Featured in The Guardian's 'Fab 50 cool cottages and cabins to rent this summer', April 2016.
The Throne is a beautiful, large, historic house in Herefordshire, in a picturesque village in rolling English countryside. The owners have sensitively combined period and modern by adding a huge open plan living area to the original medieval building to create a stunning and relaxed place to stay. Outside there is a fully enclosed garden with a wide expanse of lawn, pretty patios and flower beds. With 7 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms and generous entertaining space, the Throne is dog friendly, ideal for family gatherings, friend reunions, and special celebrations. (It's also sufficiently homely for a couple or small party to enjoy (there is a 35% discount for up to 6 people using 3 bedrooms or fewer))
This outstanding Grade II* listed house has a fascinating history and a Royal connection from which it takes its name. Begun in 1478 and expanded in the reign of Elizabeth I, it hosted Charles I for a night in 1645 during the English Civil War. He came fresh from relieving the siege of Hereford, a rare victory for the Royalists at that time. The original Tudor bedrooms, one of which the king slept in, and even older north wing are home to secret passages, original floorboards, glimpses of wattle and daub and other delightful features showing how the house has evolved over the centuries. A specially written guide encourages young (and old) explorers to follow the clues.
Weobley is the largest and best preserved of the classic black and white villages of Herefordshire. It's also a very friendly and vibrant village and The One Show's 'Village of the Year 2017'. It has a fine traditional English pub (the Sal'), three excellent places to eat, a butcher, delicatessen, wholefood emporium and well-stocked village shop. There are lovely circular walks, like the one above, straight from the house. It's an easy place to stay without a car and still possible to get to by public transport.
Weobley lies midway between Leominster, Hereford and Hay on Wye - close to the Midlands (and protected by the Welsh hills from a lot of wet weather!). It's a great place for people coming from different parts of the country to meet up. It's also an ideal base for walking, exploring the Wye Valley, visiting border castles and historic houses and gardens, National Trust properties, the cathedral city of Hereford, medieval towns of Leominster and Ludlow, and, of course, the Tudor villages of Eardisley, Pembridge and Dilwyn or the bookshops, quirky art and coffee shops of Hay on Wye.