Holt Farm Barns

Michaelchurch Escley, Herefordshire
+44 (0)1981 510238

Between the rolling Beacons and Hay-on-Wye, a collection of cleverly converted stone barns on a family-friendly farm, with walks galore


4 places


Sleeping from 3 – 8

Children welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

Leave the most minor of minor roads for a track, then reach a cluster of buildings around a courtyard – barn, farmhouse, low cottage and former stable. It’s an understated conversion of self-catering spaces that cleverly combines 17th-century character with 21st-century comfort – hot tubs, cosy bedrooms, vast beams, underfloor heating. Groups will love it: 22 can sleep and dine happily together, with space for all in the farmhouse’s vaulted dining hall.It’s far from crowds, with fields of Hereford cattle leading to walks short and long. Animal and nature lovers will be happy roaming the surrounding hills of Sugar Loaf, Blorenge and Skirrid. The Christophers are engaging hosts, on hand for queries, and have farmed this acreage for over a century.One of the best sections of Offa’s Dyke runs close by and there are hidden churches and ruined abbeys to discover. Nearby Hay and Abergavenny have festivals and the Brecon Beacons are hard to beat – go walking, fishing, gliding, cycling, canoeing. Watch the woodpeckers in the old fruit trees or climb Pen y Fan – difficult holiday decisions.

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We think you'll love

  • The dark skies and scattered stars
  • Staying with a group of family and friends, sharing the whole place
  • Walking straight out into the countryside
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You should know

  • You really are in the middle of nowhere
  • Taking just one of the spaces means you’ll be close to other guests


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
4pm, please get in touch for early or late check in
Check out
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 3 nights. 3 nights on weekdays. 3 nights at weekends. 3 nights in high season. Short breaks available.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
This property is part of a working farm or vineyard.


Nightly price
from £100
Weekly price
from £440
Damage deposit
Separate Refundable Deposit £200 when two or more cottages booked together.
1 House for 8
From £1306 beds3 bedrooms
1 Cottage for 3
From £1002 beds1 bedroom
1 House for 4
From £1004 beds2 bedrooms
1 Barn for 8
From £1306 beds3 bedrooms



I would definitely take all my family or friends there for a celebration - the flexibility of the four units make it an unique space set in unspoilt countryside where you can make as much noise as you like. The large dining area in the spacious barn is ideal for big meals and then when it all gets too lively the young and the old can retire to their separate parts of the farmyard.

Val, Sawday's inspector

We booked Holt Farm as a venue to host our Girly weekend....Holt Farm exceeded all our expectations. It was clean, spacious, comfortable, affordable and tasteful. ..the well equipped kitchen and dishwasher were very well received. The bedrooms and bathrooms were extremely clean and well thought out. The icing on the cake for us was ... the Hot Tub which was prepared for our arrival and provided the perfect setting, with its beautiful views over the valley for us to congregate and chat and laugh. We are unable to offer any suggestions for improvement as it was just as we'd hoped - perfect!

Carrie, Chippenham

We were very lucky to have won the free visit earlier in the year. Couldn’t have come at a better time for us and we thoroughly enjoyed our three day getaway to the beautiful countryside and hot tub at Holt Farm. We got engaged there August 2018 so it was really special for us to go back this year. Already planning our next trip

Samantha, West Midlands

Had the most wonderful time, thought the property(s) were delightful and very well kept, including the gardens... All was clean, beds were comfortable, two soft towels each, plenty of..kitchen stuff, plus the BBQ...not least the hot tub. Everyone felt very much at home, we really had the most fantastic stay. Ruth was extremely warm and accommodating and made us feel very welcome, and it was a thoroughly wonderful time. I am keen to come back with my family soon and would most definitely recommend Holt Farm to anyone. It is especially good for large groups ... together but with their own spaces


We've had the most amazing family gathering in Holt Barn over the Christmas week. The barn was beautifully converted with simple and thoughtful touches .... and it has every kind of practical amenity that makes it as comfortable as home. Our kids were delightfully greeted by a tall real fully-decorated christmas tree when they arrived at the barn. We would certainly come back here for a family celebration again .... perfect retreat!


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The neighbourhood

It’s middle-of-nowhere territory: a long track reached by very narrow country lanes, views to rural landscapes of rippling hills and grazing dotted with ancient farmhouses. Michaelchurch Escley is more hamlet than village, on the cusp of the Golden Valley, Wye Valley and Brecon Beacons, though there’s an excellent (walkable) gastropub, The Bridge. Everywhere else requires a car: Hopes of Longtown country store for supplies (five miles), Hay-on-Wye (seven miles) for shops and restaurants. Footpaths from the farm offer different walks of between three and seven miles.

Local points of interest from Ruth Christopher

  • Hay-on-Wye - much more than just books! Start with a fascinating tour with a local guide then get started on the book shops, delis and boutiques - after lunch of course!
  • Get your boots on for tackling the splendid Black Mountains or Hay Bluff with many more paths and peaks nearby. For a lower level walk from your cottage doorstep take the local 3 or 7 mile route via the gastro pub! Maps are in your cottage.
  • Spend an afternoon canoeing on the Wye, fishing or a riverside picnic at the Warren. Outdoor activities abound locally -trekking, gorge walking, karting, paintballing and many more. Indoor rock climbing, art and crafts days, or try a pampering session
  • Fine dining is easily sorted - there's 3 local pubs and restaurants. We can help you locate a caterer for a very special supper in your cottage. Your groceries can be delivered or get all your supplies in the Award Winning country store Hopes of Longtown
  • Take a day trip to see the World Heritage Centre and Iron works at Blaenavon - use the opportunity to get underground at Big Pit. The Brecon Beacons 4 Waterfalls walk is a great adventure also the Breacon Mountain Railway, Croft Castle & Berrington Hall
  • Herefordshire churches, castles, black and white trails and country lanes await you. Hereford Cathedral hosts the Mappa Mundi and the ancient Chained Library. After some history the new shopping Mall is delighting visitors, with many new dining choices.


Ruth Christopher

Gordon’s family have farmed here for four generations, and before taking over the farm he spent 14 years farming in New Zealand where he met Ruth, got married, and started a family of his own. When the family of six moved back to Holt Farm the decision was made to diversify from dairy farming, renovating the farmhouse, stables and barns; the involvement of their children means they can now return to New Zealand on extended holidays.