Drovers Retreat is a Grade II listed stone barn converted into a perfect holiday getaway in the heart of the Welsh Borders. We believe in working with the history of the building and have retained as many period features as Building Regulations allow to keep its story alive. Conveniences of contemporary living sit comfortably within the location of the barn and reflect our life in Africa as well as our rural roots.
Drovers sleeps up to 6. All rooms lead from the spacious living and dining room; these comprise a kitchen, bathroom and two bedrooms - 1 double, 1 twin. (For extra guests the comfortable, double sofa bed sleeps two, or indeed anyone wanting to escape a snoring partner!).
The impressive living room, with vaulted ceiling, beams and original flagstones, has a dining area, Freeview tv, cd player, radio and a selection of games and reading material.
The whole building is well insulated, cool in summer behind the stone walls and extra cosy in a Welsh winter, with the log burner for added comfort.
A refurbished butler sink sits happily in the traditional farm kitchen which is fully equipped with electric hob and oven, under-worktop fridge/freezer, washing machine, and dishwasher. There is an energy-efficient electric clothes drier, perfect for damp coats or a full wash.
The bathroom has a thermostatic shower, and a large bath, heated towel rail and Victorian-style wash basin and wc. There is an electric shaving point and a hairdryer. The bathroom is twinned with one in Uganda under the Toilet Twinning scheme.
The adjoining original stone and timber barn is a wet weather haven with table football, snooker, darts and plenty of space.
Outside Seating Areas
Outside seating is available at the rear of Drovers Retreat, which feels like you are relaxing in the surrounding woodland. A great place for a drink on a warm evening, or al fresco dining.
Table and chairs are also available at the front of Drovers Retreat to enjoy afternoon and evening sun.
In addition, the Drovers Woodland Walk offers a large area of regenerating woodland for our guests (and their dogs and children) to enjoy.
Drovers Retreat is a no-smoking property.
Drovers Retreat’s Location
Overwhelmingly, visitors to the farm comment on the peace and tranquility. Set well away from the main road, Drovers Retreat backs onto a wooded valley with a stream. it is a perfect place to escape the stresses of the modern world without compromising on comforts. We live in the farmhouse, tucked away at the far end of the yard and are here to help and advise when needed but otherwise you can easily feel you are the only people for miles.
welcome pack and Shop
We give a welcome pack to all our guests which consists of milk, teas, coffee, flapjacks or cake, and locally made apple juice from our own ancient varieties of apples.
Our small shop facility offers locally made wholesome frozen meals, plus a range of basic groceries.
We welcome up to two well-behaved dogs for an extra charge, but please keep them off beds and furniture.
We supply a large dog bed as well as stainless steel food and water bowls.
Our woodland area is an ideal place to take your dog to exercise, as it is fenced, and therefore free of livestock.
We are surrounded by sheep farms, so please keep your dogs under strict control, both on our farm (apart from the woodland area) and out and about locally. Thank you.