Victorian House in a Rural paradise

Built in 1890, our house is located in one of the most beautiful corners of rural England. On the side of a 1,300ft hill, we live on a protected common surrounded by wandering sheep and, higher up the hill, semi wild white horses. The house itself is comfortable and well appointed, and enjoys a two acre garden, including a vegetable plot and a small orchard. It`s a comfortable family home with lovely walks from the door. Centrally heated, spacious and full of books and music, including a baby grand piano. Plans to renew the ensuite bathroom and kitchen had to be postponed in 2020 due to lockdown so the brand new amenities have yet to be installed. (This will now be happening in June 2021 so no swaps possible till after that). The kitchen is small for such a big house but perfectly serviceable, until our new kitchen diner appears, probably in 2022.

About the location

This is the most unspoilt area of rural England. Herefordshire is a county of orchards, black and white ancient houses, farming but also, here in the south, we have the wild, high valleys of the Black Mountains. Half an hour away is the Wye Valley with its beautiful river which is excellent for canoeing expeditions. We are quite remote, as England goes, living on the side of a most wonderful hill where there are a dozen or so scattered houses, farms and cottages. It is a very quiet spot and the lane outside our house only leads to one farm about half a mile away. It is very rural in the sense that sheep and horses wander about outside so it can be muddy. It is wild countryside rather than a mannered landscape. It is stunningly beautiful and a real secret location. Our neighbours are very kind and the nearest village has quite a lot going on in it for its size (300 people). We are half an hour from Hereford which is a beautiful cathedral city on the River Wye. The cathedral houses the unique medieval treasure which is the Mappa Mundi. The nearest market towns are Abergavenny, home of the world famous Food Festival in September ( 40 minutes away) and Monmouth (20 minutes). There are three small shops 10 minutes away. If you want to visit cities we are equidistant from Cardiff, the Welsh capital and Bristol. Both take about an hour and fifteen minutes to reach. Just a short drive away you can can go river swimming by the ancient castle ruins of Skenfrith. Garway, Skenfrith, Grosmont and Kentchurch all have traditional pubs which serve food. The ancient churches of Herefordshire are also some of the best preserved in the U.K. We moved here from London 13 years ago and we love it and hope you will. Not for dyed in the wool townies though! (Although remarkably we do have fibre high speed broadband!)

Type of swap

  • Home Exchange

Conditions of exchange

  • Non smokers only
  • Children welcome

Garway Hill (HE39186)

Herefordshire,   England

  • 3 bed   (sleeps 5) 2 bath

Preferred destinations

  • UK
  • France
  • Open to offers
Apart from easy weekend swaps, we are now sorted for 2021 and would be looking to 2022 for any future exchanges.

Dates available

Open to offers

Swap duration: Short break (2-5 days)

Meet the member

Adults: 2     

Membership expiry date: 30 Jul 2022