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Name: Gilly Poultney
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Location: Worcester, Worcestershire, England
Property Type: Rentals Cottage or Cabin
Bedroom(s): 1-7
Bathroom(s): 1-7
Sleeps: 2-29
Lot/Acres: 5 cottages
Handicap Accessible: No
Smoking: No
Pets: No
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National Winner of ‘Enjoy England in Excellence Self Catering Holiday of the Year 2005'. English tourism’s highest accolade.

A country idyll. This is rural Herefordshire, county of black and white timber-framed cottage, rolling rural landscape and ancient church. It’s a country scene largely untouched by the ravages of time. It’s a place for peaceful days and deep, dark, starry, starry nights.

The beautiful village of Whitbourne sits on the Herefordshire, Worcestershire border. You’ll find the Olde Rectory opposite an ancient 12th century church in a secluded conservation area. The five original 16th century buildings: the gardener’s shed, kitchens, coach house, cowshed and cider press have been lovingly transformed into multi award-winning holiday properties. Each is unique and beautifully restored to combine original features – exposed oak beams and millstone-flagged floors – with luxurious modern living – Chinese wool carpets and leather chesterfields. Handmade, gourmet-equipped kitchens and beautifully appointed bathrooms complete the scene.

Attention has been paid to every detail. There are luxurious four poster beds with crisp cotton sheets, logs cut to burn on wood burning stoves, carefully lit private courtyards and gardens for alfresco dining. A communal herb garden and apple and walnut orchard offer rich pickings to every guest. This Herefordshire hideaway is truly divine. It’s a perfect perennial retreat.

If you’ve come to get away from it all, this is the place. Visiting therapists, experts in aromatherapy, reiki and reflexology can soothe away the stress and tension.
A Maid service attends to your needs.
You can pre-order delicious breakfast packs and dinner menus prepared using fresh local ingredients or book a babysitter and wend your way to one of the two village pubs.
It will be no surprise to discover that your hostess, Gilly Poultney is a talented interior designer who’s overseen every minor detail. Together with husband Cliff, they have thought of everything that could possibly enhance your stay.

The Potting Shed – sleeps 2 (+2 occasional guests)
What was the gardener’s stores is now a perfect romantic hideaway for couples.
The Fodder Store – sleeps 2 (+2)
The old Tudor kitchens offer a spacious, chic alternative for couples with a taste for the contemporary
The Coach House – sleeps 3 (+2)
Former home to Fanny, the Parson’s horse - the ideal choice for small families.
The Barn - sleeps 4 (+2)
The lovely original, timber framed cow shed is designed for larger families or small groups of friends.
Hooch Hall – sleeps 6 (+4)
The Parson's enormous cider press and fermenting house have been transformed to create the ultimate setting for a large Herefordshire house party.

Why not book all five properties together for a special birthday or anniversary celebration, Hen weekend, school or university reunion, family party or the perfect stress-free family Christmas.

Special Features
v Forget the fuss of self catering and pre-order locally produced breakfast packs, dinner menus, puds and ice creams from a unique ‘FLAVOURS OF HEREFORDSHIRE’ SHOPPING LIST .

v Spoil yourself – VISITING THERAPISTS offer a range of holistic and beauty treatments in the comfort of your own cottage.

v Book a DAILY MAID SERVICE to freshen up for you during your stay or a GOLD MAID SERVICE to clean up for you as you leave

v Special TWO NIGHT ‘TASTER WEEKENDS’ are available throughout the year. Enjoy a complimentary luxury breakfast pack of locally smoked salmon, fresh farm eggs and a jug of freshly squeezed orange juice to add to a bottle of bubbling Chardonnay. A Gold Maid Service is included too!

v HEREFORDSHIRE HOUSE PARTIES – celebrate your special occasion with friends and family. Choose from a host of party ideas to make your stay especially memorable

Amenities: Top
Furnished and fitted to the very highest standard, Hooch Hall offers:
Automatic Washing machine/tumble dryer
Microwave cooker
Fan assisted oven and hob
Fridge freezer
Food processor
Coffee maker
Colour TV/video recorder in both sitting rooms
DVD player in main sitting room
Log burner
Central heating
Double bedsettees set into leather Chesterfields in both sitting rooms
Fitted hairdryers in bedrooms
Electric shaver points in bathrooms
Garden table and chairs

Activities: Top
What to do nearby
Plenty! For those of you who like to bargain at the markets, Bretforton (35 minutes drive) holds the fascinating Annual Asparagus Auction while Tenbury Wells (20 mins.) is renowned for its Christmastime Holly and Mistletoe Auction. Malvern Wells (15 mins.) hosts monthly antique fairs or Hay on Wye (90 mins.) offers a specialist antiquarian book fair in addition to a wealth of regular local antique and curio auctions.

For the serious antiques hunter, Worcester just 20 minutes away supports innumerable quality antique shops.

For the music lover, there are impressive annual classical music and fireworks concerts in the grounds of either Ludlow Castle (30 mins.), Eastnor Castle (20 mins.) or Ragley Hall (40 mins.). Elgar's Birthplace and Museum is only ten minutes drive and the world famous Upton Jazz Festival (20 mins.) is a must for jazz enthusiasts. If your musical tastes are a little lighter then try the Malvern Music Festival or the Bromyard Folk Festival (10 mins.) for lively alternatives.

Sport? Watch some motor racing at one of the summer events of the Shelsey Walsh Hill Climb (10 mins.) or try your hand at hand gliding at Shobden Air Field (35 mins.). Horse race goers can enjoy meetings at Cheltenham (40 mins.) or at Worcester which also stages our county cricket matches.

Immerse yourself in culture with a visit to the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford upon Avon (60 mins.) or closer to home at Worcester's Swan Theatre or Malvern's Festival Theatre. Each hosts many national touring theatre groups. For architecture, the Cathedrals of both Worcester and Hereford (30 mins.) are well worth a visit and you simply shouldn't miss Great Witley Court and church (10 mins.) for the finest example of a Baroque Church in Britian.

For a relaxing day in the countryside follow the blossom trail in the Vale of Evesham, the Black and White Trail through picturesque villages of Herefordshire, or any number of conservation trails that are found in the area. Or, if you prefer, sit back, relax and.......do absolutely nothing! For more information about Herefordshire click here and for more about Worcestershire click here

Deposits: Top
Payment may be made by credit or debit card, cash or by cheque payable to SELECT PROPERTY. A deposit equal to one third of the total cost of any cottage rental is required to secure any booking, except where the first day of the Clients holiday is less than 8 weeks (56 days) away in which case full payment should be made. Bookings made within 15 days of the first day of hire must be paid for by credit or debit card. Where payment is to be made in cash, valid credit or debit card details will be held as security. In the event of failure to pay the rental charge in full in cash upon arrival, the full balance of rental charges (incl.VAT) shall be debited from the card held in accordance with the payment and cancellation conditions herein. A confirmed booking will be made upon the Client proffering his credit or debit card details or, in the event of cash or cheque payments upon verbal or written instructions from the Client of dates required. A confirmation letter in respect of that booking will then be forwarded by post or electronic mail by the Company. Any error in these details should be notified to the Company within 3 working days of receipt. Any balance of charges not received by the Company on or before the due date will be treated as a cancellation of the contract by the Client.
VAT is included in all rental charges displayed on the current printed tariff.

Cancellations or Refunds: Top
Once a booking is confirmed, any alteration to the arrival date, length of stay or properties booked within the period of 56 days or more prior to the booked first day of hire, will incur an administration charge of £58.75. Where any alterations to the arrival date, length of stay or properties booked are made with less than 56 days notice, full cancellation charges apply (see below)
Any cancellations by the Client must be made in writing and should be sent by recorded delivery or by electronic mail. The date from which the cancellation applies will be the date on which the cancellation notice is received by the Company.
Should the Client need to cancel a confirmed booking for any reason, the following cancellation charges will apply. Clients failing to arrive within 24 hours of the first day of hire and having omitted to inform the Company of their delay shall be considered to have cancelled their booking and the standard cancellation charges shall apply.
Number of days notice prior Cancellation amount payable
to the first day of hire
Over 56 days Full deposit i.e. one third of the total holiday cost 29 – 56 days 50% of total holiday cost
15 – 28 days 75% of total holiday cost
0 – 14 days Total cost of holiday
The Company strongly recommends that Clients take out appropriate holiday cancellation insurance

Policies: Top
Children welcome. Sorry, no smoking inside properties, no pets.

Testimonials: Top
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Maureen Lipman CBE
Thank you for my FIRST stay at The Olde Rectory. We have been cosseted and cared for in a way that 'strolling players and vagabonds' rarely find. Lovely to have your...

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Dame Helen Mirren
"This was Magic, this was Heaven, thank you Gilly and Cliff for a home from home that was better than my own home"

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Timothy West CBE
“ How sad to be leaving The Potting Shed, my home for the last two weeks. I know that theatre people are encouraged here but honestly having to go to work each evening...

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Prunella Scales
“Thank you for our lovely stay in The Potting Shed and for collecting me from the station X”

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Lesley Joseph (Birds of a Feather's Dorian)
“What a glorious place. Thank you so much for your hospitality and generosity….my only regret is to have to work and leave this place, I will definitely return, it is...

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Anton Rodgers
Nationally renowned actor starring recently in TV's 'Fresh Fields' "I had the pleasure of playing a week at the Malvern Theatre recently in a new play about P.G....

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Julian Lewis Jones
"A lovely country retreat. Relaxing, comfortable and beautiful place to come back to after a long show! Thanks Diolch yu Faur"

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Glynis Barber
Glynis Barber The glamorous half of 'Dempsey and Makepeace'! "Just when I've mastered log fire burning, I have to leave! This week has been a wonderful respite at...

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Kate Burton
Broadway star and daughter of the late Richard Burton "I cannot adequately express what a wonderful time we have had here."The accommodation is as close to home as...

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Edward Hardwicke
“ Just a perfect spot. Beautifully, beautifully done. We’ve had a wonderful week. Even the weather felt it had to live up to your house. Thankyou”

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Lee and Jenny Boardman
Coronation Street's Jes Quigley and Gina, beautiful barmaid at the Rovers Return "An idyll. A great bit of luxury in the dirty lives of the touring turn. Can this...

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Tom Espiner
"A fantastic way to end our tour. Comfortable and cosy with good country air! Everything has been thought through here, very efficient, from a video and CD library to...

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Diana Quick
“The best possible place to unwind and prepare for ‘Ghosts’ I’d love to come back with the rest of my family to enjoy the countryside and more of your impeccable...

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Joseph Bennett (BBC’s ‘Silent Witness’) and Julie Graham (‘At home with the Braithwaites'
“We have travelled far from the paternal home, passing beyond the sea’s double rocks and now we inhabit a foreign land, called home........... and thanks for making us...

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Barbara Brennan
"Thanks so much for your hospitality and warmth. It has been a sanctuary for us in the middle of a very long tour of 'The Graduate'. Pampering, relaxation and...

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Gaby Roslin
“This place is an absolute dream — we had a wonderful stay and couldn’t have wished for a more beautiful setting. Gilly and Cliff thank you-Hooch Hall is magical and...

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Jonathan Wrather - (Coronation Street Heartthrob Jo Carter)
Wonderful Place, peaceful and very pretty with extremely attentive and charming hosts. Hooch Hall is unique, an absolute haven. Many, many thanks for your kind...

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from £580/week

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Short breaks available all year. Two or three night weekend breaks from £305.00 per cottage. Four night midweek breaks from £370.00

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