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Historic Detached Cottage, On The Bank of The River Severn Nr Upton & Malvern

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Property

Updated: 20-Feb-2017
  • Sleeps 7
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

About the property

Stunning rural location. Sleeps 6-7, ideal for fishing, birdwatching and boating

Approached by a narrow, short lane, beautiful Bank Cottage is but 20 metres from the River Severn. There are spectacular views to be seen across the river and the flood plain opposite, particularly from the patio, lounge and front facing rooms. It's like looking at your own personal Constable picture! Peace and tranquillity.

The cottage is 250 years old, and formerly used by the local ferry man to get people across the river. A number of original features have been kept, adding to its charm. These include exposed oak beams, old style doors with lift-up latches upstairs, and a small inglenook with a log burner in the cosy second lounge at the back of the house.

The garden runs parallel to the river, providing 70 metres of fishing and mooring rights. A jetty has been constructed with safe access down to the water's edge, along with a slipway. Bring your own canoe or small boat!

The cottage and its location are ideal for all wild-life enthusiasts, bird watchers and fishermen. In fact, fishermen could literally cast a line from the balcony if they so wished! You need your own fishing permit. Fishing season is 16 June-16 March. No fishing permitted out of season. Heavy fines and equipment confiscated.

On holiday here, you may want to just sit on the terrace and relax, read, or look at the view, perhaps waving to people on boats as they pass by. It is so peaceful and relaxing.

On the other hand, for those who enjoy exploring new areas, there is a lot of choice. The Malvern Hills are great for walkers and ramblers. Upton upon Severn and Worcester are both only a short drive away. Upton hosts various festivals, including the world renowned Upton Jazz Festival. The historic city of Worcester is well worth a visit. The Three Counties Show ground, only 4 miles away, also hosts many well known annual events. The Morgan car factory is 10 minutes' by car.

It is a 4 bedroom cottage but the fourth bedroom as a locked store room for landlord's needs. The holiday accommodation is arranged as follows:-

Master bedroom ('wow' room as it spectacularly overlooks the river) has a double bed.

The second bedroom is a large room and also overlooks the river and has three single beds. There is a lot of free floor space in this room which would possibly be useful for a cot. We can provide a cot and/or travel cot. We also have a high chair.

The third bedroom, also a large room, has a double bed and a large single sofa bed. There is room for a cot in all bedrooms . There is a large family bathroom with walk in shower cubicle and separate bath. All rooms are furnished to a high standard.

The cottage is advertised as suitable for 6 to 7 people but as you can see, with 6 beds and one sofa bed, there is ample flexibility with the bedding arrangements.

We have a balcony overlooking the river and this is accessed from the 'summer lounge' with its reclining leather suite. This lounge is open plan with the dining room containing a large oak dining table and chairs for 6 people. The kitchen is also open plan to this, and has an island breakfast bar that accommodates seven bar stools, and is fully fitted with all appliances. It also has a utility area, with a washing machine and also a downstairs WC with wash basin. This leads to the second lounge (we call it the 'winter lounge') has an inglenook fireplace with log burner and another reclining leather suite. This is a very cosy room. There is full central heating, and an ample supply of seasoned logs is provided.

There is a large balcony with table and chairs for 8 people. Its proximity to the river and the stunning views makes it one of the the main features of the property. There are also two other patio areas and a large lawn. A gas barbecue is also provided.

There is a TV in each of the two lounges, the kitchen and two of the bedrooms and there is free WIFI access.

There is easy parking for at least four cars.

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About the Owner

Alison Knight
Member since: 2015
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
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Calendar last updated:
20 February, 2017

About Alison Knight

I have been married over 27 years and have three children. Our eldest has recently graduated from Plymouth and our son has just started at Hull. Our youngest is about to start studying computing and IT and will start Uni in a couple of years. We live only 20 minutes away from the cottage in Worcester, We are looking after our aged parents and have been finding it difficult to get away on holiday as a group. We have all enjoyed the cottage ourselves for visits, parties and holidays for over a year now. We find that when you leave the City of Worcester you seem to enter another world and we have realised that you do not need to go far to find such peace and beauty.

Alison Knight purchased this cottage in 2013

Why Alison Knight chose Malvern Hills

We fell in love with the cottage when we saw it. Our hearts ruled the day and we made the decision on the spot to buy it, having had no previous intention of making such a purchase, just a vague plan that one day we might buy a holiday home.

What makes this cottage unique

The cottage possesses stunning rural views, private river access and a jetty for fishing and boating. A slipway has recently been added which gives excellent accessibility to the river. Lots of varied wild life is accessible. An otter has been spotted several times, walking across the decking!!

19 Reviews

Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(19 traveller reviews)

5

Superbly equipped and clean cottage set in a unique, idyllic and peaceful location right on river.

  • 5 of 5
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Beautiful cottage right on the River Severn that is even better in reality than in the pictures. Well equipped kitchen including double oven cooker that we made full use of. Relaxing views of the river slipping by from lots of the windows. Lots of luxurious touches like really thick, big towels, toiletries and all wood for the stove included. We didn't want to come home!

  • Review Submitted: Feb 6, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
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5

Wonderful Christmas at this beautiful cottage

  • 5 of 5
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This was our second stay at Bank Cottage, we loved it so much last time we brought the family to spend a week over Christmas there. As before, everything was perfect, 4 adults and our granddaughter (9 years old) had a fabulous time. Kitchen, Living room all perfectly equipped to cater for all.

My husband used the fishing platform and caught several large , various fish, much to his delight!

My brother and son went for a 10 mile hike over the Malvern Hills.

My daughter and granddaughter enjoyed sitting by the log fire and toasting marshmallows.

We highly recommend this cottage and the location for a getaway. We hope to be returning over Summer.

Massive thanks to the owners Alison and Geoff.

- Danette and Family

  • Review Submitted: Jan 3, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
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Owner's Response: It was a pleasure to have you back especially as you were our first guests when we started up!!!
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4

A lovely and relaxing weekend away....

  • 4 of 5
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What a lovely property. Quiet with some great views of the river and surrounding countryside. Very well equipped.

Clive's fruit farm is a must visit just down the road, a butchery, pick your own fruit, playground and great tea room.

For the fisherman out there the platform is fantastic, big and well built. I caught plenty of Zander up to 8lb, eels, bleak, rudd, roach and perch. The Barbel were elusive but we will be back there next year to try again. Always nice to see active Kingfishers.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
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5

Absolutely breathtaking

  • 5 of 5
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We have just returned from a brilliant long weekend in bank cottage with family and friends Alison and husband Geoff have done an amazing job the cottage is very well equipped the kitchen is exceptional there was nothing we needed house beautifully furnished and decorated and spotlessly clean big bedrooms with very comfy beds all linen and towels provided. Alison greeted us on our arrival with bread milk butter tea and coffee, we had a tour of the property she also left her phone number in case there were any problems. Superb location for the malverns Worcester Cheltenham etc peaceful setting sitting out on the deck listening to the birds singing and the fish jumping, I would recommend this cottage we will be returning in the near future. Thanks alison

  • Review Submitted: Jul 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
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5

Fabulous

  • 5 of 5
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Our stay at Bank Cottage was wonderful from start to end, Alison was very helpful leaving bread butter, milk and jams as a welcome pack. We both fell in love with the cottage, it is very well equiped with everything you could possibly need and more. We felt very at home in a beautifully peaceful setting directly on the river, it was lovely to sit on the decking immediately outside the living room and watch the various birds/ducks and wildlife surrounding us. I would definitely return to Bank Cottage and thank Alison and Geoff for giving us the chance to stay in their beautiful home.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
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Fantastic Cottage by the River

  • 5 of 5
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We had 3 weeks at Bank Cottage, the owners Alison and Geoff were so incredibly helpful and accommodating to my emails.

The cottage has 3 large bedrooms, all comfortably furnished we had extra people staying and there was plenty of bedding, blankets towels etc.

the view out to the River Severn was amazing, watching the sun rise over the water was great. The house has a great kitchen that made family meals fun to prepare and enjoy, a very 'social' house.

A great base for the Malvern Hills- our daughter aged 7 loved to walk (even in the rain). We also visited Croome Park, The Cadbury Factory, Little Owl Farm Park and the severn valley railway. A perfect cottage for our Christmas Visit (we live in Singapore).

My daughter even saw an Otter.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2015
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Location

From the Owner

We fell in love with the cottage when we saw it. Our hearts ruled the day and we made the decision on the spot to buy it, having had no previous intention of making such a purchase, just a vague plan that one day we might buy a holiday home.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Birmingham Airport at 30 Miles Nearest Barpub : The Green Dragon at 1 Miles Nearest Train : Malvern at 4 Miles Nearest Motorway : off the B4424 Worcester-Upton M5 Jct 7 8 miles at 200 Metres Nearest Restaurant : The Green Dragon at 1 Miles Car: recommended

This detached beautiful 250 year old cottage, with original oak beams & period features, with spectacular views across the river, makes it ideal for a relaxing peaceful rural holiday.

The cottage was formerly used by the ferry man and is located actually on the river bank, 20 metres from the River Severn. The garden runs parallel with the river and we have 70 metres of fishing and mooring rights. A new jetty has recently been constructed with safe access down to the water's edge. We are in a location of outstanding wildlife and in a select rural location. The opposite bank of the river is the flood plain and there are no buildings easily visible, so there are spectacular rural views across the river which will be ideal for nature-loving people who just want to relax looking at a 'Constable' landscape and watch the boats passing by, and who would like an interesting but restful holiday.

The cottage and its location are ideal for fishermen as you could literally cast a line from the balcony if you wish! All passers-by have told us how lovely the cottage and its surroundings are.

It is the sort of location where you want to just stay and enjoy and possibly won’t want to go and visit anywhere else, but it is located about 4 miles from the Malvern Hills, (voted the second most beautiful place in UK a few years ago) with walks on the hills and rambling easily accessible. We are also 4 miles from Upton which is a vibrant small town hosting various festivals, notably the world renowned Upton Jazz Festival. We are also only 4 miles from the Three Counties Show ground hosting many annual events.

Malvern is 4 miles away with theatres/cinema/winter gardens /swimming pool and the Morgan Car factory which is a very popular place to visit, watching them build cars by hand. Hiking to any of these local places is through spectacularly beautiful countryside.

The historic City of Worcester is 8 miles away with all of the city attractions, Cathedral and County Cricket ground.

We are 22 miles from Cheltenham and this cottage is very popular during the Cheltenham Gold cup & all other local events.

It is a 4 bedroom cottage but we keep the 4th bedroom as a locked store room for our own needs. The beds are arranged as follows:

Master bedroom ('wow ' room as it spectacularly overlooks the River) has a double bed.

The second bedroom is a large room and also overlooks the River and has 2 single beds and a single sofa bed

The third bedroom, also a large room, has a double bed and single sofa bed. There is room for a cot in all bedrooms (not provided, although we have a travel cot for use if requested). There is a large family bathroom with walk in shower cubicle & separate bath. All rooms are furnished to a high standard with wardrobes & sets of drawers/sideboards etc.

The cottage and its location are ideal for fishermen as you could literally cast a line from the Balcony if you wish! We have 70m of fishing rights but remember that all rivers have a closed season from 16th March to 16th June so it is best to book dates accordingly.

We have a jetty with safe access to it so it is ideal if you want to use it as a base for your small boat or canoe activities. Presently we do not provide any boats or other water craft, but it is a good opportunity to bring your own.

The location is spectacular and the rear garden is fenced off, but the closeness to the river means that small children should never be left unattended.

We also reluctantly prefer not to accept pets if possible. Our own dog likes swimming in the river and it is difficult to keep muddy paw prints out of the house. However, we are open to discussion especially for small non-swimming dogs, or where the owner will take responsibility for any mess or damage caused by their pet and are prepared to pay a larger deposit.

The River Severn occasionally floods, but the house last flooded in 1947. When the river is in flood, some of the garden sometimes also floods, Some people may enjoy the experience and the spectacular views! If we were at a very high river level that would cause inconvenience to the guest, we would happily accept cancellation with a full refund option, hopefully with a future rebooking. Occasional elevated river levels occur mostly during the depths of winter, so this is unlikely to be a problem as most people are looking for summer breaks although we make the house available for most of the year.

Visiting by car is essential due to its rural location. The cottage is accessed at the end of an unadopted beautiful tree lined but slightly bumpy driveway which is no problem throughout the year for conventional two wheel drive cars, and we have easy parking and turning for at least 4 cars at the property.

We are open to the suggestion of long term lets. Please email with details.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Jan-March 2017
5 Jan 2017 - 13 Apr 2017
3 night minimum stay
£295
for 3 nights
From
£90
 
 
Easter 2017
14 Apr 2017 - 18 Apr 2017
4 night minimum stay
£505
for 4 nights
From
£120
 
 
April-May 2017
19 Apr 2017 - 27 Apr 2017
3 night minimum stay
£355
for 3 nights
From
£110
 
 
Whitsun 2017
26 May 2017 - 29 May 2017
4 night minimum stay
£545
for 4 nights
From
£130
 
 
May-July 2016
30 May 2017 - 14 Jul 2017
3 night minimum stay
£385
for 3 nights
From
£120
 
 
July-August - High
15 Jul 2017 - 4 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
£1,005
for 7 nights
From
£140
 
 
Aug-Sept - mid
5 Aug 2017 - 17 Sep 2017
5 night minimum stay
£675
for 5 nights
From
£130
 
 
Autumn
18 Sep 2017 - 8 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
£325
for 3 nights
From
£100
 
 
Dec 2016
9 Dec 2017 - 21 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
£250
for 3 nights
From
£75
 
 
Christmas Period
22 Dec 2017 - 4 Jan 2018
7 night minimum stay
£935
for 7 nights
From
£130
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
£355
for 3 nights
From
£110
 

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £100
Pet Fee £10
Cleaning £25

We are very flexible and always on hand as we live 11 miles away. In the event of any kitchen breakages please replace with similar in white. We would appreciate the property being left in good order. The property will be cleaned. The river level changes & new jetty may be submerged, (this occurs for about 8 weeks in the year - mostly in winter). We will accept pets along with a larger deposit

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Facilities

From the Owner

The cottage possesses stunning rural views, private river access and a jetty for fishing and boating. A slipway has recently been added which gives excellent accessibility to the river. Lots of varied wild life is accessible. An otter has been spotted several times, walking across the decking!!

Property Type

  • cottage

Theme

  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Rustic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions

General

  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...

Kitchen

  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Gourmet Kitchen
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster

Dining

  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room

Entertainment

  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool ...

Suitability

  • Groups
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Singles
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...

Location Type

  • rural
  • waterfront

Attractions

  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • swimming

Floor Area

  • 145 m²

Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Downstairs Toilet - Toilet, Small downstairs toilet room with hand basin.
  • Located upstairs, it is a large fully appointed family bathroom with a large walk in shower cubicle and separate bath and wash basin. Downstairs there is a cloak room and toilet.

Bedrooms

  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Master Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed, The 'wow' room as it spectacularly overlooks the river.
  • Double Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed, Has rural views, with a double bed
  • Twin Single Bedroom - 3 Single Bed, Overlooks River, has 3 single beds with lots of floor space
  • STORE ROOM - Not available to guests. Used as landlord's storeroom.
  • Advertised as 3 bedroomed, it is actually a 4 bedroomed cottage but we keep the 4th bedroom as a locked store room for our own needs. The beds are arranged in the other three bedrooms as follows:- There is room for a cot in all bedrooms (not provided, but we have a travel cot and high chair for use if requested). All rooms are furnished to a high standard with wardrobes in bed 2 & 3. All rooms have chests of drawers, bedside cabinets, table lamps, pillows, duvets, spare blankets, etc. The cottage is advertised as suitable for 6 people but as you can see, it is possible to sleep more than 6 people in the three bedrooms. But with two double beds two single beds and a sofa bed, there is ample flexibility for 6 to 7 people.

Outside

  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Deck Furniture
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Barbecue ...

Meals

  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website

Notes:

  • HISTORIC CONNECTION There has always been a river crossing at the location of the cottage. The river used to be shallow enough to ford here, we believe that persons from as far back as the Iron Age settlements on the Malvern Hills crossed here and joined with what later became the Roman road the 'Foss Way' running north south about a mile or so away on the other side of the river. Also, before the the last battle of the English Civil War, the forces of Cromwell moved from Upton upon Severn where they were on the other side of the river, and forded the river here and then went to Powick. The following day they fought the last battle of the English Civil War at Worcester. They won and routed King Charles I who hid in a tree near Worcester, Oliver Cromwell then introduced democracy to England, which was eventually adopted world wide. Up until 1914 a ferry was operated from the cottage. The ferry man went to fight in the Great War exactly a hundred years ago and never returned.

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