Holt Farm Barns

Michaelchurch Escley, Herefordshire

Four stunningly converted, underfloor heated barns on a friendly family farm near the Brecons - walks galore and fascinating Hay close by


4 places


Sleeping from 2 – 8


Leave the most minor of minor roads for a track, then a cluster of stone buildings over which Holt Barn presides. It’s an understated conversion that cleverly combines cosy bedrooms, vast beams, underfloor heating, every music and TV device known to man and a phone with free UK calls. The superlative kitchen is part of the luxuriously large open-plan ground floor, with sofas and a wood-burning stove – eight guests will be thoroughly at ease. The Christophers are engaging hosts, on hand for queries, and have farmed this acreage for over a century. A courtyard separates the three-sided rectangle of buildings and woodpeckers inhabit the old fruit trees. Animal-loving children will be happy and will love roaming the surrounding hills: the Sugar Loaf, Blorenge and Skirrid. One of the best sections of the Offa’s Dyke Path runs close by and there are hidden churches and ruined abbeys to discover. Nearby Hay, Hereford, Abergavenny and Abbey Dore all have festivals and the Brecon Beacons are hard to beat – go walking, fishing, gliding, cycling, canoeing. Watch the woodpeckers or climb Pen y Fan – difficult holiday decisions.


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • 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
10am, please get in touch for early or late check out
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 3 nights. 3 nights at weekends. 5 nights in high season.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
This property is part of a working farm or vineyard.


Nightly price
from £63
Weekly price
from £440
Damage deposit
Separate Refundable Deposit £200 when two or more cottages booked together.
1 House for 7
From £1013 bedrooms
1 Cottage for 2
From £631 bedroom
1 House for 4
From £802 bedrooms
1 Barn for 8
From £1306 beds3 bedrooms


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

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 Brecon Beacons and many more paths and peaks. For a lower level walk from your cottage doorstep take the local 3 or 7 mile route and go right to the gastro pub on the way!
  • 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.