The Malvern Hills look on protectively, casting a hush over the surrounding lowlands. Skylarks swoop across generous skies. Just a few miles from the half-timbered period elegance of Ledbury, Sugarloaf Barn embraces the rural ambience, just as you will when you soak up the seclusion among the nature trails and endless views.
Sleeping eight in refurbished luxury, Sugarloaf Barn warms your toes with its underfloor heating and warms your heart with its sense of togetherness. Floor-to-ceiling windows bring in the light, the lawns and the woodlands. Make memories with the people who matter among the exposed-stone walls and parquet flooring.
The luxury is laid on thick here. At the end of exhausting, exhilarating days, catch a family film on the wall TV, relax in your roll-top bath in the walk-in shower room, then crawl between crisp cotton sheets.
Boundary lines are ambiguous here. Somewhere, your garden becomes 300 acres of private woodlands and lawn, which in turn turns into rural Herefordshire, the garden to end them all. Lap up the vista from your private garden, break out the cricket and croquet, and make an afternoon of it with sizzling steaks and salad.
Leave the garden for walks in all directions, including a six-mile along the Malverns or just a two-mile meander to the local pub for craft ales and chatter.
You’ll feel welcome right from the first turn of the key in the lock, with a hamper to tuck into, toiletries for a more comfortable stay and chopped logs to get a hearty fire blazing. Settle back with a drink and make it a movie night with DVDs on the wall TV.
You’ve got the film, now fire up the soundtrack. The BOSE stereo should do the job nicely and the floor-to-ceiling views provide the true Cinemascope experience. Keep in touch with wider world with the free wifi.
This is the ultimate retreat for families and friends to relax, rejuvenate and remember what’s important in life. The underfloor heating will have you wiggling your toes as you chat about today, make plans for tomorrow or just gaze in wonder at the undulating uplands through the picture windows.
The large open-plan, state-of-the-art kitchen is suitably sociable, so you can you chat away as you chop your veg. If you’d prefer us to do the chopping, so you can do the chatting, just say the word and our chef will be along to pop something special in the oven while you put your feet up with your family and friends.
The kitchen comes with everything you’ll need to make a success of self-catering. Appliances are brand new, including the oven, microwave, fridge and even a coffee machine for budding baristas.
For an eat-out treat, you’ll find plenty of great local gastros and some that push the posh boat out for special celebrations. Reward your local rambles with a plate of Cotswold beef or guinea fowl terrine at The Hanley Swan or, at The Inn at Welland, accompany your woodland belly pork or braised blade of beef with a spot of jazz.
If the finest of fine dining appeals, options are good, with a couple of Michelin-starred eateries close by that truly sparkle: the Butcher’s Arms in Eldersfield and 5 North Street in Cheltenham have international reputations.
At Sugarloaf Barn, four luxurious bedrooms sleep eight in the creaky-boughed seclusion of rustic Middle England. You’ll drift off into a deep and dreamy sleep, waking up reinvigorated and ready to make the most of another morning in the heart of rural Herefordshire.
Four bedrooms dressed in crisp linen and sporting far-reaching views come accompanied by three bathrooms, so you can linger longer in the steamy bubbles. Fluffy towels and quality toiletries add a special touch.
The master bedroom on the top floor is king-size with an en-suite walk-in luxury shower and bath. Rustic Italian tiles and a roll-top bath for lounging and lazing complete the picture.
On the ground floor, a double room can convert to singles with just a swift swipe of the zip-and-link. This room shares a Jack and Jill bathroom with another luxury double. The final bedroom is a comfy double with separate shower room.