Elegant Victorian townhouse. High ceilings and large sash windows provide natural light and stunning views across the Severn Valley.
Situated on a residential street in North Malvern with wooded hillside opposite. There is direct access to the Malvern Hills and it is only a 15-minute walk into town. An ideal base for walking holidays, Malvern Theatres, the Three Counties Showground and long weekends.
There are four floors, so although ideal for groups and families, toddlers need to be supervised. Stair gates are available.
Sympathetically updated with central heating throughout and underfloor heating on the lower ground floor (kitchen and dining room), the house is great for all seasons as it is cosy in the winter and you can eat outside in the summer.
There are five bedrooms: one king size, three doubles (one of which can be turned into a twin room) and one single. There is a double sofa-bed in one of the sitting rooms and a single foldaway bed is available for use in communal spaces or in the larger bedrooms. A travel cot is also available.
There are two shared bathrooms (one on the first floor and one on the second floor) each with a bath and a shower over the bath.
The dining room has a large table that can seat 11, and has French windows onto the terrace and garden, where there is a gas-fired barbeque grill.
The kitchen has a double oven, large gas hob, dishwasher, two under-counter fridges, microwave, kettle, toaster and blender. There is a large selection of pots, pans, cutlery, crockery and glassware, as well as a small library of classic cookbooks. We have left reasonable amounts of tea, coffee, sugar and basic cooking materials (oil, salt, pepper, some herbs, spices, hot sauces, etc).
A utility room in the cellar (on the lower ground floor where the kitchen and dining room are) houses an under-counter freezer, 10kg washing machine, 7kg tumble dryer, ironing equipment and a third toilet. There is a washing line in the garden.
You will have exclusive access to the whole house and garden. Note that the garden is NOT dog-proof.
The house key is in a lockbox (for which you will be sent the code in the days before your arrival) to the right of the front door. Someone is always available by telephone (number in Welcome Guide) to help with any questions.
Street parking is available right outside the house. It is unrestricted.
Bed linen, towels, soap and shampoo are provided.
We welcome a well-behaved dog (for a small fee), but ask you to keep it downstairs as we have cream carpets on the upper floors! Note that the garden is NOT dog-proof.
Our home is in Worcestershire, England, United Kingdom. From the house you have direct access to the Malvern Hills, which is an AONB offering a range of walks, from short and easy to longer ones (the Worcestershire Way, for example). We have left a selection of maps, pamphlets and books to help plan walks, and there also are some excellent online resources.
Mountain biking is very popular in the hills. The Malvern Hills Trust has established three signposted trails - short (5.6km, 206m climb), medium (8.7km, 260m) and long (19km, 540m) - all starting and ending in North Quarry immediately opposite the house.
Walk into town in 15 minutes and visit Malvern Theatres, as well as many shops, restaurants and cafes. Along the hill roads you can see the gas lamps that inspired C.S. Lewis's Narnia. Pubs are plentiful and can make good ends to walks on the hills!
The Morgan Motor Company factory is in Malvern Link and offers factory tours (Mon to Fri only) and daily hire of its classic cars. Not far from the factory are Malvern's escape rooms - Clue HQ.
Hugely popular wedding venue, Stanbrook Abbey Hotel, is a 15-minute drive away.
Eastnor Castle is a 20-minute drive from the house. Here you can visit the castle and grounds, take on the Land Rover Experience or attend one of the many events that run from Easter to Christmas. Within the estate there is the hugely popular Eastnor Pottery that offers a variety of experiences for children, adults and groups.
Ledbury, a historic market town, is a 25-minute drive away and can be reached by train from Malvern Link and Great Malvern stations. It is on the Guardian's list of best European shopping towns and has won a Britain in Bloom gold medal 13 years running (so mind your head on the hanging baskets in summer). The town is home to GlazyDayz Pottery and Painting Studio - a long-standing tradition for those with young children.
Worcester, Hereford, Gloucester and Cheltenham are all with one hour's drive.
For sport, you can watch Premiership rugby at Worcester and Gloucester rugby grounds, and first-class cricket at Worcestershire County Cricket Club. Malvern has an 18-hole golf course and a tennis club. There are racecourses at Worcester, Hereford and Cheltenham.
Malvern is equidistant from two world-famous hill climb courses: Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb (35-minutes' drive from the house) is the oldest motorsport venue in the world and still using its original 1905 course, and offers experience days; Prescott Hill at Gotherington (45 minutes' drive from the house) , just north of Cheltenham, hosts events from April to October and also has a drivers’ school.
Other nearby attractions include the Elgar Route, Weston's Cider, Royal Worcester, Croome Park and the (seasonal) Maize Maze at Powick. Among the local arts festivals are Worcestershire Open Studios in August and Herefordshire's h.Art in September. Upton-on-Severn has jazz, blues, folk and pop/rock festivals from April to August.
Malvern has two train stations (Malvern Link and Great Malvern), which are on a direct line to both Birmingham and London.
Malvern is easily reached from the M5 - junction 7 (Worcester South) or junction 8 (South Wales, Ross-on-Wye, M50).Get the full listing »