is to the front opposite the owner's house. You enter to a utility and cloak room. To the left is a shower and toilet and straight on is a very large kitchen and sitting room. The furniture is eclectic but harmonious with original art on the walls. The room has a lush but distinct style.

The left hand wall features a row of windows and two window doors. The door nearest to the kitchen area leads to a warm and comfortable conservatory ideal to take the sun and a useful alternative to joining in activities in the main sitting room. Further along is another door directly to the outside. It is wide and can accommodate a wheelchair.

The sofas and the general arrangement is robust featuring a traditional take on English House furnishings with a twist. To the right can be found a large new Clearview wood burner. Following through this delicious room there is a door on the far right hand side leading to a king sized bed room on the first left and a stand sized bedroom on the second left. To the right you first pass a bathroom complete with shower over bath and finally on the far right is a twin room with a window to the other side of Long Barn Cottage.

A working piano is also available but please ask for permission to use it on booking.

In each room can be found original and imaginative art from the images from the Book of Kells on the bedspread in the King Sized bedroom to the paintings on the walls and items of scupture dotted around the building. The owner exhibits her pictures in London from time to time and some of her works feature in Long Barn Cottage accompanied by others, collected over the years.

This is a family cottage with a family feel offering ample space and some outdoors to enjoy sunny days in the open as well as sufficient space to spread out and relax in a wonderful atmosphere. It offers a special mixture of the traditional with more to lift it to something special.

Quality duvets, pillows, bed linen and towels are provided. Woodburner with a basket of wood provided (additional logs for woodburner are charged at a nominal charge should you need them). A travel cot and high chair are available on request, please bring your own bedding for the cot. There is a wide entrance door close to the conservatory suitable for wheel chair access. Vouchers can be made available for Wye and Usk fishing.

Please select the duration of your stay on the drop down menu above the calendar then float and click the pointer over the desired starting date. Your choice with price should appear below the calendar.

A £100 security deposit will be requested prior to arrival by the homeowner as surety against any damages, loss, excessive consumption of services and excessive final cleaning. Following an inspection after your departure, this will be refunded within one week, by cheque or bank transfer.

Arrival between 4pm and 6pm please and departure before 10.30am. All bookings carry a booking fee of £35.00 already included in the advertised price, unless it is a repeat booking at the same cottage within three years, then there is no booking fee charge. If you are repeat booking you will need to ring to book on 01568 612467.

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  • Aga/Rayburn
  • Bath
  • Child Friendly
  • Coffee Percolator
  • Cooker Gas/Electric
  • Cot / Highchair
  • Disabled Friendly
  • Dishwasher
  • DVD Player
  • En Suite
  • Fishing nearby
  • Fishing onsite
  • Fridge/Fridge-Freeze
  • Games Room
  • Garden/Outdoor space
  • Golf nearby
  • Hairdryer
  • Heating
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Jacuzzi/Hot Tub
  • Microwave
  • No dogs
  • Offroad free Parking
  • Pet friendly
  • Satellite/Freeview
  • Sauna
  • Shower
  • Smoking
  • Swimming Pool
  • Television
  • Tennis Court
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • WiFi
  • wood burner

About Long Barn Cottage

Located a couple of miles South of Presteigne Long Barn Cottages is situated just off the border road south to Kington.

It is an excellent location for walking Offa's Dyke, a long distance footpath running for a total of 180 miles north - south along the ancient border of England and Wales. The nearest access to the path is a few miles away. At Kington, the path winds across Hergest Ridge, with fantastic views into Wales and the Marches. Gladestry has a welcoming pub - a good stopping point. There are other splendid routes from Kington, from one hour strolls around the town to the 30 mile Mortimer trail through the beautiful hills of the border country to Ludlow

Further south is the historic market town of Hay on Wye, with its medieval castle, and famous for its international literary festival. Hay has wonderful narrow streets, cafes, boutiques, quality pubs, galleries, gift and craft shops, as well as a host of secondhand book shops, giving a wide variety of places to explore.

The River Wye to the south offers a great year-round stroll for anyone with beautiful views to enjoy all the way along, up river, is a natural stone beach with pools good for swimming on a hot day. There is the memorable walk to Hay Bluff. You can drive most of the way up to what is a very special place with landscape views across large parts of England and Wales.

East to the centre of the county is Hereford, famous for its Cathedral housing the unique Mappa Mundi and Chained Library exhibitions that open all year round.

Near-by Presteigne has several excellent pubs. Great pubs include The Radnorshire Arms, The Dukes Arms and The Farmers Inn. There are several other places a short drive away Clun. Bucknell, Ludlow, all with historic interest.

Presteigne has a farmers' and craft market on the first Saturday of each month and a flea market on the third Saturday of each month. There is a classical music festival at the end of August each year. The Royal Welsh Show is in July and a Vintage car rally is in October. The Judges Lodgings Museum is worth a visit in the centre of Presteigne.

Offa's Dyke Path and Glyndwr's Way National Trails both run through Knighton, it is midway along Offa's Dyke and the start of Glyndwr's Way. The lovely surrounding countryside makes it ideal for walking, cycling and outdoor activity holidays. Knighton is home to the Offa's Dyke centre, with an interactive exhibition covering the fascinating history of the dyke and other walks available locally. On this part of Offa's Dyke are some of the best preserved earthworks. Close to the town is the Spaceguard Centre, there is, also, a local 9 hole golf course, 18 hole golf courses are available at both Kington and Ludlow nearby.

Knighton is an attractive border town, mostly medieval - the Eastern edge of the town is actually in England but the main part is in Wales. The main street is topped by a clock tower around which are a number of narrow streets with local shops and cafes to explore, these streets are called "The Narrows" locally.

There is a local Town Trail available which shows visitors the places of interest around the town and gives you an insight into the incredible history as well as the Marches history. Knighton was governed by the Mortimer family who had their stronghold in nearby Wigmore for many years, the remains of their castle still stands.

Further to the north is the beautiful village of Clun and the border town of Bishops Castle on the edge of the South Shropshire Hills and the Stiperstones.


September 2016 "Longbarn was great, lovely cottage and lovely host. The area is delightful and we would recommend both the area and the cottage to all and sundry."

2015 "I have been staying at Long Barn Cottage for thirty years and loved it so much that I decided to move to the area. Long Barn Cottage is a very comfortable barn conversion. It offers everything you could wish for in a rural setting. You will find peace and quiet in a homey atmosphere, full of character and with all mod.cons.

There is beautiful scenery all around and it is ideally situated for walking Offa's Dyke and the beautiful Welsh Marches and enjoying the many activities that go on there for all ages. The only downside is that you can't stay there for ever!"

Area around Long Barn Cottage

Offa's Dyke Path runs West of Presteigne, a couple of miles to the North. It is midway along Offa's Dyke. Further north at Knighton is the start of Glyndwr's Way. The lovely surrounding countryside makes it ideal for walking, cycling and outdoor activity holidays.

Knighton is home to the Offa's Dyke centre, with an interactive exhibition covering the fascinating history of the dyke and other walks available locally. On this part of Offa's Dyke are some of the best preserved earthworks.

Coarse and fly fishing are avaqilable through the Wye and Usk Foundation passport scheme on the local rivers Teme, Arrow and Lugg.

South of Long Barn Cottage, is Kington. You can enjoy a quiet drink or meal in a local pub, all of which ooze history or browse the quirky variety of shops at your leisure, including a reasonable sized supermarket, there are shops available 7 days a week, although please check the opening hours. This area is saturated with local artists and their work can be seen and bought locally as well. The Kington Golf Club is the highest in England with an exceptional reputation.

A few miles south east is the village of Pembridge one of several on the Black and White village trail. The 13th Century New Inn has an open fire most days of the year, and provides pub food. A few miles the other side of Pembridge village is Dunkerton's, an organic cider producer with a shop and restaurant in a black and white barn. A Cook's Kitchen is open on a Mondays, when many restaurants are closed. The Stagg at Titley with has a Michelin star. For an extra special treat Mr Underhill's in Ludlow is worth a visit but bookings often need to be made well in advance.

Hay on Wye has a good choice of pubs and restaurants. The Swan Hotel has a bar, the Three Tuns provides pub food and the Globe is comfortable cafe serving food all day. It's a good place for families with lots of space. The Bull's Head at Crasswall is outside of Hay but worth considering. The Bull's Head is a wonderful untouched pub serving great food. Outside the door you will find excellent walking in the Olchon Valley, well described in Owen Sheers's book Resistance (and recently filmed) and on the Black Hill of Bruce Chatwin fame. Lurkenhope featured in the book is, in fact, just north of Knighton on the road to Clun.

The nearest pub is the Stag in Titley which serves gormet food if you want something upmarket. Other local pubs offering food include The Harp at Old Radnor with fires in the winter and outside seating areas, with wonderful views to the west, for warmer weather.

To the west, in Wales, is the spectacular Elan Valley. The Elan Valley (Welsh: Cwm Elan) is a river valley situated to the west of Rhayader, in Powys, Wales, sometimes known as the "Welsh Lake District". It covers 70 square miles (180 km2) of lake and countryside. The valley contains the Elan Valley Reservoirs and Elan Village, designed by architect Herbert Tudor Buckland as part of the same scheme. Elan Village is the only purpose-built Arts and Crafts "Model Village" in Wales. It is also famous for its picturesque scenery. Over 80% of the valley is designated as Sites of Special Scientific Interest, and a popular cycle trail, the Elan Valley Trail, makes a loop from Rhayader around the reservoirs. Part of the trail overlaps with a spur of National Cycle Route 81.

For those interested in the Arts there's the Presteigne Festival and the Herefordshire Arts Week at the Sidney Nolan Trust

Long Barn Cottage is in a good location to explore South Shropshire, Herefordshire and Wales. There are several market towns, all with historic interest: Shrewsbury , Ludlow, Leominster and Hereford. There is a photo gallery for Hay on Wye. Other towns of interest are Clun and Bishop’s Castle with its local Brewery The Three Tuns, perfect for Real Ale lovers.

This is an idyllic retreat based near the English/Welsh border, any time of the year, there is plenty to see and do. Visit our Events Calendar, Attractions, Things to do for free and Where to Eat pages for more ideas.

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