Could this be the most idyllic fairy-tale cottage to rent ever?

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  • Red Riding Hood, Hansel and Gretal and Goldilocks eat your heart out. This enchanting woodland cottage could be the most magical holiday hideaway yet

    If fairy tales, pixes and enchanted forests are your thing, then you’ll want to take a look inside this adorable yet super stylish converted barn. Nestled deep in the beautifully refreshing Malvern Hills, it’s like no property you’ve ever seen.

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    Wishbone cottage

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    Hidden deep within an ancient fruit farm, next to a peaceful fishing lake, the delightfully named Wishbone Cottage dates right back to the 16th century. From the outside it’s easy to see how this cottage is such a well kept secret. Its ivy clad stone walls, rickety door and aged green windows not only merge into the surroundings, but hide, as you will see, a stunning interior filled with rustic luxury.

    The Grade-II listed barn has been lovingly restored to retain its textured original timbers. White-washed walls keep the open-plan living space bright and airy, while a sumptuous grey velvet sofa, warming eclectic furniture and earth toned, soft furnishings make this space the perfect ‘rough-luxe’ couples’ retreat.

    Wishbone Cottage living room

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    You’d think that the secluded and private position of this hidden gem would entail a few glamping rituals, but no. This is a petite paradise comes with all the mod cons you’d expect in a 5 star boutique self-cater. The grey shaker kitchen includes an Everhot range cooker, fridge, small freezer, slimline dishwasher, microwave, Nespresso coffee machine, kettle, toaster and washing machine, so no need to fire up the camping stove here!

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    Wishbone cottage kitchen

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    Tucked behind the open-plan kitchen, you’ll find the bedroom with adjoining en-suite shower room. It has a king-size bed and is dressed with crisp linen sheets and plenty of cosy cushions and throws.

    Wishbone cottage

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    Upstairs, the hayloft has been transformed into an delightful den. In our opinion, it should be dedicated to a lazy afternoon’s napping with one eye-open to enjoy beautiful surroundings through the wooden door that swings wide open.

    Wishbone cottage hayloft

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    And if your jaw hasn’t dropped yet, outside, the luxury continues. Barn doors open onto a cobbled patio lit with stylish festoon lights and atmospheric candle lit lanterns. Surely at Wishbone Cottage love will be in the air around the glowing embers of the Kadai fire bowl. If not for each other, then for this perfect fairy-tale hideout for two.

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    Wishbone cottage patio

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    Visit for more information on Wishbone Cottage.

    The self-catering barn is available to rent from £745 for a long weekend.

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