Nestled within the heartland of Herefordshire, close to Bromyard is a glorious privately owned estate called Netherwood. Brimming with history dating back to long before the Doomsday Book, it has several listed houses, two of which are now available to rent as luxury holiday lets.
The Hyde is a Grade II* listed gem of a house built around its own courtyard, which can sleep up to 20 people. Meticulous attention to detail and craftsmanship have revealed the historical spirit of this 13th Century hall house which in itself is surprising given that It is extremely rare to find a domestic building of this age still standing. It is generously and comfortably fitted throughout - perfect for a family Christmas or New Year gatherings, and celebrations can easily be accommodated around the vast dining room table.
Recently completely refurbished under the guidance of English Heritage, The Hyde has won a prestigious Historic Houses Association restoration award. The secret to winter days at The Hyde is its warm cosy atmosphere. A blazing crackling fire can be lit in the sitting room while a wonderful traditional wood burning stove nestles within the Elizabethan inglenook fireplace in the dining room. Further wood burning stoves are to be found in the TV room as well as the two reception rooms in the cottage. The house and cottage are heated throughout, and hot water provided from a state-of-the-art wood fuelled boiler – environmentally friendly as well as efficiently keeping the temperature at a regular 21° degrees.
The Hyde is available for short and holidays lets throughout the year. During warmer months a narrow gauge steam railway operates from the 'station' situated behind the house wending its way into the woods beyond. Children are very much welcome - bikes and a table tennis table are housed in the Elizabethan barn within the courtyard, the woods behind the house are there to be explored and make camps in and a tennis court is just beside the maze in the back garden. Warm whites grace the walls whilst clever ideas with antiques and vintage finds deck the bedrooms and sitting rooms. The large comfortable beds are made up with the finest Egyptian cotton sheets, fluffy towels and the kitchen is full of the latest gadgets. The house has a plethora of interesting architectural and historical references. Much of the upstairs furniture was sourced from auction and in most of the main rooms is a framed description of how the room would have looked in centuries gone by plus highlights of historical facts discovered during the refurbishment of The Hyde.
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