A former cider mill converted to a delightful beamed cottage for two, amid some of the loveliest countryside the Midlands has to offer.
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Just a few miles northwest of Worcester, on the edge of the Malvern Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this beamed old cider mill offers snug and cosy accommodation for two, or for a couple with a toddler or young child. It's not only been beautifully converted, it's snug and cosy too, and offers the perfect base for exploring what is undeniably attractive part of the country, with Worcester, Malvern and the delights of the relatively unexplored Teme Valley on your doorstep. Catherine, the owner, lives in the nearby main house, and is always on hand to advise on the best country walks or which pubs serve the best food, and you really couldn't hope for a more peaceful (or indeed more convenient) weekend escape. Or why not make a full week of it? There's plenty to do in the surrounding area, and once you've settled in you may not want to leave.
The cottage has a well-arranged open-plan living area, with a wood-burning stove, comfy sofas and a small dining table, and a contemporary kitchen in which the original mill wheel has pride of place. It's also warmed by an Aga so you can really live out your country living fantasies – you are, after all, not far from the home of The Archers! Upstairs, there's a master bedroom with an antique double bed with high quality linen along with a bright single room and a well-equipped modern bathroom. A welcome basket is provided on arrival, full of garden produce and homemade goodies.
As for things to do, you can snuggle up on the sofa in front of the stove if the weather doesn't cooperate. If it does, though, the unspoilt nearby Teme Valley is a hidden gem, boasting the quintessentially English countryside that is typical of this part of Worcestershire. There are lots of walks you can do right from the doorstep, or you could also follow the long-distance Worcestershire Way, which runs nearby on its route down to Malvern. Nearby sights include local composer Edward Elgar's birthplace just outside Worcester, factory tours of the Morgan Motor Company in Malvern - and of course the cathedral city of Worcester itself. Maybe you'll stay a fortnight?
Our Favourite Spot
Snuggled in front of the wood burner with a glass of wine, or set out for a walk through unspoilt countryside.
The local area
Beautiful and really quiet. Listening to the skylarks and buzzards during the day, and the owls at night. The views are fantastic.
Best local places to eat and drink
There are two pubs with restaurants in the nearby village which you could walk to across the fields, or a little further you will find other unique pubs and fine restaurants to enjoy.
Why stay with us?
A fabulous and yet unknown area of England, with wonderful scenery and an excellent place to walk and explore. Off the beaten track, literally ¾ of a mile down a private drive yet close enough to use as a base to visit the towns of Worcester, Malvern or Ludlow.
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Two Bedrooms – one double and one single – so it really suits a couple, or a family with a young child.
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Seven nights from £ 410; short breaks and weekends available from £110.
Available all year.