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Abbey Dore Court Pet-Friendly Cottage in Abbey Dore, Herefordshire

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sleeps 22
9 rooms
8 bathrooms

Abbey Dore Court Pet-Friendly Cottage description

Holiday home
This property, which featured on the Channel 4 TV show 'Country House Rescue' in April 2010, is a splendid example of Victorian architecture, and simply exudes character. The moment guests steps through the grand entrance they know they are in for a memorable holiday. The well equipped kitchen boasts an Aga, whilst the six bedrooms offer sumptuous sleeping accommodation. There is a family room providing a space for younger members of the party, and 'grown-ups' can enjoy the ambience of the spacious drawing room with its baby grand piano and dance floor. With many other rooms and set in beautiful grounds, this magnificent property makes a perfect venue for larger gatherings with family or friends who wish to visit this fabulous area.

Situated on the River Dore, the delightful village of Abbey Dore lies at the southern end of the Stunning Golden Valley, close to the Black Mountains and the Brecon Beacons National Park. The village is the setting for Abbey Dore Court Gardens, which is open to the public between April and September. The history of the Abbey goes back to 1147 when it was founded by Cistercian Monks, and then restored to its present form in the 18th and 19th Centuries. The town of Hay-on-Wye, famous for its many bookshops, is just 15 miles away. Nearby Hereford is an ancient town dating back to the 7th century and is steeped in history, while Offa's Dyke and the Wye Valley provide ample opportunity for walkers.

Herefordshire offers visitors the chance to journey through lush green countryside, enjoying splendid black-and-white timbered villages, a magnificent cathedral city, a fairytale Georgian castle at Eastnor or books galore in famous Hay-on-Wye.


  • Accepts Pets
  • Cooker
  • Cots
  • Dishwasher
  • Enclosed garden
  • Fridge
  • Garden
  • High chair
  • Jacuzzi
  • Kettle
  • Linen provided
  • Log fire
  • Parking
  • Parking space
  • Sky TV
  • Table tennis
  • Towels provided
  • TV
  • Washing machine
  • Wifi

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Mr Dhaliwal
March 2016
It was very spacious and had a very good kitchen. The hot tub was lovely and was very good after a busy day.
Mrs Gorse
April 2016
It was a very spacious for the amount of people there. The young people enjoyed the hot tub. The bedrooms were very comfortable with plentiful hot water in the bathrooms.
Ms Chance
November 2010
The house was fantastic.
Mr Griffin
January 2011
The house is magnificent, but particularly the living room and dining room. I would strongly recommend a stay!
Mrs Ephgrave
December 2015
A fantastic house which was beautifully kept and with all the amenities you could wish for. In lovely surroundings.
Mr Graham
November 2015
The property was perfect for a large family gathering as it leant itself to being able to cater for 20 people sitting comfortably together both in the sitting room and the dining room which meant that the celebration meal supplied by the recommended caterer was really special and excellent value when considering no costs for drinks taxis etc. Made everything very special. From the initial conversation with the booking staff all the way through the process and Sykes will be the first site I look at for future bookings.
Mr Lawson
November 2015
We were a group of 8 couples enjoying a reunion and Abbey Dore Court is an ideal house for a large party. Plenty of space and in a lovely location. It was warm and cosy.
Mr Clough
November 2015
The accommodation was well laid out with plenty of space for all the party to socialise and relax in. The hot tub was a lovely and a well used feature for us and the whole party had a really nice time, many thanks.
Mrs Fulcher
February 2015
An excellent well equipped house, we very much enjoyed our stay. The house is perfect for large groups.
Mr Pearson
August 2015
The family feel to the large spacious house meant we could all relax and make the most of the outstanding situation and ambience of the house.
Mrs Gomersall
September 2015
The house was spacious, very attractive and had lots of space and facilities both indoor and out. It really is ideal for large parties where time can be spent together or occasionally apart and situated in a beautiful part of the world.
Mr Carney
December 2014
Abbey Dore is a fantastic place to spend a relaxing break. The location and house are absolutely fantastic and I would have no hesitation in staying there again or recommending it to friends.
Ms Kitson
February 2015
Peaceful location, beautiful house with very generous sized rooms and everything provided for a wonderful weekend.
Dr Woodhead
December 2014
Our second visit with a large group of old friends. Excellent and even better this year as we had additional bedrooms from which to chose. Nothing to fault at all.
Mrs Gibson
December 2014
Superb house with a lovely feel, very warm and welcoming. Perfect setting and surroundings for a get together, something for everyone.
Ms Kennedy
August 2014
Comfortable spacious house with lovely gardens and as we had fabulous weather we could spend most of our time outside. Peaceful beautiful countryside with some good village pubs nearby and loads of things to see and do locally.
Mrs Iliffe
November 2014
We loved the space afforded by the property, we were able to move around comfortably. The property was well equipped with games, books, T.V's and was warm and clean. The owners had left a lovely welcome hamper with cake and wine which was a nice touch. We loved the grand piano, there was plenty of parking, lots to do nearby and the beds were divine. Overall we would highly recommend this property.
Ms Nicholson
August 2014
Fantastic house and setting. It felt like a home from the moment you entered, with some very thoughtful extras like Wii and children's room set up. Totally loved the beds quality of sheets and the lounge was exceptional!
Mrs Gard
April 2014
The house exceeded our expectations upon arrival. The house is pretty perfect and the hot tub was a welcoming addition to the holiday. It caters for all ages, the family who own this impressive property are all very lovely and were a great help throughout the week at any time of day.
Mrs Outridge
January 2014
This is a superb family home, ideal for family reunions with children and adults of all ages. We loved the space, the grand piano, the hot tub and the AGA. The facilities were excellent, the owners helpful and welcoming and we appreciated the welcoming presence of drinks and cakes to be enjoyed before we had done our own shopping.
Mr Furnivall
October 2013
Great scenery, lovely house and situation.
Prof Stuart
December 2013
A lovely location. Lovely sitting rooms.
Mrs Patmore
September 2013
Everything was superb, from the time we arrived to the time we left.
Mrs Elliott
October 2013
Our first impression of the house on arrival was what a great house, lovely grounds lots of parking. The entrance hall the number of rooms gave us lots of space to spread about.
Mrs Clarke
May 2013
Perfect house and gardens for a family holiday. Lovely bed linen and beautiful location.
Dr Cole
September 2013
Beautiful garden to sit in. The house had a lot of charm. Made to feel welcome on arrival. Quiet location and no light pollution so star-scapes were fantastic. Good starting location for walks in the Brecons and Black Mountains.
Mr Price
October 2012
Just an amazing place to relax with friends. The welcome pack was lovely and we all had a great time.
Mr Beesley
January 2013
Every aspect of the house was exceptional.
Mrs Paine
February 2013
Luxurious beds and bedding, plenty of hot water, beautiful setting.
Mr Hughes
April 2013
The house was warm and very clean with comfortable beds and luxurious bedding. The house was made to feel homely.
Miss Hems
April 2013
Beautiful, well kept house equipped with pretty much everything you would need for a week away with friends, family or a team of energetic boot campers! The owners were accommodating and helped us out wherever possible. Highly recommended.
Mrs Cuthbert
October 2012
Excellent facilities for our annual holiday with 11 friends. Spacious accommodation with luxury sofas in large lounge to seat us all in comfort. Very comfortable beds and good central heating system. Comprehensive local information provided and helpful assistance from the owner. The garden and river provided an idyllic rural setting.
Mrs Reeves
May 2012
Wonderful property for a large family gathering in a very pleasant location.
Mrs Lloyd
September 2012
We first saw Abbey Dore on Country House Rescue on Channel 4, and were excited to see the end result of the family's hard work. We were not disappointed to say the least! They have done a lovely job restoring the 6 bedroom, 4 bathroom home and kept lots of its original features like the grand staircase, fireplaces, ceilings and floorboards. There is even a Grand Piano! The children loved the play room, and nobody could say they were bored! The surroundings are beautiful, with the stream along side the house and the large garden. We all had a lovely time and cant wait to go back.
Mrs Lewis
May 2012
The property was fantastic and the furnishings were to a very high standard. The kitchen was fitted out better than a kitchen at home with every appliance you could dream of. A great opportunity to live for a week in such a large fun property.
Mrs Templeton
May 2012
It was so grand and spacious - no one got on top of each other. The kitchen was very well equipped and the bedrooms were so sumptuous and comfortable. It was wonderful to stay in a beautifully restored large house and yet feel so comfortable and relaxed. All age groups were catered for, even down to the play room for the youngest 3 year old guest. I wish we could have stayed there for another few weeks as it just felt so good to be staying there. Our hosts looked after us so well.
Ms Shea
April 2012
Abbey Dore Court was a very spacious and comfortable property for our family party of 16. It had all we needed and more. Most impressive and very comfortable.
Mrs Winch
January 2012
Lovely house, fab beds, warm and clean.
Mrs Kenrick
February 2012
The setting and surroundings which were excellent for relaxing and walking. The family and locals were helpful and friendly. The house was large and comfortable.
Mrs Reeve
April 2012
Lovely property with everything we needed. Quiet peaceful location but within easy reach of attractions and with walks from the doorstep. Owners very helpful and our welcome hamper was a nice touch.
Mrs Neale
November 2011
Our host was incredibly helpful, providing cakes and other baked goods to make my 60th birthday go with a swing. The property is brilliant for a large family gathering, and the Wii console certainly entertained everyone.
Mrs Share
December 2011
A beautiful, grand house where we could enjoy our special party in fine style. Everyone loved it's grandeur and cosiness at the same time. Very comfortable beds quality duvets. Perfect!
Mr Claridge
October 2011
For such a large house it was very comfortable and welcoming. A unique house in a wonderful location. They made our two dogs very welcome.
Mr Pirie
October 2011
The property is outstanding, ample space for 13 of us. Lovingly restored to a high standard, situated in a quiet location. It was well equipped, even the first load of fire wood was supplied, and a lovely hamper was there for our arrival which included milk, tea, coffee cake which was very welcoming after a long trip.
Mrs Moloney
August 2011
Everything was good about our holiday, the accommodation was brilliant. The countryside is beautiful and we had a very enjoyable and relaxing time.
Mr Johnson
July 2011
A superb property for a large family holiday with everything you could wish for to suit all ages. Excellent gardens in a beautiful part of the country. Simply marvellous!
Mrs Sheppard
June 2011
A fabulous house in a fabulous location.
Mr Jordan
June 2011
Location. Size of master bedroom and lounge. Garden and garden furniture. Recreational facilities including the provision of three televisions all providing Sky programmes. Size and furniture in Dining Room. Views from all rooms.
Mrs Smith
April 2011
The property was excellent in all areas. The beds were really comfortable and everything was above expectations. A special, beautiful property in a peaceful, scenic location - all fabulous.
Mrs Newell Price
June 2011
This was our 8th family gathering 13-15 members and all agreed that Abbey Dore was one the very best houses. Lots to do. Sugar Loaf Ludlow Abbey Dore Tea Rooms, a great asset. Thank you. 6 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms wonderful + plus superb constant hot water. Definitely a drawing room not lounge.
Ms Leaney
March 2011
The photos of the house do not do it justice, it was breathtaking. Ideal for 12 adults and 2 children for a family Ruby Wedding celebration. The house was tastefully restored, with all the mod cons as well. A truly beautiful experience and one which everyone wants to repeat!
Mrs Castleman
March 2011
It was a great location and venue for our large family get together to celebrate an 80th birthday. It suited our needs perfectly and the owners were very accommodating. We loved the aga - great for catering for a large group but appreciated the standard oven hob too! Plenty of champagne glasses, lovely big towels, great bathrooms and plenty of them! We would definitely return if we were to have another family gathering like this. Everyone enjoyed it immensely!
Mrs Anthony
November 2010
The house itself was just perfect for our large family. We enjoyed the space, all the different sitting areas, having so many bathrooms - a real luxury. Although it is a grand house it felt very homely. We also appreciated the comfortable beds. It is in a very beautiful area which we found to be full of history and really interesting places to visit, and also had great walking. Also the table tennis was a great success!
Mrs Bryars
February 2011
The house was beautiful in a gorgeous setting. It was huge, which we loved, but felt very cosy and homely. The standard of cleanliness was exceptional. The furnishings were fantastic, well suited to such an old property. It was perfect for a group of 15 friends, but would be suited to a group of families. Children would love the games room, and the outdoor space. Would highly recommend.
Miss Harrison
October 2010
Unbelievable house, beautifully restored with amazing rooms and ceilings. Really lovely welcome hamper and notes. Very homely feel for such a large house. A big thank you to the owners.
Mr Morgan
October 2010
Spacious, relaxing, comfortable, quite serene, didn't feel new felt quite lived in, ample space for all of us, excellent response from owners, great location.
Dr Sutton
September 2010
Accommodation was not just excellent - it was sumptuous! Our families' vote was the best cottage we've ever had. (That covers 8 yrs) The kid's playroom/den was voted tops!!
Mrs Halliwell
June 2010
Great for large family or friends holiday. Plenty of toys, space and garden for children. Owner very hospitable. Would definitely recommend.
Owen B
June 2016
Was there for a week in June and had some amazing weather which meant that the kids could play every day in the garden while the adults enjoyed a beer or two. Bought a large paddling pool (for the kids) and that kept them entertained. The house is well equipped, but spent most of the time in the garden. Room are nice, nothing wrong with them, but you have to understand that this is an 'old' house so some doors don't quite close properly and some of the locks are a little difficult. Everything else was fine and really the weather made this 5 start - if it had rained all week I suspect that it would have been 4 start if I am honest There are the gardens next door, but it is 5GBP per person to go around, this is a little bit rich when you are renting the house!! It is also worth noting that a number of the photos on the website that are taken in the garden are taken from or show areas that are not actually part of the house grounds, but part of the accompanying garden that you have to pay 5GBP per adult to use... Other minor comments - some of the pots where a little worn - lighting in the living room was either really dim, or very bright - aga was a little hard to control, but thats just the aga, but when you are coking for 22 people!! - the garden furniture was a little worn - the round tables were a little flexible - on of the sun shades was broken - the big nice solid timber bench table was really dirty - but we mucked in and cleaned it up - there is an SAS training base at the bottom of the garden, which is not noticeable, apart from while we were there there seemed to be a bit of a dusk helicopter training exercise running nearly every night which broke the tranquil nature at around 10-11pm. To be honest this also a bit of a spectacle and didn't last too long.. Having said all of the above, the place was just what we wanted, the owner was very help, and there was a lovely large welcome cake that was really tasty, along with some biscuits - very nice. Also there was tea coffee and milk left by the owner, which is a really nice touch, along with lots of stuff in the pantry left over from other renters to kick start the provision at the beginning of the week. I would recommend if you are a large group, looking for easy week with a lovely big garden for the kids to play in
December 2013
A large group of us stayed here for a long weekend in early December. The communication from Clare was friendly, prompt and helpful from the very start of the enquiry process all the way through to post-stay. The house is perfect for large groups. It is well kept has a huge living space, which meant we could all fit comfortably in the same room. There are PLENTY of bathrooms and many rooms were ensuite. A lovely bonus was the hot-tub outside. The house is private and we felt thoroughly at home there. So much so, that we will be looking to stay there again. A hassle-free, relaxing stay in a beautiful house in lovely grounds. Excellent all round and thoroughly recommended.
August 2014
Huge house, lovely area, discreet but attentive hosts. Trout fishing on the first day of the season, too
September 2014
My husband and I spent a weekend at Abbey Dore Court visiting members of our American family who had booked to stay there for two weeks. They were 22 in number including several babies and young children. The house catered for all the people admirably with room to spare. There were plenty of bedrooms and bathrooms. The living rooms were spacious, the kitchen adequately equipped and the gardens lovely at this time of the year. We were really lucky with the weather and ate our breakfast overlooking the stream that runs alongside the house. All in all a great weekend in a lovely old house.
October 2014
Sixteen of us (eight couples - neighbours, friends) decided to go to Abbey Dore for three days partly as a birthday celebration but just because we could! We've stayed in two other country houses but this was the most comfortable. We arrived to a home baked cake and some complimentary ciders, tea and coffee. Also a bottle of fizz to apologise for slightly reduced space in the dining room due to a repair to the ceiling which was pending, which we had been made aware of but was no problem. We all like to have our own bathroom and this house just about fitted the bill with two couples sharing but the bedrooms were so warm and comfortably furnished with wonderful comfy beds - good water pressure in the bathrooms - and lovely views. Downstairs there were plenty of rooms for us all to spread out and relax on sofas and read or watch TV. One huge sitting room with log burning stove and a grand piano, a smaller sitting room also with log burner, and the hall or even a children's playroom with a wii. There's wifi so we could keep in touch with emails and a hot tub which was used by some of the party. The kitchen complete with original blue AGA ( and a back up electric cooker) was extremely well equipped with plenty of pans, dishes, cutlery crockery and glasses etc. The dining room has a huge table which comfortably sat all of us . We collected fish and chips from nearby Ewyas Harold which were delicious and we self catered the rest of the time. It very much has the feel of a well loved family home and we felt it had a very welcoming ambience. We dealt with Clare one of the owners of the house (three siblings) who was delightful and brother Jules popped round the second day we were there to check if everything was ok. All in all a great weekend!
June 2013
We booked abbey Dore for an adventure Fitness bootcamp and Claire and Jules were really helpful, letting us view the property beforehand and giving us advice on the best places to visit locally. When there were problems with the aGa, they were quick to let us know and come to an arrangement over the price. I was more than a little bit gutted to be arranging the bootcamp and not get the chance to relax in what is a beautifully decorated and well equipped property. Everyone who came loved it though. The highlight of the week for me was doing yoga in the stunning living room. Hoping to return with family or friends next time.
December 2013
We all thoroughly enjoyed our stay at abbey Dore Court, which is a stunning property and was ideal for our family get together.
January 2012
The owners were extremely helpful and dealt with any problems immediately. They put us in touch with people to provide special party food and were on hand to advise on other places to find what we needed. We would go there again, maybe in the summer, and explore further afield. Walks from the house great. Loved the big ballroom for a party and the massive family bedroom, plus the variety of spaces for everyone, especially for playing the wii. Problems with the odours in the dining room (and later the sitting room) meant we spent more time in the other rooms, and the kitchen.
September 2012
This was truly a luxurious holiday and well worth the stay. The home was so comfortable and magnificent. The kitchen was well stocked with plenty of cutlery and crockery. The owners were on hand to deal with anything that we needed and left a basket of cakes and wine on the kitchen table for us to enjoy on arrival. It was wonderful to wake up and look over the fields. It was quiet and peaceful with the most amazing grounds to play games or just sit and enjoy the fresh air. The lounge was huge complete with grand piano with fresh windows opening to the outside. There was even a games room for the children complete with lots of toys and games. The bedrooms were absolutely beautiful and well decorated. All in all, it was perfect for a large group of people with enough room in the house for everyone to wander around and not feel on top of each other. There were lovely walks from the home along the road and the the main town of Hereford was not too far to drive. There was nothing that we did not like, everything was perfect with our stay and I wished we could have stayed longer.
November 2011
Good overall accommodation and garden. One complaint is the lack of wardrobe space for all the bedrooms except the master bedroom. Even if wardrobes were placed on the landings outside the bedrooms this would help.
September 2010
Abbey Dore was a spacious, comfortable, attractive holiday house - space for a family of 17 to be together and space for us to be on our own when required. The garden offered space to sit and space for the children to play We could not have asked for more.
November 2010
Excellent service.Scale & quality of furnishing was superb.(Mind you,it had undergone necessary,recent refurbishment)Our family quickly gelled with the owner's family having Lurchers in common.Lication was beautifully rural inc traditional village fete.Bird watching also VG.I cannot recall anything to like least!! We hope to visit again within 2-3yrs
August 2011
we stayed at this property december 2010 the property was very nice we were told that there were open fires and log burners that we could use this is what attracted us to the house none of the fires worked every time we lit any of the fires the smoke came back in and filed the rooms with smoke it was terible all our clothes smelt of smoke black soot everywhere upstairs rooms filled with smoke we went into the room upstairs smoke filled the room if someone would have been asleep in that room they would have been dead . the sad thing was the very rude owners dident see it as a problem wat a joke and on top of that the chairs in the kitchen collapsed and our friend really hurt there back again the owners were very rude and not at all helpfull
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