Lower Lodge Gatehouse at Kentchurch
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Lower Lodge Gatehouse at Kentchurch


Sleeps 6
Family Friendly
Dog Friendly
Local Pub
100-199 Mbps
This oh-so-romantic, castellated gatehouse with huge gates resembling a portcullis when closed, allows you to be king (or queen) of your very own castle, just for a little while. Standing guard at one of the private entrances to the Kentchurch Estate, and sleeping up to six guests, plus two of your four-legged friends, this charming reverse living escape gives the opportunity to stay somewhere really rather special. Step inside you’ll find three bedrooms, each with an en-suite bathroom and a delightful open-plan kitchen, living and dining area that spans the top floor. After a day of exploring retire to the roof terrace for sunset drinks and soak up the glorious views; beyond the garden border is Wales. There is also a pub within a few moments stroll.
Full Description
Leafy lanes wind through the beautiful Herefordshire countryside to the very edge of the county and there, lying quite literally on the Welsh border, is the utterly lovely Lower Lodge, a 19th-century gatehouse on the magnificent Kentchurch Estate. It’s the perfect spot for a countryside escape.

Pass through the huge gates and you’re in your very own private sanctuary. The ground floor of the gatehouse is now home to three gorgeous bedrooms, each with its own en-suite bathroom. Ascend the steep wooden stairs, which will make you feel a little like Rapunzel, and you’ll find the open-plan kitchen, dining and living space stretching across the top floor. The wood-burning stove makes this a cosy hideaway during the cooler weather, but when the sun shines, the icing on the cake is the private roof terrace complete with glorious rural views. It’s a fabulous hideaway atop your own castle and particularly lovely as dusk falls. The thoughtful refurbishment and interior design of this atmospheric building retains original beams and windows and ensures the character and charm have been allowed to shine.

Lower Lodge Gatehouse sits within its own private grounds, an enclosed garden with a terrace, outside furniture and a charcoal barbecue ensures there is plenty of space to relax. Beyond the parking area is a private lane track through the Kentchurch Estate, which guests are welcome to wander at their leisure.

Ground Floor

Under the gatehouse arch are two entrances. One leads to bedroom three, the other door takes you to two further bedrooms and the stairs to the first floor.

Bedroom Three:
Three stone steps lead you into this simple but elegant super-king size bedroom. Chalk white walls, and timber cladding which opens to reveal the wardrobe are highlighted by a vibrant orange velvet headboard and drapes, which frame the original windows. There’s a wall-mounted Smart TV, charger pads by the side of the bed, and underfloor heating throughout to keep things warm and cosy.

Green and white tiles add a splash of colour to the en-suite which features a walk-in shower with both a rainfall shower and a handheld shower head, WC, and hand basin. There’s a large, lit wall mirror, shaver point and storage beneath the hand basin.

Across the covered entrance three shallow stone steps lead into the second wing.

Bedroom Two:
Boasting the same vibrant colour scheme as bedroom three, this lovely room has a king-size bed which can be two small twins on request. Storage, including hanging space and shelves, can be found behind the door.

Frosted sliding doors reveal a stylish en-suite with a walk-in shower, WC, and hand basin. There is a large, well-lit mirror and shaver points.

Bedroom One:
Lying at the end of the hall, this spacious bedroom has a super-king bed with a fabulous emerald, green velvet headboard, and wardrobe storage within the timber-clad rear wall. There are charger pads by each side of the bed in case you forget your own. A dressing area with windows on both sides leads to the en-suite.

Beautifully finished with green and white tiles, this en-suite features a large walk-in shower and a deep, soaking bathtub that sits under the window, it’s the perfect place for long bubble-filled soaks after a day of exploring. There’s also a WC and hand basin, a large wall mirror and shaving points.

First Floor

Steep wooden stairs lead up to the first floor.

Kitchen-Living Area:
Stretching across the top of the gatehouse, the open-plan living space is filled with light and is a warm and social area with everything needed for a self-catering stay. The well-appointed kitchen includes a full oven and hob, fridge-freezer, and dishwasher and hidden away there’s also a washing machine and tumble dryer. A comfy corner sofa sits in front of the wood-burning stove, along with two chairs and a wall-mounted Smart TV. The antique dining table and chairs create a lovely place for relaxed meals, or if the weather is kind head out to the roof terrace.

Roof Terrace:
This private space features a wooden dining table and chairs and wonderful views over the surrounding countryside.


The huge portcullis-style gates can be closed fully, and the entrance leads to a parking area with plenty of space for several cars. Beyond this is a woodland track through the Kentchurch Estate. A metal gate leads into the gatehouse garden, which is enclosed. The large lawn is perfect for garden games, and the little wooden bridge across the culvert takes you to a little private bench, a lovely spot to read. Crossing the river over the stone bridge, you find yourself in Wales. The sunny terrace features a large outdoor sofa and low table which just invite you to relax with a drink in the sunshine. There’s also a charcoal barbecue.
Full List of Facilities


  • Bedroom One - Super-king
  • Bedroom Two - King-size (can be a twin on req)
  • Bedroom Three - Super-king
  • 3 Bathrooms - En-suites
  • Fire - Logs are provided for an initial fire (1st October - 31st March)
  • Oven
  • Hob
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Dishwasher
  • Dining table - Seats 6
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Iron
  • WiFi *Please note that speeds are for guidance only and are not guaranteed - 100-199 Mbps
  • TV - Smart x 4
  • Travel cot (cot linen not provided)
  • Highchair
  • Stair gates - Fixed at the top of the stairs


  • Dog friendly - 2 well-behaved dogs are welcome for an additional fee
  • Garden - Fully enclosed
  • Outdoor dining area
  • BBQ - Charcoal - please provide your own charcoal
  • Parking - Private parking for 3 vehicles on the drive
  • EV Charger - Available on request for an additional fee
On your Doorstep
Farm shops, delis, and shopping: The towns of Abergavenny, Ross and Hay-on-Wye all offer a fabulous range of independent shops and boutiques to explore. All three also have weekly markets with an array of arts and crafts and local produce on display and the market in Hay-on-Wye has been trading for more than 700 years.

Cafes, pubs, and restaurants:
  • The Bridge Inn, Kentchurch – local, estate-owned pub on the river (0.1 miles) **Currently closed but due to re-open shortly
  • Under the Nut Tree, Kentchurch – a unique dining experience with local produce prepared over the barbecue. Weekend dinners and occasional Sunday lunches from March to Christmas. Booking is recommended (1 mile)
  • The Angel Inn, Grosmont – a traditional, family-run pub in a pretty village with real ales and good food. Bookings are recommended if you want to dine (1.5 miles)
  • The Temple Bar Inn, Ewyas Harold – a charming local inn with a warm welcome, wood-burning fire and sunny courtyard. Open for lunch and dinner (3 miles)
  • The Walnut Tree Inn – Michelin-starred restaurant set in the rolling Welsh hills near Abergavenny (14 miles)

Walks: This area offers superb walking with miles and miles of country lanes to explore, and the Black Mountains and Brecon Beacons are also within easy reach. Visitors are welcome to walk through the Kentchurch Estate, there is a private track from the parking area of the gatehouse. From the nearby Bridge Inn, there is a walk up Garway Hill, the round trip is around 7.5 miles, and the views are spectacular. Other walks on your doorstep include Kilpeck to Abbey Dore and Abbey Dore to Peterchurch.

Places to Visit:
  • Kentchurch Court – a magnificent estate that has been in the Lucas-Scudamore family for almost 1,000 years. The beautiful gardens are open to visitors (0.1 miles)
  • Grosmont Castle – castle ruins, one of the ‘three castles of Gwent’ built by the Normans (1.5 miles)
  • Skenfirth Castle – remains of a 13th-century castle on the banks of the River Monnow (5.5 miles)
  • Monmouth – a thriving town in the beautiful Wye Valley, the UK’s first Bee town, with a 13th-century gatehouse and wealth of independent shops (11 miles)
  • Ross-on-Wye – a market town on the River Wye, with myriad local attractions including gardens, castles, vineyards, and riverside walks (13 miles)
  • Brecon Beacons and the Black Mountains – a stunning national park of sandstone peaks with waterfalls, castles, and a superb range of outdoor activities (15 miles)

  • Train - Abergavenny and Hereford railway stations (15 and 14 miles) have services to London Paddington, Cardiff, and the north of England
  • Taxi - Blue Line Taxi
There is so much to discover in the area, why not have a look at some of our favourite Bolthole Retreats Experiences.
Points of Note
  • Book with us to get exclusive discounts to top attractions and experiences. 
  • 2 well-behaved dogs are permitted at the cottage for an additional fee.
  • A culvert runs along one side of the garden, during wet weather this will have water in it. Parents should ensure children are supervised.
  • The stairs to the first floor are very steep and care is needed when ascending and descending.


An interesting building with a great roof terrace off the living/kitchen area and a pleasant garden and outside seating area overlooking fields. The Gatehouse was spotless and well equipped/presented. Bedroom one was particularly spacious with a lovely bathroom. Easy contact with the Housekeeper (by text) who was friendly and helpful. Safe and easy off road parking. Lovely walks from the property. A friendly village pub 'The Bridge Inn', a few minutes walk down the road, did good food. We just had a really lovely, peaceful, relaxing weekend!

| 09/05/2024

Simply lovely.

| 10/04/2024

Everyone thought it was an excellent week.

| 13/03/2024

We had a fantastic stay to celebrate our son’s 30th birthday. He’s always loved history and the outdoors so the property and the area were both perfect. The ‘castle’ was very well equipped and extremely comfortable and we appreciated the little touches that helped us to feel at home straight away. Overall, it was even better than expected.

| 17/02/2024

Gorgeous gatehouse! A beautiful house, that’s been renovated to such a high standard. The beds were so comfy and the kitchen was cosy and well-equipped. The house is stunning, and felt really special. Amazing surroundings, with lovely walks, a great friendly local pub and easy to get into Hereford. Would 100% stay here again. Thank you!

| 09/02/2024


Kentchurch Court is regarded as one of the most important historical houses in Herefordshire, it’s Grade I listed and dates back to the 14th century. Lower Lodge Gate House sits on the beautiful Kentchurch Estate, itself home to a deer park which can trace its roots back to when the Knights Templar owned the land. The estate-owned Bridge Inn is just a short stroll along the lane, making for an easy and relaxed evening out. Get your fill of castles, explore the thriving towns of Hay on Wye, Ross on Wye and Abergavenny or head to the nearby Brecon Beacons for superb outdoor activities in the outstanding beauty of the national park.