High above everyday concerns

Amid the duck ponds and thatches of idyllic Forthampton sits The Hall on the Hill. Just a hearty hike from the Malverns, this ancient manor house opens its doors to grown-up celebrations that respect its venerable charms. Cook on the Aga, marinate in the hot tub. Elevate yourself above the petty concerns of everyday life.

Celebrate amid all manor of charms

The Hall on the Hill sits in idyllic Forthampton, home to duck ponds, a church, thatched cottages and farmsteads. It stares lovingly down on the Severn Valley, high above the petty concerns of everyday life. This is a grown-up house for grown-up celebrations that respect the venerable charms of a grade II-listed manor house.

Get 30 family, friends, hens and a couple of dogs together and head towards Tewkesbury and the soaring Malverns. Settle back amid the busts and the beams of a 17th-century manor house with two acres of sprawling gardens and bucketloads of period charm married to a little modern tech.

Wifi wasn’t around in the time of King James, but you can enjoy Sky broadband, plus a 65-inch smart TV with Netflix in the sitting room. Wiggle your toes and binge a boxset or two. Cook on the Aga (what else?), then break the bread and pour the wine in the wood-panelled dining room beneath the chandelier.

After croquet on the lawns and Prosecco on the terrace, the hot tub beckons with the myriad stars glinting in the dark skies that hang over the Malvern hills. Sleep on deep mattresses wrapped in crisp cotton with the sash windows inched open to the sound of the wind in the boughs.

Hot Tub, gardens and grounds

Nowhere better than an English manor house for a pre-prandial potter, and the two acres at the House on the Hill don’t disappoint. A sprawling, woody expanse of green gives you lawns for croquet, a walled garden, mature shrubs and a pond for picnics.

After a day yomping the hills or admiring the Benedictine charms of Tewkesbury Abbey, soak your aching limbs in the six-seat hot tub and stare at the stars that spatter the dark skies above the rolling Malverns.

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Living spaces

Living spaces at the The Hall on the Hilll are grand… Lord-and-Lady grand. This is the land of sash windows, burning logs in inglenook fireplaces, Queen Anne chairs and chandeliers dripping with crystals. It’s a grown-up place to get family, hens and dogs together and celebrate in a respectful, grade II-listed way.

This is a manor house packed with period charm, but there’s tech spread around the place that was sadly unavailable to the House of Hanover and its subjects. You’ve got Sky wifi on tap, plus 65” smart TV on which to nuzzle up to Netflix around the busts and beams of the elegant sitting room.

There’s a Blu-Ray player with DVDs to dive into. Pour yourself a Prosecco and make a night of it. Or find the full bookcase and escape to turn a page or two in a quiet corner. Party or be apart in these grand and gorgeous spaces, and celebrate big occasions in the hotel where the guests are hand-picked by you.

Cooking and dining

Twenty-six guests? No problem. Cook on the Aga and induction hob, then get everyone around the chunky dining table beneath the dripping chandelier in the elegant dining room replete with wood panelling, bookshelves and busts. Or eat outside under the blue skies or glittering stars with wine from the Three Choirs Vineyard.

Prefer not to cook at all? Have a word with us about our chefs and let the heat from the Aga lull you into a snooze as the pros go about their business. They’ll even load up the dishwasher when they’re done. Book them for a one-off celebration or fully catered break. It’s your call.

Eating out? The ancient Lower Lode Inn offers carveries, buffets and river views. There’s another side order of rolling river at The Yew Tree Inn on the west bank of the Severn. Or grab a seat on the terrace that hangs over the river at The Boathouse while you enjoy Peroni-battered haddock and chips or California reaper burger.

There’s steak-and-ale pie or crispy fried jackfruit on offer at the Nottingham Arms. For Indian, try Panache, or order Asian and British dishes from Dalchini. Or head for Zitto e Mangia for the best of pizza and pasta. Make it a great night in with takeaways from Crystal Rivers, the Great Wall and Lotus.


Sleep like a leaden log from the forests that coat the Malvern hills. Inch open your sash and let the rural air knock you out in seconds. Then rise to breakfast on organic bacon and eggs from the Aga eaten out on the terrace. Pick from eight bedrooms sleeping 30, packed with party-perfect zip & link beds or single.

Bedroom one sleeps 6 with a configuration of king or singles and bedroom two sleeps four in singles, both rooms come with private bathrooms. The remaining bedrooms share three bathrooms. Bedroom three sleeps three and can be made as a king and single or three singles.

Bedroom four sleeps four and again offers the choice of two kings, four singles, or one king and two singles. Bedroom five offers two singles. These two bedrooms have a connecting door and access to bedroom five is gained via bedroom four.

Bedroom six sleeps six more guests in three kings or six singles, or any preferred combination. Bedroom seven offers three singles. Last but not least is bedroom eight on the ground floor, sleeping two in a super king.

What people say

What people say

We had an absolutely amazing time at The Hall on the Hill! We rented it for a hen weekend with 24 guests. The house was phenomenal and had everything we could have asked for. Both the owner of the house and kate and tom’s were so responsive and ensured we had a great time. Highly recommend, you won’t be disappointed! Thank you so much for having us. - Jack
We had such an enjoyable time all together with extended family. The house had many traditional features but also had everything we needed as a large group. - Janet
kate and tom's are a fantastic company to work with. They have an incredible portfolio of properties to rent, that are all luxurious and not over-priced. The team are superb and they are professional, friendly, helpful and courteous. I would definitely use them in the future. - Gemma
We stayed at the Hall on the Hill in the Malvern Hills and had the best experience. I highly recommend this team for big party cottage weekends! - Bhavini
We hired one of kate and tom’s properties, The Hall on the Hill, for a group of 24 guests. The house was gorgeous and very comfortable. Communication with the team before and during the stay was easy. Would definitely recommend and would not hesitate to use again in the future. Thank you for a lovely stay! - Ellen

The Severn’s far from boring

Swim at the Lido, walk with hawks, or meet rare breeds at the Cotswold Farm Park. Admire Tewkesbury Abbey. Watch the Severn Bore do its thing. Soak up the continental café culture of Cheltenham. Go Ape in the Forest of Dean. Wrap up the day with a Pink Poppy Punch at The Botanist.