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The Retreat: indoor pool sauna

Certificate of Excellence 2014


Excellent 5/5 Score from 36 reviews

The luxury of the Retreat's ensuite bedroom

Cottage | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 4

Key Info
  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car essential
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
  • Private garden

The Retreat has recently received the prestigious TripAdvisor 2014 Certificate of Excellence. It is a single apartment in a cottage above the pool room giving it wonderful views across the fields. The Retreat comprises a luxurious double bedroom with en-suite shower featuring a king size bed and Chinese furniture. A proper fold-out double bed settee allows extra sleeping in the sitting area. Double doors and a Juliet balcony give views across the croquet lawn. The fully equipped kitchen is tucked in the corner of the generous living area with flat screen TV, comfortable chairs and a dining table. A wide double-glazed glass screen leads to an elevated paved balcony with outdoor seating and distant views to the church and historic Wolferlow Court.

The large gardens are open each year (one day on 5 July 2014) for the National Garden Scheme and include an orchard, wildflower meadow with ponds, herbaceous borders and distant views across neighbouring farmland. Well away from any busy roads the property is peaceful and private.

Attention to detail includes the provision of top quality bed linen, towels and luxury towelling robes.

The Retreat is ideal for a couple looking for a romantic and luxury getaway or to bring the baby / younger children and enjoy a family time together. If the party is a little larger it is often possible to use double ensuite bedrooms in the main house on a sleeping only basis at a separate charge - please enquire with booking.

Size Sleeps up to 4, 1 bedrooms
Will consider House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car essential
Nearest Amenities 8 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Birmingham 75 km, Nearest railway: Droitwich Spa and Worcester Foregate Street 28 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Private indoor pool, Sauna, Internet access, DVD player
Pool Private indoor pool
General Central heating, TV, CD player, Table tennis, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine
Rooms 1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 En suites
Furniture 1 Sofa beds, Double beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Private indoor pool, Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ
Access Parking
Further details indoors

Wolferlow is a tiny hamlet comprising about 20 houses and farms with beautiful countryside and walking immediately on the doorstep. Birdwatching (72 species on the garden list), wildlife (hares, badgers and foxes in the garden) and historic churches abound and short travels can take you to lots of interesting places (more details later).

The Retreat's highlight is the exclusive use of a 9m indoor heated swimming pool and a Finnish sauna. There's also a table tennis table and plenty of room to work out or practice pilates in the pool area. We can even arrange for you to have a personal trainer visit at extra cost by prior arrangement. Immediately outside the pool is a secluded sun terrace and garden for your exclusive use.

Further details

The Retreat is accessed by a single flight of 15 stone steps with metal handrail and is therefore, unfortunately, not suitable for wheelchairs. It will be suitable for others with some restricted mobility so long as they can cope with gravel garden paths and the steps.

The use of the swimming pool and sauna is subject to compliance with simple and clear instructions which form part of the booking contract. Copies are available on arrival.

Please note that the Owners (Stuart and Jill) live on-site at Wolferlow House. Mobile phone signal is weak so please always call on the home phone (and answerphone) for bookings.

The Central England/Cotswolds region

The Herefordshire / Worcestershire area is a well kept secret offering a wealth of interesting places to visit whilst being right in the depths of beautiful countryside with lots of peace and quiet.

London is a world away but we are actually only 120 miles from the M25. Birmingham is 38 miles. Readily accessible from M5 J5 (Droitwich Spa) & J7 (Worcester South).

Bromyard (6 miles) Home to the Herefordshire Marmalade Festival, The International Town Criers’ Festival, the Scarecrow Festival, Dr Who Museum, Nozzstock Rock Festival, Jazz and Folk Festivals; there’s something for everyone going on here! That’s before you visit Brockhampton National Trust, Bromyard Downs or Bringsty Common.

Tenbury Wells (7 miles) Traditional market town on the River Teme hosting the Mistletoe and Holly market and has many traditional shops on the high street that you won’t find anywhere else. Good food and drink is to be expected when the town is surrounded by farms, hop fields and orchards.

Worcester (15 miles) Visit the magnificent cathedral, catch up with the English Civil War at the Commandery, stroll along the Shambles shopping, explore the River Severn or relax at New Road watching the county cricket.

Ludlow (17 Miles) Architectural gem and gate to the Welsh Marches, Ludlow has a wonderful market, superb restaurants and events and festivals throughout the year. Ludlow Castle dates from 1086 and is surrounded by over 450 listed buildings. Wonderful for foodies!

Great Malvern (18 miles) The Malvern Hills offers some of the best walking in the country before visiting the local tea rooms, shops, spa, theatre, Abbey, Eastnor Castle or the Three Counties Showground for the Spring, Summer and Autumn Garden Shows.

Hereford (20 Miles) Another great cathedral with the Mappa Mundi and the historic chained library, horse racing, traditional black and white buildings, local cider and beer all set in a medieval market city.

The Cotswolds, The Long Mynd, The Black Mountains, Hay-on-Wye, Cheltenham and Stratford are all within reasonable driving distance.


Upper Sapey Golf Course (27 holes) is at the end of our lane, a three day event course even closer, a local gym, riding school and fishing nearby, Shelsley Walsh hillclimb (the oldest motor racing event in the world) two villages away and the Worcestershire Way (36 miles) is on the doorstep. Children may like West Midlands Safari Park and the Severn Valley Railway.

English Heritage look after Witley Court (7 miles), the remains of a vast and rambling palatial mansion with its magnificent grounds and restored fountains. Next door is an amazing Italianate baroque church and its tearooms.

Can I bring my own horse with me? Yes, you can. We have stables and our own paddocks. We also have three horses.

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2 Sep 2014


"Quiet, luxury hideaway!"

The Retreat is located next to the owners house in a wonderfully quiet and lovely part of the country. The owners are very welcoming and the The Retreat has been very well fitted out to make it a lovely place to stay. Having sole use of the pool was wonderful. There are lovely dog walks from the door and so nice to have somewhere that welcomes dogs. Thank you, hope to stay again!

14 Aug 2014


"Amazing host in a perfect retreat."

Amazing host in a perfect retreat.
The apartment is very clean, tidy, modern and with nice views.
Stuart and Jill have gone to much effort with extra touches, such as the sweet scented fresh flowers on the table. Stuart gave us gigantic local cherries that tasted so good. And making a guide to local walks, places to eat, places to visit, maps etc.
The directions to the retreat was very helpful and so accurate.
We loved the swimming pool and the table tennis.
Thank you both for welcoming us to your beautiful retreat apartment and God bless you.
Look forward to meeting you again

7 Aug 2014


"A real treat, as well as a retreat!"

The Retreat is exactly as advertised. Fabulous accomodation, very nicely presented with lovely views of the surrounding gardens and countryside. The flat itself is part of the seperate annex of a vic… More

6 Aug 2014


"High quality accommodation in peaceful rural setting"

The Retreat offers high quality holiday accommodation in a stunning peaceful rural setting and includes the most unusual bonus of private and exclusive use of a heated indoor swimming pool, sauna and table tennis equipment.
It is set in the grounds of an old Rectory which is where the delightful and helpful (but unobtrusive) owners live. All the ingredients are here for a quiet,chilled,relaxed get-away-from-it-all holiday. The only sound to be heard in the mornings is birdsong from the many varieties of birds to be found in this area.
Nonetheless, the Retreat is within easy striking distance of lots of places of interest and there is certainly plenty to do and see nearby. We visited Worcester several times and went to concerts which were part of the Three Choirs Festival in Worcester Cathedral,itself an awe inspiring building. We managed a trip to Stratford upon Avon and saw a play in The Swan Theatre.We also took in a wine tasting and lunch at a nearby vineyard and visited the charming olde-worlde town of Ludlow with its excellent market. Lovers of fine food and wines will also find plenty to whet their appetite. In short, this whole part of England is an absolute delight. Had it not been for the fact that our daughter was playing in Worcester Cathedral with the National Youth Orchestra for Scotland I doubt we would ever have considered holidaying in the area. We will certainly consider returning and will hope to stay at The Retreat again.

20 Jul 2014


"Fantastic apartment and indoor swimming pool we loved every minute of our stay"

We had a lovely relaxing break in this 5 star luxury apartment, the swimming pool was a big hit with our son and it was a real treat to have it all to ourselves. The owners made us feel very welcome. The grounds are beautiful with amazing views of the surrounding countryside which we enjoyed from our own garden and balcony. We will definitely be back for another visit !!

20 Jul 2014


"Most beautiful relaxing place I have been too."

Stopped for a weekend with my husband and son. We had a lovely time, sole use of the swimming pool was ideal and we went down many times. We woke up daily to bleating sheep. Most idyllic setting and w… More

14 Jul 2014


"Perfect ....."

My partner stubbled across The Retreat whilst looking for a short break. It was everything we were expecting & much more. The living quarters were fantastic, like a home from home. Having access to th… More

1 Jul 2014


"Fun-packed weekend away"

Lovely weekend away for me, wife and 3 young children. Kids spent all weekend in the private pool. Great facilities, very comfortable and luxurious. Stuart and Jill were great hosts, made us feel at… More

15 Jun 2014


"Fantastic getaway!"

Great location and facilites. Perfect for those wanting to escape the hustle and bustle of every day life. The owners are very welcoming and happy to help in any way. Thanks for a lovely weekend away!

13 Jun 2014


"Just What The Doctor Ordered"

Booked this getaway as a nice little get treat for my girlfriend and I and it was exactly what we expected and more.

Total peace and quite, fantastic private apartment, luxury swimming pool and sauna and warm, welcoming hosts.

Would highly recommend this a weekend get-away. Just be careful as the wifi and mobile reception in the area is almost non-existent. Although, even better excuse for not checking your work emails.

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Calendar last updated:18 Sep 2014

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