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Pollyanna | Luxury Self-Catering Cottage | Birlingham, Cotswolds


Birlingham, Worcestershire, UK

Ever dreamed of escaping the daily grind and immersing yourself in a real-life fairytale without a care in the world? Welcome to Pollyanna. Sugar, spice and all things nice, this luxury thatched cottage in Birlingham is a whimsical self-catering retreat set near the rolling hills and meadows of the Cotswolds. Exuding beauty and charm, here is a place where families can get lost between the pages of their very own enchanted fable.


Pollyanna is cute-as-pie and bursting with wonder; think antique furniture, traditional beamed ceilings, uneven floors and the luxurious bed linens, all tastefully fused together. The idyllic Grade-II listed cottage is set in the olde-worlde Birlingham village near the Cotswolds complete with village hall, friendly local pub and time-honoured cricket ground. Cuddle up in winter and warm toes in front of the roaring woodburner, and in summer take a spot underneath the magnolia tree, absent-mindedly watching blossoms fall and birds flutter. Summer haven or winter retreat, Polyanna offers an enchanted self-catering family escape. 


With two luxury double bedrooms and a pretty twin room sitting beneath the eaves, Pollyanna is equally as perfect for families as it is for couples looking for a romantic break away. The characterful master double with en suite shower room is located on the ground floor in the thatched annexe. The double and quaint twin room (with views over the shared courtyard) occupy the first floor, with access for the twin room through the shared bathroom. After a day's exploration of the surrounding countryside, return ruddy-cheeked before gathering around the dining table for a meal together, plates brimming and bottles flowing.


With a prettily thatched wishing well and a plethora of hidden nooks in which to sit and watch the butterflies, the flower-filled gardens at Pollyanna are a faerie's delight. Little ones will be able to expend their limitless energy on the swings and trampoline in the large side garden, whilst adults savour the opportunity to sit with a cup of hot tea and enjoy the verdant surroundings. In season, take your pick from the cottage orchard which produces apples and pears, as well as cooking apples for homemade cinnamon-sprinkled fruit pie. 

The Facts

  • SleepsUp to 6 guests
    From £1,450 per week, £995 per short break
  • Alternative group optionsUp to 2 or up to 4 guests
  • Bedrooms and bathroomsOne ground floor double bedroom with en suite shower room, one first floor double bedroom and one first floor twin bedroom, one first floor family bathroom. Please note, the twin bedroom is accessed via the family bathroom.
  • PetsTwo small well-behaved dogs considered on prior request
    Each pet is charged at £60 per week or part thereof
  • Arrivals and departuresArrival Day: Friday or MondayArrival Time: 4pmDeparture Time: 10am
  • FamilyYes, children are very welcome. There is a trampoline and swings in the garden. One travel cot and one highchair are available.
  • PracticalitiesThe house has off-road parking for two cars. The kitchen is well-equipped with a microwave, Range cooker, American fridge-freezer, dishwasher, Miele coffee machine and washing machine. The house has very fast internet and the owner lives adjacent and is on hand should you require anything.
  • Homestay includesTrampoline and swings in the garden, luxury welcome hamper, Sonos speaker, Freeview TV, DVD player, fast WiFi internet, gas barbecue, linen, towels, logs and kindling to get you started...House book - your property and destination guideDiscover more little luxuries
  • Private cateringDiscover your options for private dining and fully catered breaks.
  • Additional extrasA handpicked selection of unique experiences are available at this property.
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Bright colours and country chic combine in the ground floor master bedroom
The family bathroom on the first floor

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Sitting pretty within a loop of the River Avon, Birlingham is a quintessential English village in the heart of the Worcestershire countryside. With an enviable location set between the iconic Cotswolds and the Malvern Hills, Birlingham is a wonderful rural location for holidays in the countryside.

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Getting there

  • On the Map The cottage is set in Birlingham close to The Bredon Hills, Tewkesbury, Stratford-Upon-Avon, Stow-on-the-Wold, Cheltenham, Gloucester and Bath.
  • By Car Just over two hours drive from Central London, one hour drive from Birmingham.
  • By Train The nearest train station is Pershore (with a direct train from London Paddington).
  • By Air Fly into all London airports or Birmingham International airport and hire a car or taxi to Pollyanna.

From the owner

“Pollyanna is romantic, quaint and so peaceful. We find one of the best places to sit is under the blossom tree sipping chilled wine and watching the children play - our idea of perfect long summer evenings.”

From the owner

A sense of wonder and excitement takes hold as you step through the doors of Pollyanna and are taken back in time. We hope that your cares slip away and peace and tranquillity take over amidst the romantic charm of the beautiful interiors we have created over the years.

We all adore it here, especially our little girls; they just love living in the countryside with lots of lovely walks in the surrounding area, and the friendly helpful local villagers. We believe the cottage was built circa 1600. Since then, it has had a succession of owners, many of whom were born here at Pollyanna and are still living in the village today.

The Smith Family

Owner recommendations

Live like a local, discovering the best hidden gem restaurants, walks and attractions during your holiday in Birlingham with an insider’s perspective.

Walks in the Country

To Do

Walks in the Country

The great outdoors feels as though it is just around every corner here, with many open spaces to explore from the magnificent Malvern Hills, to the fertile plains of the Vale of Evesham, to the Forest of Wyre and the Cotswold Way. 

Rivon Avon Adventures

To Do

Rivon Avon Adventures

Birlingham is surrounded by the River Avon, and you can watch the boats go through the lock at the bottom of the village. A small detour and you can observe the water birds on the wetlands. A great spot for fisherfolk too!

The Jockey Inn, Earls Croome

To Eat

The Jockey Inn, Earls Croome

The Jockey Inn has recently re-opened after an extensive refurbishment. The beautifully restored and designed interior boasts a warm and friendly ambience, while the kitchen staff prepare mouth-watering meals for eager mouths.

National Trust Sites

To See

National Trust Sites

Guests will be spoiled for choice with a wealth of stunning National Trust properties and ornamental gardens nearby; Snowshill Manor, Hidcote Manor, Batsford Arboretum, Coughton Court, Hanbury Hall, Broadway Tower (to name but a few!) are all within 20 miles of the cottage.

Guest Testimonials

Indeed a fantastically authentic cottage with many interesting and architectural features of a bygone age. The garden with activities will be welcomed by everyone, especially families with small children.

Thank you for allowing us to stay in your beautiful cottage with our two daughters. They absolutely loved the Wendy house and garden, as well as the snug nights in. The perfect post lockdown escape. We really enjoyed Croome Court, local walks, and horse riding at Worcester Riding School. Thanks again.

We would like to thank you for the wonderful hospitality. The cottage is absolutely perfect for a family of five. The children enjoyed the outside space with the activities. We loved the attention to detail, everything was prepared and neatly actioned for our arrival. We hope to be back again soon.

Your cottage is divine; we absolutely loved it. You have decorated Pollyanna beautifully and it really is a special place! It was just what we needed. Thank you for a wonderful stay.

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in this beautiful cottage and we would love to visit again one day. Thank you for a wonderful time at Pollyanna!

We have had such a wonderful time staying in your gorgeous cottage. The children have loved the garden and toys, and we have had such lovely trips out. The cottage has everything we need. Thank you we would love to come back one day.

We had a wonderful time at Pollyanna. A truly relaxing getaway and our host Kirsten was very welcoming. The cottage was beautiful and it was the perfect retreat. Quiet, cosy time away from the hustle and bustle of normal life was really important to us so we are very thankful to have spent the time at Pollyanna.

We have really enjoyed our stay in your beautiful cottage with its fabulous location. The cottage has everything needed for a comfortable and cosy stay. You really have thought of everything. We sipped wine under the stars in the fragrant garden, who says romance is dead after 31 years!?

We had the most wonderful stay at Pollyanna. When you book that special accommodation nearly one year in advance and you count down the weeks until your there, you don´t want to be disappointed... and we weren´t! It was everything and more! The house, the gardens, the weather - PERFECT.

We just wanted to thank you for providing such a lovely setting for our first mini family getaway! The cottage is beautifully quaint and you have kept it all very well. We have enjoyed your beautiful orchard, the books and games you left here and been on a couple of your recommended walks. Thank you for thinking of most things too; the kitchen is stocked well and your toiletries were lovely. Thank you for making our weekend so enjoyable!

What a beautiful cottage, a real escape. We had a wonderful time here, the babies loved exploring and playing in the garden - we loved the peace and quiet after the babies had gone to sleep!! Thank you.

We came to stay in this beautiful fairytale cottage with our three lovely children for my 40th birthday. The cottage is so pretty, with comfy beds and a beautiful garden, it was perfect.

Thank you so much for making my 40th birthday so special. Your cottage is beautiful. We were made to feel very welcome. We loved the area especially Broadway! Hope to see you again soon

A beautiful cottage in a wonderful area. We did a fantastic walk from the door to Eckington and beyond 4 and a half hours. Hidcote is lovely. The apples and pears taste so much better off the tree! Thank you we are relaxed and re-energised. Thank you.

The owners were really friendly and helpful. The attention to detail was amazing thanks to the quality of products in the house that were for our use. Thanks to Unique Homestays and the owners for a superb weekend.

Thank you for letting us stay in this amazing beautiful cottage with such peace & quiet. We enjoyed all the Cotswolds has to offer (loved Hidcote) So pretty & Broadway too. Going home refreshed!

A wonderful dream cottage to spend our honeymoon in. The countryside is beautiful, especially the Malvern Hills and the Cotswolds, houses really pretty. Thank you for letting your house out for us to enjoy

What a beautiful cottage, all credit to you both. Your hospitality and kindness have been amazing, we will definitely recommend to friends. Keep up the fantastic work and a huge thank you from us both and our family that stayed with us.

Thank you for a wonderful stay in your beautiful cottage, so quiet and peaceful. We enjoyed visits by our old haunts and found some beautiful new places. We really enjoyed lighting the fire each evening and relaxing.

Beautiful cottage... everything we hoped for and more... Thank you for all your help and advice... We really enjoyed the week, fantastic recommendations, now we have had a taste we want more! Hopefully we will be back some day.

Unique extras

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