Stockton Road, Abberley, Worcestershire, WR6 6AT
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Stockton Road, Abberley, Worcestershire, WR6 6AT
A luxury country house set in the rolling Worcestershire countryside, this spectacular 18th-century building was once a grand country house. With extensive grounds, it's as impressive inside as out. The guests are encouraged to explore the beautiful formal gardens, the seasonal kitchen garden or just simply relax in the Spa. The Elms Spa enjoys the benefit of a heated indoor pool, an indoor/outdoor hydro pool and a thermal suite that should leave you feeling relaxed and energised. To complement the Spa, the hotels also have a variety of luxurious treatments using the renowned Elemis range. The One Rosette Brookes Restaurant famously serves the best of local seasonal ingredients which include the vegetables and fruits grown from the hotels own kitchen gardens. With a host of local attractions, the Elms is perfectly situated as a base to explore the Cotswolds & Malvern Hills.
The Elms Hotel also has a Spa, Wedding Venue and Restaurant:
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"Halfway between Worcester and Tenbury Wells in Worcestershire, this Queen Anne corker has the feel of an exceptionally welcoming country house where they really don’t mind muddy wellies and soaking wet dogs. Flop down in giant leather armchairs to read the papers, take lunch on the terrace overlooking 10 acres of gardens or have a soak in the outdoor hydrotherapy pool – no one really gives two hoots what you get up to. Come nightfall, Brookes Restaurant has a relaxed feel that does not compromise the fabulous quality of the menu. Spa-loving couples should avail themselves of the thermal suite featuring ice fountain and cedar-clad sauna."
"The Elms in Worcestershire was built by the Bury family in 1710. Not surprisingly, given that Britain was ruled by Queen Anne at the time the original design was very Queen Anne style. The Bury family were Sheriffs of Worcestershire. When Thomas Bury died in 1778, he left all his property to his wife Cecilia who willed The Elms to her nephew Colonel James Wakeman Newport.
Colonel Newport did not live at the Elms but rented it out as a source of income. This was not uncommon with English country houses which were often treated as investments. In 1828 the house was bought by retired admiral then sold it to a banker James Moilliet who in 1867 sold it to Joseph Jones. Stability returned, and the Jones family lived at The Elms for several generations until in 1916 it was let to Sir Richard Christopher Brooke of Norton Priory in Cheshire.
Sir Christopher and his wife Lady Marion Brooke took to The Elms so much that they bought it in 1927 and cannibalised their other properties to make The Elms their most attractive residence. The Brookes were responsible for two large projecting wings to the front elevation of the house that obscured its Queen Anne origins. Following the victory of the Labour party in 1946 – and the change to inheritance tax laws - the Brooke family sold off The Elms and it became a hotel.
It still serves this function today with dinner served in the fine dining Brookes Restaurant which occupies the northern wing. The Library Bar still looks as if it could date from the hotel’s heyday when affluent young men would drive up from London after World War II specifically to eat at The Elms.
Recent changes have included a complete makeover of the ground floor by Focus Interior Design who have worked on the hotel for 25 years. Some radical things have happened - a large bust of Louis XIV has appeared in the bar; the grand staircase has been painted a Farrow & Ball grey oversized ginger jars full of giant orchids have appeared in the larger rooms but it’s all surprisingly harmonious.
"The Elms faces into Wales. It’s a beautiful Queen Anne country house set in the rolling hills of Worcestershire. It’s also very close to Witley Court which was itself one of the finest mansions of the Edwardian era before being tragically burned down in 1937. But for me The Elms has always been the gateway to a weekend in Wales. Down below in the Teme Valley lies Tenbury Wells and beyond it, Ludlow on the Welsh border. As a child arriving at The Elms on a Friday night meant that our holiday in Wales was finally in sight.
These days however The Elms is a destination in its own right. It’s a friendly hotel whose large entrance hall is warmed by an impressively carved oak fireplace and whose leather armchairs are a delight to sink into.
Dinner is served in the fine dining Brookes Restaurant and drinks in the Library Bar which – apart from the counter-top taps for pulling pints – could date from the hotel’s heyday when affluent young men would drive up from London after World War II. In those years The Elms was one of the pioneers of country house dining. It had only become a hotel in 1945. Its last owner as a house was Sir Richard Christopher Brooke, who bought the house in 1927 and added its two distinctive projecting wings at the front. Richard Brooke was a racehorse breeder who developed the nearby Abberley Stud. (His most famous horse, King Salmon, won the ‘Eclipse Stakes’ at Sandown Park in July 1934.)
When a fire damaged the centre block of the Elms in 1929 (English country houses did tend to burn down a lot) Sir Christopher raided Norton Abbey in Cheshire, the family seat to provide fireplaces and doorways to embellish the newly-restored Elms. This is a house that has been much loved and I’m looking forward to sitting by those fireplaces again very soon."
"This grade II Queen Anne mansion is country-house living with luxury bells on – and is right in the heart of stunning Worcestershire countryside. Noone stands on ceremony here and the hotel is positioned to appeal to couples and young families equally – no one is going to mind your tinies running around the gorgeous ten-acre grounds while you sip a cocktail and admire the views. Inside, pretty rugs and throws, a carved oak fireplace and plenty of leather chairs set the tone – stylish comfort - that the hotel exudes. Close to the hotel, take the Abberley Circular Walk – a lovely five-mile loop with views over the Teme Valley - or go explore lush and serene Wyre Forest, 13 minutes away, or further on Malvern Hills, fabulous for walk-then-pub enthusiasts."
"Standing above Worcestershire’s lovely Teme Valley, the Elms is Grade II listed building constructed in 1710 by a pupil of Sir Christopher Wren. The house was owned by a variety of wealthy English families over the centuries, the Burys, Pearsons, Moilliets (who co-founded Lloyds Bank) and by Admiral Thomas James Maling.
The actor and biographer Hesketh Pearson, whose great grandmother, Sarah Pearson owned The Elms in the nineteenth century wrote "The view from the terrace at the back was the loveliest in the world. Certainly there can be few lovelier, for the River Teme stretches away between trees, lush meadows and low hills to the distant heights above Ludlow."
The house’s last owner before it became a hotel was Sir Richard Christopher Brooke, who bought the house in 1927 and added its two distinctive projecting wings at the front. When The Elms became a hotel in 1945 the wings became its dining room and drawing rooms.
The Elms was one of the pioneers of fine country house dining in the years after World War II with enthusiasts even driving from London to spend the night.
Today the bar is situated behind the drawing rooms. It’s a wonderful, comfortable old oak-panelled space with a working fireplace and a few bookcases that give it the name the Library Bar. Until recently it has unfortunately doubled as a family room where children are fed snacks which meant that a smell of ketchup hung in the air, never a good thing when adults are sampling fine wines and whiskies. But if there is a bar to have high hopes of in 2018 this is the one to keep an eye on as The Elms, under its new owner sets about reviving that gourmet past."
Information on The Elms Hotel , Stockton Road , Abberley
|No. of bedrooms:||
Types of room: 23 Doubles
|Room rates guide:||
Room with Breakfast
Credit Cards Accepted: Amex, Diners, Mastercard, Maestro/Switch, Visa
When Closed: Open all year
Child Friendly: No children
Dog Friendly: Dogs Permitted (in designated rooms only, fee applies)
Romantic Details: Large Suites, Roll Top Baths (subject to room), gorgeous landscape
Smoking Permitted: No
Wheelchair Access: Yes
Wheelchair Access Details: in designated room, ground floor and swimming pool access
Accreditation: AA 4 Silver Star, AA One Rosette
DVD Player, Digital TV, Telephone, Wi-Fi Available, Hairdryer, Towels & Bathrobes, Bathroom Amenities, Iron & Ironing Board, Room Service Menu, Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
10 Acres of Manicured Gardens, Experience Shower, Indoor 12 Metre Swimming Pool, Indoor/Outdoor Hydro Pool, Relaxation Room, Sauna & Steam Room, Spa, Treatment Rooms offering range of Elemis & Jesscia Nails Therapies, Fitness Suite, Bar, One Rosette Brookes Restaurant, 3 Private Dining Rooms Available, Private Dining Rooms, Garden Cafe, Licensed for Civil Ceremonies, Weddings, 3 Spaces for Conferences, Conference Rooms, Complimentary Guest Wi-fi Available Throughout, Heli-pad
|Outdoor activities on site:||
Croquet Lawn, Tennis Court, Laser Clay Shooting by Prior Arrangement
Golf within 9 miles, Water Sports at Top Barn Activity Centre within 8 miles, Fishing within 8 miles, Horse Riding within 5 miles, Walking Trails within 2 miles
|Local directions:||Please visit our website for directions.|
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Nearest railway stn:
Worcester (13 miles) (30 mins)
Birmingham International Airport (34 miles) (55 mins) , East Midlands Airport (75 miles) (90 mins)
Worcester (13 miles) (30 mins)
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