Hop Pickers’ House


Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire

Superbly characterful little cottage that’s a favourite for minimoons

1 Bedroom

1 Bathroom

Dog friendly

Eco conscious


Private garden



Space & setting.

Bang on the border of three gloriously beautiful counties (Shropshire, Worcestershire and Herefordshire) sits this beautiful rustic-chic cottage-for 2. Years ago, it was accommodation for Brook Farm’s hop pickers; today it’s been thoroughly modernised, yet retains a cosy, characterful charm thanks to exposed brick walls and ancient beams. The farm itself is now a sprawl of purple-hellebored gardens, wild green meadows and peaceful woodland: 9 acres to wander at your will, listening for song-thrush, woodpeckers, even nightingales at dusk.

If you’re here for a short stay, simply revel in relaxing. Fill the rolltop tub with bubbles and read a magazine; share a bottle of wine as you snuggle next to the woodburner. We’d personally book for longer, though, as you’ll want to explore the unspoilt countryside. Foodie Ludlow is 8 miles away for independent restaurants and delis; further afield you can explore the cider trail, wild swim in the River Teme or walk along heather-strewn heathlands, where views stretch forever.

Getting here: drive or train to Ludlow then taxi (15 mins).

Owners Stephen and Steven both grew up in this area, but met in London working for the same organisation. They felt they were done with the city life and love being close to nature and having house guests, so this lifestyle ticked all the boxes. They’ve been here for several years and feel very lucky. “It’s so tranquil; we’re in our own little valley, in quintessentially English countryside,” says Steven.

My Kip favourites

They love
“Being out in our meadow, edged with apple trees, towards the end of the day. It’s the perfect spot to enjoy a glass of wine as the sun sets. And in the colder weather, it’s lovely to take a frosty walk around the garden and discover swathes of snowdrops.”

We love
The exposed brickwork and ancient beams. And the sound of the apple juice and preserves you can buy – made from produce grown on the farm.

You may not love
It’s a 30-minute walk to the pub!

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  • "I can’t tell you how wonderful a time we’ve had staying at Ludlow Hideaway’. Coming here gave us the restorative break we needed. The design and work put into the building are stunning and we absolutely loved sitting in your beautiful garden, soaking up the early spring sun. Wholly recommend the Fountain Inn for any guests looking for a Sunday lunch and gorgeous walks. We’re already talking about coming back in the summer."

    February 2023
  • "We’ve had the most wonderful, peaceful time here – thank you for our much-needed break! We love this part of the country and had a beautiful time. Our dog had the time of his life in your garden and is very sad to leave. We will absolutely be back. PS big, big marmalade fans. PPS Kin Kitchen in Ludlow was a big hit."

    January 2023
  • "Amazing cottage…from the log-burner to the oak-lined walls of the bathroom. Loved everything. Will come back in the summer to take walks in the wood and sit on a garden bench with a cold beer."

    January 2023
  • "A lovely start to the New Year. Brought my dog who loved the garden and walks. Relaxing and peaceful place. Will be back."

    January 2023
  • "What a wonderful way to recharge the batteries after Christmas. 3 lovely days back in my home county. Can’t wait to return and see the cottage and garden in their summer clothes!"

    January 2023
  • "A much-needed break and change of scene. The total night-time silence has been absolute bliss."

    November 2022
  • "Thank you for the amazing Ludlow Hideaway and the amazing experience you had created with your attention to detail. It’s been the perfect break before getting back to work next week."

    October 2022
  • "Thank you so much for preserving such a wonderful plot of Earth. It has been a truly peaceful retreat in such idyllic surroundings. It has been an absolute joy to wander around the gardens and woodland. Looking forward to returning."

    August 2022
  • "Thank you so much for a very welcome break at Ludlow Hideaway. It has been such a treat in every way, and we have felt coddled in comfort. Communication from our first enquiries has been great and everything here has exceeded our expectations. We’ve loved the feeling of space, strolling and sitting in the beautiful garden with all its little areas to discover."

    May 2022
  • "Thank you for letting us come back for a third visit, particularly with our cocker spaniel (mad, as usual!). Really like the area, the cottage, the surrounding woodland and brook – and of course Tenbury Wells. How rare to park on a high street with such great individual shops. The welcome treats for both humans and dogs were very much appreciated. We look forward to another visit very soon."

    May 2022
  • "We had the most glorious time here, enjoying Ludlow Hideaway in the sunshine. Perfectly timed with Ludlow Spring Fair which really showed off the local beers and produce. A wonderful escape from our very hectic London lives – our staffie loved it too!!"

    May 2022
  • "The most beautiful way of celebrating spring! Absolutely love it here, such a magical place, our fourth time being back!"

    March 2022
  • "Thank you so much for such a wonderful stay. It’s been the perfect getaway from London life. We’re already missing our evenings by the fire and breakfasts of your unbelievable gooseberry jam. We’re so happy to have discovered this beautiful part of the world, Mortimer Forest being one of our particular favourites. Ludlow Hideaway is just perfect, it had everything we want in a home away from home. We’ll definitely be back."

    February 2022
  • "Ludlow Hideaway is a beautiful idyll, tucked away in a spectacular corner of England. Where apple orchards, wild meadows and gentle rolling hills create a peaceful backdrop, as far removed from city life as is possible to imagine. The house is a beautiful, converted barn, undisturbed by anything except nature coming alive on its doorstep. We will be back."

    February 2022
  • " Ludlow Hideaway is a beautiful idyll, tucked away in a spectacular corner of England where apple orchards, wild meadows and gentle rolling hills create a peaceful backdrop as far removed from city life as is possible to imagine. The house is a beautiful converted barn, undisturbed by anything except nature coming alive on its doorstep. We will be back. Thank you for a wonderful stay and generous hospitality."

    Jon and Karla, May 2021


  • Ludlow
  • The cider route
    The cider route
  • Mortimer Forest
    Mortimer Forest
  • This area is an apple hotspot, all rolling green hills and pretty orchards. Local town Tenbury Wells is a perfect place to start the local cider route.
  • On a rainy day, wander Tenbury’s independents or catch a film at the Art Deco cinema.
  • Georgian Ludlow is a foodie’s delight – brilliant restaurants and farmers’ markets.
  • Mortimer Forest offers 1,000 acres of beautiful woodland trails. Or ramble across The Longmynd, with its stunning views of the Shropshire Hills. In late summer the hilltops are a sea of purple heather and you’ll see semi-wild herds of ponies.
  • Wild swim in the River Teme, from shallow pools down to the weir. Treat yourself to coffee and cake at CSONS Green Café when you’ve finished. If it’s a cold day they’ll give you a hot-water bottle to warm up!


  • Private cottage on a 9-acre rural setting
  • Vast bedroom with kingsize four-poster bed and sofa
  • Bathroom with rolltop bath and walk-in shower
  • Open-plan downstairs
  • Fully equipped farmhouse-style kitchen; basic ingredients and welcome treats
  • Snuggler chair in front of a woodburner
  • DVDs, books, puzzles, binoculars, board games, magazines and an excellent info pack
  • Washing machine/dryer in a separate outhouse
  • Outdoor terrace with seating and barbecue
  • Dogs warmly welcomed and the owners provide a blanket, towels, bowls, a few treats, and a dog-info pack on the local area! They can run lead-free in the grounds
  • The owners live in the farmhouse; knock on their door if you need them
  • Eco measures: a ‘biodisc’ micro treatment plant for sewage and grey water waste; logs sourced from their woodland; full recycling and food compost bins; they encourage wildlife with the plant species they grow and environments they maintain (woodland, meadow, water); woodpiles, bird feeders and nesting boxes around the farm.
  • Remember to pack: your slippers. Everything else is here!

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Hop Pickers’ House is a great spot for dogs. It has its own private, enclosed garden. There’s just one small (20cm) gap under the adjacent barn door, which leads into a further gated area. The gap can be easily blocked if it’s a concern. From there, there’s the wider nine acres of garden, woodland, and meadow – which is perfect for exploring with dogs.

There are some great places to eat and drink in our area. The nearest pub is around two miles away.

Yes (We don’t provide a travel cot or other baby equipment).

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