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collage of garden, terrace, lounge and bathroom at Elsies cottage

Accessibility - all you need to know

Elsie's accessibility

Elsie's cottage can be found up a track on the side of Ragged stone hill at the southern end of the Malvern Hills. HR8 1SE is the postcode but we advise using what 3 words address:

 

The track is drivable in most cars, no need for a 4 wheel drive.

There is a large gravelled area by the cottage for parking behind a five bar gate.

To access the house there is a paved path with 2 steps down to the front door.

Parking is not shared with anyone else.

Travelling to Elsie's

It is possible to take a train to either Ledbury or Great Malvern station and then a taxi to the property.

From the cottage there are various off road walks through woods and access to the hills.

The cottage is very private, with little noise apart from birdsong and the odd dog walker and horse rider.

There are no restaurants or pubs within walking distance.  We can provide additional  hampers for breakfast, BBQ or pizza making as part of your stay.

Entrance

Two steps  lead from the path to the front door. The door is a standard width 80cm and opens inwards. There is a step and threshold into the hallway.

The pathway leads round to the rear of the property where there are double French doors off  the patio which lead into the lounge. These doors have a  low wooden threshold.

There are also French doors at the rear of the property that lead into the garden bedroom. There are two steps up to these doors from the patio.

Elsie's garden bedroom

Bedrooms

There are two bedrooms at the cottage. Both sleep two people.

The Garden bedroom - this is accessed from the hallway and has double French doors with two steps down to the rear terrace.

The bedroom can be made up as twins or as a super king. The floor is wooden with a rug. There is a floor standing mirror and chest of drawers. Wall lights and sockets are by each side of the bed.

2nd bedroom

The upstairs bedroom is accessed via a narrow winding staircase which leads up from the lounge. There is a king bed,  chest of drawers and two windows which look out over the gardens. A wall mounted mirror.

The bedroom is in the eaves so the roof does restrict head hight in places.

We can supply non feather bedding if needed.

Elsies cottage kitchen dining room

Kitchen and dining

The kitchen leads on from the hallway and is accessed though a wide opening with one step down.

There is a worktop mounted hob, and an under counter oven.

There are also a microwave, fridge freezer, kettle, toaster, washing machine and coffee making facilities. Crockery is stacked on high open shelves and utensils in under counter drawers and cupboards.

The dining table seats 4 with a bench and two upholstered armless chairs.

Elsie's bathroom walk in shower

Bathroom

The bathroom leads off from the kitchen on a level tiled floor.

The doorway has a wooden door which opens inwards.

The bathroom is fitted with underfloor heating, a roll top bath, and a walk in shower with glass partition.

The toilet is wall hung with a flush mechanism in the panel behind the pan, along with a wall hung toilet roll dispenser.

There is a wall mounted shaving mirror and an oval angled mirror also wall mounted.

The room has sloping ceilings which restrict headroom at the eaves.

The sink is inset into a chest of drawers, with hot and cold tap.

Towels, face cloth and robes are supplied for each guest along with toiletries.

elsies lounge

Lounge

The lounge leads on from the kitchen through a wide opening and a step down onto a quarry tiled floor with a large rug.

There are two comfy sofas with low arms, a coffee table, and large inglenook fireplace with wood-burner.

We provide all fire starting equipment and a generous basket of wood for your stay.

The TV connects to all streamed services.  Please note that on occasion wifi is not the fastest and the mobile signal at the cottage is very poor to non-existent.  We suggest connecting to the wifi for calling purposes and using what's app.

There are stairs leading to the upstairs bedroom from the lounge and also a French doors leading from the lounge out onto the terrace.

There is a bookcase with games and books as well as an activities crate with yoga and sketching kit, flower press and binoculars to watch the wildlife and for star gazing.

In the corner is a little cocktail table with shaker, stirrer and sauces to use.

Outside

At the rear of the cottage is a very private south facing terrace with limestone slabbed floor.

Table and chairs are available to sit and enjoy the view along with a sail shade and festoon lights. There is  plenty of space for a dog and children too.

There is a fire pit, gas BBQ and wood fired pizza oven to cook outdoors.

The terrace is also accessible from the lounge through double French doors.

There is one step down to the hot tub from the terrace and also a path around the side of the property which leads to the front door.

The hot tub is set into the side of the hill, access around the tub is narrow.

There is a pedestrian gate by the front entrance with two steps up to it, this leads onto grassed area in front of the property boundary.

Hot tub and garden

The hot tub is at the rear of the property, set to the side of the terrace.

One step leads down to the hot tub. To enter the hot tub there are two wooden steps.

The hot tub is wood fired. The wood burner is accessed at the side at ground level.

Wood and fire starting equipment is left by the hot tub. We will heat the tub for your arrival on the first night.

The garden is split into a level grassed area by the parking with sun loungers, and the remaining garden is steep sided with narrow gravelled tracks and steps which leads to a levelled area covered in bark with additional seating.

who do we welcome

Who would enjoy Elsies

We would welcome anyone to Elsies cottage to enjoy the seclusion of living in such an idyllic position.

For those looking to escape the over load of digital life, or who have sensory issues and who enjoy outdoor living and nature this is a perfect spot. A little bit of calm in a busy world.

Those in wheelchairs may find the different levels tricky at the cottage, however if you are mobile with the aid of support then the downstairs bedroom and bathroom should make it possible to use.

We welcome dogs and assistance dogs to the cottage and offer a pack with bed, bowls and crate if needed.

We also provide high chairs and cots for little ones. Just be aware there are steep drops from the terrace so the cottage may not suit families with crawling babies and toddlers.

experiences

Experiences at Elsies

If you are keen to access the outdoors or maybe enjoy an in house pamper session then we have a range of experiences that you can book.

We have massage therapists who can come to the cottage to deliver a treatment.

We also have yoga and breath work specialists who can provide your very own private session.

We have teamed up with providers who can provide adapted sessions to access the river on paddle boards, or guided walks on the hills.

Do get in touch if you would like further information.

If you would prefer not to have to leave the cottage, we can also provide catering packages, from hampers to pizza kits, grazing platters or an in house chef.

We have a free to use crafting box in the cottage. With flower pressing kits, star gazing or sketching equipment. There is a yoga mat and blocks too.

If there is something you need and we can help then do email us and we will do our best to help you.

A menu of experiences

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 experiences as the accommodation.

For this reason, we've curated a menu of experiences for guests to help them explore more.   From guided walks, to peddling lanes, paddling rivers to cold water swimming, trying your hand at clay showing to foraging in the woods.

The country side around Elsie's promises open spaces, with miles of tracks to hike, whilst country lanes are a great way to explore with peddle power and with so many epic rivers winding through the county paddling downstream is a stunning way to see nature on the water.

  • Guided Malvern Hills End to end - full day - picnic or cafe lunch, Pickup from Elsie's cottage, to start at North Hill, end Elsie's cottage. time 5 hrs. Distance 10 miles.
  • peddle power with electric of push bikes. Ride quiet lanes through quaint villages, discover amazing views and stop off for a pint or tea and cake. Time 2.5 hrs. distance 20 miles. Start Pick up from Elsie's for bike fit and ride.
  • Paddle the river - drive to rendezvous - depending on the river will be nr Upton or Ross - on- wye. Time - 1/2 day. All equipment provided.
  • Clay shooting - have a  shot with a private coach to guide you to success. Pick up at Elsie's cottage,  drive to shooting ground. 10-20 shots, tea and cake and drop home. Time 3 hrs.

Culinary delights

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. Act Elsie's we offer a range of foodie options to make your stay a real treat.

We can offer not only hampers and grazing platters but also workshops to return home with a new culinary skill.

  • Pizza kit with sourdough balls, tomato sauce, cheese and veggie toppings.
  • Full English, cook up your bacon, sausages, eggs, mushrooms and tomatoes inside or out over the BBQ, Or maybe indulge in artisan pastries for a touch of sweet indulgence.
  • Pub night in -  with an artisan burger kit. 8 oz Herefordshire beef burger, brioche bun, cheese, tomatoes, veg and sauces.
  • BBQ feast with locally produced lamb, sausage and burger.
  • Deli Platter - arrive to a platter of the best local cheeses, meats and goodies from the deli counter including scotch eggs, olives, dips and pickles.
  • Sourdough bread workshop with award winning artisan bakers - full or half day workshop at Peter Cooks Bread, learn the art of baking amazing sourdough and return home with your very own starter kit.

Find your new passion

Our everyday lives are full of routines and commitments, whilst holidays are time dedicated to doing things that time doesn't seem to allow for at home.

So why not try a new hobby or discover your creative streak. We have built our own little crafting box with kits for flower pressing, sketching, journalling and gardening.

There are binoculars and books to encourage you to star gaze and bird watch as well as plenty of nooks and crannies to watch or make without any of the distractions of home.

If you are looking for an experiential workshop we can help there too.

  • Choose from a menu of mindful crafting mono printing, slow stitching or circle weaving.  All delivered by your workshop leader at home at Elsie's cottage.
  • Pottery throw down - Make your way to Easton pottery just 5 mins drive to try your hand at the potters wheel. full day. Lunch included.

Spa at home

Many of us love a spa. Soaking in a tub, a good massage or facial and feeling utterly pampered.

Elsie's will help you relax as soon as you walk through the door. There's aromatic oils and the hot tub is warmed for your arrival soak. For that full spa experience we can arrange a massage at home, or a guided meditation session, yoga or a facial. You really will feel utterly pampered and rejuvenated after a spa stay with us.

  • In house massage - choose from full back, facial or neck and shoulder massage
  • Guided meditation - Your tutor will take you through a meditative process to help you wind down and repair.
  • Personal yoga session. Your teacher will deliver an hours yoga session designed for you at the cottage. either indoors or our on the terrace.
  • Goodies bag full of locally produced sustainable products to use and try during your stay.

Simple pleasures

As a final bonus, our 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, Elsie's offers spaces to stop and unwind.  A hidden garden spot, or cosy corner with a snuggly sofa, a bubble bath to soak in or woods and hills to discover on your doorstep and enjoy to yourself.

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?

5 reasons for a January break

5 great reasons  for a new year break

 

After the fun and craziness of the festive season, we can feel a little low as January hits. The first few months of the year can leave us feeling joyless and the blues are only lifted marginally by the lightening evenings and hope for spring. So we've put together 5 reasons to get away in January.  It offers the chance to focus on you and your plans for the year.

 

A dose of nature to calm your mind

When the weather outside is raining, and days are short and cold, it can be tempting to stay inside and wait for spring.

Yet, it has been proven that time in nature, is great for the mind, distresses and has the added benefit of topping up your vitamin D with a dose of sunlight.

Being able to walk out into woodland and sit quietly under a tree at Elsies Cottage or climb a hill to get your lungs burning, or maybe get blown off your feet on a blustery walk along the beach at Anchor Cottage- the wonder of nature is it never fails to make you feel alive. With the reward of a roaring fire and  a warm mug of cocoa waiting on your return.

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detox and relax in a bubble bath

Time for a digital detox?

From messaging, to social arrangements, posting your life and getting overwhelmed by the shares of others, it might be time to break the scrolling habit and get focussed on the stuff that really makes us happy.

But it is tough. Especially when your habits and routines are set. So nows the time to make your escape. Get away to Elsie's cottage where there are tempting alternatives like a soak in a roll top bath with a book and bubbles, or a dip in the hot tub. Pick up your pen or don your brush and create new distractions in your life.

me time

Indulge in some 'me' time

Despite what we all believe to be a break over Christmas, it is often the opposite. With rounds of visiting, rushing around buying pressies, along with late night revelries and early morning tidying. Its no wonder we arrive in January a little flat.

Being able to sit and be, doing what you want to do, with no one else to please is such an indulgence - and what are holidays for but to indulge ourselves.

 

Make a plan

Once the new year has faded, if you are anything like me, you'll probably get the urge to start planning. Whether its your holidays, or booking events and concerts, pursuing your hobbies or a big idea that needs hatching, January is a new start and a chance to reset and the promise of a new beginning. Getting away is the perfect time to get it all down on paper.

So, Pack your favourite journal and pen or laptop and camera and start the way you mean to go on.

When its cold outside, snuggle up

The beauty of winter is we don't need an excuse to hibernate. We may be fired up with new plans, but we can make them by a roaring fire, curled up in a deep sofa, listening to the rain outside with a hot toddy.

Our minds and bodies need down time, after the up time. It is crucial to rejuvenate and allow our minds to wander, reflect and re-energise ourselves for the spring when we naturally awaken.

 

Whatever your reason to getaway, choose between Elsies, seclusion  in the heart of the country or a Anchor cottage on the edge of the sea in Cornwall. We are offering a 10% discount for all stays from January until 14th March.  Just pop the code WINTERBREAK in the coupon box at checkout.

Foody weekend in Cornwall

Easy peasy foody weekend

The journey down to the Lizard peninsula can be a bit of a trek. Always worth it, but you may have a bit of a rumbly tum by the time you arrive.

So we've put together a guide to the simplest of foody weekends in Cornwall, which mean you can ditch the car and indulge.

Porthleven village has plenty to fill you up after a long journey. Famous for its food festival held in spring, but there's plenty to tempt your taste buds all year round.

We've put together an easy peasy weekend woody weekend in Cornwall that will mean you can ditch the car, and the apron, so you can properly indulge from long brunches to seafood feasts on beach, scrumptious fast food treats and fine dining. That's before you start on the pubs and coffee houses.

So after a blast of sea air to blow away the frustrations of the A30 you'll be ready to get stuck in.

Fish suppers and wood-fired pizzas

To ensure you get the biggest choice, head out before 8, especially out of season. Our favourite is fish and chips which we either dig into back at Anchor cottage to enjoy the view or eat straight out the packet from the harbour wall with a pint from the Shoal.

Wood-fired pizzas from the Corner Deli are a great quick fix, especially if you have hungry mouths to feed. - you can order in advance and pick them up on the way. Or drop in and order in person. We leave a voucher to use in the Deli, so whether it goes towards your dinner or a treat for your stay it's up to you.

Now the weekend is off to a flying start, you could sit and enjoy the wave action on the terrace or get in amongst the locals at the pubs, our go to is the shoal or Ship Inn where there's always a great welcome.

Brekkie blowout

Waking to the sound of the sea and the Cornish hustle and bustle, you'll be drawn outside to go and get in amongst the seaside vibes.

Our hamper provides all you need to start the day well, from a fresh brew to a poached egg on toast.

But you are on your holibibs, so you might want a proper blow out breakfast. And in Porthleven you have plenty to choose from. Our choice is the Twisted Current cafe. Their breakfasts are proper. If it's a full English or a vegan cook up, they cover it. From pancakes and maple syrup to avovado toast and mushrooms.  Grab yourself a sweet treat for later too, because this cafe bake all their own cakes

In their cosy tea rooms, you get a view of the bustling high street, or there's a garden at the rear if you want to eat al fresco. Dog friendly too!

Fresh Mussels with harbour views

Nothing says Cornwall than a fresh bowl of Mussels. But don't be fooled by the name, the Mussel Shoal cooks up much more than just its namesake.

From hake burgers to sticky squid, and haddock chowders to warm you after a day messing about on the water.

The vibe is always laid back, with great tunes piped out over the outdoor bar and huddle by a wood burner or bask in the sunniest spot on the harbour.

Share a table and get chatting to all, sup on a pint or cocktail, the only danger is that you'll still be sitting there as the sun dips and you start thinking of dinner!

Fine dining with Cornish simplicity

The home of Kota is one of the oldest buildings in Porthleven.

Acclaimed chef Jude Kereama, owns and runs Kota and its sister restaurant on the harbour front Kota Kai.

For the tasting menu and fine dining book Kota, it is up there for the best of Cornwall and beyond- with many a rosette, awards and a slice of TV acclaim.  But this place isn't formal or stuffy. An unpretentious dining space, with friendly service works perfectly with the stunning Cornish inspired dishes.

Head for Kota Kai for even more informality, and lovely views over the harbour. The food is a wonderful fusion of oriental flavours and British favourites using fresh seafood.

Whichever you choose - book ahead!

Of the beaten track for a traditional roast

We British love a Sunday roasts. Whatever the weather!

In Porthleven you could choose from a number of spots, including a paired back option from The Ship Inn, to the real deal at the Corner Deli and Harbour.

Our choice is to head out of town to The Victoria Inn in Perranuthno. A little known cove off the Penzance road with a great Sunday roast. It's about a 15 minute drive, and you can enjoy a paddle on the sandy beach wander around a few crafty shops before digging into a great Sunday lunch with a good pint or a hefty red.

Once back in your cosy cottage you may need a rest from eating, but you probably won't resist a last pint in the Ship to finish off your foody weekend in real Cornish style.

Room for more? Dig in at a bistro with a view

If you are more of a light lunch type, or maybe you still have room for more.

Why not try Amelie's

Amelie's is more of a mixed menu with fresh fish, and pizzas on the menu - so great for families.  The glazed extension is perfect for summer dining, but the main restaurant is lovely with bar area and a  light airy feel.

Once back in your cosy cottage you may need a rest from eating, but you probably won't resist a last pint in the Ship to finish off your foody weekend in real Cornish style.

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