Things To Do

Looking for some activities to do whilst staying with us at the Retreat? Find out about our local eateries, vineyards and attractions.

Walks & Cycling

Once you arrive at the Retreat Barn it’s possible to leave your car parked up for the duration of your stay as we have some amazing walks straight out of the gate onto Castlemorton Common. You can choose a leisurely walk around the Golden Valley pond, or a more energetic hike up the Hills. Enjoy a spot of lunch at the Malvern Hills Hotel and be back in time to enjoy a cup of tea and slice of cake in front of the woodburner.

Fancy getting on your bike? From thrilling mountain biking in the hills, to meandering country lanes it’s great cycling country. For every hill you climb there are some fun downhill runs to catch your breath!

Sheep roaming on Castlemorton Common

Days Out

Malvern Theatre, less than 20 minutes away, hosts many a top class performance before or after a West End debut, and they also offer an interesting selection of films in their cinema.

There are events all year round at the Three Counties showground, and we provide a great location if you are exhibiting or visiting.

After a shopping fix? The Regency town of Cheltenham is close by, or for a more local feel visit the black and white market town of Ledbury, with a thriving independent shopping scene and weekly farmers market.

Need a relaxing spa day after an energetic day walking? The Malvern Spa is highly recommended and offer a great selection of treatments and full and half spa days, as well as a well equipped gym.

Not forgetting this is a great area to enjoy all things equine. Cheltenham Races is a great day out, or pop over to Hereford or Ludlow for some racing fun.

Eating Out

If you feel like leaving the cosy comfort of the Barn, we have several excellent country pubs and eateries nearby, who serve delicious, locally sourced food.

The stylish Inn at Welland is our favourite. Less than 10 minutes away you are guaranteed a warm welcome and great food.

Pop to the Swan at Hanley for roaring fires, friendly locals and a fantastic meal in the bar or conservatory.

If you are after somewhere to celebrate a special occasion why not try Verzon House, just the other side of Ledbury. Enjoy their own wine, gin and vodka, along with some delicious locally sourced food. We do advise booking to avoid disappointment.

We also have two great Thai restaurants locally, one in Ledbury and one in Colwall, and the Sitara in Ledbury offers modern Indian cuisine.

Historic Trips

Just over the hill from us Eastnor Castle is well worth a visit. Check out their website for seasonal events from firework displays to the fun Chilli festival. They are also home to the Landrover Experience, where you can enjoy an off road track day in the hills behind the estate, a really great adrenaline fuelled way to spend a day.

There are several beautiful National Trust properties in the area that are all worth visiting, including Croome Court, Berrington Hall and Brockhampton Estate.

Vineyards & Distilleries

If you decide to give your walking boots a rest for the day there are several local vineyards, cider and gin distilleries that offer tours and tastings.

From the very local Lovells vineyard in Welland, to the stunning Three Choirs Vineyard where you can be forgiven for thinking you are in France or Italy on a sunny afternoon. Or take a tour around Westons Cider museum, or learn more about the art of gin making at Chase Distillery.

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