Cosy as a book by the fire

Gloucestershire’s Rose Cottage sits within a hearty yomp of the soaring Malvern Hills, as cosy as a book by the fire on a snowbound night. Break out the blankets and kindling: this is a one-bed lovers’ retreat that dishes up supper from the Aga, tea on the terrace, tennis on tap, and swimming in the heated pool.

Wine, special moments and adoring gazes

Blankets and kindling at the ready: Rose Cottage sits within a hearty yomp of the soaring Malvern Hills, as cosy as a book by the fire on a snowbound night. It’s a lovers’ bolthole sleeping just the two that’s built for couples wanting to share special moments, flowing wine, and adoring gazes.

Part of a larger estate, Rose Cottage packs a punch on features. Pile into the heated indoor pool. Knock a ball around for an hour or so on the all-weather tennis court. Loser cooks supper on the Aga. Ditch the dishes in the dishwasher and spend your evenings by the fire. Wrap your meal up with a Nespresso and then uncork the vino.

Rose Cottage is as quirky and unique as your relationship. Old-style clocks and telephones sit alongside modern lighting. A reclaimed suitcase is reborn as a coffee table. Vintage furniture mixes mid-century artefacts with art-deco elements. And the kitchen wouldn’t be out of place in rural Provence. It all works chaotically but beautifully.

With the hat firmly on the sun’s head, soak up the rays among the rambling greenery and pause by the pond. Eat by the fire or out on the terrace beneath the big skies and the birds of prey. Sleep in cosy seclusion among old beams with views across the hills. This is a country cottage where sweet nothings mean absolutely everything.

Pool, gardens and grounds

This is a small cottage but, as part of a larger, rambling estate, it’s big on features. So dive in – literally. The shared pool’s heated to 30 degrees all year round. Jump in, splash around, watch hours disappear, towel off and recover on the sun terrace with a Nespresso.

Stay out there in the Gloucestershire sunshine to explore the grounds, take a blanket and picnic by the pond, and discover the all-weather tennis court. Bash the cover off the ball, then refuel with steak and sausages on the coal-fired barbie under the Malvern skies.

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Living, dining and sleeping

Rose Cottage is quaint, quirky and quiet as a church mouse. Load up on logs and get the fire going in the living room, home to artefacts from the ages, including a suitcase coffee table, old-style phone and clock, and plaster bust. Pick a DVD from the pile or just sit and chat with cheese, biscuits and local wine from the Three Choirs Vineyard.

The Aga’s keeping the place toasty but it’s also making tea for two. Eat around the table by the fire and finish off with cakes from Melissa Jade and a Nespresso. Summer evenings suggest a walk around the grounds and a night on the terrace beneath the stars.

Head out to eat at the 15th-century Lower Lode Inn, for carveries, buffets and a side order of rolling river views. Try The Yew Tree Inn on the west bank of the River Severn for beef, mushroom and Guinness or chilli melt beneath the 16th-century beams. Or The Nottingham Arms for steak-and-ale pie or crispy fried jackfruit.

Sleep deeply in the rural hush in the only bedroom. A kingsize bed nestles among the ancient beams and original fireplace. Wake to views of the extensive grounds and the Malvern Hills, then pull on your cossie and get down to the pool for a few bracing lengths followed by organic bacon and eggs from the Aga.

Museums, mojitos and a lovely abbey

Take a trip to Tewkesbury Abbey to see the finest Romanesque tower in England, walk the Severn Ham, gawp at the Severn Bore, learn about aviation at the Jet Age Museum. Potter Gloucester Docks, bag some labels at the outlet centre, and wrap up your day with a mojito at Tiger’s Eye.

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