Hop Pickers Rural Retreat

West Midlands Worcestershire Worcester

  • From £120 a night
  • Sleeps 5
  • Cottage

Self-catering stays on a Worcestershire smallholding with a swimming pool

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To reach Hop Pickers Rural Retreat, you leave the M5 somewhere south of Worcester and simply head for the hills — the Malvern Hills that is. Your journey takes you along ever-narrowing roads until you can go no further. It’s here, tucked at the end of a country lane, that you find The Hop Pickers Barn – a dog-friendly, self-catering holiday home in a converted 17th-century barn within walking distance of the Malvern Hills. It’s a great base from which to explore – both homely and historic – but it’s also got an electric hydrotherapy hot tub. And a games room. And a swimming pool in the summer. It all adds up to a list of facilities that’s longer than you might expect from a holiday cottage sleeping five.

The barn stands on a smallholding that covers nine acres, within which there’s also a woodland walk, a wildlife hide, a fun tennis court and three ponds. It’s home to chickens, ducks, Shetland ponies and your hosts – Louise, David and daughter Rebecca. There’s alternative accommodation too: a log cabin, a shepherd’s hut and a summer bell tent. It’s possible to hire the whole lot together to sleep up to 13, but the place works just as well for individual bookings. Either way, it definitely has a family feel. All ages love meeting the animals and kids love the heated outdoor pool so much that you may struggle to get them out of it. The temptation of table tennis or Scalextric in the games room may just about do it.

Both of the barn's bedrooms, along with the open-plan living space, are on the first floor, under exposed beams and eaves. The effect in the combined kitchen, dining and living room is impressive, with a huge window letting in plenty of light. The bedrooms feel cosier but still spacious. The master has a king-size bed and a single as well as room for a cot. The second is a twin room which can be configured as a super-king. It’s warm, well-equipped and has a country-cottage appeal that suits the space very well, with reminders of the local area on the walls and in the welcome pack.

This is a great place for anyone who loves the countryside, with good walks, farmers' markets and three pubs within a few miles, not to mention a wild swimming lake next door. It’s equidistant from Malvern and Worcester, with plenty of English Heritage and National Trust sites nearby including (nearest and most notably) Elgar’s Birthplace, The Firs, just five miles down the road.

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2 nights from £475, 7 nights from £914 (Simple bell tent stays from £239 for 2 night)

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Contact Website  01886 833 668  Hop Pickers Rural Retreat, Pigeon House Farm, Dingle Road, Leigh, Worcester, Worcestershire WR6 5JX

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Getting There

From the M5 south of Worcester, take the A44 exit towards Worcester South. Follow signs for the A4440 and stick with this road for five miles until you reach a roundabout. Take the first exit on to the A4103, signposted for Hereford. After two miles, just after passing The Fold Farm Shop and a petrol station, there's a small roundabout. Take the third exit, signposted towards Leigh. After a further two miles, turn right on to Dingle Road. The Hop Pickers Retreat is at the end of this no-through road.


  • BBQs
  • Dishwasher
  • Games Room
  • Gardens & Grounds
  • Microwave
  • Open Fire
  • Parking
  • Swimming Pool
  • Tennis Court
  • Wifi

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  • Dog-Friendly
  • Family Friendly
  • Hills & Mountains
  • Historic
  • On the Farm
  • Walking

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I would 100% visit here again xx

Lovely weekend, perfect place if you want some RNR. Lovely and quiet. Excellent facilities, owners were lovely. I would 100% visit here again xx
Feb 4, 2024 by Ms Bramble

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