secluded cottage

Secluded Cottage with Hot tub

Elsies nestled in the Malvern Hills entices you to switch off and soak in nature

Nestled in the Malverns betwixt counties, is this dreamy secluded cottage with hot tub. Reflecting her namesake, Elsies is full of soul and authenticity, and since passing to her new owners has been indulged with a smidgen of luxury.

 This bewitching spot has an other worldliness that writers and musicians of the hills understood. The woodlands will draw you in and hill tops will beckon. This land is etched with epic rivers in forever green valleys, whilst the Malverns stand defiant dividing East and West.

In this little homestead you will feel wrapped in the warmth of stone & oak, the colours of the landscape reflected on walls, with sumptuous sofas to lounge in and indulgent bathroom to retreat to.

Watch flames flicker on the fire pit and in the hearth, Cook rustic pizzas under moonlight, and enjoy soaking outdoors whilst woodsmoke fills the air under starry skies. Choose between two boutique bedrooms perfect to enjoy with friends or a little family, or just luxuriate in the space for two.

The romance of this secluded cottage draws the lovers, as well as the playful. Artists flock here, drawing from the rich history of those who have gone before.  Friends gather for fun and relaxation and families rediscover a simpler life in the countryside. Or maybe come solo and indulge your passions.

Take your dose of the wild with long hikes in the hills, under woody canopies, cycle lanes and tracks or travel downstream by paddle. Meander medieval lanes, take tea in Victorian splendour then retire your tired bones in the hot tub, under dark skies.

Elsie’s is the cottage you’ve been yearning to find.


Luxury rustic cottage Interiors

Elsies is full of cottage charm. Oak beams and panels, inglenook fireplace, stone floors and walls sit alongside the comforts of modern living with warm floors, heating, wifi and entertainment, both digital and analogue with games, crafting and yoga kit all provided.

There’s no getting away from the fact that Elsies is secluded, so the Kitchen has all you need to cook a simple brunch or a gourmet meal. Deep forest green cabinetry, warm limestone floors ensure you’ll feel at home to cook, dine and while away hours in this space.

Luxury Bathing

The opulent downstairs bathroom is a real treat. reclaimed copper panels line the walls behind the iron roll top bath . Indulge in a  rainfall shower, burnished copper taps set in oak. Light the candles and incense and wash away all your cares in this little sanctuary.

Perfect nights sleep

Choose between two bedrooms. The garden room is bright and airy with doors to the terrace and views over the garden and can be arranged as a twin or king. Mustard walls, vintage finds with boho lighting makes this room a real haven..

Up the little staircase is the cosy oak framed bedroom made for two. Enjoy the charm of  cottage windows valley views,  chandelier and ancient leather ledgers repurposed as bedside tables.

Cook outdoors

The oak lined terrace gets the best of the sun. With views across the wild garden. Dine outdoors from breakfast to supper.  Cook up a pizza or BBQ feast,  light the fire pit to take the chill off and listen to the sounds of nature.

Hot tub

A wood-burning hot tub is tucked into the hillside for complete privacy.  Soak under the stars in the midnight hours with the smell of wood smoke, fairy lights, bubbles and the hoot of an owl to keep you company. A perfect retreat from the world.

24-10-2023 Lucy deGraft-Johnson

Our second visit to Elsie’s and hopefully not our last. Such a beautiful cottage, perfect for the 2 of us to escape the the world for a couple of nights. The little welcome package was a lovely touch - the brownies were incredible. Being able to head off for a walk straight from the house, and return to watch the sun set from the hot tub and then curl up in front of the log burner for the evening, made for a perfect day. Thank you for having us!

27-09-2023 Rose Gutteridge

Beautiful and very comfortable cottage in a lovely relaxing location . Loved the woodland walks , hot tub and utter peace and quiet . We would love to return next year .

04-09-2023 Louise Turner

lovely magical escape with amazing views no matter what the weather. Super comfy beds and quality bed linen. Great location to access the Malvern Hills. Remember you cannot walk to the pub and no shops nearby, little/no phone signal- BLISS exactly what I wanted! We didn't want to leave we felt so cocooned in peace and nature.

22-08-2023 Clive Emerick

Excellent little hideaway with fantastic views, clean and slept like a log. Look forward to coming back again 🙂

07-08-2023 sally howard

Our stay at this beautiful cottage was so serene, cosy and comfy that we relaxed the minute we walked through the door. Every little personal touch made our stay even more perfect. If we could leave 6 stars, we would happily do so! Thank you Charlotte for such a wonderful family break. Our dog absolutely loved it too.

25-07-2023 Timothy Miall

We had a wonderful weekend celebrating our wedding anniversary. Lovely secluded location and perfect for a relaxing weekend. The hot tub was great and the pizza oven was a lovely addition.

09-07-2023 Adam Goldsmith

Elsie’s cottage is truly unique, such a special place which once found you will not want to leave. All the luxuries just added to this experience. The location is just stunning. Can’t wait to come back !

20-06-2023 Daisy Skinner

We had the best stay at Elsie’s cottage. So quiet, peaceful and the most beautiful cottage. Perfect for a spectacular hike of the Malvern hills. The fresh sourdough bread and brownies were a perfect touch and we loved using the pizza oven and bbq to eat outside in the evenings. Would absolutely recommend!

11-06-2023 Darren

After 2 previous fantastic stays at the upsticks glamping site we were going to book a 3rd stay but found Elsie’s cottage and decided to give that a go for a change . What can we say the place is remarkable, if your after a real getaway and a break from everything this is the place to go . Together with fantastic weather we had an amazing break just what was needed . We will definitely be returning to both sites . 5 stars is just not enough Thanks

01-05-2023 Jayne

Recently stayed in this beautiful cottage retreat with three friends. The setting is stunning, peaceful and remote, the perfect location to rest, relax and forget the busy world for a while. The furnishings and amenities are top quality, but with a sustainable slant. Most items organic, fair trade or repurposed antiques. The beds super comfy, the cottage super cosy and the hot tub (once heated) feels so decadent overlooking the Malvern surroundings. We did some stunning walks and also visited Ledbury, which is well worth the trip. Tesco delivery found us, but needed help carrying the crates up the lane. I’d highly recommend, you won’t be disappointed.

09-04-2023 Malissa

If we could give 100 stars we would. Elsie’s is absolutely beautiful, and the photos do the lovely cottage no justice! Charlotte & Steve were attentive and all the “little” things made our stay very special. We very much look forward to returning!

02-03-2023 Nia

This is the second time now we as a group of three girls have come to Elsie’s cottage. True to form it did not disappoint. The weather this time was rainy and so we spent most of the time inside in front of the log burner having a peaceful time. Well stocked kitchen made it so easy to prepare all of our food. Host included a welcome basket with a bottle of wine, milk, eggs, orange juice and homemade brownies. We certainly will be making our getaway in Elsie’s cottage an annual thing. Cannot recommend highly enough. Thank you.

20-02-2023 Helen

Great experience, thank you!

19-02-2023 Alastair

What a beautiful location, perfect walks and hikes on the doorstep and a short drive to some of the best spots in the Malverns. Conveniently located for Ledbury too! The cottage is fantastic, cosy and really thoughtfully finished with everything you could need whilst away. The view from the terrace is super peaceful. Great that we could bring our dog along too!

29-01-2023 Nell

We returned this year for the second time, and it was just as incredible. Highly recommend this place for a gorgeous peaceful getaway!

22-01-2023 Siobhan

Stunning tranquil location with beautiful view from the terrace. Lovely complementary welcome bits and pieces. High end furnishings and equipment including linen and toiletries. Hot tub was easy to heat-actually warmed up quicker than expected. Footpaths on the door step. practically perfect, only niggle was not getting a reply about a few questions I had, however these did become clear when we got there. Would go again!

15-01-2023 Aimée

Had a weekend away with some friends and the vibes here are immaculate! The pictures absolutely do it justice. And the little extras were appreciated, fresh bread milk and orange juice, and oat bakes on arrival and a complimentary bottle of Prosecco! Clear instructions on how to use everything in the property. 10/10 would recommend!

02-01-2023 Lauren

This was our second stay and we LOVED it just as much again. Highly likely to be back a 3rd time.

28-12-2022 Matthew

Everything for us was just perfect. The location was as described, very peaceful, private and loads of walks on the doorstep. The accommodation was excellent, five star with everything we needed . Some very quirky items, loved the toaster & kettle ! My wife and I stayed for 7 nights and prepared all our own meals in the totally equipped kitchen . The bathroom was quality with all the essentials provided, towels , shampoo, shower gel etc . We stayed over Christmas and the place had been decorated with Christmas Tree etc which made it very special. Would throughly recommend.

21-12-2022 Lydia

Very trendy and tastefully decorated. Stunning place, lovingly restored. I'd recommend staying here to all who want a unique escape where you feel on your own with walks on your doorstep. Oh and the hot tub under the stars was 👌

07-12-2022 Jamie

We had an extremely enjoyable stay in a beautiful location in the middle of some woods. Complete privacy, luxurious set up, very peaceful and quiet. It was everything we wanted and more. Hosts were incredible, they kindly came to help us when we managed to get the car stuck in some mud near the cottage (my own fault). We left relaxed and happy, would definitely come again.

27-11-2022 Lucy

We’ve just had the perfect weekend away. The cottage is absolutely amazing 😍 Everything in the description is correct (if not better in person) the photos show exactly how perfect your cottage is. The facilities were easy to use and well described in the information pack, when you arrive. We really appreciate how they responded to our messages while we stopped. Check in and check out we’re super easy! The cottage is in a very rural area be careful when travelling.

20-11-2022 Lucy

What a beautiful cottage Elsie’s is! Immaculately clean when we arrived and the welcome basket was a delightful treat. The views from the sitting room, patio and hot tub are stunning. The cottage was incredibly well equipped and all the appliances were very high spec. I particularly liked all the eco-friendly touches and the underfloor heating felt particularly luxurious on a cold November evening. The cottage is wonderfully secluded and is the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of life for a bit. We really wished we’d been able to stay for longer. The only thing we struggled with was that 2 of our group are well over 6’ 2” and both had several painful encounters with low beams - worth bearing in mind if you’re tall. We very much hope to be back again soon and to have more time to explore the beautiful countryside

13-11-2022 Paul & Paige

This place is a hidden gem with everything you will need for a relaxing stay. So peaceful and tranquil, we loved our stay here and come home feeling revitalised

11-11-2022 Verity

Elsie’s Cottage is a little haven of luxury hidden in the countryside - surrounded by horses, birdsong and beautiful scenery. Everything in the house is so considered - the decor, the finishings, even the brownies that were left out were incredible! Knowing that we were celebrating our marriage and having a mini-moon, it was so lovely to arrive to a chilled bottle of Prosecco and get the fire going. The hosts are also really quick to respond to any questions about lighting the hot tub or pizza oven which was really appreciated. Plus we’d forgotten to request pizza kits prior to our stay and they were kind enough to drop these up. Also loved the bath! I’d highly recommend booking and we’ll definitely be back 🥰 honestly just the loveliest place you could stay in a peaceful, quiet, relaxing location x

11-11-2022 Nick

An absolutely gorgeous retreat that allows you to detach from the world for a bit. So many lovely personal touches that make you feel immediately welcome and at home.

05-11-2022 Suzanna

Lovely luxury cottage in a beautiful rural location with all the amenities you need for a perfect romantic escape. Sadly the weather was too mild to use the log burner, but the underfloor heating was fab, especially first thing in the morning! Check-in and check out super easy, thoughtful welcome hamper of goodies provided, fantastic views, comfy sofas and beds, and recommendations for pubs provided when asked. Would happily rebook for another visit and recommend to friends and family looking to switch off and relax for a weekend! Thanks for a lovely stay

17-10-2022 Paige

You’ve thought of everything. It’s an amazing cottage. We didn’t want to leave! We definitely want to stay again. Thank you for a relaxing enjoyable stay. Loved it x

14-10-2022 Dmitri

Great place to wind-down. Remote, quiet, peaceful, cosy, warm. Really beautifully designed accommodation. We enjoyed our stay enormously and will be back.

07-10-2022 Thomas

Book this place! The small house is beautifully decorated, in a stunning location, and it was spotlessly clean; it really couldn't have been more perfect. The hosts left us out a welcome hamper which was a lovely touch. We went to two of the pubs they recommended and had some amazing meals. There were some great walks to enjoy nearly - and the hot tub is lovely. All in all, a perfect weekend. Thank you.

30-09-2022 Katy

Elsie’s cottage is beautiful & secluded, great walks on it’s doorstep or a short drive to the Malvern hills. Everything you need is in the cottage, the scented oil & basket was a great touch! Steve & Charlotte were very helpful, we have a low profile car and didn’t want to risk going up the drive, Steve found us a spot to park which was perfect. Thank you for having us!

20-09-2022 Jessica

Absolutely beautiful place, couldn’t have been happier with it. Would 100% book again! Just be aware that the location is very remote.

30-08-2022 Allie

One of the BEST AirBnB experiences I've ever had! The bolthole is even more charming in person with the pizza oven, hot tub, bath tub, robes and cozy touches exceeding expectations. It is all about the small things and Up Sticks did it right!

10-08-2022 Saziye

WOW! Exceeded all my expectations, all the reviews and the description! Absolutely fabulous in every aspect. The very best Airbnb I’ve ever stayed in! Quaint, secluded and peaceful. Loved used the bbq and pizza oven. The hot tub was wonderful especially at night when you can also star gaze! The hosts were easy to get hold of with any questions. Loved it! Would definitely go back! Thank you for having us 🙂

08-08-2022 Daisy

Gorgeous cottage in the most idyllic setting! So relaxing, you’ll just want to spend all your time there! Thanks for a lovely stay x

29-07-2022 Lindsey

My friends and I had the best time staying at Elsie’s cottage. What a gorgeous setting. Tye decor was fabulous, beds super comfy and the hot tub, fabulous! Will definitely return

28-07-2022 Linnéa

We absolutely loved our stay at Elsie’s cottage. The owners went above and beyond to make sure we had a great experience, from providing a baby cot and high chair to delicious brownies. The hot hub was a highlight!

17-07-2022 Marianne

What a place! I stayed with 3 female friends. This place was just blissful. Beds were super comfy. Hot tub perfect. Bathroom was beautiful. It was a warm weekend when we were there in July 2022 but the cottage stayed wonderfully cool. We plan to return next year. We’ve had the best time.

10-07-2022 Kirsten

We had a dreamy stay here, everything was just perfect. The hosts were so accommodating, we felt comfortable and well looked after. The finishing touches to the cottage make you feel right at home, it has everything you need. We can’t wait to return 🙂

10-07-2022 372790192

Amazing stay at Elsie’s cottage! The location is perfect with beautiful views and right next to the hills. The cottage has everything and more that you need, great times spent in the hot tub and on the terrace cooking fresh pizzas using the pizza oven. A very comfortable stay, gorgeous bathroom too. Overall we would highly recommend Elsie’s cottage for a relaxing break away, a world away from reality and would definitely love to return soon. Great communication throughout, thank you! ☺️

19-06-2022 Victoria

We had the most wonderful stay at Elsie’s Bolthole. Not only is the location unique, this beautiful home is kitted out with everything you could want. The hosts were excellent with fantastic communication and they kindly left some goodies for us which helped to make our stay extra special!

18-06-2022 Liz

Hands down the best place I have ever stayed. Everything about it was perfect, even the weather! It was absolutely idyllic.

05-06-2022 Mark

This is somewhere special to stay and be able to enjoy the area. The hot tub makes that bit more special. Highly recommended.

01-06-2022 Jane

Had a wonderful few days at Elsies Cottage. The cottage has everything you could want and more. The decor in the cottage has been very well thought out and planned, it is absolutely stunning. The location and views are just perfect. The hot tub was an added luxurious bonus which is amazing during the evening, so peaceful and romantic. Woodland walks on the doorstep and a 10 minute drive in to Ledbury itself. We will 100% return. Huge thanks to Charlotte for the brilliant communication and the guidebook which was very informative. We honestly could not have asked for more. Our stay was perfect in every way.

30-05-2022 Sara

If I could rate this 6 stars then I would! Our trip was amazing start to finish. The cottage itself is absolutely beautiful. The decor is amazing, all the facilities you could ever need and the small touches provided by the host really showed what a first class holiday home rental this is. Do yourself a favour and book Elsie’s cottage, you won’t regret it’!

19-05-2022 Daniel

Elsie's Cottage was a delight. The perfect relaxing getaway with all the amenities you could need. The hot tub and fire pit/pizza oven are great additions, the former took us longer than expected to heat up but relaxing in there under the stars added another dimension! Lovely, well equipped bathroom, comfy bed, great views across the garden and to fields opposite. Plenty of walks across the Malverns begin right from the gate of the property too. Nothing was too much trouble for Charlotte who was a great host. Can highly recommend this little gem to anyone considering it!


Two unique Bedrooms

Our Malvern Hills cottage has two bedrooms. A garden bedroom is downstairs and accessed from the hallway. It had French doors to the terrace and is a lovely sunny room. It can be made as twins or a king and has touches of old and new.

Upstairs is an oak 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.


Indulge in the Bathroom

Choose between a large walk in rainfall shower or long soaks in the the Roll top bath. Warm underfoot, the stone floor runs throughout. Hints of green with crackled glazed deep green tiles in the shower. The reclaimed Verdigris copper panels line the wall behind the roll top bath, with bronze taps sunk into oak beams.  The large vintage sink unit has space and oval retro mirrors are space enough for your beauty routines. You’ll find a heated rail with fluffy towels robes and hot tub towels as well as organic toiletries, ensuring you can indulge in style and space.


Oak and marble Kitchen diner

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 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

Cosy living room with inglenook fireplace

The lounge in the malvern stone lined living room has two comfy sofa’s focused around the Woodburner set in a huge inglenook fireplace. With a basket of logs, and everything you need to get that fire roaring. The heather painted shelving has a collection of books, games and space for your doggie crate (if you’re bringing your pooch. The TV will stream TV and there is wifi – but Elsie’s cottage is about switching off and turning off the world. A real retreat from the world.

Outside Dining on the terrace

The terrace in our Malvern Hills Cottage is a perfect spot for soaking up valley views. East al fresco, Cook over fire with our charcoal BBQ, fire pit and pizza oven.  The zinc table chairs, sail and festoon lights make the perfect secluded space to dine and watch the sun go down.

Wood-fired Hot tub

Tucked into the hillside is the secluded wood-fired hot tub. Set to the side of the terrace sheltered from the world by oak sleepers. Fairy lights add a special ambience, we’ll heat the tub ready for your arrival, but heating it isn’t hard, and the smell of woodsmoke in the air whilst the bubbles sooth your tired limbs makes the perfect end to any day.


Wild wooded garden

The rambling terraced garden is wild and steep. There are flowers, trees and shrubs growing in abandon with a lawned area at the top with loungers to soak up the sun. Shaded by huge Scots Pines and those gorgeous views you’ll love the little spots to sit and ponder in this garden.


Travel & parking

Elsie’s is a little trickier than most to find, but that’s the price to pay for seclusion. The easiest is to download the what three words app, our address on there is what three words. 

If you are using Google, the postcode will not take you to the cottage. Take Chase End Street to ‘white leaved oak’. There is a notice board and stocks in the heart of the hamlet. Turn back down 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 is passable in most cars – just take it steady.  As you reach the top of the track, Elsie’s is on the right, please park on the gravel drive just past the house behind the gate.



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 or The Cottage In the woods, for amazing views.  The Nest as the home of the scotch egg company and wonderful rustic charm. For more refined dining head for The cottage in the woods or Butchers Arms in Eldersfield

Days out

We recommend:

  • Eastnor Castle with deer park, home of Land Rover off-road Experience as well as gardens and a maze.
  • Eastnor Pottery – if you fancy throwing. pot.
  • The Forest of Dean, for Puzzlewood, Sculpture trail, synods Yat and more
  • Ledbury offers a great independent high street, whilst Upton-Upon-Severn is a lovely river town with plenty of music festivals from Blues, to folk.
  • Just ten minutes drive is the Three Counties Showground home to RHS spring show as well as county agriculture shows, music and winter glow events as well as monthly giant flea markets.


If you’re the outdoors type, Elsie’s is perfect. Walk the Malvern’s from your front gate, or bring bikes to explore lanes or the many wooded tracks.
Close by The Wye valley and Forest of Dean offer some superb walking and mountain bike trails, as well as downhill tracks for the more adventurous.

The river Wye is perfect for a paddle either by canoe or on a paddleboard.

You can also try guided wild swimming on the wye or go paddling on the Avon at Twynning.



Short break from £440
Max 4 guests in 2 bedrooms, no children
1 dog welcome
Max stay 14 days
Arrive on Mon, Wed or Fri
2/3 night stays at weekends, 2/4 midweek
Hot Tub


Arrival days Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays throughout the season.


Get in touch

If you have any questions please call Charlotte on 07841 447 339 or email

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