Ockeridge Rural Retreats
Ockeridge lane , Holt Heath, Worcester WR6 6YP
Super Ted, Fairy, Spider, Tink and Freyja. It may sound like a motley crew of homespun superheroes, but this characterful bunch is in fact the band of horses at Ockeridge Rural Retreats, a stunningly luxurious glamping site in rural Worcestershire. While the horses allude to the hidden, countryside feel of the place – lanes crowded with cow parsley and hedges full of blackberries – the site itself is far from a rustic farm retreat. If you’re a glamper looking for modern luxuries, you’ve come to the right place.
Set on the edge of a series of fenced horse paddocks, with views down a shallow valley, Ockeridge Rural Retreats is comprised of just two glamping units in a parcelled up nine-acre space. The first is the Whitely Shepherd’s Hut, named after the ruined Victorian mansion of Witely Court, a vast, beautiful relic, destroyed in a great fire during the 1930s and visible in the distance as you peak from the hut window. Inside, the idea of a humble shepherd’s shelter has been given a thoroughly modern face-lift, with under-floor heating, a tiled en suite bathroom and a king-sized bed and bunks. A compact kitchen, meanwhile, has an oven, fridge and sink and all the utensils you will need, while country house décor – enamel mugs, a milk churn side table and oak surfaces – shows impeccable attention to detail.
The second abode slightly stretches the realms of glamping; it’s certainly a far cry from the tent-camping origins. In a separate part of the meadow, the Montana Woodland Lodge is a cosy log cabin that sleeps a family of four in comfort with a king-sized master suite and a separate bunkroom. Think of it as a refined self-catered home, with a fully fitted kitchen, spacious dining area and televisions in each of the bedrooms. Huge double-glazed doors at the front can be folded back to really let the outside in, with a wooden deck and garden furniture, fronted by a fragrant line of flowering lavender.
If you’ve not followed your gaze to Witely Court, two miles away, where English Heritage now welcomes you to tour the grounds, there’s plenty to keep you busy. It’s a pleasant stroll to the local pub – The Fox Inn – while walkers looking for hills and well known routes can drive the nine miles to the Malverns. Meanwhile, rainy days are easily filled dipping in and out of shops in Worcester and marvelling at the gothic cathedral. When the sun breaks, a pint beside the River Severn ends the day just perfectly.
The Owner Says
Ockeridge Rural Retreats is set in open countryside with outstanding views as far as the eye can see. Glamping at its very best, boasting an impressive 2 bedroom log cabin and amazing family sized Shepherds hut which can sleep up to 4 people in comfort and style. Boutique accommodation with a 5 star hotel feel. Egyptian cotton bed linen, Gilchrist & Soames toiletries, Hungarian duck down duvets all gives the feeling of sheer sophistication and style.
Ockeridge Rural Retreats is set in a 9-acre equestrian facility where you will experience these majestic creatures as they graze away in this tranquil setting. Unwind, relax and enjoy this brand new facility created with the sophisticated traveler in mind. Set on a country lane with magnificent views and access to fields and woodlands and yet only 6 miles from Worcester city centre. Walking, cycling, fishing, pony rides for kids all on your doorstep. Our Log cabin boasts a fully fitted kitchen, lounge/dining room, 1 king size bedroom, 1 children's bedroom with bunk beds, luxury bathroom, massive L shaped sofa.
Our shepherds hut is far from normal and will exceed all your expectations. 24 feet long x 9 feet wide, king sized bed, 2 single bunk beds, kitchen, and luxury bathroom, smart TV, under floor heating. This is a little peace of heaven where you will escape in a magical environment. Uncompromising standards and attention to detail will ensure your stay with Ockeridge Rural Retreats is a memorable one.
Winter Wonderland 5*+
We had a family break here just before Christmas and were lucky enough to experience this place covered in Snow! We absolutely loved it here, the accommodation was stunning, the setting amazing looking out over the Worcestershire hills and the owners could not have done more for us! We stayed in the Shepard's Hut for a long weekend, our two small children loved the comfy bunk beds and our double bed was to die for - we sank into the bedding, it was like something out of a 5* star hotel - truly luxurious! All the facilities were absolutely perfect, everything available that you need for family break! We experienced heavy snow and very cold temperatures but the hut was so warm and comfy we could of stayed there for the whole of Christmas! The owners welcomed us even though we arrived very late and helped us get out when the snow covered the whole place. Set is a great location overlooking the rolling hills of Worcestershire yet only 10-15 minutes from Worcester Town Centre or the Malvern Hills. The kids loved being introduced to the horses just across from the Hut especially Fairy the Shetland Pony! We will definitely be returning again, the Log Cabin looked equally amazing so maybe we will have to try that one next time! We stayed as a family but would be equally amazing for a romantic break for myself and my wife!