200 year old Stunning cottage, extended with modern features in rural England
2 Car spaces
1 Car available
Listed February 2019
Response rate 100%
**We are largely limited to school holidays. We are looking for a home in France with a swimming pool at the start of August 2020. However we will be interested in homes in any location with a pool due our water loving babies. Also interested in UK breaks for the rest of the year**
Our beautiful cottage was originally built in mid 1700's, and has lots of original authentic charms including original beams, low ceilings, fireplaces etc. In 2017 we extended on the side of our house, giving extra space upstairs and downstairs for family living. Notably, we now have a beautiful modern open plan family kitchen, with a stunning double height glass window and shaker style kitchen. We adore our family dining area too, which has a pitched oak framed window looking out into the garden- the perfect spot for birdwatching with breakfast! The combination of old and new works perfectly and has created our dream family living space.
Please see my notes below on the huge array of activites you can do in our area, perfect for those with or without children. Worcestershire is a wonderful place to visit and home to interesting historical sites, rolling countryside, cultural cities and historic market towns. Our county was the was the inspiration for The Shire, described in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Worcester was the birthplace of the composer Sir Edward Elgar, and close by Stratford Upon Avon is the birthplace of Shakespeare.
We have plenty to do locally for those who want to visit for a weekend and not wanting to travel too far. Should you be considering a longer visit, Worcestershire and neighbouring counties is the perfect place to get a taste of Rural England with its beautiful gardens, medieval towns with thatched cottages and stunning countryside. If you are on an extended trip to the UK, Worcestershire would be a great stop to combine with London for the full British experience.
Downstairs we have;
Family kitchen and dining area
Family room- with piano and crafts for the kids.
Cosy living room, with log burner and beams, perfect for snuggling up and watching a film.
A conservatory- jam packed with kids toys!
Utility and downstairs toilet.
Upstairs we have-
Master bedroom with king size bed
Ensuite shower room
Large family bathroom- with a giant bath for relaxing.
A spacious girls room with double bed
A good size girls room with shorty bunk beds (please note these are shorter than a standard, but I can still fit in it! So certainly suitable for a teenager).
We also have an office which we plan to fit a single bed in by early 2020.
Cupboard / drawers
First aid kit
Suitable for infants under 2
Suitable for children ages 2-12
Pets not allowed
We are ideally situated in a large village with a couple of good pubs and small grocery shops within walking distance. We are also on the doorstep of lovely countryside, perfect for running and family walks. There is a small park less than a minute away, perfect for when the kids just need to escape the house quickly!
Worcester and local;
We are 5 mins car / bus journey from Worcester, with a wealth of shops, bars, restaurants etc. You can take a walk down the river, drop by at The Hive library and visit the stunning cathedral. Tudor House Museum is free and an interesting visit. We also have Worcester Racecourse, so its worth checking out what events are happening there.
There's a wealth of fun local activities, including West Midlands Safari Park, Severn Valley Railway, Churchfields Ice Cream farm park, Gheluvelt park and Splashpad, Little Owl Farm Park, Top Barn Farm, Droitwich Spa Lido, All Things Wild, as well as ten pin bowling, swimming, parks, cinema etc. Lots of of family fun!
If days out in historic sites interest you, then we are spoilt for choice. We have National Trust sites including Hanbury Hall, Croome Court and Brockhampton House, and other sites include Warwick Castle, Spetchley Park, and Witley Court. These are great nice walks, picnics and in many cases tours and events. We personally love going to Ragley Hall, which in addition to the grand house has a fantastic wooden play area and maze for children, and Avoncroft Museum, combining old bulidings and a windmill along with a ride on miniature railway for the kids.
In half an hour you can visit Malvern, which has lovely shops and cafes, and obviously some fantastic walks in the Malvern hills. Malvern Theatre is also worth a visit and hosts some great shows.
You can get a train / drive to Birmingham in half hour also, for shopping, bars, shows etc. There are so many places to visit with the kids, including National Sea Life Centre, Legoland Discovery Centre (you can buy package deals for these 2), Cadbury World, Thinktank Museum (highly recommended!). Black Country Museum is also an fun day out for all the family.
On the outskirts of Birmingham is Resorts World for Shopping and the NEC which is a massive events venue, hosting all types of events including Crufts, Home/Cooking/Garden/Fashion/Wedding Shows, Kids Events, Transport etc. - definitely worth checking out what's on. Birmingham is also the home of the famous Edgebaston Cricket Ground, as well as Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Jewellery Quarter, Hippodrome, etc. I could keep going!
Shropshire and Cotswolds
Worcestershire is positioned next to some beautiful counties, which have plenty of stunning market towns to visit where you can enjoy walks, shops, cafes, culture, tours etc. Just some of these include Ludlow, which has a castle and markets, along with interesting old architecture, located within Shropshire (approx 1 hour). We are also close to the Cotswolds, which again has a wealth of medieval villages, churches and stately homes. Market towns to visit include Bourton on the Water (with paddling stream, model village, Birdland, model railway etc) and Moreton in the Marsh (with stunning Borton House Gardens). Cotswold Farm Park and Water Parks are a great visit too.
For bigger towns and cities, Cheltenham is just over half hour away (where I work!), famous for its racecourse, stunning Regency architecture and boutqie shops and cafes. If you have the time, a day trip to Bath is also highly recommended- (it is an hour and a half)- it is a stunning Roman city, where you are surrounded with Georgian architecture and incredible shops and places to eat. I can personally recommend the Spa as a once in a lifetime experience!
Stratford Upon Avon;
About 45 mins away you can get to Stratford Upon Avon, the birth place of Shakespeare and a great day out. As well as enjoying the town itself, you can visit Shakespeares birthplace and family home, sit in his actual School rooms, and attend the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. Anne Hathaways Cottage is a beautful 500 year cottage with stunning gardens, where Shakespeare courted his bride to be.
Worcestershire’s location in the heart of England makes it very accessible. If you are flying into the area, then Birmingham International Airport and East Mids airports are approximately 30 minutes away. Worcestershire has excellent road links to the major motorways (M5, M6, M40, M42, M50) and London is just 2½ hours away.
This is a taster of our neighbourhood- if you have specific interests which you think might not be met, please get in touch and we will let you know what's available and where!
You can get a bus into Worcester. For most areas you will need a car- we are happy to include our Honda Civic in our exchange if you can cover the insurance costs.
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Joined February 2019
Response rate 100%
Martin is a web developer and Shelley is Training Manager. We have 2 daughters aged 6 and 3. We are non smoking vegetarians, we don't have pets. We would love to experience how others live and would always treat someone else's home with respect, and hope to expect the same in return.
We are looking for swaps in the UK, potentially a weekend or longer during the summer holidays. Would also love to travel abroad too, we are very open! Our girls are never happier than when they are in water, so access to a pool or beach is always ideal for us (but open to all suggestions). Our favourite type of extended holiday is one where we can visit multiple locations in an area.
Having lovingly restored and extended our home, it is now our perfect space and we try our best to live our lives simply and in an uncluttered way (this is something we are always working at!). We are most relaxed when we are in a reasonably tidy and ordered home, and will offer the same in return!