Ombersley is one of the most sought after and charming villages in Worcestershire. The first known reference to the village was the granting of a Charter to Abbot Egwin, later Saint Egwin, of Evesham Abbey in 706 AD. Ombersley Court is the traditional home of the Lords Sandys, many of whom are buried in the family mausoleum in the churchyard of St Andrew’s parish church. When St Andrew’s was built in its current form between 1825 and 1829, the chancel of the old church was adapted for use as mausoleum for the lords of the manor. The village of Ombersley boasts a whole host of amenities including butchers’ shop, delicatessen, primary school, doctor’s surgery, parish church and post office together with many public houses and restaurants. More extensive opportunities for shopping, leisure and education can be found in the nearby centres of Worcester, Bromsgrove and Kidderminster. Worcester seven miles, Droitwich Spa five miles, M5 (J5) 6.5 miles & (J6) 7.5 miles, Birmingham 24 miles. There are direct train lines to London from Worcester and Birmingham. The NEC and airport are all under an hour’s drive time.
The South Worcestershire village of Defford, East of the ancient settlement of Croome D’Abitot, famous for Croome Court and Capability Brown’s first landscaped park, and only 5 miles to the East of Upton-upon-Severn, famous for its festivals, marina and gastro pubs, and 3 miles to the West of the Historic market Town of Pershore, defined by its Abbey, boutique shopping and annual plum festival. The County Town and Cathedral City of Worcester, lying on the banks of The River Severn, is some 10 miles North providing for high street shopping and characterised by one of England’s great Cathedrals, its Racecourse, County Cricket Ground, Premiership Rugby Club, Racecourse and University. The village of Defford, which gives its name to the airfield synonymous with the invention of the radar, provides for a local pub, sailing on the River Avon and active village hall. Whilst Cheltenham and its Racecourse, some 15 miles to the South, is within easy reach for days out and high-end shopping. The M5 motorway (accessed via J1 of The M50 or J7 at South Worcester) provides for ready access to Birmingham and the surrounding industrial and commercial areas as well as Birmingham International Airport (40 miles) and the M40. London (131) is best accessed by the M5 South which also provides for commuting to Cheltenham, Gloucester and Bristol (60 miles).
Hanbury is a small village with excellent amenities including a first school, craft centre with many small businesses including a restaurant, a local pub (The Vernon Arms) and a village hall which accommodates local clubs and activities, as well as the National Trust property of Hanbury Hall. The property is close to the ever popular Hanbury Church and for dog lovers, provides excellent walks throughout the countryside. The two market towns of Bromsgrove and Droitwich are each located within a ten minute drive and both have access to the M5 and M42 motorways and rail stations – as well as Gyms, Supermarkets, Independent Schools and expected facilities.
The Besford Court Estate forms approximately 35 Acres of private grounds providing a delightful semi-rural setting in a sought after area of the beautiful Worcestershire countryside nestled between the Bredon and Malvern hills. Besford is well placed for commuting being 7 miles from the M5 Motorway bringing Birmingham, Bristol and South Wales into easy commuting distance as well as the nearby train station offering good links to London, Worcester, Birmingham and the North. If education is a priority schooling is provided in nearby Pershore for all ages from infants to high school and the Cathedral City of Worcester (9 miles to the East) is well served with both Kings and Royal Grammar Schools. The nearby ancient market town of Bromsgrove is also recognised for its excellent public schooling.
Malvern is a picturesque spa town in Worcestershire, founded in the 11th century, when Benedictine monks established a priory at the foot of the highest peak of the Malvern Hills. Much of the priory, around which the town developed, survived the dissolution of the monasteries, in 1541, local people raised £20 to buy the building to replace their decaying parish church. During the 19th century, upon the arrival of the railway, Malvern developed rapidly from a village to a sprawling conurbation owing to its popularity as a hydrotherapy spa based on its spring waters. The town centre and its environs contain many examples of Regency, Victorian and Edwardian villas and hotels. Many of the houses were built during the Industrial Revolution, and Malvern’s boom years as a spa town, by wealthy families from the Midlands. The town centre comprises two main streets at right angles to each other; the steep Church Street and Bellevue Terrace. Among the many shops are two large modern supermarkets including Waitrose. The Malvern Hills provide a dramatic backdrop for the settlement and are known for their spring water – initially made famous by the region’s many holy wells, and dramatic views over Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire. Malvern College and Malvern St. James are both internationally recognised independent schools, adding to the town’s reputation as an educational centre of excellence.
Upton-upon-Severn, famous for its festivals, marina and gastro pubs, is a historic Worcestershire riverside community. For centuries the River Severn was one of the great trading routes of Britain now long since superseded by the advent of the railway and motorway. Oliver Cromwells’s soldiers crossed the river here and won The Battle of Upton, prior to going on to win the Battle of Worcester during The English Civil War. Modern day Upton is now a recreational magnet particularly over weekends and the summer months, its close proximity to the Malvern Hills adds to its appeal. It is also the birthplace of Formula One motor racing legend Nigel Mansell. The Cathedral City of Worcester, also lying on the banks of The River Severn, is some 10 miles North providing for high street shopping and characterised by one of England’s great Cathedrals, its Racecourse, County Cricket Ground, Premiership Rugby Club, Racecourse and University. Whilst Cheltenham and its Racecourse, some 18 miles to the South, is within easy reach for days out and high-end shopping. The M5 motorway (accessed via J1 of The M50 or J7 at South Worcester) provides for ready access to Birmingham and the surrounding industrial and commercial areas as well as Birmingham International Airport (45 miles) and the M40. London (128) is best accessed by the M5 South which also provides for commuting to Cheltenham, Gloucester and Bristol (59 miles). The new Worcester Parkway Railway Station close to Junction 7 of The M5 motorway will also offer increased capacity and reduced journey times to the capital.
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