The Beautiful Malvern Countryside...Edward Elgar and all that jazz!!!!!

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A detailed viewing of the beautiful Malvern countryside and its surrounding shires. Hotels, restaurants and places of interest to visit. Food and wine producers and a little bit of history including Edward Elgar, the great English composer, and the Worcester Porcelain Museum and Factory where I donned an apron and created my very own plate!!!!!

Views from the Malvern Hills

The strong winds that blow from the highest point of the Malvern Hills orchestrate their own music and as I stood on the Worcestershire Beacon, the words of Sir Edward Elgar who was born within sight and sound of these ancient limestone hills came to mind, “there is music in the air, music all around us and you simply take as much as you require.”
Then there are the magnificent views; to the east, the smooth curve of Bredon Hill and the Cotswolds, to the north Worcester and the Clent Hills, whilst to the west over the shoulders of the Brecon Beacons lie the Black Mountains of Wales.

An Elegant Country House Hotel

In the heart of the Malvern Hills, a place of great tranquility and marvelous charm is Colwall Park Hotel. This elegant country house hotel is set in beautiful gardens and there are footpaths leading into the Malvern Hills with their breathtaking views over the surrounding countryside, the Severn and Wye valleys. Just a 3 minute walk from the country train station, the hotel was built in the early 1900’s as accommodation for the racehorse owners at Colwall Race Track which once was one of the prime racecourses in the Midlands but today no longer exists.

Iain Nesbitt and his wife, Sarah, run a tight ship offering delightful comfort and efficient, friendly service. All of the twenty-two bedrooms and suites are individually furnished and decorated, and the staff people provide such excellent service that has been recognized by the AA, and the hotel has received a Courtesy & Care Award for England. In the richly furnished oak-panelled Seasons Restaurant with its 2 AA Rosettes, Michelin 2 Knives & Forks, Good Food Guide and Egon Ronay mentions, you can dine on serious gourmet food. Executive Chef, James Garth has a long history in fine cuisine and he, like so many British chefs, are developing new dishes using lots of local foods in their seasonal menus. “After all” he told me “cuisine will keep changing and moving”.
The friendly and popular Lantern Bar features a crackling log fire in the winter and is a lively meeting place for locals and resident alike. Throughout the hotel, Herefordshire food and drink sourced locally, organic lamb, chicken and pork, and fresh vegetables make dining a great treat.

For a very English evening out, you might like to motor to Kempsey and dine at the Walter de Cantelupe Inn where former Taste of Worcestershire winner will present you with some incredible Pub foods.

The Malvern Waters ... a gift from Mother strings attached!

For those like me, they will venture along the glorious country walks, stop where the famous Malvern water gushes from the hillside and fill their bottles from springs dotted around the hills. People come from all over the country to stock up on this absolutely pure water percolated through the hills picking up no minerals- a gift from Mother Nature with no strings attached. During the 1840’s, two doctors, Gully and Wilson realized the efficacy and healing power of this water and opened spas and retreats for the well-to-do and introduced hydrotherapy – the Water Cure – from Austria. Fashionable visitors included Theodore Roosevelt, Lord Tennyson and Princess Mary of Teck, grandmother of Queen Elizabeth 11.

St. John’s Well and its water has been sold to the Coco Cola Company much to the dismay of local citizens, and is now surrounded by high, bleak walls. The Holy Well in Malvern Wells (there are seven Malverns) probably derived its name from the miraculous cures received by people washing in its waters. Above Malvern Priory Church is St. Ann’s Well with its octagonal building and cottage and this is probably where Victorians puffed their way up to after an early morning wrap in wet sheets.

The purity of the water even attracted Benedictine monks to build a monastery in the 11th century although only the gatehouse and Priory Church with its façade of pink, cream and terracotta stone remain. The great Gothic tower was built when William of Normandy was on the throne over nine hundred years ago and the lofty Norman nave still glows in the light streaming through medieval glass windows.

All about Great Malvern

The town of Great Malvern nestles in the eastern skirts of the Malvern Hills amongst grand villas and tree lined avenues. The advent of hydrotherapy cures brought fame and fortune to this little country town and hotels and boarding houses sprung up, but the passage of time playing its melancholy dirge has changed charm into utilitarianism.

Today The Regency bow-fronted library with its Doric columns houses Lloyds Bank; the Baths and Pump Room is a building society, and the Imperial Hotel houses Malvern Girls College. The Winter Gardens are the Malvern Theatres where many first runs from London are performed.

Cheese and Sausages and other Malvern delights..

In Malvern itself, Chris Titchell at Malvern Country Meals will tell you all about unusual varieties of sausage making including Victorian sausages. He is the proud winner of 50 awards in 5 years.

The Great Malvern Priory is a lovely building whose stones change colour with the seasons. It contains excellent collections of English mediaeval glass, and the largest surviving collection of Mediaeval Tiles in the country.

You might like to motor to Kempsey and dine at the Walter de Cantelupe Inn where former Taste of Worcestershire winner will present you with some incredible Pub foods. Then a visit to Worcester Porcelain Museum is a must. I put on a smock and painted a Royal Porcelain plate that now stands proudly on my counter.

The Elgar Birthplace Museum in Lower Broadheath is another must. Enjoy looking around the idyllic 19th century cottage he lived in and the artifacts that made up his life. You can follow the Wine Trail and visit Tiltridge vineyard to taste some of the interesting wines produced by Mrs. Sandy Barker. A picture of Edward Elgar is depicted on her wine labels.

Drive to Leominster to the Monkland Cheese Dairy where owners Karen and Mark Hindle produce three types of Little Hereford cheese, Monkland, Hereford Sage and oak smoked Little Hereford. You can buy these and other local produce at their three farm shops called The Mousetrap Cheese Shops, and there is a very good tearoom on site.

Wednesday is cheesemaking day open to the public. Gold Medal winner at the 2001 British Cheese Awards is Nick Hodgetts Malvern Cheesewrights whose local products include Herefordshire Hop, English Oak Smoked and Whiteladies Goat Cheese suitable for vegetarians, and they are GM free.

Hospitality and gracious living are part and parcel of this truly lovely part of England. So much to see and do including nearby Ludlow where there are more Michelin starred restaurants than any place outside of London.

Go, Do It. You will be well pleased!


Cheese Makers, Colwell Park Hotel, Edward Elgar, Local Wineries, Malvern, Malvern Water, Places To Visit In The Surrounding Countryside, Worcester Porcelain Museum And Factory

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
I have been writing on food, wine, travel, cosmic creation and erotica for over 30 years I do horoscopes and numerology and light readings.

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author avatar johnnydod
18th Feb 2012 (#)

This is what we are looking for on Wikinut, great writing, great pictures, and an interesting read, well done CN

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
18th Feb 2012 (#)

oh my thank you so much is such a pleasure to write for wikinut, have moderators like you and Mark and also to be appreciated...

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author avatar Funom Makama
20th Feb 2012 (#)

Great write-up.. I love every bit of it.

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author avatar Songbird B
27th Feb 2012 (#)

Such a great Star page and an informative and historical article Carolan..I have been to the Three Counties Garden Show set amid the Malvern Hills... One day I must actually walk around the town too..

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
27th Feb 2012 (#)

please do love, you will enjoy it so very much...and thank you

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