High above Herefordshire, where the River Wye meanders through an unspoilt valley, Starhill Manor stares lovingly towards Penyard Hill, Chase Hill and the Forest of Dean. This is the big country of the Welsh borders, waiting to be explored by up to 20 family, friends, kids, and up to three dogs.
Roll up past parklands and apple and monkey-puzzle trees and enter a gorgeously renovated world of cosy fabrics and country-modern furnishings. Yes, Starhill Manor is chic, but it’s also playful. Try extracting yourself from the games room with pool table, table football and built-in bar. Pull another cold one from the wine fridge.
In the evening, relax around burning logs with books and Bluetooth. Scroll through Sky on the lounge smart TV and bring your password for Netflix over the fibre broadband. Cook on the four-oven Aga, or order up bistro-quality foodie goodness from our professional chefs, sleep in luxury en-suite bedrooms, mark your calendar for next year.
You’re elevated here, high above Herefordshire, and the garden views across open countryside roll forever, out towards the tops of Penyard Hill, Chase Hill and the Forest of Dean. On site, you’ve two-and-a-half acres of grasslands, apple trees and monkey-puzzle trees to explore.
Eat out on the 20-seater terrace and light up the barbecue with grass-fed beef and garlic sausages from Wild by Nature. Enjoy a kickabout with the football goals. Make a night of it under the stars in the seven-seat hot tub.
Renovated into a modern country style, Starhill Manor is a chic and cosy mix of the contemporary and the classic. It’s a seriously grown-up place for family get-togethers, but it’s got a playful side, too. So get the gang together to mix and mingle in a place that knows how to party.
The partying begins in the games room, complete with pool table, table football and board games. Thirsty? Dip into the wine fridge from the built-in bar in the corner. But don’t leave the kids out – we haven’t, with a playroom that’s choc-full of toys, a play kitchen, dolls’ house and teddies.
In the evening, feed the fire with logs as you busy yourself with books from the shelves or music on the Bluetooth. Get together for movie nights on Sky on the lounge smart TV or bring your password to binge Netflix or Amazon Prime Video over the fibre broadband.
Foodies will love the four-oven Aga and hot plate, and electric range cooker with ceramic hob and double ovens. Reluctant chefs can stay that way, with a call to our professional chef services, DineIndulge, Côte at Home or Catering by Carrie. Tuck into restaurant-quality fare at home as a one-off or a fully catered break.
You’ll get all 20 of you around the massive dining room table. All the more reason to linger, chat, pass the bread, top up the wine and enjoy great local produce from Powell’s Butchers and Wild by Nature. Stock up the American fridge/freezer and wine fridge with Chester’s Wines finest.
Have a night off and grab great takeaways from Old Stables Fish and Chips in Hereford, Avellino for Italian, Nepalese from Yaks and Yetis, and Asian from Café Zam Zam. Eat out at No. 3 for shoulder of slow-cooked lamb or gourmet burger. Or try fillet of Herefordshire beef at Orles Barn.
Pop abroad (Wales) for real ales, fine food and a warm welcome at the Angel Inn in Abergavenny or for seasonal and local ingredients at The Walnut Tree. Eat the best of British at The Moody Cow with fresh Brixham haddock or vegan blackbean burger. Or try traditional Italian at Avellino.
Starhill Manor sleeps 20 in eight bedrooms. Down Herefordshire’s single-track roads, all that will separate you from deep, dreamy sleep is the call of cuckoos and kingfishers.
Bedroom one is an en-suite superking that could be split into twins with zip and link, while bedroom two is a family room sleeping four. This is an en-suite offering two superkings or four singles. Bedroom three could also provide zip-and-link flexibility and offers a shower en-suite.
En-suite bedroom four sleeps two in zip-and-links that could become a superking and bedroom five and six are also zip-and-links that share a bathroom. On the second floor, bedroom seven sleeps four in a family room with a superking/zip-and-link. There’s an en-suite with shower. Bedroom eight is another en-suite zip-and link.
The motorway gives way to A roads and the excitement builds as Herefordshire’s single-track B roads take you high above Herefordshire and you turn into the gravel drive. Starhill Manor is going to be big, very big. Big enough, in fact, to take 20 guests, so you can bring the whole family along, including three furry friends.
Out there among the monkey-puzzle trees and the orchards, there are two-and-a-half acres of parkland to get to know. Plan a barbecue out on the 20-seat terrace and kick a ball into the footie nets between bites. Big kids can stay out late and stare at the stars in the seven-seater hot tub.
Inside, family time is fun with a games room complete with pool table, table football and board games. Stay refreshed with a mocktail from the built-in bar. Younger kids will love the playroom with toys, play kitchen, dolls’ house and teddies, and everyone will enjoy cosy loglit evenings around the Sky TV or watching Netflix over the fibre broadband.
Gone are the days when the only way to view a house was solely by way of poring over flat and sometimes confusing floor plans. With the emergence of 360-degree video we have an exciting new way of being introduced to the layout of a house.
With a few clicks you can be leisurely making your way through living rooms, bedrooms, dining rooms, kitchens and bathrooms – the whole house in all its beauty waiting for you to step on in for an effortless and insightful virtual tour.