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“Swallow Barn - Tranquil, Calm, Serene and much...”
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Lovely living accommodation throughout
Listed properties, beautifully restored
Well-appointed and stylish
Above the vineyard on the southerly terrace, facing the clear mountain views
Mountain views from the lounge
Stunning style & character - indoors and out
Great wood stoves & free logs
Step out of the door for walks in our characterful farmland and onto the mountain
Dinner parties catered for
All king-size beds, best down duvets, pure cotton bedding
Huge showers, underfloor heating and sparkling livery in all the shower rooms
Slip out on to the sunlit terrace with a G&T, any time of day
Excellent games room - pub pool, competion standard table tennis table
Dogs welcome - there are 130 acres of grounds to run in!
Masses of Welsh poppies bloom from May to October
Dry hardwood logs being harvested for your unlimited use
The River Wye at Symonds Yat - great walks and rare Peregrine falcons
Llanthony Priory nearby
Iconic Hay Bluff in walking distance
The bedroom window views
Out on the south-facing terrace
Superbly equipped solid oak kitchens
Country antiques and regimented china & glassware
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Farmhouse -
7 Bedrooms, 6 Bathrooms, Sleeps 15
Craswall, Herefordshire, England

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thetinpot
Durham, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Swallow Barn - Tranquil, Calm, Serene and much more...”
Reviewed 20 May 2016 for a stay in April 2016

Dr. P n me stayed here in April and got exactly what we came for – a good rest in a quiet peaceful location with fantastic views over the Black Mountains. Excuse the plagiarism but, the description on the box is 100% accurate, “…they have stunning mountain views in one of the most remote and scenic parts of southern Britain… …the accommodation is spacious and stylish to a luxurious standard with underfloor heating, English oak fittings, antique furniture, high quality white goods, pure down duvets and cotton bedding…”

As well as Ross-on Wye, Hay-on-Wye, Monmouth and many other places of interest, there are two ‘must see’ destinations nearby. The first is Ruth’s “off the wall” art studio (for want of a more accurate description). We’d love to know if Ruth managed to prise a lump of plaster of Paris off a piece of old oak fence post and turn it into a thing of beauty. The second is Ken’s "hobby shop", an understatement, ask Ken about it when you meet him, you may even be treated to a round trip via golf buggy – really!

We had all four seasons during our short break with snow on the hills to the West and glorious sunshine in the same day. If you want “quiet” then go and stay in Swallow Barn, there is no passing traffic (no through road) and no street lights to spoil the night sky, the stars are amazing.

Ruth and Ken are a pair of very talented individuals (wide and varied) who, as a team, make great hosts, never tiring at the zillions of questions I bombarded them with. They have rich historical knowledge of the area are are happy to share it.

Lastly, the fire was the icing on the cake for us, so easy to forget the time as you sit and stare into the flames with a glass of yer fave….

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Liked best: The quiet location and the fire
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rfh1986
Sheffield, United Kingdom
1 review
“Beautiful cottage in a stunning setting”
Reviewed 19 May 2016 for a stay in May 2016

Ruth made us feel so welcome from the second we arrived. We stayed in Goose Cotts which is much more spacious than the website describes. The kitchen is fantastically well equipped, the bed super comfortable and the shower is excellent. Its lovely to wake up to the sound of the spring outside the door and to sit outside in the sunshine. The location is stunningly beautiful and Ruth had lots of suggestions of places to go and things to see and do. The boot room was a lifesaver! Its full of maps, books, games, dvds and thank goodness suncream.

I cannot recommend Dukes Farm highly enough. We will definitely be back time and time again

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Liked best: Its a home away from home
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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Tracey B
Banbury, United Kingdom
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“Fabulous accommodation, welcoming hosts, superb scenery - already planning our next stay !”
Reviewed 26 April 2016 for a stay in April 2016

A huge thank you to Ruth and Ken for hosting our Cousins Weekend 2016 (12 people/4 families) using all 3 accommodations. All facilities are excellent with obvious thought having been given to the small details. The ratio of bathrooms to bedrooms also a real positive for such a large group as ours. The main central barn easily accommodated our family meals and evening get together and the kitchen well stocked with all kitchen utensils needed for meal preparation. The views from Dukes Farm are very special, and the ridge walk nearby (Cats Back) an absolute must. Would highly recommend this accommodation, and as above, we are already planning our next visit!!

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Liked best: Everything !
Liked least: Nothing !
Travelling group: Extended Family
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“Fabulous accommodation in stunning setting”
Reviewed 24 April 2016 for a stay in April 2016

Our second visit to Dukes Farm and we stayed in the Granary again. It was just as comfortable and welcoming as our first stay. Beautifully appointed, full of character, quiet and peaceful, and so cosy thanks to the underfloor heating and the huge log burner. The view from the terrace towards the Black Mountains is simply breathtaking and we could have sat there all day admiring the view, watching the lambs and ewes, and listening to the birds. You are spoilt for choice with what to do in the area; we walked from the door up the Cat's Back, lots of other walks straight from the door too, and we also drove down to Abergavenny and walked up the Sugar Loaf for an amazing 360 degree vista. Easy to get to Hay on Wye, a lovely little market town with loads of book shops and good food outlets too. Not too far to get to the amazing National Trust Weir garden too. If you like ice cream head down to Rowlestone Court Farm for delicious ice cream made on the premises using milk from their own cows. There was simply so much to do in the area we ran out of time! As this has to be simply one of our favourite places in UK we're coming back for another week in September - hopefully the weather will be as kind as it was this month however if not there's nowhere we'd rather be 'holed up'! A last, but not least word about Ken and Ruth. Lovely, friendly, helpful owners - full of good advice about the area and great to have around, and nothing is too much trouble for them.

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Liked best: Location, owners and peace and quiet
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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sarajnash
Stevenage, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
“Very comfortable place to stay in an amazing setting”
Reviewed 19 April 2016 for a stay in April 2016

We used all three properties for a week long family get-together. Ruth and Ken, the owners were extremely friendly and helpful. The cottages were very well equipped with lovely comfortable beds. The facilities were perfect for all ages - the children particularly loved the trampoline - the grandparents loved the beautiful view whilst watching the children on the trampoline! We really didn't need to go far all week apart from local walks with the children and our dog. The games room was also well used during our stay as the weather wasn't brilliant. If you are looking to go out in the car and do lots of sightseeing it is probably not the place for you but if you a secluded setting, enjoy walking, cooking family meals in the large double oven and just enjoying the stunning scenery I would highly recommend Dukes Farm.

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Liked best: The beautiful setting
Travelling group: Extended Family
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