Indulge, with 5 self-catering upgrades

Self-catering upgrades for a boutique stay

Choosing a self-catering stay now offers so many of the indulgent treats often associated with a boutique hotel. A holiday cottage offers more space, privacy, private garden and importantly no agendas.  If you are seeking a few indulgences, we have a host of upgrades and special touches which will make your self-catering stay extra special.

Explore more with guided experiences

Holidays are as much about the experiences we have as the accommodation. Once booked having to research, book and organise an experience can feel like hard work – and there’s the risk it could be less than perfect.

For this reason, as a self catering owner I’ve curated a menu of experiences for guests.  From guided walks to explore the countryside, to potters wheel experiences, baking, or paddle-boarding.  The country side promises open spaces, with miles of tracks to hike, peddle and rivers to paddle on. However getting outside in open spaces can feel a little intimidating. So a few packages to help you explore will make it all less daunting and will, we hope give you a far better experience than leaving you to your own devices.

Foodie treats

Food is one of life’s pleasures, so tickling our taste buds with flavours and produce of the region can be a focal point for many of us on our holibobs.

There’s no need to feel like you are missing out on great food on a self-catering holiday or  that it will mean hard work,.

Our most secluded cottage offers a host of foodie packages to make life easier. Such as a platter of deli specialities to arrive to, the perfect treat after a long journey.

Add a pizza kit to turn a simple classic, into a fun experience. Cook up to a full English, with a hamper of locally produced bacon, sausages, eggs, mushrooms and tomatoes. Or maybe order some artisan pastries for a touch of sweet indulgence. Not only are you guaranteed the best seat in the house – you won’t have to vacate it by 11am.

If you are looking to steer clear of using the car, why not order a pub night in, with an artisan burger kit. Cook up a BBQ feast with locally produced meats.  Enjoy chilling out over dinner, maybe mix yourself a cocktail, crack open a bottle of wine, all without breaking the bank.

Support local and eat the best the region produces, all in the comfort of a stunning home and you definitely won’t feel like you’ve missed out.

Discover a new passion

Our everyday lives are full of routines and commitments, we need to do for others.  Whilst our holidays are time that is unashamedly dedicated for us. Which makes it a perfect opportunity doing things that time doesn’t seem to allow for at home.

Unlike a hotel – where space is defined for exercise or eating, lounging or sleeping, in your own cottage, you can get creative. Try sketching or flower pressing, yoga to stargazing.  We have a curated box of equipment for you to try your hand at something new, there’s no competing agendas, and no-one to please.

You never know you might discover your next passion.

Spa at home

Many of us love a spa. Soaking in a tub, a good massage or facial and feeling utterly pampered.  Most self-catering cottages don’t offer anywhere near the facilities a hotel spa offers – or do they?

Whilst a pool is a rarity, hot tubs aren’t in self-catering cottages and even saunas are becoming more common.  If its treatments that really make you feel pampered, well the good news is you can get these in the privacy of your own self-catering home.

From a massage to facial, reflexology to reiki. We offer a full menu of treatments which you can book. With fluffy robes and wonderful essential oils you will feel properly pampered.

Simple pleasures

If you aren’t a hotel person then you probably don’t need any persuasion to book a gorgeous cottage over a hotel room.

As a final bonus, a self-catering cottage offers lots of little nooks, to curl up and enjoy a book or listen to music.

To help we’ll provide a shelf of great reading, a bluetooth speaker to stream your favorite tunes. Binoculars to bird watch or star gaze.

More than anything though, self-catering spaces offer the chance to step into a totally new lifestyle. A secluded cottage with rustic interiors, wild garden or sea as scenery is not only a contrast to what the majority of us live in, it offers a unique experience all of its own.

Living in a different space gives us a flavour of a different life, which, when taken back home lasts on in our memory and may inspire us to new things.  Isn’t that what holidays are all about?

Head for the Malvern Hills

The MALVERN HILLS are a string of peaks in Worcestershire. They are a perfect for walkers who love a view, and wooded tracks too. They inspired composers and writers famed for their Narnia gas lamps and fresh spring waters. Come explore and stay at Elsie’s Cottage for the perfect spot to explore.

Heart of the country

Malvern Hills

Whilst the Malvern’s might not be your go to place to find a holiday, it is perfectly placed in the heart of the country and has been our home for many years and has a few surprises for visitors. We know how much the area offers from our other bolthole in the area Upsticks glamping. From biking, hiking and canoeing are all favourites. The river Wye is famed for paddling down, and there is so much choice on road or off for bikes. We can even supply a couple of Mountain bikes to explore with.

Quaint little villages

Black and white architecture of the area gives rise to quaint towns and villages. A cluster of local inns and eateries provide for dining out both Worcestershire and Herefordshire sides of the hill. Ledbury known for its Indy shopping vibe has cafe’s bistro’s international cuisine and some lovely architecture. Malvern is a spa town with Victoriana, from old gas lights, grand villas and home to theatres, cafe’s and food festivals. Upton site on the river Severn and offers a place to sup by the river. Further afield is


Whether you like exploring or just want to chill in utter seclusion, we know this place will get under your skin.

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