When we count our blessings, we always count our location twice

If you're game for an adventure beyond our beautiful farm and village then the surrounding area has so much for you to enjoy.

Whether you're up for exploring the great outdoors or discovering independent boutiques in quaint little towns, there is something for everyone.

Worcester, The Malverns, Stratford-Upon Avon and The Cotswolds are some of the best places to see, all within a 45-minute drive from Elmbridge Holiday Cottages.

Towns and Shopping 

Droitwich Spa (10 mins)

Jinney Ring Craft Centre (20 mins)

Bewdley Town (20 mins)

Worcester City (25 mins)

Malvern Town (35 mins)

Stratford-Upon-Avon (45 mins)

Montpellier Cheltenham (45 mins)

The Bullring (45 mins)

Broadway Town (50 mins)

Restaurants and Takeaways

The Chequers (1/2 mile)

Entouraj (1/2 mile)

Lord Morton's Tea Room (1/2 mile)

Queen's Fish and Chips (15 mins)

Great Wall Chinese Takeaway (15 mins)

Spice Fusion (5 mins)

Dominos Pizza (5 mins)

There are tons of great places to eat further a field, just ask for us for recommendation.

Worcester City

It's no surprise to us that Worcester has been officially named the happiest city in the UK several times in recent years. The Cathedral, riverside, historical sites, shops, eateries and watering holes all stand in close proximity, in a pretty and friendly city centre. Contemporary architecture gracefully combines with half-timbered buildings from it's medieval past. You'll find charming boutiques as well as popular high-street chains.

At the south side of the city, check out the Friar Street buildings including Greyfriars’ House & Garden and the 500 year old Tudor House, alongside independent shops and cafes.

Also this side of the city is the Cathedral and the picturesque College Green just outside it.

Just over the road from the Cathedral, head to Cathedral Plaza for a great selection of chain restaurants and bars.

Along the riverside you'll see swans, a different view of Worcester Cathedral and other historical buildings. In summer, if you're lucky, you'll also find the local ice cream cart down there. For a picturesque riverside walk start at Copenhagen Street Car Park which sits close to the riverside and head left (away from Browns on the Quay). Once over the lock bridge, take a left to see Diglis Basin and the canal boats. Alternatively, for a longer circular walk (1 hour total) continue straight on after the lock bridge, then walk over the next steel bridge to loop around to the other side of the riverbank.

The Diglis Hotel is an ideal spot along the riverbank for a drink or meal, overlooking the river from their beer garden. The Anchor Pub and Cafe Afloat (canal boat cafe) also both serve excellent food and drinks on the water's edge.

Up at the north side of the city, around Forgate Street and The Tything, you'll find more restaurants, pubs and quirky vintage and second hand furniture shops.

The Malverns

40 minutes away by car, The Malverns are a uniquely beautiful place offering amazing landscapes, beautiful towns and quaint villages which are a delight to explore.

The Malvern Hills and Commons are a fantastic place to explore and enjoy the great outdoors. Each year hundreds of thousands of visitors walk, cycle, run, ride and take in the beautiful views. There are scenic walk routes for all abilities and over 56km of bridleway for cyclists to explore.

At about 700 million years old, the rocks of the Hills are some of the oldest rocks in the UK. The natural landscape is full of wildlife with varied habitats and species to be spotted across the area.

The Victorian spa town of Malvern itself sits at the foot of the Malvern Hills. Here you'll discover plenty of shops to mooch around, restaurants, cafes, pubs, galleries and Malvern Theatre.

Visit Malvern is a very useful website for planning how to spend your time in this very special area; you'll find walking and cycling route maps as well as a wealth of activities, such as family activity days, river expeditions, hot air balloon rides and more.

Stratford-upon-Avon

Stratford-Upon-Avon is a medieval market town alongside the River Avon. Most well known as the birthplace of William Shakespeare and the place where he spent much of his life, there is a lot of history and culture to soak up.

Must see Shakespeare locations include Shakespeare's Birthplace, Hall's Croft (home to William's daughter), Shakespeare's New Place (the last chapter in his life), Anne Hathaway's cottage (a romantic setting) and Mary Arden's Farm (the childhood home of Shakespeare's mother).

The town centre is a lively and diverse shopping area, with plenty of high-street shops and eateries to keep you busy.

Take a trip along the River Avon on a boat tour with an audio tour, a great a way to learn the unusual and interesting heritage of Stratford-Upon-Avon.

There are three theatres in Stratford-upon-Avon showing Shakespeare's plays: the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and the Swan Theatre, (which both share a building) and The Other Place, which is a short walk away.

There is a Hop-on-hop-off bus from the town centre circulating some of the major sights including Shakespeare's Birthplace, Anne Hathaway's Cottage and The Royal Shakespeare Theatre.

The Cotswolds

The Cotswolds hardly need an introduction. A national treasure, made up of quintessentially English villages, fabulous market towns and stunning open countryside. Spanning five counties, each area has it's own beauty yet all with those defining Cotswold features: golden stone and rolling hills.

Some of the gems to discover from here, are:

Broadway (50 mins), an utterly delightful village and high-street full of yellow-stone buildings such as pubs, cafes and independent shops. Visit Broadway Tower, with beautiful views and a colourful history.

Chipping Campden (55 mins), an ancient town with many beautiful buildings of different architectural styles across the centuries. There are a number of good walks in and around this area.

Bourton-on-the-water (1 hour) dubbed 'Venice of The Cotswolds', where you'll find tea-rooms, shops, pretty bridges and even Emperor Penguins, at Birdland.

Chipping Norton (1 hour 15 mins), the highest point in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds. Renowned for its antique shops and diverse shopping offer, including a regular market.

Woodstock (1 hour 20 mins), a Georgian town with a distinct royal heritage, many attractive period buildings and two museums. Visit Blenheim Palace, birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, and his grave in nearby Bladon.