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Tor Cottage

(Ref. 1052833)

Colwall, Herefordshire, Herefordshire Show on map

4.4

Sykes rating

  • 7 Guests

  • 4 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets No

Features

  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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18 Customer Reviews

  • "Need another sofa."

    Path needs maintenance. We had a great stay. Views were beautiful and very peaceful.

    Reviewed by Julie3.8Aug 2023

  • "It was great!"

    Not an ordinary place, very personal. Very spacious (geräumig), we spent two weeks there with our three kids. I didn’t expect a perfectly tuned guitar. The studio was another highlight, spooky at night with Agatha Christies‘. The garden has a lot of potential, my wife would have stayed here for much longer. We‘d loved to come back again. Thank you Jason for this experience. Kind regards from Hamburg, Matthias

    Reviewed by Matthias5.0Jul 2023

  • "Could do with more comfy chairs for relaxing"

    Reviewed by Clare4.4Apr 2023

  • "Absolutely magical week at Tor Cottage."

    Property is HUGE and that’s without taking into account the amazing studio. Went on some amazing walks through the beautiful Malvern Hills. Be warned though….some of the hills are challenging to say the least!! Property is well kept, clean and did I mention….spacious. Clean linen and towels provided, lots of crockery, cutlery and all you could possibly need for the perfect stay. Only two problematic issues to report on. Couldn’t seem to get the projector to work but then I am a bit of a technophobe. Parking is not for the light hearted! One space on an incredibly steep bank….but if they’re my only two gripes then I would truly recommend a stay at this beautiful cottage overlooking the Malvern Hills. The views are something to behold. Thoroughly recommended

    Reviewed by Daniel4.7Mar 2023

  • "Thanks so much for a lovely stay, we had a brilliant time."

    The log burner was a lovely bonus. The views from the annex were gorgeous. The kitchen looked like it had more basics that would be available for use such as oil etc. We were travelling by public transport from the north of England so there were some heavy extras to lug back from the supermarket after we arrived that evening in order to make dinner. Not a lot of comfy chairs in the living for all seven people to hang out at the same time without having some on the floor. Would definitely stay again, with the same group of people or maybe others! We loved it

    Reviewed by Naomi4.7Nov 2022

  • "Five of us arrived by bike from Colwall station down the road and had a lovely week cycling around Herefordshire and Worcestershire."

    This is a great spot with so many places to visit. There is a lovely view from the cottage/ annex too. A well kitted out kitchen meant we were able to cook for ourselves every night.

    Reviewed by Janet5.0Sep 2022

  • "Tor cottage has many lovely features but there are one or two downsides."

    There were four of us staying and we all had our own space. The kitchen is well laid out but would be a bit busy with 7 people. Extra chairs or a bean bag in the lounge would also help. My elder daughter's friend popped in for a few meals and 5 were easily accommodated around the table. The parking was occasionally an issue and it is a steep walk up to the parking in front of the cafe. Our driver did not want to reverse in because there is a steep drop on one side of the access road. It is also about 90 paces from the house to the parking and one or two of the path slabs are uneven. I found what I assume was the boiler to be quite noisy in the room above the kitchen. On the upside we enjoyed the views and the lovely sunsets. The house is fairly well equipped and was warm and comfortable. We were blessed with very good weather and only had one half day of rain. The house has a certain charm and perhaps faded glory. It is very quiet and peaceful but only a stone's throw away from walks, shops and Great Malvern. We walked to Malvern along the side of Beacon hill in about 25 minutes and to British camp in about 45 minutes. There are buses available if you only want to walk one way or you could use two cars. We loved the French windows that were perfect for our late summer weather. I must say a very big thanks to the owner and his locum cleaner who rescued my younger daughter when she managed to lock the keys in the studio annex. Overall we had a very lovely stay and I would book this cottage again. There was loads to do and I wished we had been there for two weeks rather than one. We enjoyed the games but did not try the records or the projector. A radio would be a nice addition to the facilities but we brought our own with us. Excellent for those who treasure peace and quiet, lovely views, lovely walks but easy access to civilization. The Red Lion in Malvern did a very good Sunday Lunch and there are plenty of interesting shops and supermarkets to suit all tastes. Not quite perfect but quite close and well worth a visit. (4 stars)!

    Reviewed by Andrew3.8Aug 2022

  • "Bright, open cottage – the three double french windows in the kitchen/diner were a great help in the hot weather."

    The kitchen is pretty well equipped apart from the teapot, which pours half the tea over the worksurface or table and only half in the cup! The annexe is a spacious retreat, everything finished aesthetically in ply, with fantastic views though the huge sliding windows. The garden is delightfully ramshackle, unkempt and sloping, with a wild section across the stream, though the path here needs caution – the wooden steps are loose. If you have more than one car, it's quite a trek up to the recommended parking spot for the second car, especially with bags etc. The little road is very steep; be prepared!

    Reviewed by Deborah4.4Aug 2022

  • "We found Tor Cottage to be beautiful, clean, well equipped, and we really enjoyed out stay."

    The annexe is really lovely and private. The views are absolutely stunning, and there are lots of lovely walks and other places to visit in easy reach. There were one or two very minor problems, which didn't spoil our stay, and I made the housekeeper aware, who was very helpful. I agree with another reviewer, lock on bathroom, and a blind would be good. The only other two things to be aware of are that one of the double rooms has some sort of futon, rather than a proper double bed, which wasn't especially comfortable, and access. The parking place is down a very very steep, curved drive, with no turning space, so you either have to reverse in, or out, and my vehicle was too large to do this, and the walk up to parking at the top of the road is also extremely steep. And access to the cottage itself is down quite a long path - people just need to be aware that this is the case. I would love to visit again, it's a beautiful house in a beautiful part of the world

    Reviewed by Teresa5.0Jul 2022

  • "We had an absolutely amazing time at your property for my dad’s 60th birthday!"

    Everything was super clean, the house is gorgeous! The record player was a great addition too. We would definitely love to stay here again in the future. The only improvements I’d say would be to add a blind and maybe a lock for the main bathroom for privacy and provide utensils for cooking on the BBQ. Other than that a fantastic stay!!

    Reviewed by Eleanor5.0Jul 2022

  • "Very disappointing."

    The furnishings were uncomfortable, the wifi wasn't working, most of the crockery was chipped and the open plan layout meant that all the heat went upstairs. We had stayed at Tor Cottage 25 years ago when it had different owners and was with a different agency. It used to be very cosy and very well furnished and equipped. We knew from the photos online that things had changed and that wouldn't have been a problem if the changes had been for the better. The one thing that they couldn't change was the wonderful view and the sunsets, and the fact that it is a short (if very steep!) walk to the top of the Hills! Cafe Morso in Colwall does amazing breakfasts, The Cottage in the Wood does great lunches and The Wyche Inn is always good for a basic reasonably priced meal. We would add that the housekeeper was very helpful, but sadly this cottage is not up to the standard we would usually expect from Sykes.

    Reviewed by Barry2.5Apr 2022

  • "Overall we had an amazing stay at Tor Cottage."

    The view is gorgeous and the house is lovely. We would definitely come again. Our only feedback would be that the beds are a little hard to sleep on, and the internet was very hit and miss which made it difficult to use the projector. Otherwise we loved it x

    Thank you for your feedback. Following your stay we have updated the mattresses at Tor Cottage and we hope that you have a comfortable time if you choose to book again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Leah4.1Feb 2022

  • "Was a fantastic cottage with some great views."

    Plenty of space and would definitely recommend

    Reviewed by Gregg5.0Nov 2021

  • "Fantastic location with amazing views."

    Very peaceful and secluded. Parking is a little tricky. Do be prepared to walk with your bags. My only real disappointment was that there were virtually no vinyl records ( lots in photos ). I was looking forward to browsing and listening

    Reviewed by Steven3.8Oct 2021

  • "Beautiful house with magnificent views of the Malvern hills."

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Oct 2021

  • "A beautiful house, with stunning views, ideally positioned for walks on the Malverns and to explore the surrounding area."

    The garden is very steep, but fun to explore. The house is well equipped - the only thing to note is that there is no actual television, but a data projector (which would not connect to our Windows laptop, but would I suspect connect to an Apple). We had a lovely time, and can well imagine coming back there again.

    Reviewed by John4.4Aug 2021

  • "What a lovely place in a stunning setting and so close to the hills for daily walking on the ridge of the Malverns!"

    The cottage is delightful - quirky and cute. We loved the record player and the projector screen. We made good use of the gas BBQ too! Facilities were good and we had a great week in a beautiful house. The entrance to the cottage is hard to find, instructions don’t quite make it clear so it took us a bit of exploring in front of the wrong house before we spotted the path. There is no microwave (wasn’t a problem for us but might be for others) and one of the double beds is a futon with a not-very-comfy mattress.

    Reviewed by Rosie4.4Aug 2021

  • "Cottage is an amazing find for the views - they are just stunning , the rooms are spacious and very querky, like stepping into someones home while they have nipped out, felt very homely though a few more comfy chairs needed if 5 of you staying."

    I loved the lack of TV and flicker of the log fire and hoot of the owls at night , owner very generous with the logs! Great if you like time together with peace . hotels for lunch in colwall and British camp served great food and drink and ledbury and malvern easy to get to also , theres even a bus 675/676 nearby that is helpful for pub visits or walks. Dont think I will ever forget or exceed those views though.

    Reviewed by Stephen4.4Oct 2020

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Summary

  • Main building: Three bedrooms: 2 x double, 1 x single
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Open-plan living space with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with open fire
  • Annexe: One double bedroom with en-suite walk-in shower, basin, and WC
  • Gas central heating
  • Gas range cooker and hob, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine
  • Home cinema projector and Bose speaker which you can connect to via bluetooth
  • WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for 1 car
  • Large sloping garden with patio, furniture, chiminea, gas barbecue, and stream
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 1.2 miles, pub 0.5 miles
  • Note: The projector is connected via USB-C to a laptop
  • Note: The stream usually dries in summer - Due to the landscape of the garden and presence of the stream, young children must be supervised Please note: There is no TV or Microwave at this property.

The property

Tor Cottage is a charming, detached property, blessed by stunning westerly countryside views, including the Bannau Brycheiniog (Brecon Beacons) in the distance on clear sunny days.

Set in a secluded spot in Upper Colwall, in the famous Malvern Hills, this well-kept 1929 house is the ideal place for a peaceful, family holiday.

Tor Cottage is off the beaten track and benefits from a large garden, within proximity to excellent walking in the hills and a warm welcoming home, with rustic charm and contemporary aesthetics.

Be welcomed into the property's open-plan living space where you can spend your evenings relaxing after adventure-filled days; prepare delicious meals in the kitchen area where a large gas range cooker sits alongside a good range of appliances, come together around the dining table with the patio doors opened up in summer to let in the breeze, and a brightly lit sitting area with an open fire for the cooler winter months.

Set up the projector via your laptop to watch a family favourite film, or on warm evenings, enjoy a drink out on the patio, before starting the gas barbecue and lighting up the chiminea.

The rest of the garden is made up of sloping lawns with a pretty stream running through it, surrounded by woodland and trees.

Head upstairs to find three bedrooms, choose from either of the two double bedrooms or the single bedroom, with more stunning views in the former two and all enjoying bright white walls and rustic wooden floorboards, served by the family bathroom which has a bath and shower over.

At the back of the house, in the heart of the garden, sits the studio annex, another bedroom with an ensuite bathroom; there you can enjoy a restful night of sleep and wake up surrounded by nature and more stunning views.

Enjoy walks from your doorstep, as many paths are accessible from the cottage or head into the nearby bustling town of Malvern.

Browse the local independent shops, antique dealers, and second-hand bookshops as well as local artists and craftspeople on show in shops and galleries.

Visit the St Ann's Well and Holywell tucked in the valley, made popular by Victorians who wanted to be cured by the waters, as well as several other natural springs dotted around the Malverns which can present a fabulous day out of treasure hunting.

The cathedral-sized Great Malvern Priory is an impressive structure for its medieval architecture, whilst another medieval jewel of Abbey Gateway is home to Malvern Museum.

Attracting top-class productions and big names is the Malvern Theatres Complex with a theatre, live music venue and a cinema, you can ensure, you have something to do on a rainy day.

Discover the charming village of Ledbury, only 10 miles away, with top-notch designer boutiques and a wonderful deli curating local products as well as delicacies from around the world.

The world-famous literary village, Hay-On-Wye in Wales, is only an hour drive away.

Come back from all these wonderful day trips to rest, reconnect to nature and simply feel at home while staying at Tor Cottage.

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About the location

COLWALL, HEREFORDSHIRE

Worcester 11.9 miles; Hereford 18.9 miles

The large village of Colwall nestles within the westerly folds of the Malvern Hills AONB, bordering Worcestershire and split into three areas known as Colwall Stone, Colwall Green and Upper Colwall. One of the main features of this delightful village is the view of British Camp, which is an Iron Age hill fort positioned at the top of Herefordshire Beacon, a protected, ancient monument maintained by the Malvern Hills Conservators. Colwall Stone boasts a series of local shops, a specialist garden centre and village hall, while all three areas of the village are littered with public houses for you to enjoy a refreshing pint after a long walk over the hills. The many other outdoor activities available nearby include cycling, horse riding and fishing, not to mention hang gliding and paragliding for those seeking a thrill, as well as rock climbing locations in the area. The spa town of Malvern is nearby and offers a charming shopping location with its beautiful, hillside setting and a lovely mix of food, fashion and furniture stores. There are also a selection of pubs and eateries to choose from and a number of National Trust properties, gardens and vineyards within easy reach. Malvern Theatres has an extensive programme throughout the year with productions from the West End and the Royal Shakespeare Company, including musicals and dance, to world-renowned musicians and orchestra. Worcester and Hereford are within easy driving distance with many more attractions to enjoy, as are Tewkesbury and the Wye Valley, offering something for everyone. Choose this superb holiday destination at any time of the year!

Please note: there is no TV or Microwave at this property.