Orchard Cottage

Presteigne, Herefordshire
+44 (0)1544 260149

A Sawday’s Community Champion: sweet cottage on the estate of celebrated artist Sir Sidney Nolan's former home with 250 acres to explore


1 bedroom


Sleeps 2

Pets welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

A rare privilege to stay here surrounded by evidence of Nolan’s life and examples of his work. The Sidney Nolan Trust promotes access to contemporary arts and you will be contributing towards their education and creative programme which works with local school children and with visiting artists from around the world.

Your single storey cottage has thick stone walls, oak beams and flagged floors. A bright sun room is lovely for resting and reading and there are interesting books to dip into; the kitchen is well planned and you’ll find all the basics for cooking. The garden is a good size, filled with wildflowers in spring plus table and chairs for eating out.

Walkers can strike out through the gardens, orchard, ancient woodland and beyond to Offa’s Dyke. Presteigne, Hay and Ludlow are all within easy reach.

Orchard Cottage - Gallery

We think you'll love

  • Booking a tour of Jacobean Rodd Court
  • The views to Hindwell Valley
  • Walking through glorious Rodd wood
Orchard Cottage - Gallery

You should know

  • There's always a member of staff on site in working hours and at weekends
  • Not suitable for children but babes in arms welcome
  • The Trust run a series of creative courses from April to September so there will be other people milling about


  • 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
From 4pm
Check out
By 10am
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 3 nights.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
This property is part of a working farm or vineyard.
Pubs/restaurants 1 mile.


Nightly price
from £80
Weekly price
from £565
1 Cottage for 2
From £801 bedroom


Orchard Cottage is beautifully located amongst the fields and woodland of the Rodd estate near Presteigne and is a great base for walking locally or exploring further afield in the Welsh Borders. The cottage is simple but well equipped, cosy and comfortable, opening onto a secluded garden with great views. It’s an inspiring place to unwind with a lovely ambience, and the staff of the Sidney Nolan Trust who manage the cottage are friendly, helpful and welcoming.

Derek, Leeds

We really enjoyed our week at Orchard Cottage - helped enormously by unreasonably good weather. The cottage is larger than we had expected, very comfortable, light and quiet. We particularly liked how the kitchen opened onto the garden/orchard, and the light and warmth of the sunroom. Great to have such large grounds to wander around in. Astonishingly clear, dark, night skies for star watching. Thank you to the extremely friendly and helpful Trust team.

Trevor, Bristol

Great place to stay...well designed cottage in lovely location. Part of the Sir Sidney Nolan estate...managed by the Sir Sidney Nolan Trust. Inspirational setting next to an amazing 16th Century House, the previous home of Sir Sidney & his wife. A link to this famous Australian abstract artist....Friendly and informative staff, a definite for those who love creativity and art.

Andy, Hereford

Lovely cosy, cottage finished to a high standard and perfect for couples. The setting is idyllic and the adjacent arts centre fascinating.

Adrian, Lichfield

Orchard Cottage is a beautifully renovated coach house - spacious, single level, with a conservatory adjoining the bedroom overlooking the fields and orchards. You always feel as if you are partly outside in these beautiful surroundings. There is a woodburner in the lounge for cozy evenings, a free standing bath and a separate shower room, and the kitchen has the most beautiful oak cabinetry I have ever seen! It is the kind of place in which one immediately feels at home. It was hard to leave. The staff were extremely friendly and helpful and little details made the stay a delight.

Sarah, Palnackie

If ever a place was planned to inspire one to write, draw or paint then this is it. The spirit of SIdney Nolan seems to blow around the very fabric of this wonderful medieval settlement and then out and along the beautiful Hindwell Valley. If further inspiration is needed then pull on some stout boots and head out through some of the borders finest scenery - Offa's Dyke path is close. A rare gem.

David, Sawday's inspector

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The neighbourhood

Presteigne is a mile away and has shops and places to eat. The Stagg at Titley is three miles and The Harp a bit further. Hay on Wye, book capital of the borders and gateway to the Brecon Beacons is a half hour drive. The black and white village trail starts in Eardisley (20 minutes away) and can also be cycled.

Local points of interest from The Sidney Nolan Trust

  • From April to September, our gallery is open with a rolling exhibition programme showcasing the works of Sir Sidney Nolan. Visit his studio, housed in a 17th-century barn, this is Nolan’s last studio and the only one to remain in situ. Open 17 May 2021
  • There are many local open gardens to visit; Bryan's Ground, Westonbury Mill Water Gardens, Hergest Croft, Hampton Court Gardens, Stockton Bury Gardens, The Weir Garden and Croft Castle to name a few. Several are now starting to re-open. Please check online
  • Presteigne sits within a cluster of beautiful market towns including the towns of Hay on Wye and Ludlow. Visit Hay on Wye to lose yourself in a book, and Ludlow to awaken your taste buds. Both hold annual events such as Food and Literature festivals.
  • Hereford (45-minute drive away) is improving fast. Not only is it home of the oldest map in the world (the Mappa Mundi at Hereford Cathedral) it is now gaining a foodie reputation with award-winning The Bookshop serving up the best Sunday roast for miles.
  • If you like walking, you’ll love our location. Surrounded by bridleways & legal green lane, you can travel across miles of open hill & single tracks with buzzards & red kites soaring above. Try fishing, our stretch of river is perfect for catching trout.
  • Exceptional eating is to be had locally at The Stagg Inn a relaxed country pub winner of countless accolades for its food, and The Harp Inn - The Good Pub Guide’s Rural Pub of the Year 2020, plus many other restaurants and cafes. Look out for take-outs.


The Sidney Nolan Trust

Sidney Nolan founded the Trust in 1985 with his wife Mary. His vision was for ‘an inspirational gathering place for artists, scholars, students and others to meet, exchange, create and to share their artistic endeavour.’ Today, the Trust is proud to own many of Nolan's paintings and prints, his property, farmland and woodland.