Spacious Luxury: 2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Retro-styled, in Rural Worcestershire
About Karen Bastock
We are the owners of 'The Nest at Winnall' and we moved here to the beautiful Severn Valley three years ago. We are lovers of lots of space and fresh air, and so decided to make a lifestyle change to a slower pace of life. Our move was also fuelled by the desire to let our two boys roam free and have more of an adventurous childhood amongst fields, woodland and nature. If you have children we are sure that ours will be keen to make friends and show them around. A new life in the country brought with it the inevitable introduction of animals into the family. Currently we have four chickens (Margo, Belle, Grace & Pearl) and two cats (Bonnie & Clyde). No doubt this list will continue to grow! All our animals are very friendly, and our chickens produce the most amazing bright yellow free-range eggs. David loves chopping wood, cooking and baking, tackling the garden, mountain biking and a nice dark ale. Karen loves making chutney and bread, growing vegetables, chicken-tending, upcycling, testing David's baking and a fine pinot grigio. As a family we are often walking, biking, having friends over, watching films, reading books and enjoying meals out - when we're not dashing around between swimming clubs, scouts & cubs, basketball and drum lessons... So much for a more relaxed pace of life!
Karen Bastock purchased this Cottage in 2014
Why Karen Bastock chose Stourport-on-Severn
The cottage, which is joined to the main house, was in a very poor state of repair when we bought the house and land. It has always been a dream of Karen's to own and run a unique holiday retreat. So we put all our efforts into restoring the cottage and re-naming it 'The Nest' - to reflect this welcoming, luxurious and secluded place, with all its home comforts. Our aim is to look after you, our visitors, so that you can come and relax, enjoy, and have the best possible time during your precious time together. We can't wait to meet you and your family, and welcome you here soon.
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Beautiful cottage , beautiful area . Spotlessly clean EVERY THING you could need + more .lovely .
Very easy , Karen was very quick to get back to us . All pictures were spot on . She was a great host, there if we wanted her otherwise kept a low profile . Fab
This is a very comfortable property finished to a very high standard.
We stayed at The Nest for 4 nights and we were extremely happy with the facilities provided. It was extremely quiet location with easy access to local facilities by car.
Everything is provided and we loved the welcome pack. We even visited and bought some wine from the local winery as a result of the wine in the welcome pack.
Karen made sure we wanted for nothing which made for a very comfortable stay.
Thankyou for your lovely review Stephen, and I'm so glad that you enjoyed your stay with us and were very comfortable. Its great to hear that you also enjoyed the welcome pack and the local wine - our Vineyard neighbours will be delighted! We do hope you'll return to visit us again soon.
A perfect cottage
Everything was just excellent from the welcome to the standard of facilities at the cottage. In over 20 years of staying at cottages in the UK this one was the best, a real 5 star quality.
Thank you so much for this fabulous review - this is exactly what we have striven to provide for our guests, and we are so glad you felt that everything was of the highest standard. We do hope you come back and visit us very soon.
There are lots of places to visit, things to see and activities to do here in Worcestershire and beyond. Whether you love to ramble, visit places of interest, immerse yourself in history or just shop 'till you drop, there's something for everyone just a short drive away from The Nest. Outdoor pursuits such as walking, cycling, horseriding and fishing are all available on the doorstep.
In the beautiful Wyre Forest (20 mins) you will find waymarked walking trails, family walks, cycling trails, horseriding, activities and events and outdoor play areas. It is also home to the 'Go Ape' Treetop Adventure. Shrawley Wood (20 mins) is a hidden treasure and has a spectacular display of bluebells in April/May. Arley Arboretum (30 mins) is an idyllic escape into 30 acres of nature and history, from gardens with fountains to the Dinosaur and Fairy Trails and even a Maze. Further afield, the Malvern Hills (50 mins), with their links to the composer Sir Edward Elgar, have been described as a mountain range in miniature.
The County Museum at Hartlebury Castle (5 mins drive) has displays covering social history, toys through time and travel & transport. The Severn Valley Railway (20 mins) runs regular steam passenger trains across the Worcestershire and Shropshire borders. Harvington Hall (20 mins) is a moated medieval Elizabethan manor house, containing the finest series of priests hiding places anywhere in the country. The spectacular ruins of Witley Court (20 mins) evoke a bygone era of decadent house parties, balls and concerts. Hanbury Hall & Gardens (25 mins) is a beautiful country house built in 1701, set in 20 acres of recreated early 18th-century gardens and 400 acres of park. Avoncroft Museum (25 mins) is home to over 30 different buildings and structures which have been rescued and re-built in rural Worcestershire. Further afield, Eastnor Castle (50 mins) lies at the foot of the Malvern Hills on the edge of the Cotswolds, and is surrounded by a beautiful deer park, arboretum and lake.
Little Owl Farm Park is only 5 minutes away from The Nest. Set in 18 acres of farmland near Ombersley in Worcestershire, it is a perfect way to enjoy a great fun day out for all the family. The park has lots of animals just waiting to say hello including Sheep, Pigs, Ponies, Pygmy Goats, Meerkats, Deer, Chickens & many more.
Only 20 minutes away, you can find the cathedral city of Worcester with its vibrant mix of the old (Cathedral, Tudor houses and museums) and new (Shopping centres, cinemas and markets). All the high street shops are here, as well as more niche names. There are also many independent stores as well as a multitude of pubs and cafés. The River Severn runs through the city, where you can take a leisurely stroll or even a boat tour. The Art Gallery and Museum is housed in an elegant Victorian building and hosts a programme of special exhibitions, events and activities throughout the year. Other historical places of interest include the impressive Worcester Cathedral, Museum of Royal Worcester, The Commandery and the Elgar Birthplace Museum. Sixways Stadium hosts an array of professional sporting events and Gheluvelt Park has a great splash pad for children. A range of theatrical and musical treats can be seen at both the Swan Theatre and Huntingdon Hall, and the city has two cinemas to choose from.
Within easy reach of The Nest there are many historic market and riverside towns in Worcestershire, such as Bewdley, Stourport-on-Severn, Droitwich Spa, Tenbury Wells, Pershore and Evesham. The county is also full of many beautiful villages such as Ombersley, Upton-upon-Severn, Broadway and Inkberrow (inspiration for Radio 4's 'The Archers'). Just over the Worcestershire border and all under an hour away you can find pictureque places such as Cleobury Mortimer and Bridgnorth (Shropshire), Leominster and Ledbury (Herefordshire) and Tewkesbury (Gloucestershire).
There are no less than four restaurants, three of these also country pubs, in the picturesque black and white village of Ombersley (10 mins), the closest village to The Nest. In Ombersley you will also find the award-winning Bakery, as well as Checketts - a high quality delicatessen, coffee shop, butchers and fishmongers.
We are fortunate that Orchids Spa is situated just five minutes down the lane from The Nest. Here Sarah and her team will ensure you can relax and unwind in the Hot Tub and Himalayan Rock Salt relaxation room. You can also experience a range of beauty and massage treatments, leaving you with a sense of calm and well being. We can personally vouch for their 5-star service! Orchids Spa generously offer guests of The Nest 15% off all treatments.