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Bryngarth in Much Birch, Herefordshire

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sleeps 20
9 rooms
5 bathrooms

Bryngarth description

Holiday home
Bryngarth is a detached house in an elevated position in Much Birch, with wonderful views overs the surrounding countryside. There are nine bedrooms, including three with en-suite facilities, one ground floor room and two rooms which sleep three. There are two family bathrooms, and cloakrooms on the ground and first floors. Downstairs too is a kitchen with dining area and woodburner, a dining room with open fire, a sitting room with woodburner and a second sitting room. Outside are three acres of grounds, and off road parking for six cars. Bryngarth makes a very welcoming holiday home for enjoying Herefordshire and Shropshire.

Much Birch is a small Herefordshire village with two pubs, regular market and a farm shop. The village is close to Hereford, Ross-on-Wye, Hay-on-Wye, Ludlow and more, as well as the lovely countryside of the Wye Valley and the Brecon Beacons.

Herefordshire offers visitors the chance to journey through lush green countryside, enjoying splendid black-and-white timbered villages, a magnificent cathedral city, a fairytale Georgian castle at Eastnor or books galore in famous Hay-on-Wye.


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  • Cots
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge
  • Games room
  • Garden
  • Great view
  • High chair
  • Kettle
  • Linen provided
  • Log fire
  • Parking
  • Parking space
  • Table tennis
  • Telephone
  • Towels provided
  • TV
  • Washing machine
  • Wifi
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Mrs Stares
April 2019
First of all, I must say that the format of the bedrooms, spaciousness of the kitchen and main reception rooms suited our group of assorted adults up to 66 and children down to 2 extremely well.. The views were magnificent, we were able to enjoy them from outside all of the hot Easter weekend, everyone loved the table football too! However, we did not consider the furnishings 'luxurious'. 1. Our bed (master bedroom) was seriously uncomfortable, very old and sunken mattress, so we both slept poorly most of the week, and ached accordingly, and several others found their mattresses not in the first flush of youth. 2. The bathtub in the master ensuite never once worked - this was reported to Tracey on day 1, she said the plumber had been due as the previous occupants had 'broken it' (but since there were no instructions as to how to use the taps, I'm not altogether surprised). This was a great disappointment as several of us were looking forward to enjoying a lovely bath with a view. It is clearly not the first time this has happened (see a previous review) so something either needs upgrading, or else careful instructions for use should be given, including how to reset the pump if necessary. 3. I had phoned Tracey to report the bathtub, and also, earlier, to ask where the walks 'from the house' were - I'd previously asked Sykes office to let me know about these, having seen the positive review, and was told there would be details in the house (there weren't) and Tracey knew nothing about the walks and simply said she preferred to use the car, before pointing us towards Queen's Wood Gruffalo Walk (14 miles away). We looked for a path from the back of the property, which she had said there was, and could only access the lane via one fence and two locked gates (one of the party is 7 months pregnant!). A path opposite the drive is marked on the OS map, but this has clearly been allowed to overgrow as all we could see was a steep drop and a very muddy ditch. The road was far to busy to walk along and the footpath in any case ends at the driveway. I realise the owner and Sykes are not in control of public footpaths, but there's no point saying local walks exist when they don't, and failing to provide information when it's been offered. 4. It was lovely warm weather and we ate outside several times. There are plenty of comfy outdoor chairs (plus we discovered a couple of dilapidated wooden ones that need to be discarded) but the two tables are insufficient for 20 to sit around comfortably, and the one sun umbrella is not enough. 5. We tried to put rubbish in appropriate bins, but no guidance re food waste. No indication of dustbin emptying day - we looked on the internet and put the bin out on 3 days, to no avail. Then two chaps appeared on our last evening to put them out anyway - and we could have saved ourselve the bother had we known this, and that the bin day was changing anyway! 6. We had been somewhat concerned about the main road - using the north exit is much safer, and we had no trouble finding or getting up either drive. However, although the road noise didn't bother us from inside, it is a considerable annoyance outside for anyone expecting a quiet week. Having said that, we enjoyed lots of outdoor time, and the view is wonderful (apart from the rather brightly lit farm immediately below). 7. The kitchen, and front bedrooms, were uncomfortably warm, and a lot of windows are painted over so can't be opened. I know we were lucky with unseasonably warm weather, but the AGA must make the kitchen warm whatever the weather, and it was quite difficult to achieve a through-draught. The hot water was fine, and we didn't need CH or log fires!! 8. The kitchen was a great layout for preparing meals for 20, but the utensils weren't brilliant and the crockery/cutlery definitely rather basic. Two teatrays is not enough between 20, and there need to be more small/medium sized jugs for milk. AND NO COFFEE POT. Couldn't see any filters for the coffee maker, which in any case was small. This sounds like a real moan, but it is potentially a lovely property and needs a bit of investment in order to deliver the experience implied in the listing, also to achieve basic levels of adequacy bearing in mind the number of people likely to be staying. Would we stay again? Possibly, given how much we enjoy the area, but we'd look around first for somewhere quieter, with local walks, and better fitted. The large price rise for Easter next year would also put us off. We did have a lovely week, despite the above - just trying to give honest feedback and several items could and should be easily dealt with. I doubt you'll wish to publish my feedback (feel free to!), but hope it improves the experience for future visitors.
Ms Harman
February 2019
This house is beautiful and spacious and enabled those who wanted some peace and quiet to find it while others were socialising.. There were plenty of bathrooms which meant no waiting and the two dishwashers, two fridges and two freezers, there was plenty of room for all our food. Dishes and cutlery are plentiful. The information from Sykes was very helpful and the staff did some extra checking for us in finding out about walks from the house avoiding the main road.
Mr Donald
November 2018
Beautiful house in a beautiful setting.. Exactly as listed and great communication with the owners. Highly recommend for a large group.
Mrs Christensen
June 2018
Generally good though I am still awaiting the return of my deposit of £130 after 11 days.. There was not enough toilet paper.
Dr Cameron
May 2018
Superb house with stunning views.. Great facilities to keep us busy all weekend. Comfort and luxury. Easily contactable and welcoming hosts. Would recommend to anyone
Mr Dunhill
May 2018
The only complaint I can think of is, although I appreciate that the driveway is on an awkward bend from the main road, the driveway to the house has a difficult left hand turn at the top to get to park in front of the house.. This driveway is a steep slope and on the left hand turn there are pot holes and with a full car load the wheels sometimes have difficulty getting a grip. Other than that the house is in a lovely location and is a beautiful property and our family had a lovely holiday
Dr Kovats
March 2018
We had a good time and the house was very much as described.. Our only issue was that the main bath couldn't be used as the pump for the taps to fill it didn't work
Mrs Hart
December 2017
Fabulous house - exactly what we needed for a large group getaway.. We’ve already re-booked for next year!
October 2017
Had a fab time with 18 of us.. Great facilities and some great games of hide and seek!!! Very easy, very calm and beautiful views!!!!
Debbie C
May 2017
We were lucky to stay at Bryngarth house for a week in May 2017. It was a biannual family holiday bringing us all together from far and wide (including relatives who live in Germany). There were 13 adults and 5 children under five years old. We were all so impressed with the amount of space; cleanliness; amenities; comfortable beds and incredible views Bryngarth had to offer. Although the house is very imposing and kept very clean, it has a very warm/homely feeling that induces relaxation. The kitchen is so well equipped and large with a very modern 'American style' fridge/freezer; double fan oven and microwave above. There is also a large separate fridge and a freezer in the games room. Plenty of crockery, cutlery, utensils, pots and pans. A note for parents with small children- there are plenty of plastic plates/beakers and some children's cutlery. The only difficulty we had was the hob next to the aga- numbers rubbed off dials and difficult to control (stayed hot long after being turned off). There is a very good dishwasher and a second one in the boiler room, along with the washing machine. There is no tumble dryer because the boiler room is so warm that the hanging clothes drier and stand alone ones enable to dry washing overnight. A good sized breakfast table in the kitchen seated 8 people (fine as we all ate breakfast at different times). Bedrooms are mostly very large & nicely decorated. One bedroom downstairs and two bedrooms upstairs have en-suites; two bedrooms have a Jack/Jill arrangement and for the remaining four bedrooms there is a large bathroom with double shower and bath. There are also 2 separate toilets with hand basins downstairs and 1 upstairs. The dining room is even larger than it looks in photos and you can easily seat 20 around it comfortably. Lounge is large, spacious with plenty of seating and a very large TV. The children enjoyed sitting on the leather bean bag found in the library/snug room. Plenty of parking at the front of the property. There were 7 cars there at one time and still parking for more. We were unable to make much use of the garden because we experienced a lot of wet weather. However, there is NO POND at Bryngarth now and just a rockery in its place. As a family would we recommend Bryngarth? Absolutely yes! We would return in a heartbeat. Also, the owners, Tracey and Tom were very likeable, down to earth and very helpful. Any small problems were dealt with immediately. Don't hesitate to book as you won't be disappointed!
May 2017
I booked Bryngarth for my husbands 50th Birthday weekend away. We stayed with 17 adults in 9 bedrooms. The house is just amazing. It was very clean and all the rooms are well maintained and spacious. We stayed in the master bedroom which had an amazing view over the countryside and a bathroom which was the same size than the bedroom with the bathtub under the window. At first you can actually get lost in the house ( yes it is this big) We self catered the the whole weekend and the kitchen was a great place as it has all you need in there. It has 2 large fridges and freezers, 2 dishwasher, large aga, 2 ovens, enough cutlery and plates and glasses. We used the dishwasher which we were all glad for and the modern fridges which were able to deliver ice cubes and chilled water. Also the dinning room which the large table was great as we easily managed to sit comfortable 17 people around to have a nice celebration. We also loved to chill out in the spacious living room. As we were lucky with the weather we could also use the patio and chill out in the sun. Everyone had such a great time that we planning to return to the cottages at one point in the future. A big plus was also pay 2 nights and get the 3rd night free on sykecottages. Unfortunately we have not seen the owner or their son who was suppose to come around and explain us a couple of things. We did not mind as we figured everything out. The owners otherwise were very helpful over the phone when I rung with questions such as sainsbury delivery or other deliveries we had. Overall I can give 5 stars for everything
April 2017
We felt very comfortable from the moment we arrived . Very impressive as you turn up the drive . Well equipped kitchen and utility room with two dishwashers and washing machine The main lounge is huge with views over the countryside . The long dining table feels very grand and easily fitted us all around . Plenty of bedrooms and corridors for the children to explore . The grounds are private and were covered in spring flowers on our visit . Day trips to the Gruffalo Trail , Puzzlewood and Kingfisher Cruise at Symonds Yat then back for a drink on the patio to see the sunset whilst waiting for our meal ( That we all took turns to cook ) .
Mrs Powell
December 2016
Everything about the property was marvellous.. There was only one thing that we couldn't find in the kitchen and that was cheese grater. This was a very minor point and we improvised with a sharp knife and dedication.
Mrs Davis
November 2016
The house was amazing exactly what we had hoped for.. The children aged 8-13 enjoyed playing hide and seek in the many rooms and corridors. The kitchen was well equipped for mass catering -we were 5 families, 20 in total!! We had a wonderful weekend in this beautiful house and would definitely go back again.
July 2016
Recently stayed with extended family. 20 from 5-81 years old. Great property with original features. Comfortable with large rooms. Fantastic views out over to the black mountains. It's billed as disabled friendly which we needed for grandma who's is wheel chair bound. The ground floor room is accessible via the back which is a bit tortuous to get to and the ensuite is a little small... But it worked for the short time we were there. I would say that it is in need of a little maintenance, particularly the kitchen which is very tired. There is a nearby chicken farm which does occasionally impose its smell when the wind turns in the right direction. Overall very good accommodation.
Lheanna S
February 2016
I stayed here in a group of 20, teenagers and adults. The house is very comfortable and well equipped. The rooms are all of a very good size, some of the bedrooms are massive. The kitchen was modern and contained everything you needed, the dining room table seated us all easily. The whole house is well decorated, not at all "tired" looking, so you feel very comfortable in it. But most of all, it was very clean and always warm, an essential in January. In addition, I left something behind at the house and the owners were extremely helpful and kind to arrange for it to be sent back by post. Thank you for a lovely week.
Mr Leng
January 2016
A great place for a large family gathering, especially over Christmas.
Mr Elliott
October 2015
Everything was provided. Plenty of space for people to move around the house as it was so spacious. Finding someone could sometimes be a problem! The gardens were magnificent, extensive, and beautifully maintained. The view across the valley, from inside the house, and the terrace, was lovely. Large high ceilinged rooms and very warm, did not need the jumpers we brought. Hereford was just up the road with its shopping facilities.
Mrs Cameron
March 2015
An ideal location for a family/friends get-together. A cosy, warm house with plenty of room and a beautiful outlook.
Mrs Sunderland
March 2015
The property suited our party of all ages and abilities, the ground floor bedroom with en suite was essential for our party. There was plenty of space for everyone to chill out, read or watch TV. A great time was had by all.
March 2015
I was invited to join a group of friends for a party weekend at Bryngarth - and it fitted the bill perfectly. The dining room sat us all for the Birthday dinner which was presented by outside caterers. They did an amazing job, particularly since a guest turned on the immersion switch which promptly cut all the electric to the kitchen just as they were preparing the food! The owner was with us in minutes and made a good job of fixing the problem with profuse apologies - it all makes for memories and tales to tell in the future! The caterers remain cool as cucumbers (atleast on the surface) and simply switched to using the AGA - the food was great! My friend an I shared a twin room with a bathroom along the hallway - as you might expect with so many people and old plumbing the shower was OK, but the water pressure wasn't the best and when we tried the bath, the water wasn't piping hot (hence the immersion switch incident!!). The beds were comfortable and our room was light and airy - at first we were non-plussed to be without an en-suite, but we soon got used to it. The house and gardens are stunning and if you exit the property from the far left field gate you can walk along the pavement into the village and local pubs. We also did a great hike around the local villages (accessible by bus or, like us, you can walk to the start and add a mile or two onto the total) ending at the Axe & Cleaver for lunch and back via The Pilgrim hotel for afternoon tea! The entrance to the property is TRICKY from the main road and particularly in the dark!!
Miss Conby
January 2015
This property was fabulous for our New Year get away. It was very spacious, very well furnished and of a very high quality. Even with 20 of us staying, we did not get in each others way. The kitchen was extremely well equipped - it was like home from home! The second lounge was great for the children to play their computer games. I would definitely recommend Bryngarth.
Mr Mills
November 2014
A beautiful big house for a family get together. Everything we could have hoped for. Warm welcome by the owner. .
Mrs Morgans
October 2014
Lovely property in beautiful surroundings and very well equipped. We had a great family reunion accompanied by fabulous weather and we were even able to eat out on the patio. The owners had thought of everything that was needed. Hereford was a few minutes drive away and had excellent play park facilities for the grandchildren to play in. We will be back!
Miss Mckay
September 2014
Absolutely beautiful house and surroundings,very clean,modern and welcoming.Will definitely be back!
Mr Smallman
September 2014
Our age range spanned over 3 generations and several continents and we ALL had an amazing time! The kitchen was so well equipped that even though we were on holiday, we cooked all our meals in the house and did not eat out once - even baking our own bread and making cakes. There was room for us all to be together for family fun and enough space for us to have our own space if required. A brilliant house for a large family gathering and the week was enjoyed by everyone - we did not want to say goodbye at the end of our stay.
Mr Quinn
May 2014
The property was perfect in many ways and easily accommodated a large family gathering spanning three generations. I would never tire of the beautiful scenery and the location was ideal for exploring the local area and beyond.
Ms Ealham
May 2014
The house was the perfect size for our big group. It had enough bedrooms and bathrooms as well as all the utensils in the kitchen. The grounds were large enough to keep everyone entertained with games of tennis, badminton and croquet. For those who wanted to sit and relax, the scenery was breathtaking. We all had a thoroughly enjoyable time and would highly recommend this cottage.
Mrs Keller
April 2014
The house was wonderful. Beyond our expectations. It was beautifully decorated and spotless. The kitchen was fully stocked, all bedrooms were lovely and clean as were the bathrooms. We enjoyed sunny days in the garden and fun evenings together in the huge dining room and lounge. A wonderful time was had by all.
Mrs Rolfe
April 2014
The views were incredible and there was just so much space. The photos and description on the website didn't do it justice!
Mrs Jeynes
April 2014
Not too far to travel but felt like on holiday, everyone of us would go back in a heartbeat. The house was spacious and cosy at the same time. Especially loved the dining room where meals could be eaten together.
Mrs Ward
February 2014
The house is amazing; huge spaces and perfect for a large gathering. The real fire in the lounge is a bonus too. The bedrooms are massive and comfortable, kitchen well equipped and the AGA a real treat.
February 2014
We have recently rented this house for a gathering of friends. It was perfect. Huge lounge, dining room & kitchen complete with Aga. The 9 bedrooms are all very large & comfortable. There are currently only 4 bathrooms but they owner advised come the summer there will be an additional ensuite added to the bedroom downstairs. The owner is very very helpful, ensuring we had extra high chairs and warning us on our day of departure of a major traffic incident locally. Location is beautiful, views are stunning but difficult to walk out from the cottage, you really need to use your car. Monmouth well worth a visit, very pretty little town.
Mr Rowlands
January 2014
Fine house with spacious accommodation for up to twenty.
Mr Coombe
January 2014
The property was amazing and we had a lovely holiday.
Mrs Leary
November 2013
Absolutely stunning house, with wonderful views and good location. The rooms were a wonderful size, with 20 people under one roof the house certainly did not feel cramped. Fantastic kitchen and facilities. We all absolutely loved it!
Ms Goodman
November 2013
Spacious hallway, main lounge and dining room enabling all ages of our large family to be together. Wonderful panoramic view across the countryside. Enjoyed opportunity to cook using the AGA. This amazing property was even better on arrival than the photos on-line portrayed, bellisimo!
Mr Rauli
September 2013
Simply fantastic! There were 20 of us, and we were all comfortable. The place is on a hill so the views were amazing. Delivered on everything mentioned on the website. Very friendly and warm hosts. Will definitely go again.
Mr Harcourt
September 2013
This property was well kept and impressive. I had high expectations, and was not disappointed! It was unexpectedly easy to keep warm, and had plenty of wood in stock for the log burners. It was very well equipped throughout the property and tastefully decorated with many original features. The photographs do not do it justice. The views were amazing in all weathers. The owner was very helpful. We had an amazing time!!
May 2013
We stayed here all 18 of us aged 6 months to 82 years and had a fabulous time. Well equiped house with enough space for us not to get on top of each other, owners were very helpful with regard to wifi (essential for teenagers these days!)We had caterers in on the Saturday night (Rococo) who again were very good. Only negative side was the entrance/exit (which was not well signposted)onto a busy road on a bend. Also limited bathrooms/showers for the number of rooms and number of people.
Mr McCluskey
April 2013
The property was even better than expected and made the holiday perfect.
April 2013
The house has a large amount of rooms which can cater for a large family or gathering for a special occasion. Plenty of parking for all only problem can be the entrance of the drive because you leave and enter onto a main A road. As we had children we used the second sitting room as a play room for them, which left the main sitting room mostly for the adults. The dinning room can cater for everyone who is staying in the house with no problem. The bedrooms are all of a good size and have double beds in all rooms, the only bedroom which is a problem is the one downstairs because it has no bathroom on that level only toilets which you have to walk to the games room. It had great views from the front facing rooms over country side.
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