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Keepers Barn | Luxury Self-Catering | Michaelchurch, Herefordshire


Michaelchurch Escley, Herefordshire, UK

Romance and rusticity reign at this luxury self-catering barn in rolling Herefordshire countryside. Formerly owned by dairy farmers, Keepers has been beautifully transformed into a swoonsome couple's retreat. Within close reach of Hay-on-Wye and the Black Mountains, this halcyon hideaway will appeal to walking and literary enthusiasts hoping to read their way through old bookshops and hike the heather-cloaked hills before evenings by the fire.


Formerly serving as a cattle barn and hay store, Keepers' tin roof and stone walls fell into disrepair before the owners then spent a decade sensitively renovating it into the romantic home it is today. Now this country luxe bolthole invites couples to immerse themselves within Herefordshire's Golden Valley - perfectly positioned in the picturesque parish of Michaelchurch Escley. Stock up Keepers' picnic basket with a smorgasbord of fresh local produce and head out on foot, flasks of hot tea in hand, to spend the day getting lost amidst the overwhelming natural beauty.


Classic meets contemporary at this former barn. Blending original features with modern luxuries, guests can revel in the authentic vibes whilst never sacrificing one ounce of comfort. Wake up rested and content in the mornings; calming hues of blues and whites pepper the master bedroom, with a rattan king-size bed adding an essence of French country chic. Soothing tired muscles, the luxury en suite bathroom flaunts a slipper bath and shower room on the first floor. After a day in the hills, bask in the warmth of the fire with a complimentary glass of whisky, brandy or port.


Adventure lovers and walking enthusiasts are offered an abundance of exploration opportunities at Keepers, with walking trails starting from the doorstep. Sit outdoors with a pot of tea and plot your next route; whether it be hiking Pen-y-Fan to embrace spectacular views from the highest point in southern Britain, or organising a Llama trek through Herefordshire countryside! If you can't tear yourself away from Keepers, relaxing on the sumptuous sun loungers whilst soaking up the views of the Golden Valley beside the serene wildlife pool will be a thoroughly tempting proposition.

The Facts

  • SleepsUp to 2 guests
    From £1,095 per week, £895 per short break
  • Bedrooms and bathroomsOne first floor double bedroom with king-size bed and en suite bathroom with slipper bath and WC, one shower room and WC.
  • PetsSorry, no pets
  • Arrivals and departuresArrival Day: Friday or MondayArrival Time: 4pmDeparture Time: 10am
  • FamilyKeepers is an adults-only retreat.
  • PracticalitiesThe open-plan kitchen is well-equipped, featuring an electric oven with six ring hob, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, microwave and coffee machine, however, please note, there is no washing machine or tumble dryer. The owners, who live on-site, are on hand should you need them during your stay. Please note that mobile signal can be patchy due to the remote location and this property does not accept supermarket deliveries. Due to the character and nature of the property, please be advised that there are low roof beams in some areas.
  • Homestay includesA selection of alcoholic tipples, welcome hamper, Smart TV, DVD player, Bose sound system, WiFi internet, charcoal barbecue, fire pit, luxury linen and towels, luxury soaps, logs and kindling to get you started.House book - your property and destination guideDiscover more little luxuries
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Michaelchurch Escley

This sleepy Herefordshire hamlet borders the Black Mountains near picturesque Hay-On-Wye: perfect for literature-loving walkers. The renowned literary festival is a must-visit.

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Michaelchurch Escley

Getting there

  • On the Map This luxury self-catering barn sits near the Brecon Beacons in Michaelchuch Escley on the England-Wales border.
  • By Car Around three hours drive from London.
  • By Train Abergavenny train station is around half an hour's drive away, with regular routes to London via Cardiff.
  • By Air Cardiff and Bristol's airports are both one and a half hour's away by car.

From the owner

“Retaining its authentic character, we´re sure you’ll be seduced by the cosy nooks, unique features and idyllic setting Keepers offers. Sit outside in your private garden area with fresh coffee and croissants to admire the breathtaking views.”

From the owner

Once a hay store, the farm in which Keepers sits was owned many years ago by Michealchurch Court in our local hamlet. It used to be a large dairy farm for cattle and milking goats, although we don't run the farm as a business anymore.

Colin, myself and our two children, Molly and Joe, bought Keepers just over 10 years ago. It was the fifth and final property we have transformed over the years, and what a showstopper! The project took us about five years to finish and definitely tested and developed all of our skills.

Thoroughly pleased with the results, we hope you are as enchanted by the Keepers and the beautiful surrounds as we are. Whether you are resting at your home from home or discovering all there is to see and do nearby, we are sure it’ll capture your heart and imagination if you let it.

The Watts Family

Owner recommendations

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

The Green Man, Fownhope
To Eat

The Green Man, Fownhope

A sophisticated restaurant that offers contemporary dining in the heat of Herefordshire. The Green Man at Fownhope serves a delicious seasonal and locally sourced menu, and offers a choice of both formal and informal dining options.

Snowdon Mountain Railway
To Do

Snowdon Mountain Railway

Since 1896 visitors have been traveling to Llanberis, the picturesque village in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park, to experience the unique rail journey to the summit of the highest mountain range in Wales and England - the mighty Snowdon.

Brecon Park Day Boats
To Do

Brecon Park Day Boats

Pack a picnic and hire an electric boat or Canadian canoe from Brecon for an hour, half or full day cruising the beautiful Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal. You don´t need to have had any prior experience and life jackets are provided.

To See


Hay-on-Wye (known locally as "Hay") is a world famous book town, well-known for its Literacy Festival each summer. Stop for coffee in one of the lovely coffee houses and browse the cute boutiques; there are over 20 bookshops to visit!

Guest Testimonials

We had an amazing long weekend in this beautiful property. It is the perfect place to relax with the person you love! Everything you could wish for has been carefully thought of and our hosts were very charming and accommodating. Thank you, we hope to come back.

We have had a tremendous time here. The owner is a superb hostess and the cottage is well equipped and everything is of the highest quality. The weather has also been lovely, although I am not sure that Judy was in total control of that! We would certainly, and indeed already have, recommended Keepers as a place to stay.

Keepers is such a cosy barn with a fire and is walking distance to a pub! The standard of the property absolutely exceeded our expectations; with its gorgeous and homely, yet stylish interiors. The artwork and furniture we also loved! Thank you.

This was an outstanding property from a cleanliness, facilities, design and comfort point of view. I found the hospitality of the owners to be of a very high standard and I will definitely like to visit again in the near future.


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