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.
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Absolutely marvellous find
I’m lucky, insomuch that I always seem to find great dog friendly properties to rent, but this time I excelled myself. Cider Mill cottage is a superb place to stay and once you’ve wound your way down the twisty turning farm track, it is a great place to just chill out and relax. Very cosy and welcoming and the centrepiece of the kitchen area is the huge apple crushing mechanism, still completely intact and it looks like it could be used straight away. A lovely reminder of what the building was used for in times gone by. There was a lovely welcome pack, above and beyond what most places offer and we made full use of it. The apple gin was a real surprise. All of the rooms and furnishings are well appointed and everything is comfortable to a degree that you feel you have bought the items yourself. The log burner is great. A decent size that throws out a fantastic amount of heat, making the seating area a real toasty place to be. There was also a decent supply of logs and kindling. We were here for 3 nights, had a roaring fire each night and still left enough to last one more night. The grounds are lovely and in the Summer months, you can take advantage of the owners swimming pool. You also have a small al fresco dining area. There is a nice fully enclosed secure paddock that you can take your 4 legged friend around, off the lead, to run around to their hearts content. The walk into the village is very pleasant, crossing several fields including one that was full of very curious, heavily pregnant sheep. Our young Lab puppy was equally curious and took it all in very calmly. (He was obviously on a lead at all times.) Turn left at the main road junction. The village has one dog friendly pub, the Lion Inn and this has a good selection of beers and wines. You can eat in the bar area with your pup, without being frowned upon. The village is also quite a scenic place to walk around. If you turn right at the main road junction, this will take you to another pub. The New Inn. I can’t comment on this one as we did not visit it. The accommodation is so cosy and welcoming, you’re happy to spend a good chunk of time there. There was just the 2 of us and our dog staying for this break, but the accommodation is designed for 3 adults and there would be ample room. Could not recommend this place highly enough.
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