Three buildings and a family form this glossy little hotel perched, very privately, in seven wooded acres, high above the Severn valley and with a superb vista across to the Cotswolds 30-something miles away (binoculars provided). There are bedrooms in all three buildings, taking The Cottage in the Wood over our usual size for this guide; but the smartly furnished Georgian dower house at its heart is so intimate, calm and comfortable that we decided to relent.
  A short stroll away is the Coach House, known as the Pinnacles, where rooms are smaller but have the best views, and Beech Cottage with four cottage-style bedrooms. The family consists of John and Sue Pattin, their daughter Maria, son Dominic (head chef) and son in law Nick. Apart from its food, the restaurant (modern English cuisine) has two other substantial qualities: windows that let you see the view and a wine list that lets you roam the world. Walkers can get straight out on to a good stretch of the Malvern Hills and for tourers the Pattins provide leaflets giving concise notes on everything that's worth visiting for 50 miles (80 km) around. For the rest of us, there's a very well stocked bar and a free film library.

**Autumn Rover Special Offer**

Enjoy a picnic lunch, a la carte evening meal (starter and main), Full English breakfast and late check out.

Prices: £169 for standard double, £179 classic room and £189 for superior double. All prices are per room per night.

Offer available Sunday to Thursday in September and October

For more information, click here or call 01684 588860.