Where to stay

 

Staying in the Cotswolds will most likely cost you a small fortune. Sure, it's beautiful, but so is Pershore and its surrounding villages and they're right on the cusp of the Cotswolds - away from the hustle and bustle but close enough to visit.

 

Eckington Manor Country House, Near Pershore

Eckington Manor, nestled in the Avon valleys on the border of the picturesque Cotswolds, is where you will discover something different and very special. Your time at Eckington Manor can be spent exactly as you please, brushing up on your cookery skills, relaxing in our luxurious bedrooms, sampling some of the delicious foods on offer or simply soaking up the countryside air.

Judy Gardner, our founder, believes that life doesn’t get much better than good food in a relaxed, enjoyable atmosphere. She has spent her life working in the food industry – from her own kitchen she started Garner’s Foods, which specialised in producing quality pickles and dressings.


In 2004, Judy bought the run down Manor Farm in Eckington. She lovingly restored the farm and its buildings, diversifying to offer outstanding accommodation, where her eye for design and attention to detail has resulted in simply stunning bedrooms and suites; and a cookery school offering a plethora of courses teaching everything from basic knife skills to advanced courses for professional chefs.


"I have created Eckington Manor with a core belief that we should be encouraging people to buy British, favour local and honour seasonality. In doing so, we will all benefit from eating healthier, more flavoursome foods. Cooking should be relaxing and fun, a shared experience that enriches our lives. Working in the food industry for 30 years has helped me create my vision"

Lime Tree House, Little Comberton

This wonderfully chic treehouse sits within the branches of a beautiful lime tree, growing just behind the medieval Manor house on the edge of the charming village of Little Comberton.

Step out onto the oak deck for a dip in your private hot tub – we recommend a long evening soak when you can sit with glass of wine in hand and watch the sun go down over Bredon Hill.

Before you stay there all night though, don’t forget that there’s the double-ended bath to try out as well, fitted neatly behind your huge, fur-strewn bed.

If you’re bringing kids, they’ll find their two sleeping pods up bespoke ladders in one corner, tucked behind butterfly-print shutters and with their own little windows looking down over the stream just below. In the opposite corner is a compact kitchen area, with kitchen basics, where you can rustle up a feast from Emma's breakfast hamper including local bread, milk, bacon, sausages and eggs.

Although luxuries like the TV and coffee machine make life pretty easy, heating is still provided the fun way (a romantic wood burner) and you're surrounded by nature - wild deer, buzzards and barn owls are regularly seen from the deck.

Take any one of a whole network of footpaths; the surrounding villages have plenty of welcoming country pubs to choose from once you've tired yourself out.