If you like Downton Abbey, you will love Whitney Court. Built a decade before The Great War, it epitomizes that golden age, but on a slightly more human scale.

This is the England that was. Don't miss it now.

 

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Holidays at the Court

Ever want your own stately home (or Country House, as we Brits like to call it)? Book us for a weekend, full week or extended holiday.

Get your whole family together and rebuild your ties. Have a hen party that you will never, ever forget. Or come with friends to enjoy the eclectic grandeur, extraordinary views, unspoilt nature and great local food.

The area? This is Tolkien country. You may not spot a hobbit, but you can take in the centuries-old landscape, leafy lanes, winding river and wonderful old inns which inspired the "Shire." Luckily, we are also within easy reach of Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff and London airports.

Cloud 9 — for 22

The Court sleeps up to 22 and we offer full catering and service. Or if you wish to manage your own visit, we will stay out of your way.

The reception rooms range from the Great Hall and grand Double Drawing Room to the more intimate Smoking Room and Adam-style Dining Room. 

The Bedrooms? Guests have called our beds the most comfortable they ever had. Bathrooms? Beautiful, but this is a period Edwardian house and some you may have to share.

For those who want live music, the acoustics are excellent in the Great Hall, and we keep our Bechstein well tuned. There are smooth, grassy terraces for sipping Manhattans and lazing on a sunny afternoon. And the cascading lawns and gardens are perfect to spill out onto during the day and late into the evening. 

Look but don't eat

The Court is the centrepiece of a 1,000-acre private Estate that includes gardens, meadows, farms, ancient woodlands and the extraordinary River Wye which edges our property. We have sporting opportunities but they no longer include hunting our extraordinary wildife. Instead we offer catch-and-release salmon fishing, bird-watching, clay-pigeon shooting, archery, badmington, croquet, table tennis, and dozens of miles of walks and riding — and that is just on the Estate. There is also canoeing and kayaking on the Wye; hiking and pony trekking through stunning moors, bucolic valleys and the nearby Brecon Beacons National Park; exploring the many castles and black-and-white villages in the area; and, for the truly intrepid, hang gliding off Hay Bluff (bring your own kit).

If you have horses, we can provide stabling (there is an extra charge; please book well in advance). Nearby there are more bridleways, quiet lanes and upland riding than you could explore in a lifetime.

"Hay-on-Wye? Is that some kind of sandwich?" — Norman Mailer

If you are a bibliophile, we are only five miles away from the picturesque town of Hay-on-Wye, known year-round as the "Town of Books" and in May/June for the annual Hay Literary Festival, an event of international renown. Many of the world's most exciting writers and thinkers gather at Hay to read, argue and lecture on literature and world events:

Simon Armitage took to the stage ... I was lucky enough to be in the audience that day, and nearly five years later, it remains the yardstick by which I measure all other literary events. In a low voice, Armitage read from his new translation of the 600-year-old story of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, transporting (us) back to the hearthlit warmth of King Arthur's Christmas court, filled with the sound of carolling and carousing until the moment when the door blows open …”