Trevase Cottages is a family run business which started in 2007 when Trevase Granary opened its doors as luxury accommodation for large groups. This was closely followed by Penblaith Barn a few years later. The Pursey family are delighted to share the beautiful Herefordshire countryside with you, which we are lucky enough to have as the backdrop to our family farm.
Trevase is a mixed farm which runs 800-acres of arable land, 6 broiler sheds, 500 commercial ewes (lambing from January until March), 40 pedigree Charolais ewes (lambing in December), 70 suckler cows and a coarse fishing lake, which is a nice short walk from Trevase Granary and free for guests to fish. An Anaerobic Digester Plant, fed on maize silage and chicken litter, was installed in 2013 to generate power. Most of the 500kw is exported to the grid, but it also supplies the farm site, including Trevase Granary. The heat generated is used to warm the chicken sheds and heating a drying shed.
In 2003 the dairy cows at Trevase were sold leaving an 18th century stone barn that was previously used to rear calves. Liz and Roger decided to use this stunning barn to diversify and convert into the luxury accommodation it is today. There was much debate whether it should be two smaller properties or one large property, the decision to make it one large property was very unique in the market! Building work commenced in 2005, the aim was to sympathetically restore the stone building into quality accommodation that would be suitable for large gatherings and ensure all the requirements for modern living with a luxurious touch was provided for our guests. After a lot of hard work, light fitting being shipped from South Africa and re-wired, huge amounts of building materials and lots of decisions the work was completed in Spring 2007 when Liz welcomed her first set of guests.
Penblaith Barn was used as a milking parlour by a local farmer until 2000 when they sold their cows and also sold the barn. It was purchased by another family who lovingly converted it into the grand barn it is today, including shipping Spanish tiles in for their bathrooms. It was their family home, with a self-contained flat on the end, until they decided to sell. When we purchased the barn in 2010 we wanted to replicate the Trevase Granary business model. In order to do this we did a small amount of work including creating a downstairs bedroom, changing the kitchen and dining areas and altering the layout of the top floor to make three large bedrooms. This provided us with the 8 luxury en-suite bedrooms we wanted and we welcomed out first guests in June 2010.