About this listing
This unique 17th c. gothic Tower has recently been faithfully restored to its former glory as a romantic Summerhouse. Set in a beautiful Victorian Walled Garden on the private Homme House estate, it enjoys spectacular views of the Malvern Hills.
The Summerhouse is a unique, 17th century stone garden building. It has a Lower Bedroom Chamber with four poster bed and Upper Drawing Room Chamber, accessed via a stone spiral staircase, with a wood burning stove and beautiful views over Homme's Walled Garden and the surrounding countryside.
A separate, private bathroom building is metres away through a gate in the Walled Garden wall, offering a wet room with drencher shower, basin and loo, as well as an outside sink for washing up.
Guests are welcome to use our recycled Kadai firebowl as a BBQ or fire (only firewood fuel is supplied). The firebowl is situated on a patio on the south facing wall of the Walled Garden along with teak patio furniture and candle lanterns.
A continental breakfast hamper is delivered to the Summerhouse at the time of guests' choosing in the morning.
Note that the Summerhouse is a Grade I listed building without plumbing or electricity in the Upper Chamber, and as a garden building occasionally visited by an insect or two! Given this, and the outside walk to its bathroom, the Summerhouse is a romantic overnight stay suited to those interested in unique, glamping style experiences.
Guests have access to the Summerhouse, its bathroom and the 2 acre Walled Garden which has many beautiful spots to sit out when the weather is fine. From mid-May to mid-July the wild flower meadow is in full bloom.
Guests are also welcome to walk down the Estate's parkland driveway to visit the centre of Much Marcle village (c. 25min walk).
Guests do not have access to the main garden or other areas of the Estate.
Interaction with guests
We are resident on the Estate and on hand to help with any queries during guests' stays.
The surrounding countryside is beautiful, with excellent local produce markets, market towns and country pubs. Some recommendations:
- a visit to Westons cider in Much Marcle village
- walking on the Malvern Hills, in Forest of Dean, Wye Valley, the Kington area
- exploring the local market towns: Ledbury, Ross-on-Wye, Leominster
- canoeing on the Wye between Glasbury and Hay-on-Wye
- mountain biking in the Forest of Dean
- a visit to Hereford Cathedral to see the Mappa Mundi
- the black & white trail of North West Herefordshire
- visits to Berrington Hall (NT), Brockhampton (NT) & Croome Court (NT)
Much Marcle is 13 miles from Malvern, 16 miles from Hereford, Gloucester and Monmouth and 21 miles from Worcester, with Birmingham only an hour away. Transport connections are excellent, with the M50 and A40 only 15 minutes away and a mainline train connection to Birmingham and London in Ledbury.
Much Marcle is not well served by public transport, but is only 10min taxi ride from Ledbury which has a direct train line to London. A car would be important to explore the area, and there is ample free parking on site. Ledbury Cycle Hire can deliver bikes to the property and also supply maps of local routes.
Directions: the entrance gates to the Homme House Estate are on the A449 half a mile the Ross-on-Wye side of Much Marcle village centre, opposite Bodenham Farm.
Postcode for Estate entrance: HR8 2NJ
When you arrive, drive up the hill and over the first speed bump where you should head straight on, up onto a gravelled area outside the front of the main Homme House. Call us on arrival and we will direct you on up to the Summerhouse parking space and help you get settled.
Other things to note
Homme House is a 200 acre working Estate, with activity during the working week.
I'm afraid we do not allow pets due to other animals and livestock on the surrounding Estate.
The Summerhouse is non-smoking. Guests are welcome to smoke in the garden with cigarette ends disposed of in the sand bucket provided.
For insurance reasons we are unable to allow real candles in the Summerhouse; battery candles and lanterns have been provided.
There are other properties on the Estate and we therefore ask guests to keep noise to a minimum when coming and going late at night.
Cancel up to 5 days before your trip and get a full refund, including service fees.
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