The Dairy, Eckington

Eckington, Worcestershire
Self-catering
+44 (0)7970 962842


A beautifully converted dairy with a magical garden in a quiet village surrounded by lovely countryside

Bed

1 bed

Bedroom

1 bedroom

Sleeps

Sleeps 2

The Experience

You enter via a stable door to the kitchen, brimming with good kit and with plenty of room for preparing and cooking. A generous welcome hamper will be waiting for you with all the basics plus homemade cake and jams from James’s mum, local cheese, a bottle of wine and gorgeous seasonal veg from the garden when available. You can order prepared meals and breakfast packs in advance from James.You’re surrounded by an acre of informal garden, created by James and his partner Mike. It is laid out as a series of ‘rooms’ with spaces for sitting and having a picnic or just a drink – you’re encouraged to stay as long as you like. Wildlife is plentiful and includes bats, hedgehogs, frogs, toads and many birds and butterflies – the whole garden is organic, including the veg patch. You’ll find shade under mature trees, summer houses for a glass of wine and a pond for gazing at dragonflies and newts.Walkers can tackle Bredon Hill or The Malverns, which are on the doorstep; cyclists can discover the pretty yellow-stone villages round the hill or go further into the Cotswolds. There are two pubs within a five-minute walk and Eckington Manor in the village has a cookery school and good restaurant. On sunny days you can fire up the barbecue and eat in the garden; if the weather turns foul you can cosy up indoors by the wood-burner with extra cushions and blankets – open the wine and watch films or box sets.

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We think you'll love

  • Being able to stay in the garden all day if you choose
  • The walks and cycle routes from the door
  • Discovering the welcome pack and working your way through it
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You should know

  • The owners live next door
  • No dogs or children
  • You need to get in the car for big shopping and other restaurants

Essentials

  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available

Nearby

  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles

Activities

  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

Information
& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 3pm
Check out
By 11am
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 2 nights.
Closed
Occasionally.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.

Pricing

Nightly price
from £85
Weekly price
from £560
1 House for 2
From £851 bed1 bedroom

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Location

The neighbourhood

Bring bikes and cycle the gentle lanes through Cotswold stone villages with smart little shops, good pubs and pretty old churches. Walk in the Malvern hills for miles or drive to Cheltenham (busy at literature or jazz festival time, and when the horse races are on.) You're near Stratford for the theatre and classic Cotswold villages like Broadway and Bourton-on-the-Water. Keen gardeners can visit Hidcote, Snowshill, Kiftsgate, Croome Park, Packwood and Batsford Arboretum - James is happy to help you plan. Come by train to Pershore and James will organise a transfer for you.

Local points of interest from James Field

  • Broadway: A beautiful and historic Cotswold village with a pretty high street, lined with horse chestnut trees, which includes a mixture of period houses and picturesque honey coloured Cotswold stone cottages which have lured visitors for centuries.
  • Broadway Tower: Situated just outside Broadway. The folly was built by the Earl of Coventry and the grounds hold an adventure playground, a collection of rare animals and a restaurant which is housed in a converted Cotswold barn.
  • Hidcote Manor an: The finest gardens in the country are to be found just four miles outside Chipping Campden. Hidcote is owned by the National Trust.
  • Kiftsgate Gardens: Situated next to Hidcote Manor and reputed to be one of its main rivals.
  • Bredon Hill: Wonderful for walking or cycling. One of the reasons we moved here!
  • Cheltenham Spa with its races and many festivals; Cathedral city of Worcester; Pershore - A fine Georgian town with all local amenities and an arts centre (No 8) situated on the Avon.

Introducing

James Field

James, an ex-headteacher from London, moved here for a total change and a new challenge. He found both in the garden, which had been badly neglected and overrun with brambles, bindweed and ivy. Future plans include more 'rooms', a bigger pond to attract more diverse wildlife and a wildflower meadow. He would also like to build a yoga studio and have a couple of shepherd's huts. Gardening is his passion and he finds it meditative, healthy, exciting, rewarding and creative.' And he likes sharing it with guests very much.