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Large Luxury Self-Catering Retreat | Leominster, Herefordshire

The Sculptor´s Gardens

Leominster, Herefordshire, UK

The story of this curious riverside retreat begins in the roaring twenties when it was home to the Twinings Tea family. A place where afternoon teas would turn into flamboyant flapper parties daily, and villagers would come and go like moths among the topiary gardens and champagne towers. A century on the estate now belongs to a sculptor who opens the doors to those in search of a luxury self-catering country escape, overflowing in vintage fizz.

Introduction

Set in the fairytale village of Eardisland near Leominster and the England-Wales border, this sprawling self-catering retreat resides within Herefordshire's pastoral landscape of ancient orchards and stately homes. The Sculptor's Gardens comprise two properties settled on the banks of the River Arrow. To one side sits half-timbered Tudor longhouse Hollyhocks, a haven of vintage style. To the other, with its wisteria-clad facade, is Atelier Rose: graceful, romantic and refined. Each house offers privacy for large groups and extended families, but a shared lawn invites the party to come together for drawn-out picnics under the dappled light of the fruit trees. 

Inside

In the sensitive restoration of their family home, the owners spent many happy months sourcing furnishings that would be in-keeping with the history. A narrow sewing table made a children's desk and an old wooden tea chest has become a bedside table. Hand-carved headboards nod to faraway grandparents from India, while the large wooden windows look over gardens fashioned in memory of owner Alex's father, who spent long summer days pruning the topiary into perfect pyramids. Original flagstone floors and exposed beams hark back to the days of Henry VI, whose knight's are believed to have stayed - their red rose paintings still displayed on the walls to this day. 

Outside

Like a modern-day wonderland, there is eccentricity around every corner; from the oversized luxury tin hot tub to the surreal sculptures and enchanted secret gardens. Let warm months tempt croquet on the lawn (Grandparents versus children), or set up camp on the banks of the river to enjoy private fishing rights. For an adventure, start the Black and White Trail from the old market town of Leominster just a mile away. The 40 mile circular route leads west through a rich landscape of distant hills, hop yards and orchards, taking walkers through England's prettiest black and white villages. Pick apples to make homemade sauce and gather all for roast pork in the banquet hall, fire roaring.

The Facts

  • SleepsUp to 18 guests (16 adults and 2 children)
    From £4,195 per week, £3,195 per short break
  • Bedrooms and bathroomsThe main house has four double bedrooms and one quadruple bedroom: the first has an en suite bathroom, while bedrooms two and three share a shower room, and four and five share a family bathroom. There are two downstairs WCs. In the cottage is one ground floor double bedroom with king-size bed and one first floor double with super king-size bed that leads through to a twin bedroom. The family bathroom with roll-top bath is on the first floor, in addition to the ground floor shower room
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  • FeaturesLarge William Holland hot tub, cinema room, games room with pool table
  • PetsTwo well-behaved dogs are welcome
    Each pet is charged at £60 per week or part thereof
  • Arrivals and departuresArrival Day: Friday or MondayArrival Time: 4pmDeparture Time: 10amTimes may vary due to Covid-19 requirements, please refer to your booking.
  • FamilyBabies and children are very welcome. Two cots and two highchairs are available on request.
  • PracticalitiesThe Sculptor´s Gardens are on a quiet road with parking for at least six cars. The kitchen in the main house has a double Beko oven, five-ring electric hob, dishwasher and Nespresso coffee machine, plus a scullery with dishwasher, washing machine, dryer and fridge-freezer. The cottage kitchen features a Range cooker, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine, two fridge-freezers and Nespresso coffee machine. Please note, due to the character of Hollyhocks, the quintessential cottage staircase is steep and the original doorframes are low in some areas. Children should be supervised by the river and hot tub at all times.
  • Homestay includesA welcome hamper of Ludlow Farm produce, damson gin liqueur, luxury hot chocolate and homemade cookies, Cowshed Spa toiletries, fluffy bathrobes, luxury bed linen and towels, croquet sets, children´s books, board games, badminton set, football nets and balls, logs and kindling to get you started, dog biscuits and bowls...House book - your property and destination guideDiscover more little luxuries
  • Eco-friendlyEco-friendly spa bath system
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Leominster

Close to the Welsh border in the heart of Herefordshire´s rolling hills, the ancient market town of Leominster invites visitors to explore medieval architecture and picturesque walking trails - that´s if you can tear yourself away from the gleaming antique shops.

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Leominster

Getting there

  • On the map The Sculptor's Gardens are set in the village of Eardisland, just west of Leominster in Herefordshire.
  • By car The house is approximately three and a half hours by car from London, and about two hours from Bristol.
  • By train The journey time from London Paddington to Leominster via Newport is around three hours by train, followed by a 15-minute taxi ride.
  • By plane Birmingham Airport is an hour and a half by car, while London Heathrow is around three hours.

From the owner

“The privacy of the garden along with the central village location gives our home a very special feeling. Whether it´s relaxing on the lawns drinking Pimms, enjoying a game of croquet, or watching the snow falling from the spa bath, we hope guests experience as many magical memories here as we have.”

From the owner

Both Hollyhocks and Atelier Rose have been in the family for over 25 years and hold treasured memories for over four generations; spanning from real Dickensian Christmases playing games around roaring log fires to drawn-out evenings playing cricket on the lawn as the sun sets.

A memory that we cherish very dearly is our wedding reception, which we hosted on the large lawn. A magical day.

One of our favourite features is the Georgian Camilla conservatory. This was previously used as an outside seating area, but it has recently been updated with a hot tub that now stands proudly centre stage. Relaxing as a family in this area is a real treat.

Architecturally, the properties are a real mix of different timelines, but our favourite room is the double aspect front bedroom - a wonderful place to hide away and get lost in a good book.

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Owner recommendations

Live like a local, discovering the best hidden gem restaurants, walks and attractions during your holiday in Leominster with an insider’s perspective.

The Cross Inn, Eardisland
To Eat

The Cross Inn, Eardisland

For a lazy Sunday family roast or a night sampling ales from local suppliers, this pub on Eardisland’s black and white walking trail offers a warm village welcome. Stop in during a country hike and enjoy a seasonal home-cooked dish too.

Croft Castle and Parkland, Yarpole
To Do

Croft Castle and Parkland, Yarpole

Find out what life was like in the past with a trip to this majestic stately home. With grounds and gardens to explore and a tea room and bookshop on site, there’s even a dressing-up area for children to get into character.

Hergest Ridge, Kington
To Do

Hergest Ridge, Kington

Get your heart pumping with this stunning hike from Kington, crossing the border into Powys along the Hergest Ridge. The route follows part of Offa´s Dyke Trail, affording beautiful scenery along the way.

Canwood Art Gallery & Sculpture Park
To See

Canwood Art Gallery & Sculpture Park

Visit Canwood, Herefordshire´s leading contemporary art gallery and sculpture park. Whether you are a seasoned culture vulture or simply looking to admire the talent, the gallery and park provide a wonderful day out.

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