Holding Cottage, DY12 3HW

Holding Cottage, DY12 3HW

This is a small converted barn and so has few rooms, but has been insulated to current building standards and has easily adjustable underfloor central heating, supplemented, if required, by mobile electric heaters.  It is fully furnished to meet all your needs for relaxing and entertaining small groups of friends.

Main Living Room
This bright and airy room provides the spacious character of a small baronial hall, as it is open to rafter level and features traditional oak structural king post roof beams.  The white walls reflect light from the many windows.

The dining table seats 6, while the leather sofa bed and rocking chair provide after dinner comfort in front the wall hung flat screen TV.

High built in bookcases reach toward the high ceiling.  (Ladder available on request for the more agile)

The living room looks over the top orchard, the fenced garden seating area, and your own private parking.  More distant rural views can be glimpsed over the trees of the old medieval parish boundary in the bottom of the valley.

A compact, but well equipped, galley style kitchenette opens off one corner of the main room.
Wet Room

The ground floor wet room shower and toilet, like the rest of the ground floor, enjoys underfloor central heating and is brick tiled with a herringbone pattern.

Twin Bedroom

The cozy mezzanine twin bedroom is approached via an external stone stair.  It is well lit and has views over the neighbouring farm across the long distance ridgeway footpath, the Abberley and Malvern Hills Geopark Way.

The two single beds have very comfortable and firm, 8 inch thick mattresses.

The greater part of the accommodation is taken up by the full height living room, featuring traditional baronial hall style oak roof timbers, including principle rafters and king posts.

At night a black iron chandelier is supplemented by traditional iron wall bracket lighting.  While the massive gable wall is punctuated by randomly distributed, and sized, deep window embrasures, between recessed bookcases disappearing into the gloom of the roof void, each lit by a swan necked picture lamp.

By day the room is brightly lit by the numerous but variously sized windows both north and south, including opening casements at a comfortable level, giving views over the upper orchard (SSSI), and ant hill field, whose mature far hedge marks the medieval parish boundary.

The floor is paved in herringbone pattern brick, and heated with invisible under floor central heating. A room thermostat / timer allows precise temperature control 24 hours a day (6 time zones per day).

A 2 seater leather sofa bed (makes a single person bed) faces the view over the orchard and the TV in the corner.

A sturdy dining table, with bench, window seating and two dining chairs, stands between kitchenette alcove and the main sitting area


The double ceramic kitchen basin and drainer is lit by a row of ceiling mounted recessed and adjustable spotlights and by a opening casement window with a view of the upper orchard across the Byre’s private garden area.

A programmable dual fuel stand alone cooker with fan assisted electric oven and 4 burner gas hob, is supplemented by a microwave oven above the fridge/freezer.

Wall mounted shelves and well organised capacious low level storage space, hold a comprehensive selection of crockery, cutlery and kitchen utensils, as well as large food storage containers and waste bins.

Like the main living room off which it opens, this kitchenette has a brick tiled floor, with underfloor central heating.

Wet Room Shower / Toilet

The main lighting is from three ceiling mounted recessed spot lights.   Supplemented by sturdy iron lantern type wall lights either side of the hand basin.  A wall mounted electric towel rack / radiator adjoins the door.  A heat exchange ventilation fan switches automatically to ‘boost’ power  soon after the main ceiling lights are switched on and then back to ‘silent’ eco mode after a timed interval.

The curtained shower area in one corner of this room provides maximum flexibility of use.  As the whole floor drains gently towards the shower gully, there are no sudden changes of level to interfere with wheel chair or other access.

The stylish “bowl on table” style wash hand basin is fed by a simple wall mounted mixer tap. Above this tap a wall mounted mirror is flanked on each side by a wall mounted lantern, with single pull cord switch.

Beside the basin, a standard shaver point provides 110 or 220 volt output, two pin, shaver sockets. The wash hand basin faces a standard pedestal toilet and low level cistern.

Like the main living room off which it opens, this room has a brick tiled floor, with underfloor central heating.

Twin Bedroom

The compact twin bed mezzanine loft bedroom is accessed externally by south facing stone steps.

The half glazed door and vented skylight ensure good light levels during the day, while 4 individually switched overhead swivel spotlights focus light just where you want it at night.

The wardrobe incorporates shelves and drawer.  A selection of books is provided on the shelf above each bed, together with additional bedside lamp etc.

A small thermostat controlled fan heater provides additional warmth if required in winter.  As do the spare blankets, duvets and other bedding stored under the beds.