This ridge of hills rises from what seems like no-where between Worcestershire and Herefordshire. The Hills demand to be climbed and as reward you get views from the Brecon beacons to the Cotswolds. Dotted with black quaint little villages indie shops and majestic rivers there’s plenty to immerse yourself in. Bring your mutt and wander wild woods, grab a bike and blast downhill or paddle your way down the Wye. Elsie’s is the perfect little hideaway. Rustic charm, a touch of glamour and luxury all set away in utter privacy. Everyone who discovers this place leaves a little piece of themselves here.
The Interiors reflect Elsie’s setting. The bare oak rafters, deep forest green Kitchen and heather pinks with rustic finishes sit perfectly in the wooded hillside and lush greenery that Elsie’s sits in. The bare Malvern stone walls and inglenook fireplace give the cottage a solid safe feel. The cottage has authenticity from rusted lights, wallpaper remnants on the rafters to bronze radiators.
The large downstairs bathroom uses quirky verdigris copper to line the walls behind the iron roll top bath . In the opulent rainfall shower crackled green tiles and grey limestone floor alongside oak posts give the space a simple yet opulent feel.
Up the little staircase is the perfect A framed oak bedroom made for two. Enjoy the charm of little cottage windows looking out across the valley, handmade floral blinds, a chandelier and ancient leather bound books stacked as bedside tables.
In the kitchen there’s all modern appliances, utensils and marble tops to cook like a pro, whilst chatting to your fellow diners at the table with elm bench and velvet chairs. The perfect spot to while away a long breakfast or dine on a winters night.
The sun filled oak lined terrace is completely private. With lovely views across the valley and the steep tiered garden with the woodburning hot tub tucked into the side of the hill, zinc dining table and steamer chairs to sit and soak up nature, Light the fire pit, BBQ or cook up a pizza outdoors as the sun goes down, then enjoy a soak under the stars in complete privacy.
Climb the stairs to an oak A framed room with chandeliers, little cottage windows and comfy king sized bed. Light pours in from the south westerly windows, Floral blinds at the windows and leather bound books as bedside tables give a nod to the past. This room feels cosy and protected from the world.
Still warm underfoot, the stone floor wraps up the walls along with crackled glazed deep green tiles, verdigris copper panels line the wall behind the roll top bath. The shower enclosure with rainfall shower sits in oak posts. The large vintage sink unit has space for four people’s toiletries, and a heated rail with fluffy towels and robes, ensuring you can indulge in style and space.
The country kitchen is a mix of rustic and modern. Underfloor heating, marble tops and copper finishes sits alongside malvern stone walls, oak posts and deep green units. The Large retro fridge freezer, dishwasher and washer/dryer makes for practicality. Pad around barefoot with heated stone floors, grabs coffee and hunker down in the perfect dining corner with benches and velvet dining chairs. Electric hob & cooker with Denby crockery, glasses for all occasions and all the utensils you need to cook up a storm.
The lounge has two comfy sofa’s focused around the Woodburner set in a huge inglenook fireplace. In the corner there’s a collection of books and a rocking chair to read in. The TV has full internet connectivity so if you need want a film night then you can hunker down around the fire and sink into the sofa.
The terrace is a perfect spot for eating al fresco, the outdoor kitchen with ceramic BBQ and fire pit, utensils and artisan table with comfy chairs and fire pit to sit in utter privacy and watch the sun go down. Set in the garden is a woodturning hot tub, sheltered and surrounded by oak sleepers so there’s no chance of anyone glimpsing you soaking. The garden is wild and steep with a mix of flowers, trees and shrubs.
Follow M50 to Junction 2. Exit towards Ledbury, 1/2 mile take right hand turn to Bromsberrow, follow road past school, then turn left up Chase End Hill, follow this road up the hill, across 3 cattle grids and into white leaved oak, with a cluster of cottages, a notice board on the left continue over the brow of the hill and take the rough track on the left, pass a red brick bungalow on the right and go through the 5 bar gate, the track looks very rough but I can get a Mini up there. As you get to the top Elsie’s is on the right, please park on the gravel drive past the house.
Pubs – Farmers Arms Birtsmorton (our local) for good beer and pub food. The Swan Inn Hanley Swan – for good food and a lovely garden. The Inn at Welland – for gastro pub food and lovely setting. Ledbury offers wood fired pizzas, curry, Thai and great fish and chips. For fine diners try Verzon House – for cocktails, Chase Gin and Herefordshire beef. The Nest as the home of the scotch egg company and wonderful rustic charm.
This place will appeal to those who love the outdoors. Walking, biking or canoeing are on your doorstep. Closely are Eastnor Castle home of Land Rover off-road Experience as well as a maze and lake. Ledbury offers a great indie shopping experience whilst Upton is a lovely river town with plenty of music festivals.
This is the perfect place to walk and explore the Malvern Hills. Walk the full 13k length or just wander through the woods that surround the cottage.
With bikes on hand you can off road around bridleways or lanes for miles of freedom with very little traffic. Drive to the Wye valley for some of the most bucolic canoeing. Just down the road is Eastnor Pottery. learn to throw a pot or look out for the many local festivals, flea markets and food markets in Malvern and Upton.
"The perfect place to stay for a Cornish retreat, waking up with the view of the sea from your bedroom window is idyllic. In walking distance one way you have the Looe Bar, which is stunning and the other direction you have Porthleven, a beautiful fishing village with everything from cute boutique shops to higher end dinning. A second to none location that we look forward to visiting again and again."
"This is a beautiful, well cared for house in an amazing location. Seconds from the beach and some great pubs and restaurants."
"Our stay in Anchor cottage was perfect. Waking to the stunning view and the sound of waves was wonderful. The house was beautifully presented and rooms a good size, and spotless. Porthleven has so much to offer, the Ship Inn was a highlight with stunning food and good beer and perfect views across the harbour. You can’t go wrong here."