A lush county of rolling hills and deep green fields, Worcestershire, perched on either side of the M5 motorway has much to recommend a visit.
Arrive in springtime and you’ll find apple and pear orchards spilling delicately-scented pink and white blossom over paths and country roads, freshly picked asparagus (imported by the Romans) from the Vale of Evesham served dripping with warm hollandaise sauce in gastropubs and splendid walks on offer in the remains of ancient woodlands scattered across the countryside.
The city of Worcester has plenty of fascinating history to explore, including the cathedral – though it’s best to plan out a trip in advance so you’re not hijacked by the less attractive bits of the modern city centre. And then there’s the beautiful Malvern Hills in the south of the county, offering great hiking, riding and cycling, and the Elgar Route, a circular drive taking in more than 40 places associated with the composer's life and music, including his Birthplace at Lower Broadheath. Admire the extravagant villas of Great Malvern, tumbling down the eastern skirts of the hills; the lovely stained-glass window dedicated to the composer in Worcester cathedral; and the extraordinary views from those nine long-backed, round-topped Malvern Hills that rise without prelude, like a child's painting, from the Severn plain below.
Something that’s lacking in Worcestershire is, we are sorry to report, is good hotels and we find it hard to recommend more than a handful. In fact, as you will see, the bulk of our recommendations are guesthouses, all of which, in our opinion, will make preferable places to stay than the county’s dubious selection of hotels. The order by which the hotels are listed bears no reflection on our preference.
A family haven with plenty to do. Luxurious backdrops for parents. Spa, sauna, award-winning restaurant.
nr Kidderminster, Worcestershire
French style chateau hotel set in 70 acres of parkland with a lake. Understated elegance, discreet service, and a restaurant that serves fabulous food.
A guesthouse that sets itself very high standards, impeccably run by friendly new owners
Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire
A delightful haven of calm in rural north-west Worcestershire, a perfect rural b+b in a quirky farmhouse with a pretty garden, stream and roaring fires in winter.
Malvern Wells, Worcestershire
Family run country house hotel on a plateau in the Malvern hills. Stunning views over the Severn Valley. Lovely restaurant onsite.
Pretty cottage B&B with plenty of character and a warm welcome between Worcester and Tewkesbury.
Hearty food in an historic coaching inn with very decent accommodation
Peace and quiet in an Area of Natural Beauty