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A truly unique opportunity to step back in time and experience staying in one of the few remaining Chartist cottages in the UK. This back to basics, ‘camping within walls,’ holiday cottage enables you to savour the idyllic location and get away from all the stresses of modern life. Rosedene is a grade II listed building in the village of Dodford and is steeped in history to an era of great political change for the ‘common man.’ The cottage is not far from the motorway so is easy to get to, but once there feels like a million miles away. Not on the Hanbury Estate but surrounded by countryside near to the Clent Hills, there are many woods close by to discover and is ideal to explore Worcestershire Birmingham and the West Midlands. The garden is enclosed and surrounded by hedges and gate; there are vegetable plots to the front of the house and an orchard to the rear. The rest is wild grass.

This cottage is part of our Basic Collection – cottages that are both distinctive and value for money. This category was created as you told us that you would sometimes like something that gets you back to nature and a simpler way of enjoying your holiday. The cottages don’t have all the fixtures and fittings that you might expect from our other cottages, but still provide for your comfort and enjoyment.

The cottage's layout

Ground floor
Main house: traditional work area/living room, two bedrooms (1 double and 1 single with additional folding bed available on request). Stable: basic kitchen/dining area. Out building: lavatory with sink and separate shower.
Visitor notes

Heating: Portable oil heaters.

Garden: Enclosed garden, vegetable plots to the front and an orchard to the rear of the house, all surrounded by wild grass.

Parking: Parking for two cars next to the cottage.

There is no television or linen/bedding provided.

Cottage details
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Dogs allowed
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  • Open fire / stove
  • Pub nearby
  • Single storey
  • Quirky
  • Garden appeal
  • Sofa/folding bed
  • Double bed
  • Microwave
  • Radio
  • If you would like a copy of the access statement for this cottage please call the booking office on 0344 335 1287


Things to see and do nearby

Herefordshire, Worcestershire and West Midlands
The exterior of The Oast House, Whitbourne, Herefordshire © Mike Henton

Scratch the surface of these special places in Britain and it's hard not to be smitten. They offer panoramic landscapes, bustling market towns and glimpses into a fascinating industrial past. Plus, you're only a short distance away from one of Britain's loveliest National Parks, the Peak District, with its 555 square miles of green spaces, with canals, caves and forests to discover.

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place to visit
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  • Droitwich Spa
  • Stratford-upon Avon
  • Malvern Hills
  • West Midlands Safari Park
  • Cadbury World
  • The Falconry Centre
  • Walking
  • Swimming
  • Cycling
  • Bird Watching
  • Fishing.
National Trust places to visit
Rosedene Mid 19th-century Chartist cottage
Hanbury Hall
Hanbury Hall and Gardens Early 18th-century country house, garden and park
Kinver Edge and the Rock Houses
Kinver Edge and the Rock Houses High sandstone ridge and hill fort overlooking dramatic red sandstone rock houses
Hawford Dovecote
Hawford Dovecote 16th-century half-timbered dovecote
Birmingham Back to Backs
Birmingham Back to Backs Carefully restored, atmospheric 19th-century courtyard of working people's houses
Wichenford Dovecote
Wichenford Dovecote 17th-century half-timbered dovecote

Visitor comments

Comments from past visitors

  • Peter Fathers
    • September 2015
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    Very peaceful, simple and remote location in a unique property and yet close enough to towns & villages with plenty to do in the area. Perfect for the opportunity to get away from it all, and enjoy the simple things in life without all the mod cons!. A little difficult to find on the first visit but that is soon overcome. Suggestion: A little upgrade to the kitchen facilities but don't take away the character.

  • Longworth
    • September 2015
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    We wanted to stay somewhere a little different and Rosedene cottage was exactly right - it gave us a glimpse into history and a chance to live a little more simply for a few days. Everything was as described and expected, but we also really appreciated the tea tray and flowers on arrival. The only downside to our holiday was the shower. We didn't mind at all that it was in an external shower block, but the temperature was incredibly difficult to control and the water pressure little more than a trickle.

  • Anonymous
    • April 2015
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    A good idea to have 'basic' cottages. We enjoyed the feeling (for two nights) of being away from the 21st century. The gardeners were very friendly.

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What it will cost

Prices include:

  • VAT, Linen, heating and electricity (except where shown in the cottage details)
  • We cannot accept website bookings more than 15 months in advance. Please call 0344 335 1287 or email to enquire about future bookings and reservations.
  • The National Trust reserves the right to move cottage prices up or down and to alter date breaks. We also reserve the right to charge supplements for cottages for specific dates covering special events, e.g. Rosetta Cottages on the Isle of Wight during Cowes week. We will notify you of any special event supplements at the time of booking.

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