Elsie's Cottage

West Midlands Worcestershire Great Malvern

  • Sleeps 4.
  • Cosy Rural Retreat

A magical cottage for four – tucked into the folds of the Malvern Hills In Worcestershire.

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Tucked into the folds of the Malvern Hills, in the southwestern reaches of Worcestershire, Elsie's Cottage is a perfect rural hideaway  – a two-bedroomed bolthole that makes for the ultimate countryside escape for couples or a family of four. Not only is it situated deep in the woods and amid the rolling hills, the stone walls of the cottage and its picturesque, mature garden are reassuringly homely and secluded. It can feel like you've found a secret place to escape to – and a rather enchanted one at that, situated on the ley lines of three counties.

The Victorian stone cottage has been renovated throughout and extended, but with a sensitivity and taste that more than do justice to its unique location: the feel is rustic yet very contemporary, with everything you need for a comfortable stay.  The squishy velvet sofas, rocking-chair and and inglenook fireplace with wood-burner in the downstairs sitting room only add to the cottage's cosy charm; there's also a well-equipped retro-styled rustic kitchen with a dining table for four, and a heated stone floor. Upstairs you'll find a beamed bedroom with chandeliers and a sturdy and very comfy king-sized bed. The second bedroom, which can be made up as a kingsize double or twin, is on the ground floor with doors directly out onto the terrace. The stone floored bathroom boasts a roll top bath, rainfall shower and large stone sink, and a heated rail with fluffy towels and robes, ensuring you can indulge in style and space. Finally, outside there's a sun-fulled terrace with views over the steeply landscaped garden and the valley beyond, and a tree-shrouded wood-burning hot tub for a soak under the stars. It's a wonderful place for al fresco meals on warm evenings, with a ceramic BBQ and fire pit, and a hand-carved table with comfy chairs to watch the sun go down.

Then there's the location – perfect for exploring the Malvern Hills and also the beautiful Wye Valley. Dogs are welcome and are perfect companions for exploring the woods and hills around the cottage, and there are bikes for guests' use – a nice way to explore the surrounding villages and nearby towns like uniquely pretty Ledbury and Malvern itself.  Whether you believe in the mysteries of ley lines or not, it's a magical place, and one you will want to return to again and again.

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This hidden gem tucked away on the side of Ragged Stone Hill at the western end of the Malvern hills.  We chose deep forest greens and burnt yellows and heathers as a pallet. The history is in the remnants of wallpaper, on the rafters, the Malvern stone walls and the oak frame which reflects the woods it is surrounded by.

Elsie's is all about its setting and the outside space. Set on a steep slope, the tiered garden has private views across the valley, with secluded spaces to retreat to. The sun filled terrace with its wall of oak sleepers, sail for shade and festoon lights is a lovely evening retreat for dining or enjoying the outside.
The hot tub is nestled into the side of the hill, for complete privacy, Heated by wood it is perfect for listen to the wildlife and watch the stars at night.

The bathroom offers a touch of glamour with copper verdigris panelling around a roll top bath and an opulent rainfall shower. Underfloor heating and limestone tops adds to its luxurious feel. Upstairs is the perfect oak 'A' framed room made for two. With cottage windows and old wooden floors. Handmade soft furnishings and feather lampshades and chandelier all add to the feel of boutique charm. Downstairs you'll find a second bedroom, (super king or twins), a new addition along with the hallway. The bedroom has individual vintage finds  and doors out to the terrace. The bedrooms are both so private couples, friends and families can share the space in peace.

The lounge is full of rustic charm.  Beamed ceiling, woodburner in an inglenook fireplace, stone walls and French doors out to the sun filled terrace. There's a smart TV for watching films and a bluetooth speaker for listening to music. Sink into deep sofas, light the fire, grab a board game or watch a film and enjoy the space.

The kitchen is forest green reflecting its surroundings and fitted with oven, microwave, dishwasher, fridge-freezer and washer dryer. Marble worktops, and underfloor heating make this space feel luxurious and cosy.  We added open shelves and dining space for four + so you can all eat together comfortably on the old elm bench and velvet chairs. The kitchen has all you need to cook and dine with an adorable mix of luxury and rustic country charm.

Suitable For

The cottage will appeal to those who love the outdoors  such as walkers, cyclists. Dogs are welcome with miles of footpaths literally from the gate.  If you just need a quiet escape to the country with privacy and seclusion, or have a special anniversary, minimoon or birthday to celebrate Elsie's will appeal. Whilst we welcome children the steep garden will not suit toddlers. 


This is the perfect place to walk and explore the Malvern Hills. Walking the full 13 miles is very achievable. There are many woods that surround the cottage and extend around the hills. There are bikes on hand so you can off-road on bridleways and country lanes for miles. The Wye Valley is the place to head for canoeing, paddle boarding or walking in the nearby Forest of Dean. Close by, Eastnor Castle hosts Land Rover off-road experiences, the Castle and grounds is lovely to explore including a maze and lake. Ledbury offers an eclectic high street, with lanes to explore and renowned  for its independent shops; Upton-upon-Severn is a lovely riverside town with regular music festivals. Malvern is home to a lovely theatre, gardens and access to the hills. 

Food & Drink

Pubs include the Farmers Arms in Birtsmorton for good beer. The Swan Inn, Hanley Swan – for good food and a lovely gardens, both dog friendly. The Welland Inn and Butchers Arms both serve gastropub food in a lovely setting. Ledbury also offers a variety of restaurants – wood-fired pizzas, curry, Thai and great fish and chips. Try also The Verzons for cocktails, Chase Gin and Herefordshire beef.


Available all year.


£141 - £250 per night. 

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The Owner Says

The Malvern's are a ribbon of hills that rises between Herefordshire to the west and the Cotswolds to the East. Your reward for climbing the hills is fantastic; views to the Brecon Beacons and Black Mountains right across to the Cotswold escarpment.
The Worcestershire countryside is dotted with black and white architecture in quaint little villages and market towns to explore like Ledbury with great independent shopping, Malvern with its theatre and Upton for its riverside pubs and festivals.
The majestic rivers Severn, Wye and Avon offer plenty of watersports fun with canoeing, paddle boarding or swimming, whilst cyclists get hills and lanes to explore. Bring your four legged friend and wander through wild woods, or walk the length of the hills an achievable 13 miles. Elsie’s is the perfect little hideaway. With rustic charm, a touch of glamour all set  in utter privacy. Everyone who discovers this place vows to return.


Contact Website  07841 447 339  Elsie's Cottage, Whiteleaved Oak, Bromsberrow, Ledbury, Worcestershire HR8 1SE

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Getting There

Exit M50 at junction 2 towards Ledbury, and after half a mile turn right towards Bromsberrow; follow the road past the school, and turn left up Chase End Hill, across 3 cattle grids and into Whiteleaved Oak, a cluster of cottages with a notice board on the left. Continue over the brow of the hill and take the rough track on the left, past a bungalow, and go through the 5-bar gate. Elsie’s is at the top on the right - park on the gravel drive. The nearest train station is Ledbury, you'll need to get a cab from there. Be aware it is in a very quiet rural spot, so its a hike to the local hostelry!


  • Gardens & Grounds
  • Hot Tub
  • Parking
  • Wifi
  • Adults only
  • BBQs
  • Bikes available
  • Welcome Pack

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Rated ★★★★★ over 1 reviews



This was an absolute gem of a find, if your looking for a peaceful relaxing break this is the perfect place, the cottage was very cosy and furnished beautifully, the kitchen was well equipped with all the utensils needed for a self catering break, there is a lovely wood burning hot tub and Bbq/pizza oven in the pretty garden which has beautiful views, there are lots of lovely walks locally, and within a 10 minute drive you can reach the local villages of Ledbury, Upton and Malvern where there are lots of lovely shops and cafes, Charlotte the host was very friendly and helpful and has a wonderful glamping site only a short distance away where you can purchase meats for the Bbq, we were welcomed with a fantastic grocery pack which meant we didn’t have to rush off to the shops and there were also some great toiletries supplied, overall the cottage the location and the hospitality were outstanding and we look forward to being able to return soon
Aug 23, 2021 by Kerry Leakey

Response from Elsie's Cottage

Thank you so much Kerry for such lovely feedback, and all the more special as you were our first guests.

We are so pleased you enjoyed Elsies and loved its special location, and made the most of the Malvern’s. We’d love to welcome you back again.
Charlotte &Steve

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