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Swifts Nest

(Ref. 1007029)

Cookley, Worcestershire Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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  • lovely (13)
  • comfortable (11)
  • good (9)
  • shop (8)
  • well (8)
  • area (8)

27 Customer Reviews

  • "13 - 20th October 2023 We stayed for one week in this quirky home."

    We enjoyed our stay and found our hosts very helpful. This has a well appointed kitchen, but be aware, the this is downstairs, and the dinning area is upstairs, accessed by the spiral stairs. Once you get used to it, it became quite normal. This was the quirky bit! We used the local busses to travel all over the place, and enjoyed a visit to Kidderminster to go on the steam railway. I can recommend the local chip shop across the way from the house, but we ordered only one portion of chips, (Told by our host it would be enough for two) and she was right.) Also, for a nice meal out, we went to the Land Oak, on the Birmingham road, just outside of Kidderminster. We may return again in the future.

    Reviewed by John5.0Oct 2023

  • "A lovely place with everything we could need."

    A fabulous location with lots to do in the area. We had an amazing week.

    Reviewed by Sally5.0Sep 2023

  • "Wonderful stay."

    Property is in a great location. Ellen is a warm, kind and caring host who made sure everything was provided and catered for. Would love to stay again.

    Thank you for a lovely review I try to offer a home from home Lisa was a lovely guest who I would recommend to any host Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lisa5.0Sep 2023

  • "Lovely flat"

    Lovely lads. Left flat clean and tidy. Would recommend to other host Property Owner

    Reviewed by Marcin5.0Jul 2023

  • "Fantastic! Spiral stairs are quite wide but may be unsuitable for some, but facilities were great, location fantastic, great value, and couldn’t recommend more highly!"

    Thanks for you lovely review Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jonathan5.0Feb 2023

  • "We booked the cottage in Cookley for a week and were happy with the accommodation provided."

    It was a very cold week but the lounge/bedroom stayed cosy and comfortable. The circular staircase was a concern to us before we arrived but it was very sturdy with a solid handrail and easy to climb as long as you are mobile. The owner was extremely helpful and made the property very welcoming. It is well positioned in terms of access to Tesco, takeaways and pubs and the cafe below provides an excellent breakfast!

    Reviewed by Rita4.7Dec 2022

  • "A quirky interesting flat in a nice little village near enough to a town to go further afield, and quiet and peaceful where it is."

    A Tesco opposite and two takeawys catering for most tastes I would imagine. As a pedestrian the local bus service stops a little early but that's no fault of the flat's owners. A comfy bed and seven fairly good noght's sleep as I find a little trafic noise comforting. The design of the flat wold not suit people with mobility issues as there are stairs from the kitchen to the heart of the flat. A very interesting spiral staircase that needs spiralling up and down quite a lot. There are also a few steps that are uneven, from the small hallway to the living room, that could be given some attention to straighten them as they were a little tricky to use. The bath is huge which is good but for someone not very tall like myself I felt I could have done with some steps to get in and out of it.

    The flat is 200 years old and in description described the different levels and stairs. The bath is a standard p shaped bath So not quite sure why would need steps inside bath. Giving me a low score for cleanliness when I was left with not a pleasant mess in one room I feel you are over zealous in your scoring Property Owner

    Reviewed by Russell4.1Aug 2022

  • "A lovely little property in a nice little village with everything close at hand."

    Lots of things to do nearby and some lovely walks too. Lovely little coffee shop too that does a great breakfast. Couldn’t have wanted more really.

    Thank you for a lovely honest review Glad you had a great time Property Owner

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Jul 2022

  • "An comfortable cottage/apartment, with kitchen on the ground floor and bathroom, living room and bedroom on the first floor reached by a spiral staircase."

    The kitchen is generally well equipped with a good cooker and fridge freezer and although the basis are all there, it would benefit from a tea cosy, a pair of sharp (steak type) knives for cutting meat and some better quality cutlery that does not bend when used. The bed is large and comfy, although with a heavy mattress, so making it is a bit more of an effort than it need to be. The living room is bright and airy, with a table plenty big enough for two and plenty of seating, although the sofa was a bit low for me (that said it was OK for my wife),The television is on-line only with access to Netflix, Prime and You Tube (none of these require the visitor to have an appropriate account to watch. To watch ordinary TV it's a simple matter to hook up to Sky Go or similar via a laptop). The bathroom is large with a good powerful shower and plenty of hot water. The owner who runs the tea shop/café below is very friendly and helpful (and the breakfast there is good). Overall the cottage was comfortable, more to the point it is well located for exploring the area with the Severn Valley Railway, The Black Country Living Museum, Blists Hill Victorian village as well as many National Trust properties within easy travelling distance.

    Thank you for your review If you would of popped in cafe would have sorted you some steak knifes. As to the bed will admit it is heavy to lift but quality counts and I have tried to furnish property with good quality items. And as for a tea cosy never been asked for one in over 5 years and 3 holiday rentals but will ask future guests if this is something that would enhance their stay with us. As we try to make a guests time with us a great holiday experience Property Owner

    Reviewed by Andrew4.4Jul 2022

  • "Great accommodation."

    Well fitted kitchen with new appliances. Spacious bathroom and comfy sitting room. Large bedroom with comfortable bed. I would mention the three steps from the hall into Sitting room need to be taken carefully as very small and uneven with a low sloped ceiling which needs careful attention both ways to avoid hitting head, particularly visiting the toilet during the night. We had a great holiday & the owners were lovely. Would definitely recommend & re-visit.

    Thank you for a lovely review. It is quirky place low door ways and then one ceiling 10ft high. It is a lovely space to stop and thank you for your kind words Property Owner

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Jun 2022

  • "The apartment was interesting and comfortable and the owner was very welcoming and informative."

    We made full use of the facilities and nearby chippy, Indian takeaway, pubs and buses. It is very well located for canal walks, bluebell walks, museum visits (Black Country Living Museum and Carpet Museum) and arboretums. We had a lovely week and would definitely consider visiting again at a different time of year.

    Thank you for a lovely review I’m glad you had a great time. We are so lucky to have so much on our doorstep Property Owner

    Reviewed by Susan5.0May 2022

  • "Clean and comfortable with everything you need."

    Good local shop and take aways, owner very helpful and knowledgeable. Thanks for a lovely stay!

    Thank you for a honest review. Glad you had a lovely stay Property Owner

    Reviewed by Julia5.0Apr 2022

  • "Lovely cottage in a friendly village with lots of amenities and access to walks around fantastic countryside."

    Good central location for exploring the area

    Glad you had a great time. It is a lovely area a bit of a hidden gem Property Owner

    Reviewed by Carole5.0Mar 2022

  • "Clean, fresh and quiet."

    We had a relaxing time here.

    Thank you for a lovely review. We try to make it a home from home Property Owner

    Reviewed by Anthony5.0Mar 2022

  • "Very good comfortable, clean property."

    Very good range of facilities nearby

    Thank you for a lovely honest review A lovely guest who I would recommend to all hosts Property Owner

    Reviewed by Keith5.0Feb 2022

  • "Cookley village is a is in a quiet location with lovely walks close to Kinver Edge."

    I can Highly recommend the Swifts Nest. The owner Ellen is such an accommodating lovely lady, nothing is too much trouble. The apartment is set within a building with history and lots of character. This adds to the charm of the property. It is very clean with everything you would need for a comfortable break. The shower/bath is good with lots of hot water. The television doesn’t have live TV but that was okay for our stay, our free time was walking and visiting the local area. Across the road is a fabulous Chip Shop, Indian Takeaway (you can pre-order and collect) and a very well stocked Tesco Express. There is ample carparking facilities located at the back of the building.

    Reviewed by Lynne4.7Jan 2022

  • "We had a lovely few days at Swift’s Nest, it is a comfortable accommodation, cosy in these winter months."

    Only a couple of points we’d make: key pick up needs updating, there’s no one in the cafe after 2:00, and no direct access from the car park ( as described). There are 3 steps from the lounge to the hall way, the unevenness of the steps are a potential trip hazard. But these were minor things and didn’t detract from our overall stay.

    The building is nearly 200 years old and has different floor levels and ceiling heights Which add character to accommodation The key access is a key code box The access is down an alley way into private courtyard it’s as direct as I know Also the coffee shop closes at two in the afternoon as I do have my own home and family I’m only a phone call or 5 mins away Property Owner

    Reviewed by Paula4.7Nov 2021

  • "Local pubs were a let down foodwise."

    Seemed like they only serve food when it suits them. The takeaways opposite were excellent. Chippy very busy. The owners were very helpful and friendly. Enjoyed our holiday very much.

    Reviewed by Gerald4.4Sep 2021

  • "The apartment is handily situated for walks along the Worcestershire and Staffordshire canal to Kinver one way and Kidderminster the other."

    There are also some nice walks around Cookley and Kinver Edge and the Malvern Hills and an easy hour's drive away. The proprietress of the apartment is very friendly and has lots of useful information where to visit in the area. The chip shop opposite the apartment served up a very nice fish and chip supper, and there is an Indian takeaway next door to the chippy but we didn't try that. With a Tesco Express very nearby and two pubs within fifty metres, there's plenty of choice for eating and drinking.

    Reviewed by Nigel4.1Jun 2021

  • "Most things were of good quality especially the heating and hot water, shower etc."

    and the bed was comfortable. Although there was a tv I was disappointed to find it didn’t have live tv on it, just apps like iplayer, Netflix etc. There is also a fair walk for the bathroom in the night with a low doorway to negotiate.

    Reviewed by Lynne4.7May 2021

  • "Lovely little apartment and well presented."

    The bread and eggs were welcome. It was a little cold when we arrived but a quick turn of the thermostat soon had the place warm and cozy. The Indian takeaway, chip shop and Tesco express across the road were handy as were the two nearby pubs especially after completing one of the suggested walks . We only stayed a couple of nights over a bank holiday weekend but would have liked to have been able to stay longer.

    Reviewed by Clive5.0May 2021

  • "We booked Swifts Nest for a two week break and it was in a lovely quiet location, ample off road parking behind the apartment."

    The apartment itself was very clean, warm and cosy, with everything you could need for cooking, relaxing - nice bath and plenty of hot water! And good wi-fi. The spiral staircase was a unique feature though not for less mobile people. Welcome bread and eggs was a nice touch and friendly welcome from the owner and easy check-in with the lock box. Easy to get around the local area, busy chippy across the road and a small Tesco for essentials and a lovely walk along the canal nearby. Would recommend for a nice break.

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Oct 2020

  • "Perfect base for exploring the area."

    Lovely walks in the village.

    Reviewed by Laura5.0Sep 2020

  • "Clean tidy and spacious house which was excellently located for a number of days out."

    Hosts very welcoming and would happily recommend.

    Reviewed by David5.0Sep 2020

  • "Felt safe as Covid 19 cleanliness,was met in all areas."

    Property was uncluttered and very comfortable.

    Reviewed by Linda5.0Aug 2020

  • "Spacious, quirky and very peaceful."

    Owners were very helpful and accommodating. Everyone we met in the villages very friendly. We will be back

    Reviewed by Linda3.8Jul 2020

  • "Swift's Nest is a quirky holiday apartment."

    You enter through The courtyard of The Farmers Den cafe. Downstairs is a well equipped kitchen where we found a welcome basket with eggs, milk and bread rolls. then you get to the first floor via a spiral staircase. Upstairs is a bath with shower over, a nice lounge with a smart tv, and a good size bedroom. The bedroom faces the main road through the village of Cookley but the traffic goes quiet during the evening and night so no problem sleeping. There is a king size very comfortable bed with nice linen and plenty of wardrobe and drawer space. The nicest part of the experience of staying there are the lovely lady owners Ellen and Bronwyn who work in their cafe downstairs. We were made really welcome and nothing was too much trouble. We used to join them for coffee and a chat with the locals. It was like an information bureau with everyone telling us where to visit. We visited for 7 days and there were so many places to visit we shall have to go back because we did not have time to see everything. The pubs in the village are not doing food but about a mile away is a great pub The Island Pool with plenty of others close by serving food. The apartment is opposite and take away fish and chip shop and a Tesco express both very useful. Just a couple of points we were able to use the tables in the cafe courtyard at any time and there is not a dishwasher.

    Reviewed by Michael4.7Sep 2019

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  • One king-size double bedroom
  • Bathroom with shower over bath, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • First-floor sitting/dining room
  • Gas central heating
  • Washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, fridge/freezer, electric oven and hob, Smart TV and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking
  • Garden cafe open until 4pm, however the courtyard and furniture at the rear are still able to be used after this time
  • Sorry, no pets or smoking
  • Pub and shop within 0.1 miles

The property

Enjoying a quaint position within the village of Cookley is this two story apartment, resting next to the owner’s café, Swifts Nest.

This quirky accommodation is well-equipped for a couple seeking a relaxing getaway to the Wyre Forest District of Worcestershire, where you will find a magnitude of attractions and activities to suit all ages and tastes.

The interior enjoys a refreshing colour palette, carefully selected furnishings and everything you could possibly need to enjoy a week-long break with your loved one.

Step into the brightly decorated kitchen, where you will find everything you could possibly need to fulfil your culinary needs as well as a characterful exposed brick wall which plays backdrop to a striking red spiral staircase.

Follow the staircase up to the first floor where you can look forward to relaxing into your evening within the spacious sitting room, where you can curl up on the plush sofa and tune into the TV or choose to dine in front of the window where you can watch the world go by as you tuck into your home-cooked meal.

After action-packed day, retire to the evening’s embrace within the well-presented double bedroom which boasts a plush king-size double bed.

As you wake up, head next door to the Farmer’s Den café for a spot of breakfast or enjoy a spot of alfresco dining within the café’s garden area, open until 4pm.

The town is well-equipped for a week-long break with a choice of two pubs to choose from, a fish and chip shop, an Indian takeaway and a Tesco Express for picking up the essentials.

Alternatively, venture to the town of Kidderminster where you will find a larger selection of amenities and access to the local attractions of the 150-acre safari park West Midland Zoo and the endearing Wyre Forest National Nature Reserve.

Swifts Nest is a superb base for a refreshing holiday with your partner.

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About the location


Kidderminster 2.9 miles; Worcester 16.9 miles.

Resting a few miles away from the bustling town of Kidderminster, is the charming village of Cookley which is tucked away within the Wyre Forest District of Worcestershire. Lying on the River Stour the villages comes with a vast array of amenities which include a fish and chip shop, a café, an Indian takeaway, two pubs and a Tesco Express. For a larger selection of amenities, head to Kidderminster where you will be delighted to find a number of shopping centres and is known as being a centre for live music, with many concerts held throughout the year at Wyre Forest. Attractions within the area include the 150-acre safari park West Midland Zoo, Go Ape in Wyre Forest or brush up on the local history by spending time at Harvington Hall or The Museum of Carpet. Cookley is a pretty base for exploring Worcestershire further.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas