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Madresfield, near Malvern, Worcestershire Show on map


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  • 7 Guests

  • 4 Bedrooms

  • 3 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Hot tub
  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Games Room
  • Broadband / WiFi

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6 Customer Reviews

  • "Beautiful and stylish interior with luxuriously comfortable beds."

    Excellent place for family gathering with dogs. The location is great for peace and surrounding countryside but with easy access to Malvern. The complimentary sausages and bacon were delicious. We could not get the hot tub up to a high enough temperature to use even after several hours. The games room is a great addition but a bit dark, particularly above the dartboard. Overall we had a very enjoyable weekend and would recommend.

    Reviewed by Jenny5.0Feb 2024

  • "Stunning period cottage refurbished to an extremely high standard."

    Superb facilities, lovely extra little touches & situated in an ideal location to enjoy The Malverns. Couldn’t have chosen a better venue to celebrate our first ever family Christmas away from home!

    Dear Ruth So good to hear you had a fabulous Christmas break with your family at Byways. It is indeed an ideal cottage for special celebrations. We hope to see you again at some point. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ruth5.0Dec 2023

  • "Top class! A very happy weekend."

    It would be a good idea to warn people how long it takes to heat the hot tub As this did not work out for us. Regards Paul.

    Hi Paul Thank you very much for your feedback, much appreciated. Sorry to hear you didn't get on with the hot tub though, this is something we could have helped with, so if you visit again, let us know and we'll pop over. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Nov 2023

  • "Property is 5 Star accommodation."

    The welcome basket was fabulous. The estate sausage and bacon was a bit hit with the family. Games room gave us the opportunity to have fun and then relax in the hot tub after. We took our two dogs and they even provided treats for them. We only live 50 minutes away but it gave us the time to have a chilled family break.

    Dear Debbie Thank you for such a gorgeous review and we are so pleased you had the opportunity to have a chilled break. Just to let you know, I have passed the feedback about the sausages and bacon on to the farming and food team. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Debbie5.0Oct 2023

  • "The property was lovely."

    It has been refurbished top to bottom with a lot of attention to maintaining its historical charm and features. The furnishings are lovely throughout and the cottage has a cosy feel, but is quite spacey with a large lounge and dining room, plus the games room outside. A thoughtful welcome basket included a loaf, sausages, eggs, bacon, honey and a few other bits which was most welcome. An issue with two radiators was fixed very quickly - the estate team was very responsive. Some nice walks from the house including a 2+ hour loop to Callow End (The Old Bush pub and cafe Shop at The Top). Try to walk at least part of the Malvern Hills (it’s possible in one go if you have two cars and 5+ hours spare) - the views are stunning and the clouds come and go quickly if it is overcast. No negatives at all but feedback for the estate owners: a hose section is a must for dog and bike cleaning and being picky the dart board in the games room really needs a spot light because the lights are very ambient in the GR and it’s very hard to see. Overall we highly recommend the property.

    Dear Matthew Thank you very much for your feedback and we will check the provision of the hose, there is an outdoor tap and hose in the shed usually for such purposes. We will also review the lighting situation in the Games Room, it is meant to be cosy, but that's no good if you can't see the dartboard! Otherwise we are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your stay, the walks and the views. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Matthew5.0Oct 2023

  • "We had a lovely stay at Byways - a fabulous cottage, with plenty of room for our group of 7 - and lots of parking as we had 3 cars between us."

    Beautifully decorated and spotless. It was just like home from home, with everything you could need. The 'Welcome Pack' was amazing with local produce and some very yummy biscuits ! Would definitely recommend Byways to anyone and next time we are up this way, we will stay here again. 10 out of 10 to the owners !!

    Hi Deirdre. Thank you for your super feedback, much appreciated. We are delighted you enjoyed Byways Cottage and also that you mentioned the welcome pack (I will pass this feedback on to the Farmers and Butcher). Hopefully see you again soon! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Deirdre5.0Sep 2023

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  • Four bedrooms: 1 x super-king-size bed with ensuite walk-in shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC (zip/link can be set up as twin on request), 1 x super-king-size (zip/link can be set up as twin on request), 1 x double with ensuite with walk-in shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC, 1 x single (plus single z-bed on request) Family bathroom with bath, walk-in shower, basin and WC, Large dining room with snug, Spacious sitting room with woodburning stove and reading nook, Utility with drinks fridge, Cloakroom with basin and WC, Separate games room, Central heating, Electric oven and induction hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, kettle, toaster, TV, WiFi, Fuel and power inc. in rent, Bed linen and towels inc. in rent, Highchair, travel cot and stairgate available, Ample off-road parking, Large, enclosed rear garden with hot tub, bike storage and patio, Pet-friendly (maximum 3 pets charged at £15 per pet), Sorry, no smoking, Shop and pub within1 mile.
  • Central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, kettle, toaster
  • TV, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Highchair, travel cot and stairgate available
  • Ample off-road parking
  • Enclosed rear garden with hot tub and bike storage
  • Pet-friendly
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 1 mile
  • Games room is in the converted double garage
  • The single room offers a z-bed cube that folds out flat on to the floor, best suited for children
  • If you would like the king-size zip-links to be set up as twins, please contact us to advise
  • This property can be hired in conjunction with the adjacent 3-bed Lavender cottage and 3-bed detached No.29 Madresfield, sleeping 20 people in total, min 3-nights. Please note there is a minimum stay of 3 nights at this property and whilst guests may check out on weekend days, check in must be Monday to Friday. New Year 2024 - this start from the 27th December x 7 nights
  • Please call our Reservations team to make this booking

The property

Malvern 2.7 miles. Resting in the pretty village of Madresfield, near Malvern, Byways Cottage is a newly restored and beautifully decorated, timber-framed semi-detached property with plenty of charming character and a fascinating history.

Welcoming families or groups of friends, its location is ideal for exploring the local area of Worcestershire and the surrounding counties of Shropshire and Gloucestershire including The Cotswolds. Authentically rural, the property sits adjacent to a working dairy farm, offering views of the Malvern Hills, abundant parking, spacious and luxurious accommodation and a wood-fired hot tub in the generous, pet-friendly garden.

For large family and friend celebrations, Byways Cottage can also be hired together with its 3-bed sister, Lavender Cottage and No.29 Madresfield, a 3-bed detached cottage, a very short walk away. On entering this stunning property, discover the welcoming sitting room featuring a wood-burning stove, comfortable seating area and additional reading nook, ideal for the perfect night in.

Alternatively guests can rewind and enjoy a luxurious soak under the stars in the wood-fired hot tub, sensitively situated in garden, or take advantage of the fantastic games and TV room, ideal for teenagers and others to enjoy. After preparing a meal in the contemporary and well fitted kitchen, dine with friends and family in the beautifully elegant and light dining room featuring patio doors and views of the secure garden and hills beyond. As the night draws in, get a peaceful night’s sleep in one of four bedrooms, including two spacious super-king-size rooms, one with an en-suite shower room, a double with an en-suite shower room and a single, all with comfortable Hypnos beds and luxurious bedding,The single bedroom also features additional sleeping for one on the Loaf z-bed (recommended for children.

Reconnect with nature and the outdoors, enjoying the fresh air of the countryside, taking advantage of the many local public-footpaths and walks and then for those times when you don’t feel like cooking, head into Malvern and its surrounds where there is a good selection of pubs and eateries, convenience stores and supermarkets. Malvern, historically reputed for its spring waters and public schools, also offers boutique shops, a local history museum, a unique abbey and easy access to walks on the Malvern’s themselves such as Sugarloaf Hill, the Worcester Beacon and British Camp, all within the local AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty). The historic city of Worcester is also close by, offering independent shops, museums, art galleries, a cathedral and riverside walks.

Amongst many other destinations, guests can also visit the many popular events held at the Three Counties Showground such the RHS Malvern Spring show, Slimbridge RSPB reserve, Croome Court National Trust and The Knapp and Papermill Nature Reserve.

Alternatively, the bustling city of Birmingham with its historic ‘Backs’, Selfridges, Harvey Nichols and Brindley Place canal front development make for a great day visit by train. All of this and more with a stay at the beautiful and luxurious Byways.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £250.

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About the location


Ledbury 7 miles; Worcester 10 miles; Hereford 23 miles.

The beautiful Worcestershire town of Malvern dates back to the Bronze Age and is situated on the eastern side of the dramatic Malvern Hills. An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Malvern Hills form a 9-mile range of ancient rock, which offers 100 miles of footpaths and bridleways with natural springs and long distance views in all directions. The town holds antiques fairs, WI country markets, farmers’ markets and many auctions throughout the year, as well as the Great Malvern Food Festival in June. Malvern has individual shops, cafes, galleries, restaurants, a luxurious spa and it’s own micro brewery. It is also just a short drive from the Three Counties Showground which hosts regular events most notably RHS Malvern (May), The Royal Three Counties Show (June) and the Malvern Autumn Show (September). The town is the home of the Morgan car which makes this area popular with motoring enthusiasts. The Malvern Theatre welcomes productions from the West End and the Royal Shakespeare Company. The more energetic can try many outdoor activities including high ropes, climbing and abseiling. Fishing and river cruises are available nearby and there are National Trust properties, gardens and vineyards to visit in the area. The picturesque Forest of Dean with its range of attractions is only 30 miles away, and the cathedral city of Worcester offering modern amenities is a 20 minute drive away.

Please note there is a minimum stay of 3 nights at this property and whilst guests may check out on weekend days, check in must be Monday to Friday.

New Year 2024 - this start from the 27th December x 7 nights. Please call our Reservations team to make this booking

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas