rhodds barn rural retreat
Cary and Richard Goode did something many of us dream about. They acquired and old farm on the English countryside and turned it into a beautiful mansion. The 13 acres of land that came with the farm were transformed into a lush garden full of art, flowers and places to enjoy the views of hills rolling over the horizon.
Along with the farm came a 30 meters long barn which they turned into a guest quarter filled with instruments, an original Wurlitzer, 1000’s of books, a wood stove and 2 bedroom with ensuite bathrooms. A stone’s throw away from the Welsh medieval gem Hay on Wye, this is a place to relax, enjoy the landscape, the fresh air and history that hides behind each and every corner or cobblestone.
The barn consists of two floors. Downstairs you’ll find the fully equipped kitchen, a bathroom with shower and toilet and several places to sit back and relax near the fire or enjoy a fine dinner. Here you’ll also find the Wurlitzer filled with Elvis, Roy Orbison and the Beach Boys. Upstairs there’re two two-person bedrooms with ensuite bathroom including bathtub, a television corner and a piano. Here’s also a balcony from which you can see as far as Wales. It is a nice and quite place to see the sun come up in the morning or watch the stars come out at night.
Around the barn are several cozy places to sit in case you’ll find the beautiful garden with all its hidden lookout posts too big to handle. The surroundings of Rhodds Barn offer the best of England and Wales. From medieval towns and hamlets as Hay on Wye – famous for its books- and Pembridge with its 800 years old church to the gourmet food of the Michelin starred Stagg Inn pub in nearby Titley.
Cary and Richard welcome their guests with fresh bread, eggs, bacon, butter, milk, home made marmalade and a bottle of wine. They also have two mountain bikes available for their guests as well as an unlimited supply of firewood. Their dogs are happy to accompany guests on walks over the premises, bringing yet another smile to your face. Life is good here at the Rhodds Farm. It’s a feeling the owners are more than ready to share.
Hereford, HR5 3LW
T: +44 (0)1544 340120