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Our guide to luxury Worcestershire holidays

From its historic waterways and stellar restaurant scene to rolling vineyards and heath-covered hills, this ceremonial county has it all. Plan your perfect stay with our Unique guide to luxury Worcestershire holidays.

Worcestershire's heritage is woven into its very fabric, from historic sites to sarnie-favourite sauces. Renowned the world over for its fine porcelain and eponymous condiment that no Bloody Mary should be without, the county is a marvel of cobblestone streets and timber-framed buildings, with the mighty Severn meandering from the Welsh mountains to reach its medieval city. Worcester Cathedral stands as testament to the county's storied past, whilst the alleyways of Broadway and Evesham offer Edwardian tea houses for afternoon scones and greengrocers with pastel-hued awnings selling vibrant spears of early season Wye Valley asparagus.


Nature enthusiasts will find solace and serenity along the Cotswolds Way, whilst hikers reach summits in the Malverns and horticulturists admire the floral displays at Spetchley Park. Seek the sanctuary of your own secret garden; sipping G&Ts garnished with freshly-picked rosemary sprigs as the chef prepares supper in the outdoor kitchen. Our guide to luxury Worcestershire holidays ticks all the boxes, with advice on what to see, do, and eat, plus all the coveted properties to call home. So, will it be a wisteria-clad parsonage in the Abberley Hills or a former Jacobean hunting lodge complete with a tennis court that tickles your fancy? There’s only one way to find out.

Locations in Worcestershire

Discover stained-glass splendour and soaring spires in Worcester, or head into Broadway for artsy charm; then there´s Great Malvern, with its masterclass in Victorian architecture, and Ombersley for a retreat within reach of the Wyre.

Collections in Worcestershire

Romance is the watchword in Worcestershire; from enchanting wedding venues where happy-ever-afters take flight to honeymoon retreats complete with hot tubs for two, our curated collections will leave you smitten.

Things to do in Worcestershire

Ramble for miles through the Teme Valley, go wild swimming in Lenches Lake, or wander through the vines at Astley, before picking up a chilled bottle of British sparkling to pop in the hot tub back home.

Things to see in Worcestershire

Enjoy commanding views over sixteen counties from the Cotswolds´ highest castle, spy rare grebes in Witley, or find harvest-ready Catshead apples at Hanbury Hall´s orchard, before heading home for handmade crumble.

Where to eat in Worcestershire

Drink in water views and Provencal rose in a private pod on the banks of the Severn, embark on a masterclass in classic French cuisine in the Malvern Hills, or try Michelin-starred tasting menus on the Netherwood Estate.

Journals about Worcestershire

Read about the contemporary yet traditional home that boasts one of our favourite English gardens, and find out which Jacobean hunting lodge turned glam rock holiday retreat was made with hedonistic souls in mind.

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Worcestershire FAQ´s

Looking for advice on the best trails in the Malverns? Want to know the history behind Worcester sauce? If you have a Worcestershire-specific query, you might find the answer here. For everything else, visit our general FAQs.

What areas are in Worcestershire?

South of Birmingham, among the Malvern Hills and a network of Victorian waterways, are chocolate-box villages, verdant valleys, cultural towns and historic cities. There’s the Cotswolds village of Broadway, with its honey-hued cottages and independent shopping, and Droitwich Spa, packed with historic houses and a Jacobean mansion to explore. There’s Evesham, famed for the great Battle of Evesham in which Simon de Montfort rebelled against Prince Edward, and Pershore, a pretty village known for its ornate Benedictine abbey church. At the foot of the Malvern Hills, sits Malvern; once a fashionable wellness resort for its pure spring water, you can still pick up freshly bottled Malvern Water today.

What is the largest town in Worcestershire?

Worcester is the county town of Worcestershire, and by far the largest. One of the oldest cities in England and fortified by the Saxons, settlements there date back to 700BC. A maze of Tudor streets still sit in their mediaeval layout and once grand city walls lay in ruin around its core. Worcester’s magnificent cathedral towers above, with Royal Tombs protected below. Britain’s longest river, the River Severn, makes its way through the middle, whilst Fort Royal Park (the site of the Battle of Worcester) provides 180° views from high ground. This is a city packed with culture first, shopping second, ripe for an impromptu history lesson on foot with the children.

Why is Worcester called the ‘Faithful city’?

Worcester Cathedral might seem the obvious answer but it has little to do with the city’s nickname. Instead, it was fiercely loyal to the Crown during the English Civil War, earning it the title of the ‘Faithful City’.

Did Worcestershire sauce really originate from Worcester?

Yes. The story goes that a fellow named ‘Lord Sandys’ had returned home to England after governing in Bengal, India. He commissioned pharmacists John Lea and William Perrins to replicate his favourite Indian sauce. Their creation smelt so strong, they delivered a batch to Lord Sandys and stored the rest in the cellar, where it lay forgotten for two years. It had fermented and aged into the Worcestershire sauce we know today, soon becoming the go-to steak sauce of the day. Nowadays, it’s more commonly found in a spicy Bloody Mary, brilliantly matched with early summer evenings spent chatting around the lakeside fire pit.

Are the Malvern Hills hard to walk?

Around 100 miles long and 650 million years old, The Malvern Hills rise dramatically out of The Severn Valley, with views of the Cotswolds, Herefordshire and even the Black Mountains. That said, there are walking routes for ramblers of any ability. The main ridgeline and slopes up toward it are steep, but the Malvern Hills Trust has created Easier Access Trails for those in need of something a little gentler. The footpaths and bridleways that zigzag across the hills are also clearly marked so you don’t lose your way. Iron-age hill forts pepper the landscape, the earthworks at Midsummer Hill and British Camp still visible today. The hills are also popular with horse-riders and hang-gliders, and for dazzling sunsets, made complete with homemade sundowners carried up in makeshift flask-turned-cocktail shakers.

Own a property in Worcestershire?

Are you the keeper of a meadowland cottage? Or the custodian of a hilltop hideout? From Upton-upon-Severn to Bewdley to sweet Inkberrow, we´re seeking Worcestershire´s most unique homes to join our growing portfolio.

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