Idylic walkers and mountain bikers retreat in rural Herefordshire
After a day exploring the hills, come back to a cosy welcome
Wood burner - just perfect for chilly evenings
A warm welcome back after a long day exploring
Warm your boots before heading out
The backpacker's bolthole
Stone walls and picture perfect window
Original features mixing the old with the new
Everything you need to cook a hearty meal or tasty snack
Lovely hand crafted kitchen
Great local produce from the shop in Longtown
Double bedroom to relax after a day exploring
Beautiful handmade oak balustrade with ladder
Wash hand basin, loo and shower
Handcrafted ironwork detail
Enjoy the peace and quiet of the garden
Your view from the garden
Sunrise sweeps across the Black Hill
Alfresco dining at its best
There's always time for tea and cake
The Cats Back within walking distance and the Black Mountains at your feet
Cottage garden
Some of the local residents
View of the Catsback
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2 / 24  After a day exploring the hills, come back to a cosy welcome
3 / 24  Wood burner - just perfect for chilly evenings
4 / 24  A warm welcome back after a long day exploring
5 / 24  Warm your boots before heading out
6 / 24  The backpacker's bolthole
7 / 24  Stone walls and picture perfect window
8 / 24  Original features mixing the old with the new
9 / 24  Everything you need to cook a hearty meal or tasty snack
10 / 24  Lovely hand crafted kitchen
11 / 24  Great local produce from the shop in Longtown
12 / 24  Double bedroom to relax after a day exploring
13 / 24  Beautiful handmade oak balustrade with ladder
14 / 24  Wash hand basin, loo and shower
15 / 24  Handcrafted ironwork detail
16 / 24  Enjoy the peace and quiet of the garden
17 / 24  Your view from the garden
18 / 24  Sunrise sweeps across the Black Hill
19 / 24  Alfresco dining at its best
20 / 24  There's always time for tea and cake
21 / 24  The Cats Back within walking distance and the Black Mountains at your feet
22 / 24  Cottage garden
23 / 24  Some of the local residents
24 / 24  View of the Catsback

The Olchon Bothy,

Hay-on-Wye (9mls SE), Brecon Beacons
Sleeps 2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms 1
Change Fri
No Dogs
4
star
Downstairs bathroom
Enclosed garden / patio
Open fire / woodburner
Green
Quirky
Rustic
Towels included
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At a glance

  • In a peaceful spot at the foot of the Black Mountains
  • Simply charming, a cosy bothy - perfect after a bracing day in the hills
  • Tranquil views across the rolling Herefordshire countryside
  • An outstandingly beautiful area steeped in history
  • A great little wood burner - just perfect for chilly autumn evenings
  • A lovely location, both for exploring Herefordshire, the Welsh Borders and walking and cycling in the beautiful Black Mountains
  • Beautiful in the summer but also fantastic in the winter
Property code: 51916

ROMANTIC RETREAT

This simply charming detached bothy is surrounded by  peaceful meadows and mountain views.  Perfect for 2 - walk, cycle, bird-watch or simply relax.

This cosy bothy is well positioned just a short distance from the village of Longtown on the Herefordshire/Wales border and within striking distance of the Black Mountains.  Well known for its 12th Century Norman castle, Longtown also has a good local inn, an award winning village store which pays particular attention to buying local produce.  The area is rich in wildlife and is perfect for both walkers and cyclists - much of the best walking in the area is straight from your doorstep. Explore the Black Mountains, and join Offa’s Dyke (the border between England and Wales) taking you deep into the countryside.  Local market towns include Abergavenny with a regular farmers market on the last Thursday of the month, and its famous annual food festival in mid-September, Crickhowell nestled in the Usk Valley and Hay-on-Wye with its renowned annual literary festival.  Go further afield for cities of Hereford and Cardiff. There is fishing in Longtown and nearby areas, and there are many castles in the border lands including Longtown

Step inside this neat little bothy.  Light the wood burner, kick back and stretch your legs in front of the fire, nestle down into the comfy Lloyd loom chairs and pick up your favourite book.  The handcrafted oak kitchen is a great space for a whipping up a hearty supper. Neat little table for two with fold up chairs and an electric oven and hob, and fridge.  Well-equipped kitchen area, with pots and pans, crockery, cutlery, washing up liquid  etc, Essentials provided such as tea, coffee, sugar, milk, salt/pepper mills, home grown dried herbs and olive oil.  Welcome basket with crisps and small cakes.  

The shower room with WC is on the ground floor. When you're ready for bed, climb the wooden ladder up to the bedroom in the eaves. Snuggle down under the duvet and flick the switch for your favourite TV show.  

Weather permitting, enjoy breakfast on the patio and allow yourself to slow down. There is a lawn area with a garden bench to sit and enjoy the countryside views, also a charcoal BBQ. Off-road parking for two cars.

SLEEPS 2: There is a double bed on the upper floor, reached via a wooden ladder. Electric heater in the bedroom. Bed linen is provided for your stay.

CHILDREN: Regret no babies or children

RELAXING:  The wood burner located on the ground-floor (first basket of logs included) and a small electric panel heater, provide ample heating for the whole bothy. There is a TV in the bedroom.

COOKING & DINING: There is an electric oven and hob, and fridge. Neat little table for two with fold up chairs. The property is supplied with spring water, please remember the environment and use this considerately’.  Well-equipped kitchen area, with pots and pans, crockery, cutlery, washing up liquid  etc, essentials provided such as tea,coffee, sugar, milk, salt/pepper mills, home grown dried herbs and olive oil.  Welcome basket with crisps and small cakes.  

KEEPING CLEAN: The bothy has a wet room with shower, WC, hand-basin and electric towel rail.  Towels are provided. 

KEEPING WARM: First basket of logs and coal provided, more available via honesty box system. 

OUTSIDE: The outside space has a charcoal BBQ, table and chairs. Lawn area with garden bench to sit and enjoy the countryside views. There is also off-road parking for 2 cars.

PETS: We regret no pets at this property:

TECHI STUFF:  There is no Wi-Fi at the property but there is mobile phone reception, although can be patchy at times.

 

This property joined our collection in 2017 and is managed by Rachael.

Reviews

From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 7 guest ratings

Overall cleanliness
5
Overall equipment
4.9
Overall comfort
4.9
Overall location
4.7

Reviewed by Laura, 6th December 2018

The Olchon Bothy is the ideal place for a relaxing get-away. Nestled at the foot of Black Hill, it is a perfect location for any hikers out there. And there is nothing better to return to than the cosy environment of the bothy; with its log fire and bedroom which is accessed by a ladder The owners of the property are absolutely lovely and have creaRead moreted a welcoming home away from home. Hide

Reviewed by Kerrie, 21st August 2018

Cosy, peaceful and perfect.

Reviewed by David, 20th July 2018

If you like peace and quiet this is the place to go, lovely views from the garden. The owner Lynette is very friendly and helpful

Reviewed by Richard, 1st June 2018

The Olchon Bothy is a delightful little cottage which has been converted with great inventiveness and imagination to make a perfect holiday place for two people. The location is superb, with wonderful views into Herefordshire in one direction and to the Black Mountains in the other, and great walking country in the Olchon Valley and on the hills. TRead morehe delights of the cottage were matched by the friendly and helpful welcome given us by the owners. Hide

Reviewed by Janet, 13th April 2018

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Reviewed by Jonathan, 26th January 2018

Beautiful and quaint cottage. Had a really lovely relaxing weekend in a beautiful setting.

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Idylic walkers and mountain bikers retreat in rural Herefordshire
After a day exploring the hills, come back to a cosy welcome
Wood burner - just perfect for chilly evenings
A warm welcome back after a long day exploring
Warm your boots before heading out
The backpacker's bolthole
Stone walls and picture perfect window
Original features mixing the old with the new
Everything you need to cook a hearty meal or tasty snack
Lovely hand crafted kitchen
Great local produce from the shop in Longtown
Show 12 moreDouble bedroom to relax after a day exploring

Location

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