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The Parsonage | Luxury Self-Catering Manor | Ombersley, Cotswolds

The Parsonage

Ombersley, Worcestershire, UK

If you ever pondered where Alice in Wonderland retired to in later life, then this could very well be the spot. Set amidst a milieu of 12-acre landscaped gardens, the sweeping driveway, intricate topiary and uninterrupted views of the Malvern Hills inspire and delight at this luxury self-catering country house near the Cotswolds. Magical swathes of Wisteria frame the old-English brick entrance to The Parsonage, where opulent interiors exude both class and warmth – a grand destination for a family staycation.

Introduction

Polished marble floors, open-plan living and muted hues provide this Grade II-listed country home a harmonious air for maximum relaxation near the Cotswolds. The house is mentioned in the Doomsday book, with parts dating back to 1110. Spacious reception rooms, a large entrance hall and cantilevered staircase boast impressive grandeur, whilst outside the pruned gardens offer a private world in which to lose yourself to tranquillity. For couples wanting to escape the hubbub of the main house, the top meadow area of the gardens makes a charming picnic spot with panoramic views of the Abberley Hills.

Inside

Luxurious throughout, the Parsonage offers space for both relaxation and socialisation. Steal a few moments thumbing through the pages of a good book in the warm cradle of the orangery. Clink glasses around the dining table and later come together in front of the fire to share anecdotes late into the night. Harnessing a mix of contemporary and traditional style between the six bedrooms, each has soft throws, elegant furnishings and high quality linens to ensure a restful night's sleep. After a day stomping the Malvern Hills, take a long relaxing soak in one of the deep free-standing bathtubs. 

Outside

The Parsonage sits amidst 12 acres of magical gardens encapsulating sculptured topiary-art, a fruitful orchard, ponds and beautiful parkland with an arboretum. With a number of formal and informal dining areas, there's plenty of opportunities for al fresco dining - think cucumber sandwiches, French fancies and jugs of fruit-laden Pimms for an extra dose of merrymaking in summertime. Look out for the tall fountain spurting out of a cider press stone; this garden has it all. Slightly further afield, the verdant allure of the Malvern Hills beckons with its promise of heart-thumping hikes, gentle walking trails and picture-perfect panoramas.

The Facts

  • SleepsUp to 12 guests
    From £3,250 per week, £2,250 per short break
    Day hire options are available
  • Alternative group optionsUp to 4 or up to 8 guests
  • Bedrooms and bathroomsThree first floor double bedrooms, two with en suite bathrooms with separate rainfall showers, one first floor twin bedroom, one second floor master double bedroom with king-size bed, en suite shower room with his-and-hers sinks, and separate Jack and Jill bathroom shared with the second floor twin bedroom. There is also a first floor family bathroom.
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  • FeaturesTundra hot tub
  • PetsSorry, no pets
  • Arrivals and departuresArrival Day: Friday or MondayArrival Time: Arrival is from 4pm to 6pm unless otherwise agreedDeparture Time: 10am
  • FamilyBabes-in-arms and children are very welcome. One cot and two highchairs are available.
  • PracticalitiesThere is ample parking for several cars, low-slung vehicles should take care crossing the gated entrance due to the raised gate peg in the driveway. The house has a well-equipped kitchen with a deluxe Aga, conventional oven, microwave oven, two electric hobs (either side of the Aga), large American style fridge-freezer and a dishwasher, plus a washing machine and tumble dryer.
  • Homestay includesTVs and DVD players, WiFi internet, board games, local produce, charcoal barbecue, linen, towels, logs and kindling to get you startedHouse book - your property and destination guideDiscover more little luxuries
  • RestrictionsParties considered on prior permission from the owner
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Ceremonies

Sculpted lawns, smart red brick and topiary animal sculptures dotted all around provide an extraordinary backdrop for a flamboyant take on traditional wedding celebrations. The Parsonage is a country house venue that sums up rural English beauty at its best.

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Ombersley

Ombersley is a charming, historic village in Worcestershire. With the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty to the North West and The Malvern Hills to the South West, Ombersley flaunts a central location for holidays in the countryside.

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Getting there

  • On the Map The Parsonage is a 30 minute drive from the border of The Cotswolds, approximately seven miles from Worcester and 24 miles from Birmingham. 
  • By Car The property is around two hours and twenty minutes from London and the M5 (Junction 5) is just under 10 miles away.
  • By Train Droitwich Spa train station is the nearest (approximately 10 miles away).
  • By Air Birmingham Airport is nearest (approximately 25 miles away).

From the owner

“We hope you love the magical topiary on approach to the house and are swept away by the Alice in Wonderland-esque feel. If you look in the cloakroom, you will find the historic house deeds that we used as wallpaper, an extra special touch in our unique home.”

From the owner

The Parsonage sits in a glorious elevated position overlooking an idyllic landscape with magnificent far-reaching views to the Malvern Hills. Rural, but not isolated, the Parsonage is within a mile of the historic village of Ombersley, characterised by its pretty Tudor and Georgian cottages.

The Parsonage offers a variety of superb walks, as well as local amenities including quality shops, a church and many great restaurants and pubs. There are even tennis, bowling, golf and cricket clubs within easy reach too. The Cathedral city of Worcester, which has a main line rail service to London Paddington, is only a few miles south and is noted for its racecourse and county cricket. Also nearby is the birth place of William Shakespeare, Stratford-upon-Avon.

The house itself has a fabulous history and is even mentioned in the Doomsday Book, with the original part dating as far back as 1100. But despite its age, the Parsonage is now fully up-to-date following extensive renovations by Rachel and I!

Andrew & Rachel

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Live like a local, discovering the best hidden gem restaurants, walks and attractions during your holiday in Ombersley with an insider’s perspective.

History and Architecture 
To See

History and Architecture 

Harvington Hall is an Elizabethan moated manor house, home to the largest series of priests´ hiding places in the country. Avoncroft Museum has over 27 different structures which have been rescued and re-built in rural Worcestershire.

Towns and Villages 
To Do

Towns and Villages 

Take a day trip into nearby Ombersley village, characterised by its pretty Tudor and Georgian cottages. Home to Ombersley golf club, a good variety of quality shops and restaurants serving food throughout the day, it´s well worth a visit.

Crown & Sandys, Ombersley
To Eat

Crown & Sandys, Ombersley

The Crown and Sandys won Worcestershire pub of the year in 2016 in the National Pub and Bar Awards. A little bit more up market than your average pub and in a lovely setting, a bite to eat here is certainly recommended.

Game of Golf
To Do

Game of Golf

The nearby Wharton Park Golf Club is an all-weather golf course designed by Howard Swan. Set in 200 acres of woods and parkland, polish your swing and test your handicap on the 18 holes with a backdrop of stunning views.

Guest Testimonials

We have had the most amazing weekend! The house is immaculate and to such a high standard of decor, it was a joy to sit in each room! Our party of 12 loved every minute of our stay. We all travelled from different parts of the UK, and also from Dubai for a reunion of our days in the UAE. Thank you for a wonderful time, it will be a lovely memory of our time together and it has exceeded our expectations!

A stunning stay in a glorious house, where every attention to detail has been thought of! Beautifully manicured hedges were a lovely sight on our arrival. We particularly enjoyed the al fresco dining areas which we were able to take full advantage of due to the perfect weather conditions - thank you for setting up the BBQ! The endless gardens were a delight to walk around as was spotting the various fruits growing in the orchards. We loved the luxurious interiors and comfy beds! A memorable way to spend a bank holiday weekend! Thank you!

My husband and our six boys have had a fantastic stay here. The Parsonage really has that home from home feel. Gorgeous grounds, lovely warm reception and a beautiful welcome hamper too! We would certainly love to come back to try other properties in the future. Thank you for a fabulous stay in your gorgeous home!

Wonderful setting with great amenities and views. We had a gathering with our nearest friends and everyone had a fabulous extended weekend. We hope to return as, it holds great memories for all concerned!

A fantastic weekend had by all! We were a group of 12 and all thoroughly enjoyed this beautiful house. We have had so much fun and games whilst enjoyed take-aways and chilling watching tv. The garden is SO pretty as is the surrounding countryside. PS We loved the fireplace!

What an amazing house and garden - everything has been thought of and the house managers were fantastic! The weather was sublime during our stay allowing us to really use the garden and surrounding areas. We will be back!

What a wonderful weekend! We came to celebrate my parent´s 60th wedding anniversary! Beautiful property, comfy and we loved the ambience. Thanks to the house managers who were tremendously helpful, we had a lovely time!

Wonderful 70th birthday weekend with all the family. Such a lovely comfortable house, we all had such a great time!

We all had a very enjoyable stay! The property was of a very high standard and was perfect for a large family celebrating a special birthday! The welcome hamper was a lovely touch as was the fruit basket and flower arrangement!

Just wanted to say a big thank you for allowing my family and I to stay in your wonderful home. We had such a lovely time and we did not want to leave it. Jo and Paul were really helpful.

We held our wedding reception here and stayed for the week afterwards. I booked the property without visiting prior and when we arrived it was more than I could ever imagine, it was just perfect. Jo helped a lot and was happy to answer any queries, which made it easier. The property itself is beautiful and we enjoyed spending a few days after there with our close family and friends. Thank you all so much for allowing me to have the day I always dreamed of.

It was an awesome experience with you, and at the house. I felt trusted first, I felt you cared, everything was as expected, I loved the email follow up, I love the positive attitude by everyone.

The Parsonage is breathtaking and allowed my family to spend time together in a way that will be remembered by us all for the rest of our lives! The styling of the property for Christmas was stunning - the tree, decorations, lighting and other touches. Thank you to all involved!

The Parsonage is a beautiful, jaw dropping property. From the moment you drive up to the security gate the whole property has the wow-factor!! It is truly something special.

The Parsonage is a beautiful, stylish yet very homely manor and it was the perfect venue for a family getaway for my father´s 70th birthday. The gardens are stunning and the fruit trees and orchards were a delight. The Parsonage is well equipped and beautifully decorated. The house manager was helpful and accommodating; we very much enjoyed our stay and hope to visit again!

We have just had another amazing stay at The Parsonage! We are always very happy with the place and will certainly book again.

The Parsonage was wonderful; in a great setting, with wonderful grounds, a stunning decor and the housekeeper could not have been more helpful.

The Parsonage was fitted and furnished to the highest possible standard with top of the range appliances and furnishings.

The property was very well equipped and had everything we wanted from it! The grounds of the building were really lovely and very impressive.

Overall, the property exceeded my expectations in every way and was beautifully presented, spotless and looked like everything was brand new due to its high quality and fantastic upkeep. The quality of the fixtures and fittings was also of the highest standard and was a lovely surprise. It was also delightful to see that the Christmas decorations had been put up and were absolutely stunning.

This property was booked to celebrate a family birthday and anniversary, and everything worked out perfectly. The standard of the property and amenities were superb! When the occasion arises we will certainly use Unique Homestays again, please also pass our thanks onto the Hopkins family for allowing us to use their home.

Just had lunch with one of our sons and he can´t stop talking about what a brilliant experience it was for everyone and how beautifully the house was furnished.

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