The Old Rectory North
Manor House | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 7
A unique 500 year, old beamed, holiday retreat. Tranquil riverside setting with stunning views over The Cotswolds . A spacious, 11 roomed, self contained wing of a historic grade II Elizabethan rectory. Immaculately furnished and maintained. Central yet quiet location. Stroll down to the riverside to fish, picnic or just watch the swans and boats go by.
This property attracts visitors from all over the world because of its central location and ease of access to an abundance of tourist attractions; from dozens of National Trust historic houses and gardens to Warwick Castle, Stratford upon Avon, the picturesque Cotswolds through to Alton Towers, Cadbury World and Stonehenge. London; park & ride 15 minutes away for a no change train to London in approximately 2 hours.
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|Size||Sleeps up to 7, 3 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||1.5 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Birmingham 78 km, Nearest railway: Ashchurch (Pershore 10 Km) 6 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player, Boat available|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (3), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 10|
|Other||Linen provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available, Private fishing lake or river|
The Central England/Cotswolds region
This location is perfection itself, offering unusual ease of accessibility in an idyllic setting. No chance to feel isolated or bored as the nearby towns of Pershore, Tewkesbury and Upton-upon-Severn are only 10 mins away offering that quaint afternoon teashop and browsing feeling. For the keen historian or shopper, the City of Worcester and the Spa Town of Cheltenham and picturesque Malvern are 15 mins drive away. For the serious out and about types all the Cotswold locations, as well as numerous National Trust properties, are within easy reach. Within 45 mins drive you can also explore Stratford (upon the very same Avon), Warwick Castle and Slimbridge Wildfowl Centre, and if you enjoy a theatre or concert night there's plenty going on.
On the other hand you might fancy taking to the local footpaths, leaving your car behind. Whether cycling or horse riding the network of country lanes, you can explore the numerous local country pubs offering home cooked food; you will be spoilt for choice. For the sporting fanatics we have an excellent choice of golf courses and leisure centres close at hand; watch a match at Worcester's famous cricket and rugby grounds or a day at the races in Cheltenham.
Back inside The Old Rectory you can always find a room with a view, a new place to sit and relax away from the rest of the family perhaps, just curling up with a good book. There's the main sitting room with huge, stretch out, comfy sofas and latest flat screen LCD TV, with access to an extensive private DVD film library. Then there's the cosy snug with more sofas and holiday novels to hand, or perhaps try the unusual mezzanine area where you can have a quiet game of backgammon. Dine out at the many locations that can be arranged for you, or eat in your own separate dining room and, depending on the weather, light the log burner or throw open the French doors to your private patio and garden.
Famous events, festivals, and historic places to visit:
Upton upon Severn Festivals (5-10 mins drive): Folk Festival in May, Jazz Festival in June, Blues Festival in July, Water Festival date TBC.
Malvern Three Counties Showground (15-20 mins drive) : Regular shows and festivals for gardeners, collectors, antique, horse and dog lovers and more. Most famous for the BBC coverage of the Spring and Autumn Garden shows in May and September.
Three Choirs Festival of Worcester, Hereford and Gloucester in August .
Cheltenham Festival – Gold Cup in March .
National Trust properties within easy reach: Croome Park, Bredon Barn, Hanbury Hall, Brockhampton Estate, Greyfriars, Coughton Court , The Fleece Inn, Snowshill Manor, Hidcote Manor Garden. For many more day trip destinations .
More great days out within easy driving reach: Cotswold villages of Tetbury, Bourton on the Water, Stow-on-the-Wold, The Slaughters, Chipping Campden and Broadway. Warwick and Eastnor Castles, Stratford upon Avon, Symonds Yat, West Midlands Safari Park, Drayton Manor and Alton Towers Theme Parks, Cadbury World and the famous old fashioned Severn Valley Railway.
Nearest golf courses within 10 mins drive: Hilton Puckrup Hall, Sherdons Golf Centre Tredington, Tewkesbury Park Golf Hotel & Country Club. Many more available, including championship courses and driving ranges. Lessons available by advanced request.
Nearby : Paintballing, indoor rock climbing, snooker, fishing, water sports.
Walking: Bredon & Malvern Hills and all around The River Avon area.
Local Theatres: Swan Theatre Worcester, Roses Theatre Tewkesbury, Number 8 Pershore, Malvern Theatre.
Multi-screen cinema complexes Worcester & Cheltenham.
Major shopping centres at Cheltenham, Worcester (15 mins away), plus Birmingham Bull Ring & Selfridges, Bristol Cribbs Causeway and the Merry Hill Centre (all 45 mins drive).
Or let the train take the strain with trips to the :
City of Birmingham – take in some culture at the renowned Birmingham Symphony Hall or the NEC concert Arena and exhibition halls
City of London (via rail from Pershore to Paddington stations) 2 hours each way
The Old Rectory offers a retreat from everyday life, combining breathtaking scenery with a timeless sense of history. As you approach The Old Rectory, via its secluded driveway, you will discover it set beside Strensham Church, overlooking the River Avon on one side and the Malvern Hills the other. Being surrounded by hundreds of acres of farm land this will put you into holiday mood from the outset. Relax and watch the boats go by as you sip your complementary wine, taking in the panoramic vista and tranquillity. Alternatively by special arrangement you may wish to charter Narnia II, a 30ft narrow boat, moored at The Old Rectory; try your hand at operating the lock gates at Strensham and meander to the nearby Riverside Pub or cruise on to take in afternoon tea at historic Tewkesbury.
The next nearest village is Twyning, 5 mins away in the bordering county of Gloucestershire, with its two pubs: one on the village green where you can try your hand at skittles or there's the The Fleet right on the River Avon where you can tuck into an extensive carvery and real ales. Down the lane at Strensham you can walk, jog or cycle to the local farm shop, jammed with local produce and treats; sit in their old fashion tea room and have a clotted cream tea ...and just slow down! Any direction you care to take off in you will find an amazing selection of high quality, welcoming gourmet pubs of immense character, right in the vicinity.
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15 Jan 2013
"A wonderful place to stay if you are looking for quiet and relaxation."
During our time at the Old Rectory North we stayed at both the Rectory and Grooms Cottage. Between the two kitchens, two livingrooms, three bathrooms, and four bedrooms we had ample space for six people. The homes were clean, warm (winter month), and had provisionals in the kithchen and bath that eliminated extended shopping. We picked up a few items at the local grocery store within 10 min of the home. There are many pubs in the area that serve great comfort food but do call ahead to see what time they are seating and if they take reservations. Both homes were decorated for the holidays and champagne awaited our arrival. If considering a trip to London the train picks up within 10 min of the home and has free parking. Very close to highways if driving. Both Rosemary and her husband Peter made themselves available to all of our needs and were a wealth of information on the local area. Very easy booking system with the use of Paypal. It would be our wish to go back to the Old Rectory North and next time try the summer months.
2 Jun 2012
"The whole stay was wonderful and we all thoroughly enjoyed the beautiful house and location."
We hired The Old Rectory and Grooms House for the day/night before my daughter's wedding for some guests and the bridesmaids to stay and get ready for the wedding. It was all so perfect. We had a most wonderful and beautiful stay the day/night before the wedding, the night after the wedding and part of the next day. It was enjoyed by everyone because the Old Rectory was so well equipped, everything was ready for our stay and nothing was too much trouble by Rosemary and Peter. The location was fantastic and the views stunning. What a building with so many bedrooms and little rooms for everyone to be able to relax in. I cannot say anything bad about The Old Rectory all just good words. Fantastic.
11 Sep 2011
"A beautiful home away from home in rural England"
My wife, young son and parents in law had a wonderful 8 night stay at the Old Rectory. The service from Peter and Rosemary was excellent, all comforts were provided and nothing was left out. They were very friendly and helpful to us with plenty of tips on where to go and how to enjoy ourselves. On arrival we found that they had even left us a package of goodies including fresh eggs, milk, strawberries and wine
The location of the house was perfect - very near to several picturesque towns, villages and local pubs. Since it was also not far from the M5, it was an easy drive from Heathrow Airport. During our stay we made several excursions not only around Worcestershire and Gloucestershire, but also further afield to Stratford on Avon, Wales, Somerset and Devon. Each was an easy day trip.
The house itself is a hidden gem, more than 500 years old but the rooms are well laid out, well furnished and comfortable. The setting is perfect. The house stands alone, far from other houses. It is very peaceful, with a view down to the Avon and beyond from the two patios. My son and I caught several interesting fish in the river including pike, bream, perch and an eel. The rest of the family really enjoyed relaxing in the house and also sitting outside on the patio and enjoying the view.
Our family would definitely recommend the Old Rectory as a very special place to stay.
6 Aug 2011
"Secluded property with character in the countryside. A great place to relax, or use as a base to explore."
This was our second trip to the Old Rectory and thankfully nothing had changed. Rosemary and Peter are still extremely professional yet amenable and are readily available when required, but never intrusive. We like the location as it's secluded and right in the countryside, yet some major towns and amenities are very short car rides away. Also, most of my family are within 2 hours, so they can come and visit us, rather than us spending our precious vacation in the car doing the rounds. The property has lots to offer during periods of good and bad weather, even for my 4 year old son. With plenty of character the house is a good place to just hang around, or entertain, and genuinely holds 6 very comfortably and without feeling on top of each other. We lucked out finding this spot originally but now we've found a good location with the right features it will figure in all our trips back to the UK in future.
28 Jul 2011
"English country living the way it should be..."
Have you ever had a dream of a perfect holiday that actually came true? Well, the Old Rectory North was that experience for me and my family. From the oooh's and ahhhh's whilst looking at the website to arriving to find it just the way it said it would be, we had a lovely time.
23 Jul 2011
"Comfortable and private house with a fantastic view of Avon River and countryside"
We spent a week with a pair of 14 year olds in this lovely, private and well appointed house located down a country lane. While the house dates back several hundreds of years, the owners have renovate… More
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