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 1 car
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.
On your Doorstep
Supermarkets and Shopping:
There is a Spar and Testo Superstore, as well as various markets. Ledbury has a market under the Market House on Tuesdays and Saturdays, where you can buy local breads, cheeses, organic vegetables, garden plants and local arts and crafts. Max the fishmonger is at Market House on Tuesdays and Fridays. Also on Fridays, Ledbury Country Market - a co-operative run by members and volunteers - sells homemade, home grown and handmade local produce produced by local people. Find them at The Burgage Hall just off the High Street.
Sitara (150 metres)
The Malthouse Cafe and Gallery (0.2 miles)
Olive Tree (0.3 miles)
Walking visitors to Ledbury are spoilt for choice when it comes to walking, with paths and trails throughout the local area and further afield, including in the Malverns, along Offa’s Dyke and the stunning Wye Valley, and there are at least three walking festivals every year. The Herefordshire Trail is a 150-mile route that links the five market towns of Ledbury, Ross-on-Wye, Kington, Leominster and Bromyard, along with some of the picturesque villages and hamlets for which Herefordshire is renowned. The Wye Valley Walk runs for 136 miles from Plynlimon in mid-Wales (near the source of the River Wye) to Chepstow in Monmouthshire (where the Wye joins the Severn Estuary). The walk enters Herefordshire at Hay-on-Wye and leaves the county after 57 miles, just north of Monmouth. It is a clearly waymarked walk, following the route of the river, either along riverside paths or in wooded sections, giving excellent views of the Wye valley from the surrounding hills.
Places to Visit:
Market House (0.2 miles)
Eastnor Castle (2.6 miles)
Coddington Vineyard (4.5 miles)
Train - Ledbury station (0.8 miles) offers direct service to Paddington and Euston
Taxis - Ledbury Private Hire, Filip Taxi Ledbury, G&T Private Hire
There is so much to discover in the Cotswolds, why not have a look at some of our favourite Bolthole Retreats Experiences
Points of Note
Please note that additional guests above the maximum capacity are not permitted.
It is our policy not to take bookings for single sex group celebrations, which includes Stag and Hen nights, or groups where the majority are under 25 years.
The Drying House can be booked with The Barn and Bishop's for families or friends wanting to travel together but have their own space. You can share the properties between your group, but please bear in mind you would not have enough seating to necessarily sit/eat together. (The Barn and Bishop's are dog friendly and accept a maximum of one dog each, with a fee per pet payable on booking. Please do not allow the dogs into the Drying House)
Walking & Cycling Guides
Walking & Cycling Guides
We had a lovely week in this well designed and comfortable ‘upside down’ house. Very comfortable bed and sofas. Sitting in the courtyard for a coffee at The Malthouse in Church Lane felt airy and a safe environment with table service. Everything is lovely.
This is our second visit to the Drying House. Again the house was spotless and very warm and comfortable. We were welcomed by a super friendly couple who helped us with parking etc. Everything we needed was in the house, a wonderfully equipped kitchen with everything you need and some cleaning items. Very comfortable beds, with crisp white bedding and soft towels. Bathrooms are snug but have wonderful showers! Heating was superb and easily turned up or down with plenty of red hot water.
We loved every minute of our stay and Ledbury has everything from top end hotels to a very good fish and chip shop. If we are lucky enough to be able to reserve again we will return Thank you.
This conversion is lovely. We had a perfect stay. So comfortable and well appointed and decorated, in a great location for exploring Ledbury. Particularly atmospheric at Christmas time. Would like to go back.
Wonderful stay. Extremely comfortable, clean and well equipped. We’ll be back
Everything was just perfect. A warm welcome. It was our home from home, so convenient for shops, cafes, browsing. Wonderful Indian takeaway round the corner and the delights of listening to Tuesday evening bell ringing practice through our open window.
We would love to stay again.
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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