“We have just returned from a lovely week away at Shelley and Martins house. They are lovely hosts and their house is stunning! House is really well equipped with everything you need. They made us feel very welcome and were really helpful with suggestions for places to go and visit. We really liked Worcester city, great mix of mainstream shops and independent shops too. Would highly recommend swapping with them ”
Where is it?
We are ideally situated in a large village with a couple of good pubs and shops within walking distance. We are also on the doorstep of lovely countryside, perfect for running and family walks. There is a small park less than a minute away, perfect for when the kids just need to escape the house quickly!
Worcester and local;
We are 5 mins car / bus journey from Worcester, with a wealth of shops, bars, restaurants etc. You can take a walk down the river, drop by at The Hive library and visit the stunning cathedral. Tudor House Museum is free and an interesting visit. We also have Worcester Racecourse, so its worth checking out what events are happening there.
There's a wealth of fun local activities, including West Midlands Safari Park, Severn Valley Railway, Churchfields Ice Cream farm park, Gheluvelt park and Splashpad, Little Owl Farm Park, Top Barn Farm, Droitwich Spa Lido, All Things Wild, as well as ten pin bowling, swimming, parks, cinema etc. Lots of of family fun!
If days out in historic sites interest you, then we are spoilt for choice. We have National Trust sites including Hanbury Hall, Croome Court and Brockhampton House, and other sites include Warwick Castle, Spetchley Park, and Witley Court. These are great nice walks, picnics and in many cases tours and events. We personally love going to Ragley Hall, which in addition to the grand house has a fantastic wooden play area and maze for children, and Avoncroft Museum, combining old bulidings and a windmill along with a ride on miniature railway for the kids.
In half an hour you can visit Malvern, which has lovely shops and cafes, and obviously some fantastic walks in the Malvern hills. Malvern Theatre is also worth a visit and hosts some great shows.
You can get a train / drive to Birmingham in half hour also, for shopping, bars, shows etc. There are so many places to visit with the kids, including National Sea Life Centre, Legoland Discovery Centre (you can buy package deals for these 2), Cadbury World, Thinktank Museum (highly recommended!). Black Country Museum is also an fun day out for all the family.
On the outskirts of Birmingham is Resorts World for Shopping and the NEC which is a massive events venue, hosting all types of events including Crufts, Home/Cooking/Garden/Fashion/Wedding Shows, Kids Events, Transport etc. - definitely worth checking out what's on. Birmingham is also the home of the famous Edgebaston Cricket Ground, as well as Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Jewellery Quarter, Hippodrome, etc. I could keep going!
Shropshire and Cotswolds
Worcestershire is positioned next to some beautiful counties, which have plenty of stunning market towns to visit where you can enjoy walks, shops, cafes, culture, tours etc. Just some of these include Ludlow, which has a castle and markets, along with interesting old architecture, located within Shropshire (approx 1 hour). We are also close to the Cotswolds, which again has a wealth of medieval villages, churches and stately homes. Market towns to visit include Bourton on the Water (with paddling stream, model village, Birdland, model railway etc) and Moreton in the Marsh (with stunning Borton House Gardens). Cotswold Farm Park and Water Parks are a great visit too.
For bigger towns and cities, Cheltenham is just over half hour away (where I work!), famous for its racecourse, stunning Regency architecture and boutqie shops and cafes. If you have the time, a day trip to Bath is also highly recommended- (it is an hour and a half)- it is a stunning Roman city, where you are surrounded with Georgian architecture and incredible shops and places to eat. I can personally recommend the Spa as a once in a lifetime experience!
Stratford Upon Avon;
About 45 mins away you can get to Stratford Upon Avon, the birth place of Shakespeare and a great day out. As well as enjoying the town itself, you can visit Shakespeares birthplace and family home, sit in his actual School rooms, and attend the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. Anne Hathaways Cottage is a beautful 500 year cottage with stunning gardens, where Shakespeare courted his bride to be.
Worcestershire’s location in the heart of England makes it very accessible. If you are flying into the area, then Birmingham International Airport and East Mids airports are approximately 30 minutes away. Worcestershire has excellent road links to the major motorways (M5, M6, M40, M42, M50) and London is just 2½ hours away.
This is a taster of our neighbourhood- if you have specific interests which you think might not be met, please get in touch and we will let you know what's available and where!
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