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The Hop Store | Luxury Self-Catering | Ledbury, Herefordshire

The Hop Store

Ledbury, Herefordshire, Cotswolds, UK

Starting life as a grain barn, The Hop Store settles on one of the last remaining hop farms in the UK. Surrounded by 150 acres of perfectly aligned hop yards, this beautifully serene self-catering cottage near Ledbury nestles at the foot of the Malvern Hills amidst a poetic land of countryside and culture. Opening the barn door to rolling meadows and juicy apple orchards is sure to enchant those looking to experience a slice of life down on the farm. 

Introduction

The Hop Store offers a luxury farm stay in Herefordshire where halcyon memories are re-awakened. Explore the farm and meet the residents; Herby and Teddy the donkeys will be your firm friends in no time. Whilst sumptuous fabrics and stylish flourishes throughout ensure that relaxation is top of the agenda, the sheep-dotted pastures and rolling green of the nearby Malvern Hills offer exploration opportunities a-plenty. In the evening, sit out in the front courtyard with a cool glass of the farm's sparkling cider as the last of the day's sun sets beyond the woods.

Inside

The property's topsy-turvy layout means that sitting alongside the crackling woodburner on the first floor gazing out across to the Malverns will be a special lasting memory of this serene rural paradise. Sleeping four people, both ground floor bedrooms are furnished with ultra-soft linens and dreamy pillows to promise a blissful night's sleep. The king-size master bedroom benefits from a wash basin and views across the courtyard, whilst the other double room has a zip-and-link bed which can also be arranged as a twin. There is a family bathroom with roll top bath and a separate wet room.

Outside

The stylish garden room began life as a mangelwurzel store, but is now a blissful place to unwind whatever the weather. Each season at the Hop Store brings with it a special something. Spring is when lambing season begins, the bluebells bloom, and the hop farm tentatively springs to life. September is a hive of activity when the hop harvest starts in earnest and hop pickers gather to collect the season's pickings for kilning. Families will love the swings and ride-on tractor, and relish the autumnal harvest when the juiciest fruits are plucked from the orchard and transformed into award-winning homemade apple juice.  

The Facts

  • SleepsUp to 4 guests
    From £895 per week, £675 per short break
  • Alternative group optionUp to 2 guests
  • Bedrooms and bathroomsOne ground floor double bedroom with king-size bed and sink, one ground floor zip-and-link bedroom (which can be set up as a double or a twin), one ground floor family bathroom with roll top bath and shower attachment, one ground floor wet room with walk-in shower
  • HousekeepingAdditional housekeeping is available on prior request at additional cost
  • FeaturesHeated summer house
  • PetsSorry, no pets
  • Arrivals and departuresArrival Day: Friday or MondayArrival Time: 4pmDeparture Time: 10am
  • FamilyBabes-in-arms and children are very welcome. One travel cot and one highchair are available, and a stair gate can be provided. Outside there is a garden swing, slide, basket ball hoop and children´s ride-on tractor.
  • PracticalitiesThere is parking for up to four cars on the private courtyard driveway to the front of the barn. The house has a gas hob, electric oven, microwave and washing machine.
  • Homestay includesLuxury welcome hamper including beer and cider made from on site produce, garden swing, slide, basketball hoop, children´s ride-on tractor, Smart TV, DVD player, WiFi internet, Weber charcoal barbecue, linen, towels, logs and kindling to get you startedHouse book - your property and destination guideDiscover more little luxuries
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Ledbury

Named after the River Leadon which flows through the area, Ledbury is nestled at the foot of the Malvern Hills. Ledbury’s thriving atmosphere and quintessential English market town appeal makes it a welcoming holiday destination for families and couples wanting to explore the great outdoors.

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Getting there

  • On the Map This luxury self-catering property is located on the outskirts of Bosbury, a small village four miles from the market town of Ledbury in the rural county of Herefordshire, not far from the Cotswolds.
  • By Car Approximately two and a half hours from London, one and a half hours from Bristol and one hour from Birmingham.  
  • By Train Ledbury train station has regular trains to London (three and a half hour journey time).
  • By Air Birmingham Airport is the closest in under one and a half hours. Bristol airport is approximately one and a half to two hours from the property and has regular international and domestic flights.

From the owner

“Escape to the country and discover the delights of rural Herefordshire. People say the pace of life is slower here, even though there is so much to see and do. We feel very privileged to be the custodians of this small family farm and love sharing it with our guests.”

From the owner

The farm has been in the Andrews family for three generations, the farmhouse dating back to 1604. The Hop Store was part of a set of model farm buildings built around 1900 and very modern for its day.

My husband returned home to take over the running of the farm in 2004, and in 2005 the redundant Hop Store (previously the corn mill) was lovingly restored. You wouldn’t believe the transformation, looking at the before and after pictures!

Additions have been made over the last six years, including the conversion of the garden room, formerly the hop picking accommodation for Mrs Stevens who came to the farm each harvest.

The Andrews family

Owner recommendations

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

Eastnor Castle
To See

Eastnor Castle

Nearby Eastnor Castle is a historic house filled with medieval armour and fine art. In the beautiful grounds you will find an arboretum, lake, knight’s maze and adventure playground... not to mention the ice cream parlour.

The Inn at Welland, Malvern
To Eat

The Inn at Welland, Malvern

Made from scratch, the food here is delicious. Although from the outside the inn has a deceptively formal façade, as soon as you step inside you will experience the warm, welcoming ambience and friendly, attentive service.

The Malvern Hills
To Do

The Malvern Hills

The Malvern Hills have been described as a mountain range in miniature and contain some of the oldest rocks in Britain. Enjoy over 3,000 acres of countryside climbing to the highest point at the beautiful Worcestershire Beacon.

Local Cider Producers
To Do

Local Cider Producers

Herefordshire is well known for its cider apple orchards with two local producers in Ledbury itself. Westones Cider is a popular local tipple; head over to learn about their work and pick up some ciders to enjoy in the garden back at home.

Guest Testimonials

What a fantastic property. The Hop Store is a luxurious, cosy, and truly idyllic place. I genuinely believe it is perfect in every way, from the high-quality furnishings to the cosy and warm interiors, as well as such thoughtful owners!

This is a wonderful property which offers a great insight into a working hop farm and apple farm. Even though close to the action of the farm, the property is so quiet and private. It is also exceptionally clean and every little thing you could possibly need on holiday has been thought about. The owners of the property are so friendly and helpful yet very respectful of privacy if you want it.

The Hop Store always exceeds our expectations. It was so very good and Lesley the owner was very helpful as always. We have stayed here before and we will certainly return again.

The property owners were wonderfully friendly and helpful without being obtrusive. They are a real asset to the property. The welcome basket was terrific a great selection of delicious local produce.

The standards at The Hop Store is outstanding. It´s a home away from home. The cottage is cosy, well decorated and has lots of wonderful details, including a very generous welcome pack. The owner, Lesley, was really friendly and helpful. Our daughters loved the sheep and the donkeys, Herby and Teddy. We enjoyed every bit of our stay there!

A fantastic first holiday with George at The Hop Store in Herefordshire. Family friendly luxury.

Could not have been better. We had everything we could want and more. The owner went above and beyond, we will definitely be booking a stay here again!

What can I say, the property was stunning both inside and out. The attention to detail was second to none, from the beautiful flowers to the delicious hamper. We all felt very relaxed and comfortable during our stay. There is plenty to do in the area, lovely walks up on the Malvern hills to a bit of retail therapy in Ledbury. All in all a perfect weekend, 10/10. Booking a property through Unique Homestays is just that - unique! Your website is easy to use and full of relevant information, it makes choosing a place to stay a painless and pleasurable experience

We have had a fabulous holiday. We loved the barn and everything Herefordshire has to offer. We can´t wait to return, thank you!

Now we really, really, really want to live here! We love everything about the cottage. Thank you!

What a beautiful cottage! We have had a really relaxing time here. The cottage and small details were wonderful, we could not fault it at all. Lesley was very helpful. We also loved the donkeys. Thank you for a lovely time. Beautiful place!

What a beautiful cottage. We loved every bit of our stay. Our daughter loved the idea of being near a farm and we loved seeing all the animals. Our son cannot stop humming ´Old MacDonald has a farm´!

A beautiful place to stay! The cottage is a fantastic base to explore the gorgeous countryside. We felt at home and very comfortable with great hospitality and a warm welcome from Lesley. Food at the Farmers Arms was superb whilst Forest of Dean was a great place to explore and Ledbury was a lovely little town. We really fell in love with this idyllic part of the country and we will certainly be coming back! Thank you.

What a fabulous stay we had in this beautiful cottage. I loved all the thoughtful touches, the flowers, biscuits and hamper! Our daughter thought the donkeys were wonderful and went on several trips to see them.

Thank you once again for the lovely welcome hamper, delicious shortbread and other goodies! We have had a great week, the weather was marvellous. The farm looked lovely at this time of the year.

It has been lovely to be at this beautiful cottage. Thank you for all the goodies and for making us feel so welcome. We have had a wonderfully relaxing week.

We would both like to commend the owners of The Hop Store - they have a beautiful property and are extremely welcoming and approachable. We had a lovely stay and would definitely recommend their home.

Our visit was enhanced by the happy coincidence that the hop harvest was actually taking place during our time. We were very happy to have a guided tour of the process by our hosts, and visited the processing area regularly throughout our stay. It was great to see a farm in full working mode.

Wonderful property, wonderful hosts. We loved staying at The Hop Store!

There was nothing more that we could have wished for and we felt right at home in The Hop Store. Thank you for the warm welcome with eggs, milk, self made cookies, flowers etc. It could not have been better, with very nice interiors, a comfortable bed and extremely quiet, The Hop Store has definitely been made with love. It was a great area to be in and the money we paid was worth every penny.

A wonderful child-friendly place to stay. Thank you so much for all the extras such as use of the dolls house, bears and tractor. The children have had a lovely time and want to take Cindy, the dog, home! She is adorable and so good with young children. A fantastic property - thank you!

We´ve enjoyed another perfect holiday here with two weeks of bliss. We had great scones and clotted cream to greet us and are treated as friends of the family now!

The Hop Store is lovely place to spend a weekend, wish we could have stayed longer. It is a beautiful house and garden room. Thank you for the amazing shortbread too! The girls enjoyed Cindy´s (the owner´s dog) company and ride on the mini tractor. We had a brilliant roast at The Farmer´s Arms. Thank you, we loved it here.

The Hop Store is a wonderful place to stay in a good cycling area, we can recommend The Three Choirs Vineyard tour. Thanks Lesley and Mark, we will hopefully return.

We had a lovely week spent in a beautiful part of the country. Special thanks to Cindy, the owner´s dog, for taking us for a walk!

The Hop Store is a gorgeous cottage in a beautiful setting. It was our first holiday away with Darcie (who is just four and a half months old), she especially loved Cindy, the owner´s dog, and the horses. We hope to be back soon.

It was simply perfect and everything we wanted for our weekend away. Next time, we´ll bring good friends!

The Hop Store was fantastic, so comfortable and spotlessly clean. The decor was elegant and tasteful. Everything you needed was there including good sharp knives which I have found is something that other properties tend to skimp on. The owners were extremely friendly and welcoming and allowed us to explore and share the charm of their farm. I would love to return.

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