his part of England offers a wealth for visitors to see, so book a holiday cottage in Worcestershire and relax every night in the comfort of your own home from home. The natural areas in this ancient county, stretching from the Malvern Hills to the valleys of the Teme and Severn rivers include the gardens and orchards of the Vale of Evesham, the Wyre Forest, the Lickey Hills, perched on the edge of Birmingham, and the remains of the once-great abbeys and priories of Evesham, Pershore, Little and Great Malvern.
Worcestershire's progress from pre-historic times, through civil strife in the 17th century, to the social changes of the industrial era may be seen in the fascinating open-air Avon Croft Museum near Bromsgrove. The museum features original houses and buildings brought to and rebuilt on the site. Please note: as picturesque as some of Avon Croft's buildings might be, none of them (as yet) can be booked for a self-catering holiday!
Nestling under the Malvern Hills in West Malvern, The Coach House is a perfect romantic retreat for couples (with or without a young family). This quaint rural Worcestershire holiday cottage has an indoor heated pool and gym, and panoramic countryside views from the garden.
The stunning Malvern Hills encircle Rickyard Cottage and provide scenic views and famous walking trails for guests at this rural cottage in Castle Morton. The light and airy pet-free property contains two bedrooms, an open fire and a sun-drenched conservatory with rural views across Worcestershire.
Once part of a larger traditional mill, 2 Old Mill Cottage is nicely located in the picturesque village of Broadway, Dog Friendly, has lovely stream-bordered garden, a short distance to the centre of Broadway, one of the Cotswold’s most attractive villages, and open countryside. Pets welcome.
Converted from a Cotswold-stone stable, The Banda is a cosy, detached one-bedroom cottage sleeping two. Sitting room patio doors open directly onto landscaped gardens, with wide-reaching views over open fields to the Malvern Hills. The cottage is fully furnished and equipped.
Nestling in a quiet corner of the Worcestershire village of Broadway is 1 Lower Mill Cottages, a charming two-bedroom Cotswold Holiday Cottage. This dog-friendly countryside cottage has lovely stream-bordered gardens and lies within an easy walk of superb pubs and restaurants.
Beesoni Lodge is a delightfully-converted barn which exudes charm and treats groups to a four-bedroom property with contemporary fittings. The rural cottage lies at the foot of the Malvern Hills in Hill End and is ideal for pets, wildlife enthusiasts and those wishing to explore Worcestershire.
Norton Grange is located in the rural hamlet of Norton in a few miles outside the historic city of Worcester. This large Grade II listed, pet friendly, holiday cottage with a swimming pool sleeps 16 in 6 bedrooms. It lies within easy reach of country walks and cycle routes.
If breathtaking views and the waterside scenery is a priority for you, Rosewaters Cottage near Stourport-on-Severn offers you plenty. Sitting on the banks of the River Severn, this Worcestershire dog-friendly holiday home offers luxury waterside self-catering for 2-7 guests.
Buckland Wood Barn is a Cotswold stone cottage sitting on 50 acres of private grounds near Broadway in Gloucestershire. The elegant rural cottage enjoys sweeping countryside views of an AONB and features exposed stone walls, flagstone floors, lovely gardens, contemporary comforts, peace and quiet.
The Moretons Farmhouse dates from 1840 and sleeps 10 in 6 bedrooms. The fully equipped house features an impressive dining room, cosy sitting room, large kitchen with range cooker, snug with baby grand piano, and an established private walled garden. One single bedroom is downstairs.
A delightful Cotswold Countryside Cottage with a mature private garden in the idyllic village of Broadway. Dog-friendly Laburnum Cottage sleeps 3 in 2 double bedrooms - perfect for a country cottage holiday in a lovely Worcestershire location.
The city of Worcester offers visitors a choice of experiences, from First Class Cricket at the County Ground on the banks of the River Severn, to the beautiful Worcester Cathedral, where a former King of England is buried. More recently the interior was used as a location for Harry Potter films. For sports fans, take in a first-class cricket match watching Worcestershire or during the rugby season enjoy top-class rugby watching the Worcester Warriors in their magnificent stadium just outside the city. Garden lovers should plan a weekend break in a holiday cottage in May to visit the Royal Horticultural Society's impressive Spring Festival at the Three Counties Showground in Malvern.