In India they call it "Home Stay" and this is just what I can offer you at the Spout.
Different from a professional guest house, this is an invitation to be in my home, complete with a dog who sleeps at the bottom of the stairs, a cat who will join you in the night if you don't shut the door and chickens who will join you for breakfast on the terrace.
Your room is a railway goods van converted into a double bedroom with king size bed.
( Please note there is no toilet with the wagon. The toilet is down some stone steps, across the yard and in the utility room in the house. You will need to bring a torch for night time excursions and I can lend you an umbrella.)
Step out of the house and climb some steps up to your sleeping place. (Say goodnight to the horses as you pass.) The stream will sing you to sleep and the birds will wake you in the morning.
In winter accommodation is in the house in a double room opposite the bathroom.
Bath or shower in pure spring water from the hills above the house.
I can accommodate a maximum of two people, offering one king size bed in the railway wagon.
Breakfast is served in the farmhouse kitchen in the company of the dog and the cat and your hostess. Continental style breakfast: juice, cereals, bread, toast, tea, coffee etc. Pot luck evening meals may also be possible if required (arrange and pay on site). As far as possible, ingredients are organic and locally sourced.
No internet, no mobile signal, just peace and tranquillity.
Garway Hill is on the border with Wales in the Herefordshire Marches. There is a network of lanes and wild moorland where the common opens out to the top of the hill.
You can enjoy good pubs in the local villages. Hereford, Monmouth and Ross-on-Wye are all under half an hour away by car and Hay-on-Wye with its famous bookshops is a little further.
Then the hills of Wales are yours to explore.
Garway Hill is on the long distance walk, the Herefordshire Trail.
Guests are asked to vacate the house by ten am, welcome back after 5pm except by arrangement. The wagon and a downstairs toilet are available during the day. Packed lunches can be pre-booked. The water supply is limited so baths and showers need to be taken with time between for the water to heat again.
It is possible to bring your horse. Grazing but not stables are available. The riding is lovely.
Spout Cottage is a short walk from the Herefordshire Way long distance path and there are a lot of other footpaths in the area. Above the house the top of Garway Hill is a common with ponies grazing a…
You can park your car in the yard at the front of the house. the only public transport is a bus to Hereford three times a week.