Hacton Cruck | Self-catering house in Herefordshire | Alastair Sawday's Special Places to Stay

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Hacton Cruck - Self-catering house in Herefordshire

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Preston-on-Wye, Hereford
England, United Kingdom

Phil Williams

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+44 (0)1981 500401 (landline)

In glorious Herefordshire, a superb renovation of a medieval hall, with a super-stylish kitchen and the master bedroom snug under the thatch

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Hacton Cruck is a remarkable survival – a medieval hall now in a condition beyond simple restoration (cows would feel out of place), but one feels this is what the original builders would have delighted in; the hall is already 250 years old when the Great Fire of London starts. The details are so good you won't notice them. (But do.) The arching cruck beams are original and the tapesteried space in the main room is a perfect combination of height and flagstoned floor. Here, living, cooking (in an ultra-modern open-plan kitchen) and eating happen. A wood-burner is flanked by sofas and underfloor heating in winter completes the comfort of the house deep in snow. Where better? The bathroom and twin bedroom are on the ground floor; above is a double room snug under the thatch. WiFi and music live on the entrance gallery. Logs are close by for autumn visits. Outside, the small garden and barbecue area are freshly hedged and lead back past the bulrushes to the village pub and beyond. Hereford, Dore Abbey and Hay-on-Wye provide nearby civilisation; and Skirrid (the Holy mountain) and the Brecon Beacons, freedom.

Children welcome
Suitable for guests with children aged 3 and over.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Credit cards
Credit or debit card payment accepted.
Wireless internet access available.

Electricity included

Open fire / woodburner

Microwave oven

Central heating

Mobile reception




Cooked meals available

Washing machine

Restaurant within 3 miles

Shop within 3 miles

Pub within 3 miles

Relaxation areas

Breakfast available

Breakfast included



Spa on site

Bar on site

Free parking on site

Free parking nearby

Paid parking nearby

Local points of interest from Phil Williams:

Local points of interest from
Phil Williams:

  • Hacton Cruck - winner of the prestigious RICS Conservation Award for the West Midlands 2012. Highly Commended in the National Finals. A treat for those wishing to step back in time but not comfort. A Guardian Cool Cottage 2014.
  • Located in the heart of the beautiful Wye Valley, a 20 minute drive to both Hay-on-Wye (of book town and festival fame) and the county town and cathedral city of Hereford, home to the Mappa Mundi and Chained Library.
  • Tucked away in an orchard setting on the edge of the village of Preston-on-Wye, birds - we’ve recorded nearly 60 different species on the farm - and wildlife abound. A network of footpaths can be accessed from the property for peaceful farm walks.
  • For the more energetic the open spaces of the Black Mountains, Brecon Beacons and woodland walks in the Forest of Dean are calling. Otherwise stay home and relax - Hacton is supplied with board games and puzzles, DVDs, books, a cosy fire, a private garden
  • Herefordshire is famed for its Black and White Village Trail with its picturesque timber framed villages. Historic churches ( Kilpeck, Partrishow), castles (Goodrich, Ludlow), stately homes (Berrington Hall, Whitley Court), gardens (the Weir, Hergest Croft
  • Arts and crafts are well represented, live theatre, book, food, photography and music festivals.
Points of interest

Guest feedback
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"Great place /fascinating history"

Adrian - Charlotte , United States of America

September 2017
"The most amazing place! Full of history and beautifully restored. The furnishings are superior, all the facilities you need. Peaceful environment. We loved it so muchwe’re going back for a third time! Probably the best holiday cottage we’ve stayed in. "

Elaine - Worcester , United Kingdom

July 2017
"Hacton Cruck is wonderful and we feel privileged to have stayed in such a fabulous place. Thank you so much and I do hope we will be able to visit again soon."

Shirley - Totnes, United Kingdom

April 2017
"What a beautiful place. We felt like Lord and Lady of the Manor staying at Hacton Cruck. The building itself is fantastic but unusually for self catering accommodation, everything inside it is top quality (e.g. Denby crockery, Hypnos beds, Christie towels). The owner obviously has very good taste. Our only issue was with how drafty it was. For most of the year, I don't think this would be a problem but we went shortly after Storm Doris and we did struggle to keep warm at times. This won't stop us from going back though, we fell in love with Hacton Cruck, the place is magical."

Ann - Warwickshire, United Kingdom

February 2017
"Staying at Hacton Cruck is always a special experience: this time it was a wet weekend, but it didn't dampen our enjoyment, especially with the plentiful supply of wood for the fire.The atmosphere is created by the obvious long history of the building, by the quality of the furniture and all of the domestic arrangements, not least the many tapestries on the walls. it is also a very good centre for visiting places of interest- we found it an ideal place for any Kilvert enthusiast- not only is it pleasingly close to many of Kilvert's locations, but the local vicar was one of his friend"

Belinda - Norwich, United Kingdom

February 2017
"This was our second stay at Hacton Cruck and it was as wonderful as the first time. We still sat and admired the workmanship that has gone into the restoration it's superb. We never venture far during our stay preferring to remain in the cruck as much as possible, we were cozy, warm and very comfortable. We will definitely be back."

Lynn - Nantwich, United Kingdom

February 2017
"This is our 4th year at Hacton Cruck. The house is beautifully restored and after days spent walking in the Brecon Beacons its wonderful to come back and relax together as a family in front of the fire. The magic of the place for us is that with the kids aged from 5-9 we can all be together in the one big open space whether we are cooking, reading or drawing by the fire. It's a great testimony to how well the house is looked after that in the 4 years we have been coming there , there seems to be no wear and tear at all. Historic beauty matched with all the mod cons a family could need."

Rory - London, United Kingdom

December 2016
"We spent a glorious Christmas here. That beautiful open space twinkled with fairy lights and there was a real Christmas tree in the turn of the stairs. The fire was roaring and my jaw dropped. What an amazing experience to stay in such a unique and lovingly presented building. Everything works and there is a feeling of generosity throughout. Loads of chopped wood and kindling, ground coffee, spices, boxes of teas, comprehensive Denby crockery including jugs, meat platter, casseroles. Fantastic 16th century table. Dilys, the caretaker, found a vest I'd left behind and posted it unbidden, wow.."

Kate - London, United Kingdom

December 2016
"Hacton Cruck is a truly special place. The building has been lovingly restored and provides a luxurious environment within a piece of history. We received detailed directions and a friendly welcome once we arrived, and then were left to enjoy our week of seclusion. Fixtures and fittings are excellent, the wood pile well stocked and the tapestries beautiful. If there is another medieval hall surrounded by apple orchards that is available as a holiday destination (which I doubt) then it still wouldn't be Hacton Cruck, because this place is unique. Wonderful. "

Michael - Stockport, United Kingdom

October 2016
"We were delighted to find such an interesting holiday property as a medieval hall and Hacton Cruck did not let us down. It was amazing to walk in and see the restored interior. There’s lots to look at as it is filled with historic details and touches. It is also very comfortable and well equipped and out-ranks many other cottages that we have stayed at. Hacton Cruck sits apart from the village among trees so sitting outside is peaceful and private. Many things made this place special such as its history, the log burner and the well visited bird feeder. We will definitely visit again. "

David - York, United Kingdom

September 2016
"Remarkable restoration, renovation and modernization - this is truly a unique cottage experience surrounded by centuries of history, sensitively rescued and updated with the highest level of craftsmanship, imagination, design and aesthetic. It's also wonderfully tranquil, very private with nothing else except the sound of the birds and animals in the distance so it's a terrific getaway from the hustle and bustle of daily life (although you can still check in with wi-fi....). The kitchen has all the amenities, and the beds are really comfortable. Congrats Phil on reviving Hacton Cruck!"

Chris - Toronto, Canada

September 2016
"Amazing restoration. Really good compromise between medieval look and 21st century amenities. The conversion is to a very high standard and the furniture which Phil made from his own oak trees is really beautiful. Hacton Cruck makes an excellent centre. We visited Hereford, Hay-on-Wye and Abbey Dore as well as many of the excentric and beautiful medieval churches in the area."

Ken - Birmingham, United Kingdom

June 2016

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  • 1 House for 4
Price:(i) £530 to£980 per week

Short breaks £345 - £620.

Booking info:

Minimum stay: 4 nights on weekdays. 3 nights at weekends. 10% discount for couples.




Preston-on-Wye, Hereford, Herefordshire

Self-catering Hacton Cruck (self-catering)
House ~ 1 double & 1 twin sharing shower room
Price: (i) £ 530 to £ 980 per week

Phil Williams

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+44 (0)1981 500401 (landline)