4 storey Georgian townhouse of historical Interest with free parking.
About Guy little
I live in Worcester myself. I work in the Construction industry. My wife is a local teacher. We have one son. I’m honourary secretary of the Battle of Worcester Society and happy to show you around the principal sites free of charge. Just ask.
Guy little purchased this House in 2015
Why Guy little chose Worcester
About as close and convenient to the city centre as you can get, and a great alternative to hotel rooms. Once parked up, all Worcester is accessible by foot. Whilst the location is central, it is also surprisingly quiet. Worcester is a cathedral city, so whilst the shops, bars, restaurants and sporting venues are on your doorstep you are only a few minutes drive from the attractions of rural Worcestershire, which include great walking, biking and an array of National Trust and English Heritage properties.
What makes this House unique
An opportunity to stay in a Grade II listed house of historical interest in a conservation area; being a former home of the composer Sir Edward Elgar. Free city centre parking.
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Great base for Worcester and Malverns
An excellent property for a weekend or week’s stay - perfect location beside the cathedral with easy access to shops and restaurants. Very well equipped and charming. Lots of stairs!
Glad you found the location convenient. Thanks for staying with us. Best wishes, Guy
Lovely house and location
Very convenient for the city with plenty of parking. Lots of stairs so perhaps not suitable for small children or those with low mobility, but very clean and nicely presented, with lots of nice little touches and Guy is very helpful. Highly recommended
beautiful home and excellent location
First and foremost, Guy was a wonderful host. There are pamphlets of restaurants, things to do, things to see - you name it. Maps were provided and the house was decorated nicely. Really, right in the middle of everything. Restaurants, shops and beautiful scenery all within a short walks distance. The home was cozy and plenty of room for 5 of us. Kitchen was smartly stocked and the layout was perfect for us. Entertaining on lower levels and bedrooms above. Yes, there are stairs - do not let that deter you from this wonderful property. Thank you, Guy, for a wonderful stay. We will be back - and even our family (locals in Worcester) are looking to stay for weekends.
Wonderful central location and many home comforts provided
This is a lovely house and was in a great location for us, being very near the cathedral where we were singing all week.
Guy provided lots of kitchen staples - tea, coffee and milk, condiments and wine to start our stay along with some delicious home-made shortbread. Great to have the dishwasher and washing machine (and supplies of tablets): and the broadband speed was unrivalled by any property we have previously stayed in! Nice thick towels and windows that were easy to open.
The information about stairs was clearly given in the property details, so we knew that we would need to be nimble and energetic - that was fine. We managed sharing the one shower between five - that's do-able with the second WC. We would stay here again if it is available if we return to Worcester.
Thanks for staying with us. Welcome back anytime. Regards, Guy and Jeannette.
One of the nicest properties we have stayed, in location, facilities and Owners response.
Worcester is a great city to visit and this house, under the shadow of the Cathedral and Edward Elgar's boyhood home is a very special place. The house is very well and thoughtfully equipped. We lacked nothing. Guy the owner responded immediately to any query and we are so glad we participated in his Worcester town guided tour. The city is central to a number of National Trust properties and gardens as well as being close to the Malvern Hills for walking. All in all a great experience and highly recommended.
Homey and comfortable.
There are lots of stairs, but Guy kindly helped us get our luggage up and then rode with me to show me where to park (it was just at the end of the block, but involved several turns to get there from where I had put the car). Everything worked fine, the house was comfortable and nicely decorated, and the beds were very comfortable. The location right next to the beautiful cathedral was wonderful, and we enjoyed listening to the bells chime the hours. We got a kick out of staying in Elgar’s house, too! Lots of good places to eat within a short walk, and there’s a lovely walk along the Severn River that Guy told us about. We would recommend this house highly!
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.
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.
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 3rd September 1651.
Sir Edward Elgar lived at 2 College Precincts, and is reckoned to have played in the Cathedral Cloisters as a small boy.