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How many people can stay?

Come on your own  or bring a family. Ideal for 1 or 2 but when friends stay I have had 4 adults and 2 children all fitting in!
There is a downstairs twin bedded room with space for a single futon bed as well, downstairs bathroom; then upstairs- 'cos of the views, - there is a big lounge with single bed that doubles as a sofa, table and chairs enough to seat 6.  The accommodation will sleep up to 4 people (5 if you really squeeze) and there's a cot for the baby and towels for the dog . All bedlinen, towels (for you as well!) logs and electricity included. Off road parking for two cars.

Currently I am offering the space to anyone who needs a break with peace and quiet. Suggested donation of  £10 per adult per night. and any  additional will be shared between St Mary's church and FOAG  a Worcestershire based Farmers group supporting schemes in Uganda.

What do I need to bring?

Just yourselves and any food. The kitchen is fully equipped with a full size cooker, microwave and fridge. Baking tins, pans and tools, teatowels, wash up liquid etc. Small quantities of basics such as tea, coffee, sugar, flour, seasonings etc are in the cupboard and I can always shop in advance for you. Tenbury has a good selection of local shops and there is a Co-op in Bromyard. If ordered in advance I can get organic vegetables delivered. (need 3 weeks warning)

So why would we come?

It is ideal for a self led retreat with plenty of resources available. Or just come to have time for yourself and enjoy the space and peace.

It is very peaceful – (well, unless the RAF are practising overhead and that doesn't happen too often), the sounds are mainly country ones, the cockerel crowing, the sheep baaing and the birds singing.
It is dark at night – but the stars are glorious, and if you light the wood-burner it is so cosy , there are radiators supplied by my Rayburn in the winter as well.

Comments from visitors include the peace, the walks they have done without needing to get the car out, places they have visited, the fun the children have had in the meadow and the welcome, with time to just be. I have many people returning for repeat holidays or short breaks to chill out.

Lots of games, cards, and  books for all ages are available, plus local guides and walk books.

What are the downsides?

If you like being near the big shops, organised entertainment, need to keep up with your favourite soap on TV, then this is not the place for you!

You do need a car as the cottage is 5 miles from the market towns of Tenbury and Bromyard and around 20 miles from Hereford and Worcester. The lanes are narrow and the tractors and potato machines get bigger each year.

Remember to take a torch with you if you go out in the evening as it's dark at night! (though there is one in the cottage if you forget your own.)

The nearest pub is 3 miles away uphill, but if you do walk it it does mean it is downhill coming back.

There are a lot of slopes in the garden so if you are restricted in getting around please discuss with me first; as unfortunately the peastwing is not very wheelchair friendly.

So you still want to come? GOOD!

Either e-mail me , or preferably phone 01885 410431; and if I am not by the phone leave a message and phone number and I will ring back- you know you have the right number cos I say it's Maggie Kingston. As I am often in the garden out of ear-shot I leave the answer phone on the whole time.

You can either come for a full week or short stays, any day arrive/ depart. I only have one set of visitors at a time and also use the space for my friends to stay- so very visitor friendly with tiled floors and rugs. Dogs welcome and other pets,. see dog policy.

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