Retreat from modern life to Mrs Higgs and experience the stillness and simplicity of a bygone era. Originally built in 1835 as a hunting lodge, this historical stone home stands alone in the woods, perfectly preserved in time. There's even a wood-fired hot tub ensuring a little bit of luxury.
Set within a 2500-acre private estate, here you are truly secluded in a world of your own. Too far removed to be connected, Mrs Higgs is completely off grid, with solar powered lighting and refrigeration, water pumped from a local spring and heating provided by wood-burning stoves. A couple of concessions have been made in the form of a gas burning kitchen stove, instant hot water and a flushing toilet (very luxurious - we know!). Bottled water is also provided for drinking and Mrs Higgs is WiFi-free so the noise and busyness of modern life can be left behind.
Upon arrival at the estate, you'll be met at a meeting point where parking is available during the winter months. Here you'll be transferred to an appropriate vehicle and driven to the property. A brief tour will be given before you are left to enjoy the peace and tranquility of Mrs Higgs. Still should you need anything, someone will be available throughout your stay to address any questions or concerns.
Upside-down in design, on entry you'll find yourself upstairs, on a small landing from which two bedrooms can be located; one double and one twin. Tastefully adorned, these rooms are comfortable whilst honouring the history of the property. Down a rustic wooden staircase, you'll find a quaint kitchen/dining area, complete with cooking utensils, gas stove, kettle and refrigeration. Alongside this sits the lounge space which features a vintage leather sofa and wood-burner. Perfect for evenings spent reading, playing board games or roasting marshmallows on the fire.
To the rear of the property you'll find the wooden outhouse. Decorated with a beautiful patinated tile and housing the toilet and hot power shower. Simple living has never been so glorious. Outside, to the front of the property, there's also a fire-pit, hand-crafted dining furniture and a wood-burning hot tub. With the natural world as your only neighbour you can relax and unwind confident in the knowledge of your total privacy.
If you want to take your adventure elsewhere, there are a number of walks that can be done from the camp. The area is filled with pretty villages, country pubs and historical sites such as Wigmore Castle, the Weir Garden and Richards Castle. Further afield you have the city of Hereford, known for its beautiful architecture and Wye Bridge. Here you can peruse their independent shops, walk or canoe along the river and enjoy the Hereford City Museum and Art Gallery, Hereford Cathedral and The Cider Museum. There's plenty of cider tasting tours for you to partake in as well as a great selection of eateries. A short drive will take you to Hay on Wye. Famous for its prolific book festival and naturally home to an array of great bookshops. A slightly longer drive will take you to the Brecon Beacons National Park or the Malvern Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Known for their stunning scenery and miles of rambling terrain, why not pack up a picnic and make a day of it. We know you'll be looking back on those photos for years to come.
Open plan living-room with kitchen and dining areas. Wood-burner. Gas cooker and fridge with ice-box
Bedroom 1 with double bed (4'6") and wood-burner
Bedroom 2 with twin beds (3') and wood-burner
Outside Access to
Wet-room with shower, WC and wash-basin
Please supervise children at all times near the river and also on the stairs as they are steep. Due to its location, the property may not be suitable for those with limited mobility. Take care on the access track to the property in low slung vehicles.
- Dogs welcome
- Travel cot, high chair and stair-gate
- Arrive/Depart Friday
- Short breaks available
- Hot tub/Outdoor bath
- Wood-burner/Open fire
- Private parking for 2 cars
- No WiFi
- No smoking
- Pub 2 miles
- 3 wood-burners
- Logs for wood-burners and wood-fired hot tub
Welcome to the enchanting Mrs Higgs.
Sink into the hot tub and admire your forest surroundings.
Completely quirky and utterly cosy.
The rustic kitchen is well-equipped for your unique stay in nature.
Totally secluded and encompassed by woodland.
The space is decorated to be in keeping with its design. (Mrs Higgs was built in 1835).
As you step inside you are greeted by open plan living with a very steep staircase (please take care) leading you upstairs.
Gather around the table and enjoy quality time together.
Pick up some local produce and prep delicious holiday delights.
As you head up the stairs you will find the two bedrooms. This is the main bedroom with a comfy double bed.
Heating at Mrs Higgs is supplied solely by the three wood-burners. One in each bedroom and the third downstairs.
This truly is the most charming getaway, allowing you to experience life from a time gone by.
The second bedroom is a twin, perfect for children or friends if you are on a group getaway.
We truly love this quirky stone cottage.
Beautiful antique features and furnishings run throughout the hideaway.
Sit back and watch the world go by.
To the back of Mrs Higgs is where you will find the shower room.
The rustic charm flows into this space.
The structure itself is incredible and the location is just a dream. Behind Mrs Higgs is the well-stocked wood store.
Enjoy dining al fresco and embrace magical moments in the hot tub.
Where better to practice forest bathing and blue mind therapy?
As the evening draws in, light the fire-pit and snuggle up by the warmth of the flickering flames.
There's nowhere quite like Mrs Higgs.
She truly is the quirkiest retreat for adventure seekers.
Situated in the heart of Herefordshire, with so much to explore nearby.
The Cathedral City of Hereford promises scenes out of a fairy tale.
Feeling adventurous? Canoe along the River Wye or explore the surrounding woodlands and countryside by foot or bike.
Or, why not visit the pretty village of Pembridge during your stay?
The market town of Ledbury boasts independent shops, eateries and plenty of historic charm.