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get the log burners going!
nestled in the woodlands
complete privacy to relax and de-stress
almost a step back in time
rusitc but still comfy, the cosy sitting area
cuddle up on the sofa by the fire
your view from the comfy sofa
open plan interior downstairs
make tea the old fashioned way with a proper kettle
softy coloured double bedroom
Fresh fluffy towels are provied
log burning stove for cosy evenings
view of hot tub from the double bedroom
the twin bedroom
each bedroom has its own log burner
the twin bedroom log stove
the entrance hall with wood supply
the wooden outhouse has a shower, washbasin & flushing loo
dusk setting in
evenings in the hot tub
chill the wine and heat up the hot tub!
an old millstone makes a quirky garden table
time and space for fun!
views of the woodlands
while away the hours
seclusion in the woodlands
another relaxing spot
exploring the woodlands
no neighbours, just the forest
be captivated by the universe

Mrs Higgs Lodge, Hereford.


1 Double 2 Single 4 persons FRIDAY changeover

Change Over days: Monday & Friday, 3 nights Weekend & 4 nights mid week ( 3 nights midweek by arrangement, please call us ).

Take a step back in time, slow things down and engage in a full-on forest immersion with birdsong, starry skies and your own private hot tub.

The cottage was built in 1835 as a hunting Lodge but was occupied by Mrs Higgs until about 60 years ago, after which the forest slowly reclaimed it. Until a few months ago all you could see were the chimney tops through the trees but gentle landscaping has once again revealed this magical little place, and thoughtful restoration has maintained its rustic charm. It now offers an experience of a bygone lifestyle - but with a few modern conveniences thrown in.

It's hard to put the atmosphere of this place into words – it radiates a certain stillness and the absence of bright modern colours and ornaments adds to the feeling that you have stepped back in time. The cottage comfortably sleep 4 people, yet it's not too big for a romantic break, and is a great retreat for anyone needing to be alone for something like a writing project. There is no Wi-Fi here - just wildlife! Set on its own out in woodlands and with its own hot-tub it's certainly a good choice for an 'get away from it all' break.

The entrance hall leads onto a small landing and the two bedrooms upstairs - one double and one twin, with beds made up and ready. Down a ladder style stairs (this might be too steep for small children or carrying babies) there is an open plan kitchen and seating area with a cosy sofa and log burning stove - perfect for winters retreats. The shower and loo are in a wooden outhouse accessed at the back of the lodge, with hot shower, hand basin and flushing loo.

The cottage is too remote to be connected to anything and is totally off grid - electricity is from solar panels, water is pumped up from the original spring well (you don't have to fetch it in a bucket like Mrs Higgs!) although bottled water is provided for drinking. Heating throughout is from wood burning stoves only, a few concessions to modernity such as a gas stove, instant hot water and a flushing loo, means it's not too primitive. Katherine will show you around, light the fires with you and give full instructions on how to use the generator if needed - assistance is on site should you need advice during your stay. N.B. For those times when solar panels can't generate enough energy there's a generator in the wood shed (might need refuelling occasionally) which breaks the silence somewhat - or you can simply fully embrace the 19th Century lifestyle, light the candles and forget about electricity all together.

Set within a 3,000-acre private Estate, remote retreats like this are few and far between, with privacy, peace, and only deer, owls, badgers and other forest dwellers as your neighbours. If you love the idea of proper solitude for a few days this is the place for you.

Arrival between 3pm  Departure 10am - winter months

Arrival between 4pm  Departure 10am - summer months


Sleeping Arrangements

Up to 4 people in 2 separate bedrooms upstairs: one double and one twin. Beds will be made up and ready for you

Cooking facilities

In kitchen, gas hob and oven, fridge (with icebox), sink (H&C), all utensils and crockery etc provided. Gas BBQ outside

Bathroom facilities

In a separately accessed wooden out-house, huge modern shower, washbasin (H&C) and flushing toilet. Towels provided

Heating & Lighting

Totally off grid. Log burner in downstairs open-plan area, log burner in each bedroom, wood provided and inclusive on 'fair use' basis'. Solar powered electric lighting throughout


Within 20 meters


Patio area with millstone table and fire brazier, private use wood fuelled hot-tub, acres of woodland within a private 3000 acre estate

Pet Policy

1 well behaved dog welcome, another by arrangement @ £25

Public Transport

Own transport recommended

If you would like any help please call:

01348 830922