The property, located within the remains of the old medieval city walls, is Grade 2 listed and on a pedestrianised street, presented over 4 floors and dating from the Georgian period adjacent to Worcester Cathedral.
2 free parking bay permits available for adjacent streets. WiFi. Wood burner. This is a holiday house: I don't live here; it's all yours!
About as close and convenient to the city centre as you can get. AA **** self-catering accommodation 2018.
We want singles and couples to have an attractively priced option for their stay as well, so if you are a couple, or a single guest please contact us to request a special offer price for your stay; usually a 10% discount.
Please note: 3 night minimum stay normally required apart from Christmas (1 week). Discounts applied for 1 week or more. If the calendar doesn't allow 3 nights stay because it's a slot between other bookings then contact us; we may be able to accommodate you. If you need a 2 night stay, a weekend (Fri/Sat/Sun) 2 night stay would be 50% of the weekly price, a weekday (Mon/Tue/Wed/Thu) 2 night stay would be 40% of the weekly price.
worcestercitycentrecottage provides quality, unique, self-catering holiday accommodation in the heart of the City of Worcester. The property, located within the remains of the old medieval city walls, is a Grade 2 listed building on a pedestrianised street dating from the Georgian period and is set in a conservation area adjacent to Worcester Cathedral. The composer Sir Edward Elgar, whose works include Pomp and Circumstance March No.1 (Land of Hope and Glory) and the Enigma Variations, lived here as a child in Victorian times.
As shown by the photography, the well-presented accommodation is furnished to a high standard and is set over 4 floors and sleeps 5+1. It has gas-fired central heating throughout. (Worcester photography by kind permission of Chris Dobbs LRPS: chris@cd1images).
Works by local artists are displayed throughout the property.
The lower ground floor kitchen diner is fully-equipped with all mod cons and everything you are likely to need during your stay, including a range cooker, dishwasher, fridge-freezer, washer/dryer, iron/ironing board and a comprehensive range of cooking utensils, crockery and cutlery. Access to an enclosed rear courtyard affords guests an opportunity to sit outside and barbeque; weather permitting!
The living area is located on the ground floor and has comfortable seating comprising of one 3-seater sofa, one 2-seater sofa, and an armchair and footstool, all in french gray upholstery. A wood-burning stove provides the focal point of the room. A modern flat screen TV with Freeview, Blu-ray DVD player and DVD selection, together with Wi-Fi are provided. A large oak coffee-style table made of reclaimed oak from a Worcestershire flour mill is perfect for playing cards, board games or simple resting that glass of wine on, whilst relaxing in front of the fire.
The first floor master bedroom is a large well-appointed room, with a king sized bed and commands views to the stained glass east window of the cathedral. There is one sofa and two chairs is this room, affording some privacy away from the main living area if required. A hairdryer and alarm clock is provided in the main bedroom. On the same floor is a separate toilet.
The shower room is on the second floor and has a modern shower unit, high-flush toilet and pedestal wash basin. There is no bath. Adjacent to it are bedrooms 2 and 3. The former has two single divan style beds and the latter has one 4ft divan bed (this is a small double bed). Both bedrooms have views to the cathedral.
There are ample storage facilities in all the bedrooms.
"We had a fantastic holiday here this Christmas! Being right next to the Cathedral for Christmas services was wonderful and we were minutes away from the shops! The beds were really comfortable and the hot water was always available – the shower was good too. Everything worked perfectly and the kitchen was fantastically well equipped - even for cooking a Christmas dinner for six! Thank you so much for making our stay so lovely!"
Margaret, Dave, Andrew, Ben + Alice. London Dec 2015.
What is included?
Kitchen should have everything you are likely to need. If it doesn't let's know.
All quality cotton bed linen and towels are provided for the duration of your stay. 1 bath towel and 1 hand towel for each guest. For guests staying more than 1 week, the cottage can be cleaned and new linen and towels etc. provided as required.
Heating, lighting and your first basket of logs. Please put £4 in the ‘pay as you burn' (PAYB) small box on the bookcase for any subsequent boxes of wood used.
Freeview channels on the TV.
Blu-ray DVD player, DVD and CD selection.
A range of board games. A pack of cards.
A selection of books and local interest publications, maps and magazines. If you wish to take a book away with you (apart from books marked cottage copy) then please put £2 (paperback) and £4 (hardback) in the ‘pay as you learn' (PAYL) small box on the bookcase, so I can replace the stock.
A welcome pack with a few essentials including tea, coffee, a pint of milk as a minimum.
A hairdryer and alarm clock in the main bedroom.
An iron and ironing board in the kitchen. A radio in the kitchen.
Parking bay permit is offered free for guests to use during their stay (refundable deposit required) which allows nearby on-street parking in permit bays on Edgar Street and in ticketed bays along Severn Street subject to availability. This saves you about £7-£10 per day on inner city parking charges. Please make sure you display the permit clearly on your front dashboard/windscreen at all times. If not, you will get a ticket. The traffic wardens are keen as mustard. And please make sure you return the permit when you leave, as the next guest(s) needs it.
A travel cot and high chair can be made available by arrangement at the time of booking.
If you need to exercise there is a friendly pay-as-you-go gym called pf2 on Basin Road in Diglis; just a 10 minute stroll along the river. There may be some ‘first time only' free passes. Look in the magazine rack.
In 2015 Worcester was ranked in the top ten UK cities for heritage. Beating places like York and Bath. Boasting a beautiful Norman Cathedral it has strong and identifiable musical, cultural and industrial heritage.
Originally a Roman settlement and then a burgh of Alfred the Great; fortified against Viking raiders along the River Severn, Worcester began to thrive once the city became part of an episcopal see and had a bishop.
King John of Magna Carta fame, - whose favoured hunting ground was Feckenham Forest; covering most of Worcestershire at the time - is buried at his own request in the cathedral chancel. He was flanked by the shrines and tombs of St. Oswald and St. Wulfstan until they were destroyed during the Reformation. Worcester Cathedral is also the final resting place of the brother of King Henry VIII, Prince Arthur; as well as former British Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin.
The old city is built upon a medieval street pattern and the streets tended to be named after the trade or business that went on there. Look out for: Needlers Street; Fish Street; Silver Street; The Shambles (where meat was sold); Cooken Street (street of the cooks); the Cattlemarket; the Cornmarket; the Hopmarket. Cooken Street was renamed Copenhagen Street in honour of Lord Nelson's visit in 1802. Friar Street and New Street used to be called Glovers Street. Glove manufacturing employed 8,000 to 10,000 people in Worcester at its peak. The Fownes Hotel used to be a Glove Factory. The best remains of the old city walls can be seen along the river, and along City Wall's Road. New plaques locating the old city gates can be seen dotted around these walls. There nine in total, counting the Watergate by the Cathedral.
Shakespeare allegedly married Anne Hathaway in Worcester in 1582 at St.Martin's Church to avoid a scandal in Stratford, as she was pregnant at the time!
The first and last battles of the English Civil War were fought at Worcester. The first encounter in 1642 was a skirmish involving Prince Rupert on Powick Fields, to the west of the city. The last battle was a bloody affair, with thousands killed in fierce fighting outside the Sidbury Gate, as well as through the city streets. The future King Charles II made his escape from the city on the 3rd September 1651 from a place you can still visit; as it is a public house selling fine food and drink. Legend has it that Cromwell made a pact with the devil to secure his victory at Worcester, as he died 7 years to the day after his triumph, on September 3rd 1658. As committed republicans, US Presidents to be, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, saw Worcester as a beacon for liberty and democracy, and came on a pilgrimage to the city in 1786.
Other famous visitors to Worcester include Elizabeth I and George III, who came to attend the Three Choirs Festival in 1788 and wasn't allowed to leave by notorious gate keeper Robert Sleuth until he paid the road toll!
Sir Edward Elgar lived at 2 College Precincts, and is reckoned to have played in the Cathedral Cloisters as a small boy. His father and uncle had a music shop on the High Street (demolished) and although brought up a Roman Catholic, Elgar often skipped Church where his father played the organ, to listen to music more of his liking in the Cathedral.
The longest-running classical musical festival in the world is the triennial Three Choirs Festival held at Worcester Cathedral and the arts are well-represented by productions staged at the nearby Swan Theatre, Huntingdon Hall and Malvern Theatres. There are numerous venues for gigs and live music across the city.
The Vue cinema is just around the corner. The Ghostwalk, currently with stops at the Guildhall and the Commandery is worth the money.
Worcester City Art Gallery and Museum is on the Tything and houses a collection started by Sir Charles Hastings founder of the British Medical Association (BMA). Tudor House and Greyfriars are located on Friar Street.
The world-famous Lea and Perrins Worcestershire Sauce is still blended and bottled in the city. The Royal Worcester Porcelain Museum is a two minute walk away and is located on the China Works Severn Street site, visited by Admiral Lord Nelson in 1802 where he placed a large order for the ‘Horatia service'. Unfortunately, he never received it all before being mortally shot at the moment of his great triumph: Trafalgar 1805.
The annual Hay-on-Wye literature festival which former US President Bill Clinton called ‘The Woodstock of the mind' is about an hour away.
As far as restaurants, pubs, clubs and bars are concerned there are many. Most of them are within easy walking distance. Enjoy a pint in Worcester's oldest pub, The Cardinal's Hat which dates from the 14th century. Explore the wine and cocktail bars dotted along the medieval streets, or enjoy fine dining in one of the city's great restaurants; many of which use locally sourced produce, from a county increasingly renowned as a home for food and drink.
Worcester is reckoned to have some of the best shopping in the West Midlands, with a superb mix of high quality brand name stores and independent artisans to choose from.
The city has several impressive sporting venues. County cricket is a short walk across the River Severn to the new and improved New Road Ground where Basil D'Olivera, Ian Botham and Graeme Hick used to play. The University Arena - also across the river – hosts British Basketball League matches. Professional rugby union side Worcester Warriors play at Sixways Stadium located at junction 6 of the M5. Worcester racecourse is also within walking distance and the best jump racing in the world can be found at Cheltenham adjacent to the Cotswolds, 25 miles away.
There are some fantastic, traffic free riverside walks in Worcester. The Malvern Hills, The Cotswolds and The Shropshire Hills –all Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty – are all within easy reach, and boast some of the best scenery, walking and activities of all levels anywhere in Britain.
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