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Essentials

The important stuff

  • Check in after 4pm
  • Check out is at 11am
  • Space for up to 10 people to camp outside in their own tents with their own bedding at £10 per person per night - bookable online
  • Electric plug sockets for charging
  • Extra firewood available at small cost if you don’t fancy collecting it yourself!
  • The private wood-fired hot tub is available for hire at £20 per use. Please let Victoria know after booking if you'd like to use it. Payment is upon arrival, it does not go through Canopy & Stars.
  • Sleeping arrangements
  • 1 double

Extra space available

Space for 10 adults from £10 per adult per night up to 10 camping (with your own tents & bedding). Call to enquire about kids rates on 0117 204 7830

Space for 1 baby no charge. Travel cot available upon request

Kids & Pets

We’re sorry, Mosaic Cabin isn’t suitable for pets.

Cooking

  • Handmade kitchen with double oven, grill, 6 hob gas stove
  • All kitchen utensils provided
  • Cooking condiments provided (oil, salt and pepper, etc)
  • Firebowl with grill for bbqs (please bring your own bbq coal, or pre-arrange with Victoria)
  • Big kitchen sink, lots of hot water
  • Dishwasher

Washing

  • Double-ended bath and power shower
  • Hairdryer

Heating, lighting & bedding

  • Firebowl for use outside on the deck
  • All linen and towels included for the cabin

Entertainment

  • Private wood-fired hot tub! Victoria can pre-heat this ready for your arrival or whilst you are out sightseeing, ready for when you return.
  • Board games, cards and a piano!
  • MP3 player dock in case you can’t play the piano
  • Free wifi

Activities

At Pencombestone

There is always room for extra hands in the vegetable patch!

You can explore local footpaths straight from the spaces.

At Stargazers Wagon there is a telescope for you to explore the night skies.

Outdoors & Active

Canoeing is great fun on the river Wye, or go climbing on Symonds Yat or do some adventurous activities such as gorge walking.

There are some some gorgeous rivers locally: 2 miles away, the Lugg is a great spot for wild swimming enthusiasts and you can towel off at The Riverside Inn. There's also some great wild swimming in the Temerleintwardine, a lovely spot with a glorious pub and river bank area.

For walking, take a look at this lovely route from Walking Britain, try Bircher Common and Croft Ambrey (about 5km walk to the top from the cottage, or a 10 min drive to Croft Castle) which provide excellent walking for all levels. The climb to the top of the croft (an ancient hill fort dating back to 500 AD) gives 360-degree views over the countryside, and you can see many counties at once... There is also another hill fort at Wapley (5mins by car) which is worth a visit.

Shobdon Arches (5 mins by car, 40 mins walk) and lakes is lovely walking country and the perfect place to take a picnic on a sunny day. The Strawberry Hill gothic church is listed as one of 100 important churches in England.

There are two riding centres nearby, Noakes Farm and Riding Wales, both about 20 minutes away, one towards Worcester and one towards Wales.

Places to visit 

For the children, a visit to the Owl Centre is a good day out, with many rare breed small animals.

There's also Hampton Court, perfect for all the families with gorgeous gardens, maze turrets and tunnels, wonderful grounds and the orangerie restaurant. Really worth a visit.

Consult visitherefordshire.co.uk for lots of things to do in the county…

Visit Dunkertons Cider Mill for a cider tasting

The Workhouse in Presteigne, good food and gorgeous shop selling lovely rugs and textiles.

The Black and White Village trail: explore the historic villages of the county

The Mousetrap cheese company - hundreds of varieties!

Spend some time in the golden age of aviation at Shobdon Airport. Watch vintage planes take off and land and enjoy big breakfasts in their café

Devotees of stately homes will love grand Berrington Hall (NT) and sturdy Croft Castle (NT). Hergest Croft Gardens is pretty in all seasons.

The Courtyard Centre for the Arts in Hereford shows Art House films and has interesting talks, comedy, theatre - perfect for an emergency rainy day excursion. On the same trip, see the stunning cathedral and 'chained library' containing the famous Mappa Mundi, an early map of the world.

Markets

Ludlow farmers market, every other Thursday in the market square, very good food!!

Ludlow flea market 1st and third Sunday of every month

Ludlow general market, mon wed fri and Saturday every week

Leominster has markets on a Friday”s which have excellent food

Food & Drink

At Pencombestone

You will be provided with cooking essentials such as oil, herbs, spices, condiments, salt and pepper, tea and coffee.

Ludlow, nearby, is the foodie capital of the UK, with many great pubs, restaurants, delis and local suppliers. 

Order a homecooked meal for two (with leftovers) freshly made with local ingredients - ask Victoria for prices

Order a hamper for your arrival so you can stay put: cheese, chutney, biscuits, fruit, vegetables, local bacon and sausages - ask Victoria for prices

If you fancy it, Champagne or wine, or anything else you may require can be ordered by arrangement

Shops & delis

Shobdon has a very good local shop for locally-sourced provisions, newspapers and alcohol

Kingsland tea rooms have a deli attached selling cakes, local meat, vegetables and bread

Pubs & restaurants

The Bateman Arms - A rustic locals' pub with great food food at reasonable prices. Victoria or Chris would be happy to pick you up from this pub for free (as long as it's not too late!)

The Harp at Old Radnor  - beautiful pub about 15 minutes away serving great food with stunning views of the welsh valleys and hills 

Angel Inn, Kingsland, good, well-priced pub grub 

The Stagg at Titley (Michelin star) has jolly good food

The Garden Tea Rooms in Kingsland: log fires and lovely food, and quaint gardens to have tea on a summer's day.

The Lion in Leintwardine is a ten minute drive away and has a gorgeous riverside location, great food and great wines.

if you love good food, head to either of the 2 local Michelin star restaurants in Ludlow, 15 minutes away. La Becasse is French food at it best and a wonderful treat. Mr Underhill's restaurant which attracts visitors from miles away for their excellent food. 

The Steppes in Pembridge, local tea room with good quality food

New Inn Pembridge, beautiful old unspoilt pub with roaring log fires

Meet your hosts

Meet Vic & Chris

Victoria, Chris and their young son Cassius hail from Sheffield and started their search for a rural business in 2013. They hoped to find something within an hour from Sheffield, but after 2 years of fruitless searching they stumbled across Pencombestone, nestled down a remote lane on the side of a North Herefordshire hill. They fell totally in love with both the beauty and tranquillity of the surroundings, and the two unique holiday properties that the previous owners, Ben and Felicity, had created. They immediately put in an offer and completed the purchase of Pencombestone in January 2016. 

Wildlife and Environment

Mosaic Cabin is set within 2 acres, in an old orchard and next to an ancient meadow. Stargazers Wagon and The Corner House are at the far end of a 5 acre meadow, on a hilltop. All the spaces have stunning views and their own private piece of beautiful countryside. They manage to achieve a wonderful balance, combining ecological and local materials without compromising on luxurious details.

The properties are off-grid and generates their own electricity through solar panels. Water comes fresh from the spring! In your stay in the orchard, you could see badgers, foxes and masses of bird life, and deer are regular visitors too.

Getting there

Pencombestone, Ledicot, Shobdon, HR6 9NX - DO NOT USE SATNAV!

By bus

The nearest bus stop is at Mortimer's Cross, 1.5 miles away. Pick ups can be arranged from here.

By train

The nearest train station is Leominster, roughly a 10-minute drive from Mosaic Cabin. Victoria and Chris are happy to pick people up from Leominster train station for those without wheels, and also have a trailer to carry bikes for those who are looking for a cycling break without using a car.

If that's not convenient, we recommend Goldline Taxis on 01568 61 11 00, it's about £15 one way.

By car

Pencombestone is in the hamlet of Ledicot.

From Mortimer's Cross crossroads, head in the direction of Shobdon. Approaching Shobdon village you will see a memorial cross, which is where you turn left, so look out for it! At the memorial cross, take your immediate left. Continue down the lane for about 1.5 miles.

You will come into the hamlet of Ledicot, and see a postbox on your right and a triangle junction on the left. Continue and after about 150 yards you will see a small lane to your left hand side. (At the right side of the lane there is an orchard gate opening, which will let you know you're taking the right lane!)

Go down the lane, around a very sharp 90 degree corner, and shortly after this you will see a black and white cottage with corrugated tin roof and will know you've arrived. About 50 yards further on you'll come to a field opening on the left then:

FOR MOSAIC CABIN 

Follow the gravel drive past the chickens, along the left side of the field until you reach the cabin. You can park here, within a few metres of the cabin, weather permitting. Otherwise please park at the cottage a short walk away.

FOR STARGAZER'S WAGON & THE CORNER HOUSE

The field through the gate on the right slopes up to the Wagon and Cabin, which you'll be able to see on the ridge. Do not drive up to the spaces, but park next to the gate with the horse shoe on it, which is in front of you as you turn in. You can then borrow a wheelbarrow or carry your belongings up the hill. If you would like to use the hot tub during your stay, please call Victoria directly to arrange after booking. 

Booking Terms

Canopy & Stars low price promise
 
Book with us in confidence knowing you won’t find that place cheaper elsewhere. All of the prices we display are set and matched by our Owners. (In this world of foreign currency, we do have to say 'subject to exchange rates' for some of our European places.)

What does ‘from price’ mean?
 
Our ‘from price’ is based on a four night stay in low season and designed to help you to compare different prices across our collection. Some of our Owners vary their nightly rates and check in days throughout the year, so it may differ from the rate quoted below the calendar. It is quite common (although by no means universal) for places to charge a little more in peak season or for shorter stays, to cover changeover costs. Consider booking longer stays during the cooler months if you’re looking for the lowest nightly rates.

Agency Terms & Conditions

Except where otherwise specified, we Sawday’s Canopy & Stars Ltd Company No 09088366 of Merchants House, Wapping Road, Bristol, BS1 4RW act only as an Agent in respect of all bookings we take and/or make on your behalf. Sawday’s Canopy & Stars is part of the Alastair Sawday’s Group of Companies. We accept no liability in relation to any contract you enter into or for any services or arrangements you purchase (“Booking(s)”) or for the acts or omissions of any supplier(s) or other person(s) or party(ies) connected with any Booking. For all Bookings, your contract will be with the supplier of the Booking in question, and in most cases this will be the owner of the property you’ll be staying at (“Owner(s)”). When making your Booking we will arrange for you to enter into a contract with the Owner of the Booking. Your Booking with us is subject to these Agency Terms & Conditions and any specific booking conditions of the relevant Owner(s) you contract with. The Owner’s booking conditions may limit and/or exclude the Owner’s liability to you.

You may decide to make more than one Booking with us at the same time. The price charged in total for more than one Booking will always equal the prices charged separately for each individual Booking. All Bookings are available to be purchased separately at the same price as they are when more than one Booking is made. This means that any multiple Bookings do not constitute a package as defined in the Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992.

By making a booking, you agree that:-

  1. you have read these Agency Terms & Conditions and agree to be bound by them;
  2. you consent to our use of your information in accordance with our Privacy Policy;

and

  1. you are over 18 years of age and where there may be age restrictions in place, you declare that you and all members of your party are of the appropriate age.

 

The Canopy & Stars online booking system enables Guests to make Bookings 24 hours a day. A Booking is confirmed on receipt of a 25% non-refundable deposit for all Bookings with check in dates of more than 10 weeks away. For all Bookings that have a check in date of less than 10 weeks before check in, payment for the Booking will be required in full and the entire Booking will be non-refundable. The Canopy & Stars telephone booking line is open Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm. When using the online enquiry form, for those Properties without online booking, please allow 24 working hours for us to contact you by telephone to confirm the Booking. If we are unable to reach you by phone we will attempt to contact you by email. We will contact you during Canopy & Stars working hours (Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm). Online or email enquiries will be dealt with in the order they are received, but please be aware that we cannot guarantee reservation of your selected dates until the receipt of suitable payment. Therefore, if possible, we do recommend that you book on the Canopy & Stars website using the online booking system.

 

1. Booking and payments

 

1.1 In order to confirm your chosen Booking, you must pay a non-refundable deposit as required by the Owner of the Booking in question (or full payment if booking within 10 weeks of the date of your check-in).

 

1.2 Your Booking is confirmed and a contract between you and the Owner will exist when we receive payment of the deposit and send you a booking confirmation on the Owner’s behalf. This booking confirmation will normally be sent out within 24 hours in the case of email and seven working days in the case of post, and will contain the details of your Booking and of payments made and due. If you have not received your booking confirmation within the specified time, please notify us as soon as possible by email (bookings@canopyandstars.co.uk). Please check your confirmation carefully and report any incorrect or incomplete information to us immediately. As we act only as booking Agent, we have no responsibility for any errors in any documentation except where an error is made by us.

 

1.3 We're sorry for any inconvenience, but payments can only be made by credit and debit cards. A 2% surcharge will be applied to credit cards. We do not accept American Express, cheques or cash.

 

1.4 Where a deposit has been paid, full balance payment will be due 10 weeks in advance of your check in date and a reminder will be sent to you two weeks prior to this date, where applicable, by email. We automatically take the balance payment using the same card as used to make the deposit payment. It is your reponsibility to advise us if we should use a different card and to contact us by telephone (0117 204 7830) to arrange for alternative payment method. If the balance payment does not successfully go through as there is a problem with your card, such as it expiring, then we will contact you to try and take alternative payment. If we have been unable to take payment after two weeks of the balance due date, then with regret, we will notify the Owner who may cancel your Booking.

 

1.5 Except where otherwise advised or stated in the booking conditions of the Owner concerned, all monies you pay to us for a Booking will be held on behalf of the Owner(s) concerned.

 

1.6 Credit Card payments are processed via Alastair Sawday’s Publishing Co. Ltd who provide merchants services facilities to Sawday’s Canopy & Stars Ltd.

 

2. Cancellation and Amendment by You

 

2.1 Any cancellation or amendment request must be sent to us by email (bookings@canopyandstars.co.uk) and will be considered and responded to within one working day of receipt. You are also advised to confirm all changes to our Customer Services Department by calling 0117 204 7830. Please ensure that you have received written confirmation of any changes to your Booking prior to travel. Whilst we will always try to help, we cannot guarantee that such requests will be met.

 

2.2 Amendments and cancellations can only be accepted in accordance with the booking conditions of the Owner of your Arrangements. The Owner may charge the cancellation or amendment charges shown in their booking conditions (which may be as much as 100% of the cost of the Arrangements and will normally increase closer to the date of departure). The Owner may charge cancellation or amendment charges in accordance with its own booking conditions, however for the sake of convenience only, we have outlined the Owner’s charges at clause 2.3 and 2.4 below. Please note that these are the Owner’s own cancellation and amendments charges, not Canopy & Stars’, and therefore the Owner may vary their charges as they wish, without notice to us. The correct charges will be notified to you at the time of your cancellation or amendments.  

 

2.3 Owner’s General Cancellation Charges:

2.3.1 Cancellation by you at any time will result in your deposit being forfeited, as all deposits are non-refundable.

 

2.3.2 All monies paid for a holiday (deposit and balance) are non-refundable within 10 weeks before check in date.

 

2.3.3 Cancellation of any holiday after it has been paid in full and at a date 10 weeks or more in advance of your check in date, will result in forfeiture of your deposit (or an amount equivalent where one was not paid as the holiday was paid in full) and the balance being returned to you. 

 

2.3.4  Cancellation insurance is available but will be a third party arrangement and not involve Canopy & Stars or the Owner in any way.

 

2.4 Owner’s General Amendment Charges:

2.4.1 Alterations to your Booking can only be made more than 10 weeks prior to the check in date, after which time alterations will be treated as cancellation. All alterations are subject to availability and may incur a £30 adminstration fee.

 

2.4.2 Differences in the total amount payable resulting from alterations will be refunded to you in the case of a decrease in price and paid by you in the case of increases in price.

 

Special note: Generally Owners will charge the above cancellation and amendment charges, however we must stress that these are a guide only and charges may differ from those shown here depending on the Owner. The exact charges will be notified to you by the Owner at the time of cancellation and/or can be found in the Owner’s own booking conditions which are available from the Owner on request.

 

3. Changes and Cancellations by the Owner

We will inform you as soon as reasonably possible if the Owner needs to make a significant change to your confirmed Arrangements or to cancel them. We will also liaise between you and the Owner in relation to any alternative Booking offered by the Owner but we will have no further liability to you.

 

4. Complaints

Because the contract for your Booking is between you and the Owner, any queries or concerns should be addressed to them. In the event that you have any complaint about your stay, please notify the Owner as soon as possible. If you don’t follow this procedure there will be less opportunity for the Owner to investigate and resolve your complaint and so make your stay as enjoyable as possible. Delays may also mean that amount of compensation you may be entitled to may be reduced. Whether or not your complaint is dealt with satisfactorily, please also contact us as we appreciate all feedback. It’s important to us and the Owner to know that you’ve enjoyed your stay or if anything could have been improved.

 

5. Pricing

Canopy & Stars reserve the right to amend advertised prices at any time on behalf of the Owner. We also reserve the right to correct errors in both advertised and confirmed prices.Special note: changes and errors sometimes occur.

 

6. Information & Accuracy

The information and prices shown on this website are varied from time to time and may change between the time you first view a property and make a Booking. You should check that all the details are as you expect prior to making a Booking. It is always possible that, despite our best efforts, some of the properties (including the features and extras available) may be incorrectly described and/or priced. If we discover this is the case after you have made a Booking, we reserve the right to contact you with details of the correct information and/or pricing and will give you the option to:

(1) proceed with the Booking based on the correct information and/or pricing, which may require the payment of an additional amount by you;

OR

(2) subject to availability, change your booking dates to dates when the pricing can be honoured ad so no additional charge to you. In the event that a lower price can be offered for alternative dates then the difference would be refunded;

OR

(3) cancel the Booking. If we do not receive your instructions within 5 days of contacting you, we reserve the right to cancel your Booking without liability to you.

 

7. Our Responsibility for your Booking

Your contract is with the Owner and its booking conditions apply. As Agent, we accept no responsibility for the actual provision of the Booking. Our responsibilities are limited to making the Booking in accordance with your instructions and acting properly in accordance with our legal duties as an Agent. We accept no responsibility for any information about the Booking that we pass on to you in good faith. However, in the event that we are found liable to you on any basis whatsoever, our maximum liability to you is limited to twice the cost of your Booking (or the appropriate proportion of this if not everyone on the Booking is affected). We do not exclude or limit any liability for death or personal injury that arises as a result of our negligence or that of any of our employees whilst acting in the course of their employment.

 

8. Pets

Not all properties accept pets. If you wish to take your pet on holiday, please advise us before booking and we can check whether pets are accepted at the property. You must obtain the prior consent of the Owner before taking any pets to the property. A nightly charge may be made by the Owner for each pet and additional terms may apply.

 

9. VAT

Many of the Owners of properties in the Canopy & Stars portfolio are not registered for VAT in which case no tax is payable. Where VAT is payable, the tax is included in the advertised holiday rental price.

 

10. Visa, passport and health requirements.

Unless you tell us otherwise, we assume that all members of your party are British citizens who hold or will hold full British passports valid for the entire duration of the Arrangements you chose to purchase. Information on visa, passport and health requirements, where given and applicable, is so given on this basis. Requirements may change and you are therefore strongly recommended to check the up to date position with the Owner of the Booking, Passport Office, appropriate embassy or consulate or your doctor as applicable in good time before the commencement of your holiday.

 

11. Insurance

You are strongly recommended to take out personal travel insurance for all members of your party. It is your responsibility to ensure that the insurance you purchase is adequate and appropriate for your particular needs. Please read your policy details and take them with you on holiday.

 

12. Special requests

If you have any special requests (for example dietary requirements, cots or room location), please let us know at the time of booking. We will pass on all such requests to the Owner, but unfortunately, we can't guarantee that they will be met and we will have no liability to you if they are not.

 

13. Group Bookings

Not all Owners accept Bookings for a single sex group (for example, a stag or hen party). Guests wanting to make such a Booking should check with us beforehand to enable us to check whether the Owner is prepared to accept the Booking. We will then advise you accordingly. In event that an Owner does not accept this type of Booking then it is with regret, that the Booking may be cancelled and cancellation fees may apply. It is the Guest’s responsibility to enquire with Canopy & Stars and/or check on our website beforehand to make sure that this type of booking is permitted.

 

14. Maximum Numbers

Please note that except by prior arrangement confirmed in writing, only the number of persons specified on a booking confirmation may occupy  a property. Most owners reserve the right to refuse admittance or revoke a booking if this condition is not observed and you are unlikely to receive any refund.

 

15. Your Responsibilities

Please note that you have a contract with the Owner of the property. As such you are under a responsibility to behave in a proper, appropriate and legal manner whilst staying at the property with due respect to the Owner, the Property and other guests and their property. You are responsible for informing the Owner of any losses or damage to the property as soon as possible. Please note that you will be liable to pay the Owner for any losses or damage to the property caused by you or a member of your party (except reasonable wear and tear). Some Owners will also require damage deposits. You must also leave the property by the check-out time specified on your booking. If any guest behaves inappropriately or improperly (of which the Owner will be the final judge on their Property), or illegally, the Owner reserves the right to ask the guest and their party (at their discretion) to leave the Property before the end of the holiday period and/or refuse any future bookings from you.  Any refund for so doing will be at the entire discretion of the Owner. In addition, the Owner reserves the right to sue the guest for any loss, damage or injury caused to the Owner, the Property or to other guests and/or their property. As agent, we will have no liability to you in these circumstances. 

 

16. Governing Law and Jurisdiction

These terms and conditions have been drafted in accordance with and are governed by English law and the courts of England and Wales have exclusive jurisdiction in relation to any and all disputes arising out of these Agency Terms & Conditions.

 

17. Discrepancies

In case of a discrepancy between these Agency Terms & Conditions and any other Canopy & Stars literature, these Agency Terms & Conditions shall prevail.

 

18. Validity clause

In the event that a court finds that a condition in these Agency Terms & Conditions is illegal or void, the illegal or void provision will be severed from the remainder of the Agency Terms & Conditions, which will continue to be valid and have full force and effect.