Drying House



Per Night

4 Guests

3 Beds

2 Baths

The Drying House is a spacious, two-bedroom, two-bathroom, red brick and timber property in the heart of historic Ledbury. The exposed beams in the open-plan living area tell the tale of the property’s past – a drying barn for the hops used by local brewers. The two story, ‘upside down’ cottage has the bedrooms and bathrooms on the ground floor and the open plan living-dining area and kitchen upstairs.

The Drying House can be rented with the adjacent Barn (sleeps 4) and Bishop’s (sleeps 2), to accommodate 10 guests in total.
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A smart stylish cottage in an ideal position. A warm welcome. Spotlessly clean. A real treat!
Lesley October 9, 2020
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  • WiFi
  • Sky TV
  • Pub within 1 mile
  • Shop within 1 mile
  • Parking - x2 cars
  • Travel Cot - x1 (on request)
  • High Chair - x 1 (on request)
  • Bedding & towels
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Full Description & House Rules

Located in a quiet courtyard off Ledbury’s High Street, two-minutes’ walk from the heart of Ledbury with its many coffee shops, cafes, independent shops and art galleries, the Drying House is a red-brick and timber, two-story holiday let, ideal for a family or two couples.

The interior of the Drying Barn is charming, with its bright yet calming bedrooms and spacious upper floor where guests can socialise across the open-plan dining-living area and kitchen or close the kitchen off if preferred. The super-king size Master Bedroom (can be converted to a twin on request) has an ensuite shower room, while the twin room has an adjacent bathroom with half-size bath and over-bath shower.

To the front of the Drying House is a large, gravelled parking area with decking and lots of floral garden pots. Car access is via Worcester Road, while guests can take a short public footpath from the parking area to emerge on the High Street close to the famous Feathers Hotel. Though there isn’t a set outside seating area for the Drying House, please ask the caretakers if you would like to sit outside and they will do their best to accommodate you.

Located in the centre of historic Ledbury, the Drying House is the perfect base for exploring Ledbury – increasingly popular for its poetry and food festivals – and the wider areas of Herefordshire, the Wye Valley and the Forest of Dean. Within a minute’s walk of Ledbury’s cobbled medieval streets and famous timber framed buildings, notably the 17th-Century, Grade 1 listed Market Hall which is still the site of a twice-weekly market on Tuesday and Saturday. This thriving market town has plenty of tea rooms, coffee shops and restaurants to choose from (should guests want a break from self-catering), plus antique shops, craft shops and art galleries. 


  • Sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms across 1 super-king size double (can be twin on request) and 1 twin
  • 2 bathrooms: 1 en-suite shower room with shower, W.C. and 1 family bathroom with half-size bath and shower, W.C.
  • Parking for 2 cars
  • Bed linen, bath towels and tea towels provided, plus 4 cotton robes
  • Hairdryer x1
  • Kitchen starter consumables: e.g. teabags, instant coffee, sugar, fresh milk.
  • Cleaning starter pack: e.g. dishwasher tablets, scourer, cloth, washing up liquid, bin bags
  • Bathroom essentials: hand soap, toilet paper
  • Gas central heating with individual thermostat controls and hot water on demand
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Smart TV with Sky box
  • Radio
  • Games, books and local guides
  • Fully equipped kitchen with toaster, kettle, utensils, crockery, cutlery, glassware (champagne flutes, tumblers and wine and water glasses) cafetiere, bakeware, food preparation (grater, jug, sieve), saucepans, kitchen foil, cling film, kitchen paper
  • Oven/hob
  • Microwave
  • Slow Cooker
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge-Freezer
  • Washing machine
  • Ironing board, iron, clothes airer
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Baby/Child Equipment: on request 1 highchair, 1 travel cot (cot linen not supplied), 1 stairgate
  • Safety equipment: fire extinguisher, fire blanket, carbon monoxide monitor, smoke alarm, First Aid kit.

The Drying House can be rented with the adjacent Barn (sleeps 4) and Bishop’s (sleeps 2), to accommodate 10 guests in total.

Full Property Description

Ground Floor

Entrance Hall

The front door opens into a spacious hallway with hooks for coats, an umbrella rack (with umbrellas for your use during your stay), a shoe storage bench and a corner cupboard ideal for keeping hats, gloves and maps. Opposite the entrance is a Utility Room with washing machine, iron, ironing board, vacuum, torch and First Aid kit.

Bedroom 1

The Master Bedroom, with its calming white and taupe walls and shaker-style panelling, features an inviting super-king size double bed (can be set up as a twin on request). The room is carpeted and furnished with a bedside chest of drawers with a reading lamp, an upholstered chair and small wardrobe. This bedroom overlooks the gravel driveway, with privacy provided by a blind and curtains.

Bedroom 1 Ensuite

The ensuite features a cabinet-style shower, a wash basin with a mirror over and light with shaver unit, a vanity unit, two heated towel rails and a dual-flush loo (which is twinned with a toilet in Uganda!).

Bedroom 2

The twin bedroom is furnished with two single beds, offset to accommodate the Drying House’s unusual shape, with the same calming, yet refreshing, white and taupe walls and shaker-style panelling. Each bed has a unique wood block bedside table with a reading lamp, and guests have a chair for clothes and an original built-in wardrobe with plenty of hanging space. This bedroom and overlooks the gravel driveway, with privacy provided by a blind and curtains. 

Family Bathroom

Located next to Bedroom 2, the Family Bathroom has a half-size bath with overhead shower, wash basin with a mirror over and light with shaver unit, a vanity unit, heated towel rail and dual-flush toilet (which is twinned with a loo in Afghanistan!).


Head up the carpeted staircase, with handrail, to the spacious, light and bright, open-plan living area, with original beams, and separate kitchen:

Living-Dining Area

At the top of the stairs is the Drying House’s dining area, with a circular table that comfortably sits four, and a wood burner-effect fireplace.  Ahead is the spacious yet cosy Living Room with a 43” smart TV, a three-seater sofa, two armchairs, a coffee table and a handsome desk full of usual local information.  Shelving on the far wall holds a wide selection of books and games.


Directly next to the Dining Area are double glass doors into the Kitchen, a wood-panelled room that’s reminiscent of a delightful log cabin. Fully equipped, the kitchen has everything guests need for a self-catering stay, including a double oven, fridge-freezer, microwave, dishwasher and coffee maker. The long windows in the kitchen provide a great view down to Eastnor House and the other properties in the same holiday cottage complex.


To the front of the Drying House is a large, gravelled parking area with decking and lots of floral garden pots. Though there isn’t a set outside seating area for the Drying House, please ask the caretakers if you would like to sit outside and they will do their best to accommodate you.

Local Amenities

Ledbury is a small but thriving market town with an unusually high number of independent shops, including gift shops, antique and bookshops, jewellery designers and a local cider and perry shop. There are no less than three high street butchers, three delicatessens, two local bakers and an artisan ice cream parlour and Internet café – Ice Bytes – that doubles up as Ledbury Tourist Information Centre.


  • Spar mini-market: High Street, Ledbury
  • Co-op general store: New Street, Ledbury
  • Tesco Superstore: Orchard Lane, Ledbury


Ledbury and the surrounding area has a very wide choice of eateries, catering to all budgets. A ‘Quick Guide’ to more than 20 establishments is provided at the property.  We particularly recommend the following:

  • Sitara – Indian restaurant and takeaway.
  • Olive Tree – Italian food – lunch, dinner
  • The Malthouse Cafe and Gallery – breakfast, lunch and tea
  • Feathers Hotel – lunch, dinner, bar snacks
  • 33 The Homend – lunch and dinner – specialises in seafood
  • Verzon in nearby Trumpet – breakfast, lunch, cream tea and dinner

Chemist/Pharmacy: Boots, The High Street, Ledbury

Post Office: High Street, Ledbury – at back of OneStop shop

Bank/ATM: Barclays, High St; TSB, Homend

Tourist Information Centre: High Street, at the back of Ice Bytes.

Market Days: Ledbury has a market under the Market House on Tuesdays and Saturdays, where you can buy local breads, cheeses, organic vegetables, garden plants and local arts and crafts. Max the fishmonger is at Market House on Tuesdays and Fridays. Also on Fridays, Ledbury Country Market – a co-operative run by members and volunteers – sells homemade, home grown and handmade local produce produced by local people. Find them at The Burgage Hall just off the High Street from 08.30 to 13.00.

Walking & Cycling Guides

  • Ledbury

    Walks The Herefordshire Trail is a 150-mile route that links the five market towns of Ledbury, Ross-on-Wye, Kington, Leominster and Bromyard, along with some of the picturesque villages and hamlets for which Herefordshire is renowned. The Wye Valley Walk runs for 136 miles from Plynlimon in mid-Wales (near the source of the River Wye) to Chepstow in Monmouthshire (where the Wye joins the Severn Estuary). The walk enters Herefordshire at Hay-on-Wye and leaves the county after 57 miles, just north of Monmouth. It is a clearly waymarked walk, following the route of the river, either along riverside paths or in wooded sections, giving excellent views of the Wye valley from the surrounding hills. Great circular walks in Herefordshire.   Cycling Download maps from ‘Come Cycling Ledbury’.

Guide Books

By Car

  • From the M50 take junction 2 onto the A417 to Ledbury. Continue for approximately 4 miles. At the roundabout with the bird sculpture, continue straight ahead (on the A449) into Ledbury town centre. At the first traffic lights turn right continuing on the A449 towards Great Malvern and Worcester. Turn left between the traffic lights and before the 2 green electric boxes, turn immediately left around the side of the house with the bay windows.
  • From Great Malvern take the A449 to Ledbury. As you approach the town, at the traffic lights turn immediately right and then immediately left to go around the house with the bay window. Don’t go through the traffic lights.

By Train

There is a direct service from Ledbury into Paddington and Euston. The train station is 0.8 miles from the property.


  • Ledbury Private Hire 07976 288140
  • Filip Taxi Ledbury 07903 112849
  • G&T Private Hire 07922 126136


There is private, secure parking for 2 cars on the gravelled parking area in front of the property.

Drying House


4 Guests

3 Beds

2 Baths