Buttercup & Daisy Meadow

UK England West Midlands Worcestershire

  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Short walk to pub
Glamping in Worcestershire: A single, luxurious shepherd's huts with views across the River Severn of the Malvern Hills
It’s easy to see how Helen Holmes found her path in the world of art and graphic design. You only have to look at this charming, small-scale glamping site to see an artist’s touch. When the place was bought back in 2014 it was little more than a scruffy, weed-strewn field. Today it has been transformed into a truly idyllic riverside meadow, pimpled, as if with a painters brush, by bright yellow buttercups in early summer and backed by a vintage style shepherd’s hut that’s adorned with homely vintage wares and a summery, well matched colour scheme.

On the riverside edge of Kempsey, a typical Worcestershire village that still boasts four different pubs, Buttercup & Daisy Meadow is a small but private space, backed by the village church and overlooking the Severn. Along one edge, the Severn Way walking and cycle path runs, following the course of the river, while, to one side, a gravely parking area allows a spot to bring your car if you plan on driving down the road to the cathedral city of Worcester instead.

The Shepherd’s Hut itself, however, is a real thing of beauty. Inside it fulfils Helen’s claim to provide “everything you would expect in a self catering cottage”, with an en-suite shower room and toilet and an excellent kitchenette. While smaller touches also show the extra attention to detail – toiletries and basic kitchen provisions are already there and waiting. The floral patterns that run throughout were all special chosen by Helen, with some of her own designs found inside the hut.

Once you’ve pedalled to Worcester there are plenty of other nearby options by bike, including National Trust-owned Croome Court, and the short trip into the Malvern Hills pays dividends if you’re looking for off-road routes. The designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is awash with great cycling and walking routes and, if you plan it properly, you’ll usually start and end at a good village pub!

Details

Facilities

Buttercup Hut has a double bed (bedding included) and room for a blow up bed or travel cot when the folding table is away. The kitchenette features an electric induction hob, microwave cooker and grill, fridge with freezer compartment and Belfast sink, cutlery, crockery and basics provided (washing-up liquid, cloths, tea, coffee, sugar, milk, salt, pepper and tea towels). There's a smart TV with regular channels and also the ability to connect with social media, Netflix and more. The en-suite has a toilet, wash basin and electric shower (towels and toiletries included). Outside there is a chiminea and cooking fire, washing line, seating and fresh vegetables and herbs for you to use. Wi-Fi access is free.

Suitable For

Glamping only. Dogs welcome. There is room for a third person (child) in a travel cot or inflatable camp bed if required.

Nearby

It's a 10 minute walk to the village shop and local pubs and only a 15 minute drive to the city of Worcester. On the banks of the Severn, the cathedral city has a fascinating history and a wealth of interesting architecture – pop into the tourist office (01905 726311) at the start to get your bearings. Across the river, the Malvern Hills offer endless walking and mountain biking opportunities from short trails to more strenuous options and the town of Great Malvern below the hills, is perfect for a wander. Upton upon Severn is another small, riverside town to explore, about a 15 minute drive away. The historic ‘Pepperpot’ building and the Tudor House Museum (01684 438820) are top of the tree for visits, but there's also a great variety of small, independently-owned shops, perfect for browsing before enjoying a riverside cuppa. National Trust-owned Croome Court and Park (01905 371006) is also just five miles away (pleasantly reached by bike).The Capability Brown-designed estate is dotted with temples, follies and statues, with grand Croome Court – once home to the Earl of Coventry – at it's heart.

Food & Drink

A breakfast basket, wine and beer can all be ordered as extras in advance if you wish. There are four pubs and a Chinese takeaway within easy walking distance. The Walter de Cantelupe (01905 820572), in particular, is a traditional pub with a roaring fire through the colder months and The Talbot (01905 828473) is a great gastro-pub with very reasonable prices. Elsewhere, The Swan (01905 351361) at Whittington is particularly good for food, while The Talbot (01886 821235) at Nightwick is a 25-minute drive but worth it if you're a big fan of traditional old haunts – try a pint from their very own brewery, Teme Valley. If you visit the National Trust's Croome Court (01905 371006), then a cuppa there is also a must. The cafe serves excellent homemade food, all set within a 1940s-style canteen.

Opening Times

All year.

The Owner Says

At Buttercup and Daisy Meadow, we aim to give you the kind of break that we look for, offering our guests everything they would expect in a self catering cottage but with the quirkiness and comfort of a beautiful shepherd’s hut. In October 2014 a scruffy, overgrown field came up for sale and straight away Helen saw its potential as a natural riverside meadow, the way it looked years before, with buttercups and daisies swaying in the breeze. Over the next 18 months the field was cleared, harrowed, resown and given lots of TLC. In the meantime she researched many types of accommodation and discovered the unique vintage style shepherd’s hut. And the dream became reality. Buttercup Hut arrived in June 2016, a comfortable, romantic space to relax. It is a deceptively spacious 20ft by 7ft with a bespoke kitchen and belfast sink, cozy double bed and separate bathroom with shower. The finish is to the highest standard, with soft florals and pretty vintage styling. At the end of a lane, next the River Severn, the location is peaceful and calm, but also near to the village pubs and shop, and also close to Worcester City Centre, surrounded by beautiful countryside.

Accommodation

A single, self-contained shepherd's hut.

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Location

Contact Buttercup & Daisy Meadow, Severn Trow House, Lane's End, Kempsey, Worcester WR5 3JH

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Getting There

The site is 10 minutes from junction 7 on the M5 and 15 minutes from the city of Worcester. Follow the A38, signposted to Tewkesbury. When you get to the village of Kempsey, you will see the village shop, McColls, on the right and a signpost to St Mary's church. Turn right here into Church Lane. Follow Church Lane, which then becomes Lane's End. Follow the Lane to the end, and Buttercup and Daisy Meadow is the gate on the left. There is a regular bus service to and from Worcester, Upton upon Severn, Malvern and Tewkesbury, from the main A38 in Kempsey (except Sundays). The bus stop is around 10 minutes walk from Buttercup and Daisy Meadow. There are two railway stations in Worcester.

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