Lower Bache House
THE HOME OF ROSE AND LESLIE WILESKimbolton, Nr Leominster, Herefordshire, HR6 0ER
Telephone: 01568 750304
Herefordshire Nature Trust - Gold Award
Herefordshire Nature Trust - Green Business Award
Tourist Board 4 Star, Breakfast Award
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WHERE WE ARE
Just four miles from the historic town of Leominster lies Lower Bache House, nestling in fourteen acres of a tiny, tranquil, unspoiled Herefordshire valley. Rose and Leslie Wiles have lovingly restored this once derelict, substantial, seventeenth century stone farmhouse as closely as possible to its original condition. Whilst retaining its wealth of oak beams and many interesting historical features, at the same time it incorporates all the comforts of modern living.
The old granary of the house has been converted into an annexe of two delightful bed and breakfast suites, each with its own bath or shower room and private sitting room. Eighteenth and Nineteenth century maps, prints and original watercolours add the finishing touch to these charming rooms, individually furnished with period pine furniture. Beamed ceilings and half-timbered walls instil an aura of warmth and cosiness. All are handsomely appointed with all the expected facilities of a modern household and additionally, a small library.
Just across the courtyard is a ground level single storey suite, converted from the old stables - ideal for those with limited mobility - which incorporates all the comforts and character of those in the house.
WINE AND DINE
Our unique dining room was once the stone built cider-making barn and features the original cider mill, once turned by horses to crush the apples ready for pressing. The magnificent flagstone floor and vaulted ceiling complete the atmosphere of comfort and charm. Here we serve meals to our guests. Leading off the dining room is the terrace, with its panoramic views of the valley, where breakfast and dinner may be served on those days when summer smiles on us.
Dinner at Lower Bache is an event. Our acclaimed cuisine, which incorporates a number of original dishes, is a gourmet's delight and is created as far as possible from home and locally grown organic produce. It is a set meal of two or three courses, followed by coffee and home-made petit fours, and is complemented by a fine organic wine list, at sensible prices, carefully selected by us. We are able to meet all dietary requirements and we are delighted to cater for vegetarians and those with other specific needs.
Our breakfasts, too, are exceptional. From a light continental breakfast of home-baked bread and fresh croissant, home-made marmalade jams and local honey, to a repast chosen from a truly varied menu which includes smoked haddock, kippers and locally produced sausages, bacon and our own free range eggs. Try floddies, beid be tom, bacon fraise or jolly boys from the speciality section of the menu.
DINNER & SUPPER
Evening meals, which are by arrangement, are set meals selected from our renowned wide ranging cusine. We are very happy to discuss your special dietary requirements.
All our meat is organic or free range. Fruit and vegetables are, wherever possible, home grown or local organic produce.
SAMPLE DISHES OF OUR SET EVENING MEALS
These dishes are typical examples of the wide ranging cuisine we provide for those who dine with us.
ASPARAGUS - Picked in season from our own bed and served with butter and freshly ground pepper in the traditional way.
SMOKED SALMON - Finely sliced and served with a lightly cayenned mayonnaise and a tasting of caviar.
GOATS CHEESE - Grilled on a bed of homemade wholemeal bread and served with mixed leaves dressed with our own vinaigrette.
QUAIL EGGS - Served in a nest of sesame oil dressed green beans and with a yoghurt and cream sauce.
AVOCADO PEAR - Dressed with a home made vinaigrette and served with parmesan omelette rings.
VICHYSOISSE - This classic soup, home made and served chilled with a dash of cream.
PORK LOIN STEAK - Local free range Berkshire breed pork, wrapped in free range bacon and sage, pan fried, and served with a rich apple and butter sauce.
STUFFED CHICKEN BREAST- Local free range chicken breast stuffed with goat's cheese, mushrooms and local free range bacon, oven roasted and served with a basil butter.
LAMB CHOPS - Local free range lamb grilled with courgette and garlic, the garlic being served as a vegetable.
PAN FRIED PHEASANT - Sealed in the pan and finished in the oven. Served with a sauce of button mushrooms, shallots, brandy, red wine and redcurrant jelly and served on a bed of celeriac and potato puree.
SEA BASS - Grilled and laid on a bed of puy lentil salsa and served with fennel and new potatoes.
RED MULLET - Poached in dry sherry and stock and accompanied by a spring onion and butter sauce.
All these dishes are served with the appropriate seasonal vegetables.
TIRAMISU - This now classic Italian pudding is less than forty years old! There are many variations, but we are sure we have the best one.
TARTE AU POMME - Another classic dish. Apples and almonds in an individual short crust flan, finished with an apricot glaze.
PEAR IN RED WINE - Poached in red wine and served with a syrup made with the wine, cinnamon and lemon.
CRÈME BRULEE - Homemade, and served with an orange and grand marnier compote.
We have a wide range of vegetarian dishes, and would be delighted to provide you with a sample menu should that be of interest.
TARIFF & TERMS
A deposit of £20 per person is required for all bookings. All reservations will be considered provisional until the appropriate deposit is received.
Deposits, which are non-returnable, must be received within seven days of the reservation being accepted.
Cheques should be made out to R. Wiles.
WE ACCEPT MOST CREDIT AND SWITCH CARDS.
We are pleased to accommodate children over 12 years.
We regret that we cannot accommodate dogs or cats.
We realise the difficulties this may create and can make available details of nearby kennels and catteries if you would like your pets close at hand.
We normally expect guests to arrive after 4.00pm and depart by 11.00am. Variations from these times can be discussed to meet special circumstances.
THINGS TO DO
Bache, an old English word meaning 'valley of the rivulet' poetically captures the tranquil setting of our home. The surrounding countryside is ideally situated for walking cycling and riding, and there are also many, many, places of interest well worth visiting. Ancient towns, beautiful Saxon and Norman churches, villages that have scarcely changed since mediaeval times, historic houses and castles are all within a short distance.
Visit too, the Ironbridge Gorge Museum for a fascinating exploration of the industrial revolution or ride a steam train on the Severn Valley Railway. At Hay-on-Wye the greatest collection of bookshops and old books in the world awaits you. Hereford Cathedral boasts the Mappa Mundi and a chained library with volumes from as early as the Eighth century.
The National Trust properties of Berrington Hall, Croft Castle and Brockhampton Court are all close by.
TWO OF OUR MORE SENIOR GUESTS
For those with sporting inclinations, there is golf, riding, racing at Hereford and Ludlow, trotting, river and lake fishing, clay pigeon shooting: Worcester cricket ground is a mere twenty-five miles away.
For Rugby enthusiasts, Worcester club is within easy reach. Our very successful local team, Luctonians R.F.C. now promoted to one of the top 72 clubs in England provide first class entertainment and a very warm welcome to all visitors.
For those who take a delight in horticulture, Herefordshire has some wonderful gardens for all to enjoy. From the grand development by the Van Kampen family at Hampton Court to traditional cottage gardens, there is a wealth of beauty to experience. Specialists abound, and the national collections of rhododendrons and clematis are within easy reach. Specialists in herbs, ferns and unusual flowers are also close by. The fascinating four acre garden at Stocktonbury is a must.
Our own gardens of around three quarters of an acre has been created from sloping sheep pasture and, using an organic system of husbandry, are constantly developing. If it pleases you, stroll by the ponds and watch the dragonflies, sit in our newly created woodland glade, or rest in the herb garden and inhale the aromas. Gardens are there to be enjoyed and we are happy to share ours with you.
This year our newly created terraced kitchen garden will begin to provide fresh organic vegetables for your table.
NATURE AND WILDLIFE
For the naturalist, Herefordshire is a county relatively undamaged by modern farming methods, the land being mainly grazed by sheep and cattle. A wealth of hedgerows and woodlands still remain. Consequently there is a richness of flora and fauna with particularly abundant bird life. Within our own fourteen acres, for the last twenty years our leys have been allowed to revert to traditional hay meadows.
There has been a steady improvement in the quantity and diversity of wild flowers, and the number of species improves yearly. As an indicator, four species of orchid have re-established themselves.
An on-going survey of the lepidoptera has produced to date, 26 species of butterflies and several hundred moths. Two species that have particularly benefited are the Meadow Brown and the Ringlet which can be seen in their thousands in July.
Over seventy species of birds have been observed.
The rolling hills and valleys of this very rural area of the Marches have truly been described as England's last unspoilt county.
The majority of our population still derive their living from agriculture and related industries, and this is reflected in the unhurried pace of life and overall atmosphere of peace, so detached from the stress and bustle of urban conurbations.
An historic land, that on the border with Wales has known more turbulent times, Herefordshire has a wealth of archaeological remains and architectural splendours that reflect our fascinating past. Rich in rivers and streams whose beauty are crowned by the magnificent Wye, this lovely county, revelling in such an abundance of natures beauty, and mans ancient craftsmanship, is truly 'the land that time forgot'.
Why not share it with us?
Rosie and Leslie Wiles
Once again we came under the spell of Lower Bache, and were charmed by its peace and quiet, its relaxing atmosphere, its rich biodiversity, and most of all by its artistic owners whose multiple skills give it uniqueness in our experience - and this time it was for a whole week!
Brian and Veronica, Aberdeen
Many thanks once again for a lovely weekend - we really enjoyed coming back to sample the peace and quiet of Lower Bache, to say nothing of the excellent food! I really appreciated the Wild Mushroom Soup and pray for a good harvest this year.
Karen and Clive, Farnham
We are extremely impressed with the fine attention to detail - the room was full of character and wonderfully appointed. And the meal was truly of the highest standard. We certainly felt that we received good value for money. We will be recommending Lower Bache House to our friends and family, for sure!
Gina and Matthew, London.
Thought you'd like to know that as a result of my enjoyable stay with you I saved my daughter from a culinary disaster when a meringue base came to grief. She took an Eton Mess to the christening party, and the panic was over: but I have to thank you for introducing me to it.
I just wanted to say 'Thank you' for making my birthday weekend so enjoyable. I hope we didn't put you both to too much trouble. I had a lovely time and always enjoy visiting your beautiful home in its wonderful setting.
I look forward to visiting you again - and best of luck with the blanket weed!
Just a short note to say how much we appreciated our stay with you. The food was outstanding and we couldn't believe how wonderfully tranquil it was. Felt so much better and able to cope with the world again. Hope to see you before too long.
Sally and Mike, Nottingham.
Many thanks for having us - we really enjoyed ourselves - and your hospitality. The food was excellent. [I loved the kippers!!]
Must say a word about that piece of sirloin you got for me. I haven't tasted beef like that since goodness knows when. It has made me wonder why we cannot get beef like that in the North.
I return the little book I borrowed and wish you all happiness and success - you deserve it.
Barbara and Rex, Manchester.
Thank you so much for a lovely weekend, I had a great time. Your home is spectacular and the company was superb!
We want to thank you for making our weeks holiday so restful and enjoyable. Your cooking is superb and we shall not hesitate to tell everyone!
The suite of rooms was delightful and added to our pleasure. Once again many thanks.
Arthur and Rosalind, Durham
Just a note to let you know how much we enjoyed our stay with you. You made us feel very welcome. We loved your home and the food and wine was divine. I'm sold on organic wine now. We hope to come to stay with you when we are ploughing in the area again. Once again many thanks.
Robert and Norma, Truro
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