Mistletoe Cottage
Mistletoe Cottage, Westhope Common, Westhope, Herefordshire, HR4 8BU
An extremely private, quiet, and characterful smallholding in an outstanding rural position
  • Situated in a beautifully quiet, tucked away, private and rural position
2.55 Acres Guide price £575,000
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Key Features
  • Detached, period and extended cottage, 2 – 3 double bedrooms and family bathroom
  • 2 – 3 reception rooms, kitchen, pantry room, entrance hall, boot room and storeroom
  • 2 fenced paddocks, a spinney, stables, barns, sheds and yard
  • Extensive gardens, situated in a very private, quiet and tucked away location

Summary of Features

Detached, period and extended cottage of 1,332 sq/ft
2 - 3 double bedrooms and family bathroom
2 - 3 reception rooms, kitchen, pantry room, porches, storeroom
2 fenced paddocks and a small spinney
Stables, barns, sheds and yard
Extensive gardens, terrace/seating areas
Very private, quiet and tucked away location


Mileages: Canon Pyon 1 mile, A49 1½ miles, Leominster 9 miles, Hereford 9½ miles, Presteigne 15 miles, Ludlow 21 miles, Hay-on Wye 22½ miles, Ledbury & Ross-on-Wye 24 miles, Monmouth 26 miles, Worcester 34 miles, Birmingham 65½ miles
Road: M50 (Jct 2) 28 miles, M5 (Jct 7) 36 miles
Railway: Leominster, Hereford
Airport: Birmingham (71½ miles), Bristol & Cardiff (79 miles)


In all - 2.55 Acres


The property is situated in a very quiet location on the beautiful Westhope Common, a designated SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest), and circa 120 acres of pasture, bracken and some oak trees. There are fabulous views from the top of the Common towards the Black Mountains, Shropshire Hill and Malvern Hills, and it is a perfect location for those seeking peace and tranquillity. The nearby village of Canon Pyon is just over a mile away and offers a range of amenities, and both Leominster and Hereford are easily accessible and offer good communication links to the rest of the country.

Mistletoe Cottage

Historically, Mistletoe Cottage is thought to originally date from the 1650's but has been extended over time to create a good sized and comfortable home.
On the first floor there are 2 double bedrooms; the main room with fitted wardrobes, access to under eave storage and beautiful window shutters, and a lovely family bathroom with painted beaded board detailing and a traditional fitted white suite in keeping with the nature of the property. All the floors are of stripped pine and there are a number of exposed and painted beams.
A beautiful, triple aspect sitting room, with part wood panelled walls features a Jotul wood-burning stove to keep things cosy during the colder months. There is also a separate dining room with original inglenook fireplace inset with wood-burning stove, and a recess for what would have been the old bread oven.

Mistletoe Cottage Ctd

There is a glazed entrance hall and good-sized rear porch/boot room, which has a useful, adjoining workshop/storeroom.
A stripped pine stable door leads into the kitchen, which has an electric freestanding cooker and hob, fitted cupboards, a dishwasher and a washing machine, with a further door leading to the utility/pantry room, where there is further storage and space for a fridge and a freezer.
The study is situated off the utility room and offers a flexible space, which could also easily become a 3rd double bedroom if required.
The cottage boasts a huge amount of character and is in excellent condition throughout.

The Outside

Accessed over Westhope Common, the property has 2 of its own private gateways, which give access to both the front and the back of the cottage.
At the rear is a curving gravelled driveway leading to an ample parking area by the house, which gives access to a post and railed fenced concrete yard with 2 good sized timber stables and a lean-to tack room/feed store. There are also 2 pole barns and several useful storage sheds.
There are 2 gently sloping paddocks, both stock fenced, and a lovely small area of spinney. In total, the property in all extends to just over 2.5 acres.
The grounds surrounding the house are mainly laid to lawn, with a separate area of more formal gardens including numerous flower beds and shrubs and productive raised beds for vegetables and a variety of fruit trees, including damson, plum, cherry, cooking and eating apple.


The cottage is accessed across Westhope Common and although a 4-wheel drive vehicle or SUV is not essential, it is likely to be desirable. The tracks leading to the property are grassland common with part-stone tracks, and cars with low ground clearance will find parts difficult. It's possible that a new owner could extend a stone track to the property if required.

Commoners Rights

Mistletoe Cottage benefits from Commoners Rights, which entitle the owners to run up to 25 sheep and up to 6 cattle on the Common. These rights also entitle the cottage owners to full rights of access for vehicles and livestock, at all times.


Mains water, mains electricity, private drainage via a septic tank, oil fired central heating and wood-burners. The boiler is serviced every year and the septic tank is emptied every year.


Fibre Broadband is connected directly to the property (Circa 150Mbps is available)

Local Authority

Herefordshire Council: 01432 260000.

Council Tax

Band "D" (£2,001-79 2020/21).


This property is not Listed.


Rated "F".


Primary: Canon Pyon, Wellington, Burghill, Hereford. Further information is available at:
Secondary: Hereford. Further information is available at:
Independent: Leominster, Hereford, and Monmouth have some excellent independent schools. Further information available at:


The thriving village of Canon Pyon has a Church, Primary Academy CofE school, village store and post office, selling a variety of local produce, a good local pub with an award-winning local Inn only 2 miles' away. There is also a Parish Hall, which holds a variety of events and is host to several clubs and societies, including a Mother & Toddler group. A good range of amenities and facilities can be found in Leominster, and The Cathedral City of Hereford is only 9½ miles away and offers an extensive range of amenities including an array of shops, cafes and eateries as well as good leisure and educational facilities, and a mainline railway station. Further retail opportunities are easily accessible in Monmouth, Worcester and Birmingham.


The area offers a wealth of sporting and recreational facilities and is renowned for its wide range of wildlife habitats. Westhope Common itself is deemed a SSSI and offers excellent walking, riding and cycling. Fishing and water sports are especially good in the region and there are some excellent golf courses close by. The popular Hampton Court Castle & Gardens are a short drive away and regionally, The Malvern Hills AONB, Royal Forest of Dean and Symonds Yat provide for stunning outdoor activities. A variety of sports clubs can be found locally in Hereford with a flying school near Leominster. The renowned Hay Festival, Ludlow Food Festival and Ledbury Poetry Festival are all easily accessible.


Excellent outriding across Westhope Common. There are also green lanes and bridle paths leading directly off the Common. Kings Equestrian Centre, Bromyard is 15 miles away and offers a good range of facilities from arena hire to affiliated and unaffiliated events and clinics. The Three Counties Showground (Malvern) and Hartpury College are also easily accessible. Annual horse trials take place at Homme House, near Ledbury.


HR4 8BU.




We recommend using HR4 8BU (SatNav) to take you to the village of Westhope. Once in the village, continue on the lane uphill out of the village, and keep left at the first junction proceeding uphill. Towards the top, the road will fork and you need to stay to the left and continue on this lane for a short distance where the road will turn into a track. Continue over the cattle grid and you are now on the Common.

Directions Ctd

The What3Words address will take you to the property now, or follow the track to the top of the hill and continue as it bears left. After a short distance there will be a grass track on the right, which takes you towards a large Oak tree with some smaller Oak trees around it. Head for the tree and once past it take a right turn once you hit another grass track. Follow this track past the bracken and scrub on your left and at the end of this there will be a track on your left heading down hill. Take this track to the bottom (staying to the right of some small trees) and Mistletoe Cottage should be in front of you.


By prior appointment only via Grant & Co Estate Agents on 01531 637341.

Agents Notes

Grant & Co and their clients give notice that:1. They have no authority to make or give any representations or warranties in relation to the property. 2. These particulars have been prepared in good faith to give a fair overall view of the property, do not form any part of an offer or contract and must not be relied upon as statements or representations of fact. 3. Any areas, measurements or distances are approximate. The text, photographs and plans are for guidance only and are not necessarily comprehensive. It should not be assumed that the property has all necessary planning, building regulation or other consents. The Agents have not tested any services, equipment or facilities. Purchasers must satisfy themselves by inspection or otherwise. Fixtures & Fittings Unless mentioned specifically all fixtures & fittings are excluded from the sale.