Bluebell Retreat Glamping

UK England West Midlands Worcestershire Great Malvern

  • Groups welcome
Glamping pods at the foot of Malvern Hills, surrounded by fishing lakes and wildlife
Sometimes campers want accommodation that matches the natural beauty of their surroundings. While the DIY feel of pitching your own tent and creating your own spot in the great outdoors is unrivalled, it's certainly not for everyone, and even seasoned campers need to take a break every now and then for a truly restful getaway. Enter Bluebell Retreat Glamping, which provides three wooden pods with a rustic aesthetic that perfectly complement the woodland they're nestled within. For those who want the idyllic views and the sprawling walks without the unwashed hair and rough sleeping, this trio of pods within their own private meadow provide the ideal mixture of seclusion and comfort.

Bluebell Retreat is situated at the foot of the iconic Malvern Hills, overlooking a pond and the surrounding commons. The quaint pods feature a double bed situated in front of a windowed doorway that opens out onto the meadow; open your curtains in the morning and be immediately greeted by the Worcestershire woodland. Each pod's decking allows for relaxed bistro dining, where you can enjoy your morning coffee situated among the local wildlife, including adorable muntjac and pheasants.

If visiting in a group of six, you will have the site all to yourselves, with you able to enjoy your surroundings exclusively with your small group. While ideal for a couples' retreat (no kids under the age of 14 are allowed), it's also something of an angling hotspot. The six Leigh Sinton Coarse Fishing Lakes that encircle the site let you cast your hook for a small fee. Clean off from a day of reeling in some big catches in the modern and stylish washroom, tucked away behind some trees in a minute's walk from the site, with the heated shower and flushing toilet in its plush interior being a far cry from the typical portaloos and compost toilets you typically find in a campsite.

But while Bluebell Retreat may feel so embedded within the Malvern countryside that it could be in the middle of nowhere, there's plenty to see and do nearby. Take a trip to the Malvern Hills, a three-mile walk from the site, and embark on the End to End linear walk that encompasses all of its summits. Visit the Malvern Theatre in the titular spa town for a spot of arts and culture, or visit the Grade I-listed Great Malvern Priory to learn of its history. Or, failing all of that, take a 20-minute walk and sink a few in the local Royal Oak pub, before tucking into a wood-fired pizza from the outdoor The Old Dough Hook van.

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Facilities

Set away down a single track lane in rural Worcestershire, the pods are within a private meadow and woodland setting and are surrounded by countryside and farmlands. Just next door 6 beautiful fishing lakes, walks through woodland and views of the Malvern Hills.
The site has recently undergone extensive refurbishment after being closed for many years.

All our pods are equipped with luxury beds, one king (The Burrow) slightly set back from the others, one double (Conker Cabin) and also a twin (Sleepy Hollow) - so take your pick (duvet, fitted sheet and 1 pillow per person is included on stays of 2 nights or more) any extra bedding feel free to bring along.
All fitted with super quiet fridges, kettle with 2 cups. Along with a wall mirror, fan, electric heater, 3 electric points, mini dustpan and brush, quirky cupboard space for some clothing and an umbrella - hopefully never to be used! Not to mention your own private decked area, bistro seating for 2 with lovely views of the meadow and pond. Each pod is provided with its own bbq (charcoal not included) and utensils, and the communal use of the firepit (wood provided) with various seating areas around the meadow. To the front of each pod there is a porch light and a flood light to the rear with additional sensor lighting along the woodland paths leading to the kitchen / washrooms operated by a remote control which each pod is provided with to illuminate the wood chipped pathways.

The kitchen / washroom lies within the woodland a short 1 minute walk with it's 'Hansel and Gretel' attributes pleasing to the eye, peering through the trees. Here it offers 2 first class toilets and 2 beautifully stylish tiled showers within a quaint washroom area all equipped for you. You just need to bring your towels and toiletries. 
The kitchen area is basic, providing a small washing up area with running hot and cold water (washing up liquid and cleaning pads included) microwave, toaster, additional communal fridge, variety of plates, cups and cutlery for 6 all accessible under the sink.
The kitchen and washroom has central heating throughout.

Suitable For


Unfortunately at this time we do not accept children under 14 years of age, dogs or other pets. 
Due to the natural environment of Bluebell Retreat Glamping and the wood-chip pathways which can be uneven, the site might not be suitable for those with walking difficulties or other restrictions. If in doubt please ask for further details.

Nearby

We are tucked away and hidden from view yet so very accessible to the local pub, convenience store and take-away in the village of Leigh Sinton. 10-15 minutes walk to the village pub along the main road takes you to the 'The Royal Oak'. It has a super friendly feeling to it, beautiful outside bistro seating and bar area, food reasonably priced and also take-out option made available (Tel: 01886 832787)
Spot of fishing? Why not. 'Leigh Sinton Coarse Fishing' pools are situated next door, 6 beautiful pools, pay as you go for the day £3-6, non fishing visitors are welcome, take a walk around and enjoy the spectacular hill views.

Nearby attractions are endless. Malvern Hills lies some 3.3 miles away. Lots of walks available along the 10 mile stretch of hills and views to die for. Malvern Theatre situated in the heart of Great Malvern, surrounded by Great Malvern Priory, Priory Park and Winter Gardens. Idyllic setting for picnics and walks around the manicured grounds. If you are here on a Sunday in the summer months why not bring a picnic and listen to the live band in the band stand.
There are 3 centres to Malvern, Great Malvern, Malvern Link and Barnards Green, each offering a variety of shops, restaurants, takeaways and park areas.
The nearby Three Counties Showground hosts a number of nationally recognised shows throughout the year including Country Tastic, The Spring Show, Royal Three Counties Show, The Autumn Show and Winter Glow.
The world famous and unique British Morgan Motor Company is based near to Malvern Link where classic British sports cars including the 3 Wheeler, PlusFour and PlusSix are individually handbuilt to personal specification, so no 2 cars are the same! Tours around the factory can be pre booked as can test days and vehicle hire. From personal experience you won't be disappointed.

Great Malvern is an area of the spa town of Malvern and lies at the foot of the hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Famous for its bottled water since 1622 and springs which are still nestled around the hills today, and of course Edward Elgar, the famous English composer. There are lots of unique shops, cafes and pubs scattered around together with a few chain restaurants and pubs.

Food & Drink

Local to Bluebell Retreat Glamping;

The Royal Oak pub, Leigh Sinton (01886 832787) great village pub super service,  a short walk away.
The Old Dough Hook Pizza Co van. Every Friday wood fired pizza cooked in front of you, £8 per pizza. 5pm-9pm located in front of pub.

Leigh Sinton Chinese Take Away. Short walk along main road opening times are 5pm to 10pm. Closed on Tuesdays. (01886 833024)

The Fold at Bransford. 5 minutes drive away from site. Local artisan village containing a cafe independent shops & studios, organic farm shop and nature trails (01886 833112) Closed Sunday & Monday.

Crowcroft Market@ The Yard, Leigh Sinton WR13 5ED is a farmers market and arts and craft fair held locally on dates including 15th August and 19th September. Open 10.30 am to 2.30 pm.

The list is endless in Great Malvern, here's a few of our favourites;

Malvern Lounge (next to the Abbey Hotel) beautiful small cocktail bar, with delightful courtyard views of the 'The Priory' (01684 561808)

The Nags Head pub - locally produced real ale & ciders (01684 574373)

The Red Lion pub/Thai Restaurant in the centre of Great Malvern. Many walks are found off this small single track onto the hills (01684 564787)

Gallery 36 (Belle Vue Terrace) hidden away offering delicious tapas (01684 562272)

The Foley Arms (Wetherspoon pub) offering amazing views over Worcestershire & the Cotswolds on its large outdoor eating/drinking area (01684 580350)

The Fig 'tapas' restaurant, tucked away along Church Street. (01684 569909)

St. Ann's Well Cafe. One of only 2 cafes tucked on the hillside within walking distance from Belle Vue Terrace, Great Malvern. Offering vegan cakes, coffees and teas with views (01684 560285)

A local farmers market is held on the third Saturday of each month (9am-2pm) set in the beautiful grounds of 'The Malvern Priory' Great Malvern selling local produce and unique arts and crafts.


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The Owner Says

We are nestled away in a secluded private location at the foot of the stunning Malvern Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
Our 3 visually attractive pods peer out from within a woodland overlooking a meadow and pretty pond. Immerse yourself into nature, wake up to the sun rising over the field, birds chirping and relax.
The site is set within grounds of approximately 3 acres with a variety of resident wildlife including Muntjacs, Pheasants, Birds of Prey, Frogs and beautiful Dragonflies. Resident chickens 'Gerty & her gang' live on the site too!
If you fancy a spot of peaceful coarse fishing, just next door are 6 beautiful fishing pools, with views over the Malvern Hills. Along with a nature reserve and public right of way walks. For the more energetic a walk into Malvern is possible (3.3 miles / 1 hour) or it is a short drive or taxi ride away.
Bluebell Retreat Glamping is reopening this summer season with new owners Deb, Ian and family who will make themselves available to ensure you have a fantastic stay-cation.

Accommodation

Three pods each sleeping two people.

The Burrow

Pod Sleeps 2
A beautiful pod, which sleeps 2 in a king size sleigh bed, set slightly back from the others, peering out from behind the woodland, facing the meadow and pond. Stays for 2 nights or more - bedding is included.

Sleepy Hollow

Pod Sleeps 2
A beautiful pod, which sleeps 2, in twin beds. The middle pod facing the meadow and pond. Stays for 2 nights or more - bedding is included.

Conker Cabin

Pod Sleeps 2
A beautiful pod, which sleeps 2 in a chunky wooden double bed. Overlooking the meadow, pond and communal fire pit. Stays for 2 nights or more - bedding is included.

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Location

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Getting There

Directions from the nearest motorway:

M5 Junction 7; exit and travel towards Worcester South, Whittington Road. At the first roundabout take slip lane left onto the A4440 towards Malvern, Three Counties Showground signposted here. At the third island follow the signs for Bransford (straight on) still on the A4440. At the second island turn left onto the A4103 follow this road through Bransford (past the golf course) and into Leigh Sinton.
Be careful as speed camera in village, 30 mph.
Once you enter the 40mph limit Dragons Lane is the first turning on your left, opposite a road sign on the right saying ‘Dragons Cross’.
After turning into Dragons Lane Bluebell Cottage (Bluebell Retreat Glamping) is the second and last property on the left some 200 metres down the single track tarmac lane.
Nearest train stations are Malvern Link and Great Malvern. Both easily accessible via bus or taxi journey.
The nearest city is Worcester. From Worcester there are several routes to Leigh Sinton (Bluebell Retreat Glamping) Initially follow the signs out of Worcester to Malvern and then pick up the directions as above from the A4440.
Great Malvern train station is only 4.5 miles and Malvern Link train station 3.4 miles.
Bus number 44 also operates from Malvern to Leigh Sinton, then ten minutes walk to our site along the A4103 in the direction of Hereford.

Reviews

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Rated ★★★★★ over 3 reviews

★★★★★

The perfect glamping experience

Breathtakingly Beautiful place. Had all 3 pods booked for 3 couples so had the place to ourselves. Ian and deb were really helpful and made sure we had everything we needed throughout the stay. The pods themselves were so cosy and warm and the beds were really comfortable, everyone commented on what a good nights sleep they had. The toilet and shower room were spotless. The kitchen was even stocked with all the cutlery and plates etc that we needed so didn’t have to bring anything. Will definitely be booking again we loved it. Thankyou
Sep 5, 2021 by katie
★★★★★

Beautiful

Couldn’t fault anything. Had a 2 night stay and booked all the pods available. Beautiful location and pods. Lovely and clean. Ian and deb was a delight and really friendly. Will definitely be returning. Weekend to remember so Thankyou.
★★★★★

glamping hideaway

We had a wonderful stay at this new site. The pods were beautiful and set in a lovely spot. Great local pub helped. Next time will bring fishing gear as next to fishing lakes Thankyou
Aug 7, 2021 by Peter G

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