Willow Pond

Eckington, Worcestershire
Bed & Breakfast
+44 (0)7970 962842


You'll feel like you're staying with good friends surrounded by beautiful things at this quirky old village house with lovely garden

Bedroom

2 rooms

Sleeps

Rooms sleep 2

The Experience

James and Mike, the kindest hosts, live at the other end of the building so you pretty much have free run of the house, including the sitting room with cosy wood-burner (and lots of books to look at) and the dining room where you can do some work if you like.

Breakfast is served at the big table in the dining room with doors thrown open in summer, or even out on the terrace when it’s warmer: full English with sausage and bacon from a nearby farm, fresh bread and pastries from the local shop, James’s homemade jams and marmalade along with fruit salad, juices, yogurts and cereals. With a bit of notice James will also cook you supper using home or locally grown produce whenever possible.

Take a picnic to the gorgeous garden where you’ll find lots of seats, hike up Bredon hill, cycle many routes, hop in the car to visit Pershore – a quaint Georgian town with independent shops and tea rooms – or head to one of many NT houses.

Willow Pond - Gallery

We think you'll love

  • Feeling so relaxed and at home in such a pretty house
  • Being able to wander the garden and have a picnic
  • Eating a hugely robust breakfast before setting off to explore
Willow Pond - Gallery

You should know

  • No children or pets
  • No street light in the village - bring a torch!
  • It's a wonky old house with a few low ceilings and uneven floors

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
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • 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 4pm
Check out
10am
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 2 nights at weekends.
Closed
Christmas.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Meals
Pubs 5-minute walk.

Pricing

Nightly price
from £100
Surcharges
Packed lunch available. Singles £80.
2 Doubles
From £100

Accommodation

Reviews

Really excellent stay; James & Mike made us feel at home immediately. There were many touches showing that everything had been thought about in advance, like the torch on the door key ring or cakes for our afternoon tea. The house is old, comfortable, with all mod cons, good paintings on the walls, and plenty of books. Off-street parking. The garden is wonderful, with lots of interesting ‘rooms’, statues, ponds, places to drink tea or wine in the evening. Breakfast is of good quality, imaginative, with natural ingredients. There’s lots to do locally. No hesitation in booking again.

Christopher, Cranleigh

This historic house is exquisitely furnished and decorated and feels more like staying in a beautiful gallery of carefully curated antiques/artworks/mid-century modern pieces. However, it does not feel cluttered and there are plenty of spaces to relax with a guest sitting room and seating areas around the lush garden. The hosts are the loveliest, most welcoming and helpful we have ever met. The property is fully 'covid-prepared' but there is no compromise on comfort. As seasoned Sawday B&B guests of we cannot rate Willow Pond highly enough - we will most definitely be returning - it's heaven!

Camilla, Dorking

I love this place - James is SO passionate about his home and garden and creating a wonderful guest experience. From the big smile and hug at the doorway when first arriving, tea and warmed pastries, gorgeous interiors, treasure trove garden and fascinating chat. A real treat for any guest!

Charlotte, Sawday's inspector

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Location

The neighbourhood

You're down a quiet lane in the village: pretty cottages, a school, a Grade-I listed church with Norman beginnings and two pubs, for fish and chips or a pie. Further afield The Jockey at Baughton is 15 minutes or the Inn at Welland 20 minutes. Lovely walks and cycles can be had along footpaths and bridleways which criss cross the countryside and there are many farm shops for stocking up.

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-teacher from London, moved here with his partner, Mike, 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 garden 'rooms', a bigger pond to attract more wildlife and a wildflower meadow. He would also like to complete a yoga studio and have a couple of shepherd's huts.