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  • 3 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Games Room
  • Broadband / WiFi

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42 Customer Reviews

  • "Thanks for a fantastic holiday, cottage was perfect loved the location cotswolds ..."

    Thanks for a fantastic holiday, cottage was perfect loved the location cotswolds is beautiful also perfect sitting in the garden in the late afternoon so sunny Mike and Karen rose

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Oct 2023

  • "We have stayed at Appledene before and really enjoy the quiet village it is in."

    The sound of the church bells and the birdsong in the garden is great for a relaxing stay. It is a beautiful place to stay for a week and comfortable and quite well equipped in the small kitchen. There were just 2 things I would like to negatively comment on. Both the single and the double bed would benefit from new mattresses - the double had a big dent in each side (left and right sides about half way down) and both were not very comfortable. The shower needs mould removing from the sealant round the edge. These things did not detract from the peace and quiet relaxing break that we returned to the cottage for!

    Reviewed by Marian3.4Sep 2023

  • "What a fantastic little cottage."

    Extremely well equipped,and a lovely surprise of tea,coffee,milk and biscuits on arrival. Well placed for exploring the Cotswolds and further afield.We used the train station at Ashchurch,which not only has excellent train links,but also the added bonus of free parking all week. To sit on the patio,surrounded by beautiful scents of the differing plants in the garden was a joy,and the nightly visit from Mr Hedgehog was an added bonus. Only two drawbacks,be very careful of the sharp turn into the drive ( after a day or so I mastered it ) and the internet went down on our third day there ( no doubt I could have contacted the owner,but hey ho,surely we can all do without Facebook etc for a couple of days). Overall a very relaxing and enjoyable holiday,and we will hope to return in a couple of years time. Miss King,you should be very proud of what you offer.

    Reviewed by Frederick5.0Jun 2023

  • "A cosy & comfortable character cottage situated in a quiet village - even managed to enjoy the winter sun in the sheltered garden."

    A most enjoyable week of walking and catching up with old friends.

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Feb 2023

  • "Lovely cottage with character in a quiet village."

    Really enjoyed our stay.

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Nov 2022

  • "This is a beautiful cottage and the owner has done everything to ensure comfort ."

    There is plenty of hot water and the heating is good . The only down side are the stairs . It is an old cottage and of course it is understood that they aren't modern but if you have mobility problems , as we have to an extent , we didn't always feel safe . Never the less we had a lovely holiday and the cottage is ideally placed for towns and country , in a pretty village .

    Reviewed by Terry5.0Oct 2022

  • "I have already recommended the property to someone wanting self-catering near Tewkesbury."

    The walks from the cottage are very good. The cottage was comfortable. The drive and parking is on a steepish incline but easy with care. It was good to have a quiet and comfortable lounge separate from the TV lounge.

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Sep 2022

  • "A very comfortable and well equipped cottage in a lovely quiet village."

    Reviewed by Anne5.0Sep 2022

  • "The cottage is a gem, we had a completely relaxing break."

    The tea tray and roses were a lovely addition. The cottage garden was a beautiful place to relax, after visiting local villages, at the end of the day. The kitchen was well equipped and the furnishings were comfortable but in keeping with the cottages character. I loved the idea of two rooms downstairs, one for watching TV, and one for relaxing and eating. Quite a variety of wildlife seen, the cottage plants attract a variety of insects. Due to a knee operation had mobility issues and the stair rail and walk in shower were really helpful. Overall a terrific stay and would definitely come back.

    Reviewed by Louise5.0Jun 2022

  • "Peaceful country village location, ideal for rest and relaxing holiday."

    No traffic noise just birds singing and sound of church bells in the distance (not a nuisance, rather comforting actually!). Lovely cottage, warm and cosy with everything we needed - and the luck of good weather too! Ideal touring base for the Cotswolds, Malvern and surrounding area.

    Reviewed by Marian4.7May 2022

  • "Mike, Janet and Jean from Bournemouth --- We had a lovely time staying in Appledean."

    Milk, Tea, Coffee, Suger, Biscuits, even Flowers were Waiting for us on arrival. Exceptionally Clean throughout. Well equipped in the kitchen. When having your morning coffee - you can enjoy all the birds feeding in the Pretty Garden. We enjoyed Wonderful Walks around the Area. Over the Hills to Kemerton was a Challenge - But worth it for all the Spectacular Views - Plus the Crown Pub is a must. The Anchor Pub, in Eckington, is also a must -- Great Fish n Chips. Also if you like Sausages and Bacon -- The Local Farm Shop, 5 mins from Cottage -- Is a must. We only had two concerns -- Extra care must be taken on the Stairs -- -- This is due to them being very narrow and going round at a bend. Attention is needed for the Shower -- -- Water goes Cold very quickly - Like Ice Cold -- -- Plus the Water Doesn't Drain Away within the Shower Enclosure very quickly -- Thank you to Sally for this great little Haven.

    Thank you for your feedback and pleased you enjoyed the local walks and the nice pubs. Apologies about the shower - I will have someone look at it straightaway. Best wishes, Sally. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Janet4.1Mar 2022

  • "This was a lovely, cosy home from home."

    We felt so welcome, with tea, coffee and biscuits (nice ones) on arrival, and plentiful, high quality towels, bathroom and dishwashing supplies etc for our stay. A lovely base for exploring this interesting area.

    Reviewed by Kim5.0Oct 2021

  • "The cottage was well equipped and very comfortable as long as you watch out for the sloping roofs upstairs."

    Only fault garden was s bit overgrown.

    Reviewed by Elizabeth4.7Aug 2021

  • "The cottage was very comfortable and everything worked properly."

    No hitches or need to seek help from the owners. We would certainly come back again.

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Aug 2021

  • "Appledene is a very quaint cottage with a pretty garden."

    There are some pleasant walks in the area and some interesting places to visit.

    Reviewed by Adrian5.0Jun 2021

  • "For publication: Appledene is a beautiful period thatched cottage with a wonderful cottage garden."

    We really enjoyed our stay. Not for publication: We believe that recycling is very important so we washed and kept everything that could be recycled. We put it in a cardboard box in the kitchen and brought it back to Guernsey to recycle. When we got back we saw on the side of the box that it could have been recycled at the village. Apologies for missing that, maybe the notice could be more prominently displayed for others staying in the cottage.

    Reviewed by John4.7Jun 2021

  • "Appledene is a charming cottage with a fabulous garden, and the location is idyllic."

    There are fantastic walks from the doorstep, including up Bredon's Hill or past the Nature Reserve to Eckington, which has a well-stocked village shop. The Malvern Hills to the West and the Cotswolds to the East are within easy reach, and well worth exploring. We loved our stay.

    Reviewed by Chris5.0May 2021

  • "The oven hob was not as described or shown."

    It was electric not gas as stated. It was perfectly acceptable. Everything super clean. The owner Sally King responded promptly and efficiently when I telephoned to let her know the village had no water due to fault with water main. She kindly drove over with bottled water arriving about 15 minutes later around 1800 hours I think. Good to meet her too. Lots to see and do in the area and lovely to be able to just set off on foot from the cottage for a pleasant country walk. Just a few miles drive beautiful Eckington circular walk much of which along the Avon, starting at the old bridge with a handy picnic/car parking area. Also walk by the Severn at historic Tewkesbury. No need to search for supermarket I supported the village shop/PO at Bredon - very well stocked and excellent selection of bread, and pleasant service.

    Reviewed by Dorothy4.4Apr 2021

  • "Pleasant cottage in very quiet village."

    The patio doors from the newer single storey extension face towards the evening sun and provide a lovely room with views onto the cottage garden. However if you need to connect with WiFi it is necessary to sit in the lounge within the old cottage, which is dark and, because of the thick cottage walls, cool, even on the hottest day. Excellent walking straight from the door. Easy access to Bredon Hill and most of the footpaths in the area are well signposted and easy to follow. Good cycling on reasonably flat roads. We met at least 100 cyclists on a sunny Sunday in April when we cycled round the base of Bredon Hill.

    Reviewed by John Sebastian4.7Apr 2021

  • "Such a beautiful place to stay and so much to explore in and around the area."

    Property easy to find with the names prominent on the walls on both sides. Lovely homely feel and everything and more Provided. With a lovely garden too if the weather is kind to you. Comfy beds and love the little cosy living room with all the books and info as well as so many dvds to enjoy as well. Beautiful home and well cared for. Thank you once again for a lovely stay.

    Reviewed by Laura5.0Sep 2020

  • "Absolutely charming cottage in a stunning village location."

    Everything had been thought of, from hand-wash and cleaning products to coffee, milk and tea. With all of the kitchen appliances and utensils we could easily have lived here for a long time. The cottage was clean and felt cosy, it would be delightful in the winter but during the hot summer weather the thick walls also served to keep the place cool. Lovely patio area in the small cottage garden made for a beautiful location for breakfast each morning before a busy day sightseeing and returning 'home' in the evening to the tranquil surroundings broken only by the gentle bells of the nearby church was heaven. The owner really thought of everything, from information on local facilities and attractions to instructions on how to use everything and a phone number in case we had any problems. I hope we get the opportunity to return.

    Reviewed by Angela4.4Jul 2020

  • "It was dry peaceful and quite, all that I wished for."

    Most major towns within easy reach, pubs in the next village. Highly recommend this cottage.

    Reviewed by Ronald5.0Jul 2020



    Reviewed by Paulinw5.0Feb 2020

  • "Appledene is a lovely character cottage which dates back to Tudor times."

    The cottage is beautifully modernised but still keeps much of its original and historical features. The house was welcoming and very clean, with tea, coffee, milk and a bottle of wine on arrival. I visited during the colder month of February and I found the cottage to be quite cold, especially in the extension part. I believe a log burner or gas fire is needed to solve this problem as the single radiator did not heat the room very much at all.

    Reviewed by Elinor3.8Jan 2020

  • "A really comfortable cottage with everything we needed."

    It was in a very nice, quiet location but not far from lots of interesting locations. A place that we would seriously consider a return visit.

    Reviewed by John5.0Oct 2019

  • "We had a great time and loved the cottage."

    Future guests may appreciate knowing that the ceiling slope in the main bedroom can cause problems getting in and out of bed if you are tall like us. Also the drive is a little difficult to negotiate. Despite those minor difficulties,we would go back again without hesitation.

    Reviewed by Helen4.7Sep 2019

  • "Will definitely book with you again."

    Fantastic property in a lovely area.

    Reviewed by Kevin5.0Aug 2019

  • "Excellent getaway cottage in the middle of a beautiful area."

    Everything you would expect of a charming character cottage. It’s a credit to the owner.

    Reviewed by Martin5.0Aug 2019

  • "Wow! What a really lovely warm welcoming Cottage."

    We thoroughly enjoyed our stay, the cottage had everything we needed. Beautiful flowers to welcome us and milk in the fridge very welcomed after a long journey. Would definitely recommend to friends and would definitely love to go back again. Also very helpful to have folder of how to work appliances especially the washing machine.

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Aug 2019

  • "The cottage was really quaint , rooms a bit larger than the photos seemed to show."

    Lots of lovely homely welcoming touches. Plenty of local info. Things to be aware of , bedroom floors in v old part of house are not level, parking could be a challenge if your car is very large, and walk up Brecon Hill is quite a challenge in hot weather , which thankfully we had quite a lot of but the views ARE magnificent and flora & fauna when we went were great. Plenty to do and see in the Cotswolds ! Could have done with another week. Garden gorgeous. Love the Jasmine by the front door.

    Reviewed by Philip4.7Jul 2019

  • "Good location."

    Well equipped.

    Reviewed by John5.0May 2019

  • "The peace &quiet was just great, very thoughtful to leave milk,great places to visit not too far away,everyone so friendly & helpful ."

    Only thing I would suggest is to give instructions to find the place a bit more thought. As we were traveling from the north , J9 was along way down , my daughter lives in Pershore so she gave us better instructions.

    Reviewed by Mary4.7May 2019

  • "This was a lovely old listed building, IMMACULATE, OUR NICEST COTTAGE SO FAR."

    Reviewed by Michael5.0May 2019

  • "The cottage in Bredon’s Norton was perfect for our holiday exploring various villages in the Cotswolds."

    The setting was very peaceful - the biggest noise was the birds and the church bells. It was always so lovely to come home in the evenings after our day out driving. Everything worked and was easy to manage. The stairs are a bit steep but have good handrails.

    Reviewed by Alan5.0Apr 2019

  • "Lovely cottage, very comfortable with everything we needed."

    Reviewed by John5.0Sep 2018

  • "This cottage was excellent and this added to making our whole holiday wonderful experience, we have loved your cottages many times over the years but this one was special."

    A good centre for some good days out to gardens and houses, and events. At the end we were so pleased I rang the owner to compliment her on the cottage and its standard, I don't usually make a practice of this. Thank you.

    Reviewed by David5.0Sep 2018

  • "Appledean is set in lovely little village and enjoys it’s own privacy within a beautiful cottage garden."

    The property is very comfortably appointed with everything you might need for your stay and was spotlessly clean. The owner supplied all the info we might need to help us get the most out of our visit and even kindly left us a welcome tray of tea, coffee and biscuits. We specifically chose this property as it was ideally located for us to enjoy the many attractions in the area which you could start with lovely walks right from the door. Everything about our stay was a delight from start to finish and I would have no hesitation in recommending to others.

    Reviewed by Heidi5.0Jun 2018

  • "There is one thing that we want to mention and that is that Americans don't know that some keyholes in the UK are covered with a little metal plate over the top of the keyhole."

    We stood outside the front door for approximately 20-30 minutes when we first arrived trying to figure out how to unlock the door. I finally remembered from my time living in the UK that sometimes there is a metal plate over the top of the keyhole. After I remembered that, we were able to unlock the door. If the hostess could let guests know that the keyhole has a metal plate covering it, it may help other American or foreign guest who stay there to be able to figure out how to unlock the door. Additionally, the other more substantial lock on the front door that was a dead bolt - it turned out that once we got into the cottage and looked at the locks that it wasn't even functional because part of the lock was missing. So we struggled for 20-30 minutes with getting into the cottage due to not knowing about the metal plate over the keyhole and that the second lock wasn't even functional. Also, it was very unclear how to get the furnace to switch on. Thankfully, we called the hostess who came to the cottage quickly and showed us that the furnace is a part of the hot water heater - again, we would have never known this because we are American and we don't have similar heating systems in the US so we would have not figured out how to turn the furnace on without the hostess' assistance. We tried to read the booklet provided on that and couldn't figure out what to do. Obviously, if you are British, you would know that there is a metal plate over a keyhole and that the furnace is part of the hot water heater but we didn't know. Otherwise, delightful cottage and delightful hostess. We had a lovely chat with the hostess when she came over to help with the furnace issue. Lovely cottage and lovely village. Staying in the UK is always too short so looking forward to next visit.

    Reviewed by Janet4.4May 2018

  • "Olde worlde charm with today’s comfort."

    In a beautiful village, at the foot of a hill, it’s a great base for visiting The Cotswolds. We thoroughly enjoyed our week at Appledene & would absolutely recommend this delightful cottage to others.

    Reviewed by Susie5.0Apr 2018

  • "Great stay in a good location for traveling around the cotswolds"

    Reviewed by Neil4.6Sep 2017

  • "The cottage was very well equipped but could do with a clock somewhere and a blind on the bathroom/toilet window."

    It was in a good position for visiting the Cotswold. Lovely garden to sit in and eat whilst watching birds.

    Reviewed by Kathryn4.8Jun 2017

  • "Great cottage great location."

    Home from home

    Reviewed by Yvonne5.0Jun 2017

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x single
  • Ground floor bathroom with bath, separate shower, basin and WC
  • Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area
  • Sitting room.
  • Gas central heating
  • Electric oven, electric cooker, microwave, fridge, freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, DVD, CD, WiFi, selection of books, games, CDs and DVDs
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Private front and side patio garden with furniture
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and pub 2 miles
  • Farm Shop with limited opening hours 10 mins walk
  • Please note bedrooms have sloping ceilings which may cause issue for taller guests

The property

A delightful Grade II listed semi-detached thatched cottage ideally located in the heart of the pretty Worcestershire village of Bredon's Norton, close to Pershore and Tewkesbury.

The pleasant furnishings and wealth of character make this cottage an ideal base for a romantic break in a unspoilt part of the country.

As you step inside the cottage the olde-worlde charm is evident with original beams and doors sitting alongside more contemporary furnishings.

The cosy sitting room is in the 17th century part of the cottage and makes a great place to sit and relax while the open plan living area is ideal for those summer days as the external doors can be opened so you can enjoy the birdlife in the garden.

The open plan area has a very well equipped kitchen and a dining area for a romantic dinner or just sit and relax as you plan the day's activities.

Outside the cottage garden provides a great place to unwind and forget the helter-skelter of everyday life.

Many lovely walks and cycle rides can be enjoyed from the doorstep of the cottage - head up Bredon Hill, one of England's Marilyns, to Parson's Folly where panoramic views of Malvern Hills, Vale of Evesham and Severn Valley can be enjoyed.

Look out for the Elephant Stone too!

The Wychavon Way and Shakespeare's Avon Way both pass close by.

A range of amenities can be found at Pershore and Tewkesbury, whilst the Regency spa town of Cheltenham is also within easy reach and worthy of a day trip.

A unique cottage for a memorable holiday at any time of year.

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About the location


Tewkesbury 5 miles; Pershore 6 miles; Malvern 9 miles; Cheltenham 10 miles.

The thriving village of Bredon's Norton nestles on the western slope of Bredon Hill on the northern edge of the Cotswolds. The village has many timber-framed 'cruck' cottages and a 14th century Manor House where it is reputed that Sir Walter Raleigh was a visitor. Bredon Hill is a National Nature Reserve and a Site of Special Scientific Interest, part of the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The towns of Tewkesbury and Pershore, both only a ten minute drive by car are famous for their abbeys and have excellent shopping facilities, and the regency spa town of Cheltenham, with its range of shops, cinemas, theatres, restaurants, pubs and famous Gold Cup horse racing is a short drive away, as is Broadway, a quintessentially English village, one of the most beautiful in the Cotswolds. Upton-upon-Severn lies on the banks of the River Severn, boasting a variety of 17th century buildings, and home to 'The Pudding Shop', as well as traditional inns, cafes and its very own museum. This charming country town plays host to many Jazz, Folk and Blues Festivals throughout the year, and has its own marina, a local vineyard and striking Heritage Centre. The beautiful town of Malvern and the dramatic Malvern Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, make a great day out and offer 100 miles of footpaths and bridleways over a 9-mile range of ancient rock. Bredon's Norton is centrally located for exploring attractions such as Stratford-upon-Avon, birthplace of William Shakespeare, Warwick Castle, Stow-on-the-Wold, Moreton-in-Marsh, Bourton-on-the-Water and numerous National Trust properties.