The Drying House is a spacious, two-bedroom, two-bathroom, red brick and timber property in the heart of historic Ledbury. The exposed beams in the open-plan living area tell the tale of the property’s past – a drying barn for the hops used by local brewers. The two story, ‘upside down’ cottage has the bedrooms and bathrooms on the ground floor and the open plan living-dining area and kitchen upstairs.
The Drying House can be rented with the adjacent Barn (sleeps 4) and Bishop’s (sleeps 2), to accommodate 10 guests in total.
Located in a quiet courtyard off Ledbury’s High Street, two-minutes’ walk from the heart of Ledbury with its many coffee shops, cafes, independent shops and art galleries, the Drying House is a red-brick and timber, two-story holiday let, ideal for a family or two couples.
The interior of the Drying Barn is charming, with its bright yet calming bedrooms and spacious upper floor where guests can socialise across the open-plan dining-living area and kitchen or close the kitchen off if preferred. The super-king size Master Bedroom (can be converted to a twin on request) has an ensuite shower room, while the twin room has an adjacent bathroom with half-size bath and over-bath shower.
To the front of the Drying House is a large, gravelled parking area with decking and lots of floral garden pots. Car access is via Worcester Road, while guests can take a short public footpath from the parking area to emerge on the High Street close to the famous Feathers Hotel. Though there isn’t a set outside seating area for the Drying House, please ask the caretakers if you would like to sit outside and they will do their best to accommodate you.
The front door opens into a spacious hallway with hooks for coats, an umbrella rack (with umbrellas for your use during your stay), a shoe storage bench, and a corner cupboard ideal for keeping hats, gloves, and maps. Opposite the entrance is a Utility Room with a washing machine, iron, ironing board, vacuum, torch, and First Aid kit.
The Master Bedroom, with its calming white and taupe walls and shaker-style panelling, features an inviting super-king size double bed (can be set up as a twin on request). The room is carpeted and furnished with a bedside chest of drawers with a reading lamp, an upholstered chair, and a small wardrobe. This bedroom overlooks the gravel driveway, with privacy provided by a blind and curtains.
The en-suite features a cabinet-style shower, a washbasin with a mirror over and light with shaver unit, a vanity unit, two heated towel rails, and a dual-flush loo (which is twinned with a toilet in Uganda!).
The twin bedroom is furnished with two single beds, offset to accommodate the Drying House’s unusual shape, with the same calming, yet refreshing, white and taupe walls and shaker-style panelling. Each bed has a unique woodblock bedside table with a reading lamp, and guests have a chair for clothes and an original built-in wardrobe with plenty of hanging space. This bedroom and overlooks the gravel driveway, with privacy provided by a blind and curtains.
Located next to Bedroom two, the Family Bathroom has a half-size bath with overhead shower, washbasin with a mirror over and light with shaver unit, a vanity unit, heated towel rail, and dual-flush toilet (which is twinned with a loo in Afghanistan!).
Head up the carpeted staircase, with handrail, to the spacious, light and bright, open-plan living area, with original beams, and separate kitchen:
At the top of the stairs is the Drying House’s dining area, with a circular table that comfortably sits four, and a wood burner-effect fireplace. Ahead is the spacious yet cosy Living Room with a 43” smart TV, a three-seater sofa, two armchairs, a coffee table, and a handsome desk full of usual local information. Shelving on the far wall holds a wide selection of books and games.
Directly next to the Dining Area are double glass doors into the Kitchen, a wood-panelled room that’s reminiscent of a delightful log cabin. Fully equipped, the kitchen has everything guests need for a self-catering stay, including a double oven, fridge-freezer, microwave, dishwasher, and coffee maker. The long windows in the kitchen provide a great view down to Eastnor House and the other properties in the same holiday cottage complex.
To the front of the Drying House is a large, gravelled parking area with decking and lots of floral garden pots. Though there isn’t a set outside seating area for the Drying House, please ask the caretakers if you would like to sit outside and they will do their best to accommodate you.
Full List of Facilities
Sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms across 1 super-king size double (can be twin on request) and 1 twin
2 bathrooms: 1 en-suite shower room with shower, W.C. and 1 family bathroom with half-size bath and shower, W.C.
Parking for 2 cars
Bed linen, bath towels and tea towels provided, plus 4 cotton robes
Kitchen starter consumables: e.g. teabags, instant coffee, sugar, fresh milk.
Cleaning starter pack: e.g. dishwasher tablets, scourer, cloth, washing up liquid, bin bags
Bathroom essentials: hand soap, toilet paper
Gas central heating with individual thermostat controls and hot water on demand
Smart TV with Sky box
Games, books and local guides
Fully equipped kitchen with toaster, kettle, utensils, crockery, cutlery, glassware (champagne flutes, tumblers and wine and water glasses) cafetiere, bakeware, food preparation (grater, jug, sieve), saucepans, kitchen foil, cling film, kitchen paper
Safety equipment: fire extinguisher, fire blanket, carbon monoxide monitor, smoke alarm, First Aid kit.
Points of Note
There is private, secure parking for 2 cars on the gravelled parking area in front of the property
Walking & Cycling Guides
Walking & Cycling Guides
A smart stylish cottage in an ideal position. A warm welcome. Spotlessly clean. A real treat!
Located in the centre of historic Ledbury, the Drying House is the perfect base for exploring Ledbury - increasingly popular for its poetry and food festivals - and the wider areas of Herefordshire, the Wye Valley and the Forest of Dean. Within a minute’s walk of Ledbury’s cobbled medieval streets and famous timber framed buildings, notably the 17th-Century, Grade 1 listed Market Hall which is still the site of a twice-weekly market on Tuesday and Saturday. This thriving market town has plenty of tea rooms, coffee shops and restaurants to choose from (should guests want a break from self-catering), plus antique shops, craft shops and art galleries.
Ledbury is ideally situated to explore some of the UK’s most stunning natural areas, including the Cotswolds, the Wye Valley and Symonds Yat, the Malvern Hills, the Forest of Dean and the Black Mountains. All these areas provide the perfect opportunity to get outside and walk, run, cycle, kayak, fish, play golf or go climbing.
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