Cider Mill Cottage
Just a few miles northwest of Worcester, on the edge of the Malvern Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this old beamed cider mill offers snug and cosy accommodation for two, or for a couple with a toddler or young child. It's been beautifully converted, and offers the perfect base for exploring a hugely attractive part of England, with Worcester, Malvern and the delights of the relatively unexplored Teme Valley on your doorstep.
Situated down a bumpy farm lane, about a mile from the main road, the cottage is quite literally well off the beaten track and feels gloriously isolated and enjoys stupendous views over the surrounding countryside. It has a well-arranged open-plan living area, with a wood-burning stove, sofas, TV and DVD, and a small dining area, and a contemporary kitchen in which the original mill wheel (of the old cider press) has pride of place; the kitchen is ingeniously built around it. The kitchen is 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, along with a bright single room and a well-equipped modern bathroom, with more vintage pieces of furniture throughout. A welcome basket is provided on arrival, full of garden produce and homemade goodies.
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 she'll also let you use their lovely swimming pool if you ask nicely. At the very least you should take a stroll through her gorgeous garden and make the most of the view: the 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 right from the doorstep, or you can follow part of 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. You might start off thinking about a lovely quiet weekend escape, but there's plenty to do and a full week suddenly seems rather attractive. Heartily recommended!
Our favourite spot
Snuggle in front of the wood burner with a glass of wine, or set out for a walk through unspoilt countryside.
The local area
It's beautiful and really quiet. Listen 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 largely unknown area of England, with wonderful scenery and an excellent place to walk and explore. The cottage is off the beaten track, literally three-quarters of a mile down a private drive yet close enough to use as a base to visit the towns of Worcester, Malvern and Ludlow.
Two bedrooms – one double and one single – which suits a couple, or a family with a young child (no children under 5).
Seven nights from £410; short breaks and weekends available from £110.
Available all year.
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