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Ideal city centre location in a conservation area adjacent to the Cathedral.

Overview

Property

Updated: 21-Apr-2017
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

About the property

4 storey Georgian townhouse of historical Interest with free parking.

worcestercitycentrecottage provides quality, unique, self-catering holiday accommodation in the heart of the City of Worcester. AA**** self-catering quality inspected 2016.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.

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 bathroom is on the second floor and has a modern shower, high-flush toilet and pedestal wash basin. Adjacent to it are bedrooms 2 and 3. The former has two single divan style beds and the latter has one 4ft divan bed. Both bedrooms have views to the cathedral.

There are ample storage facilities in all the bedrooms.

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.

WiFi throughout.

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.

Sample menus from local restaurants.

A few essentials. 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.

A non-vehicle specific parking 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. 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.

A travel cot and high chair can be made available by arrangement.

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.

An optional free guided walking tour of the city accompanied by Guy at a mutually agreeable time. Duration to suit; but typically 1.5hours.

Health and Safety

All bedrooms and the living room are fitted with fire rated doors. There are mains wired smoke and heat alarms on each floor. Two fire extinguishers are located in the lower ground floor kitchen and the living room. A fire blanket and first aid kit are also to be found in the kitchen area. Please familiarise yourself with their location and use on arrival.

The sash windows on the top floor bedrooms open from the top down only.

The fire exits are either through the front door, or up the steps from the outside courtyard, through the alleyway and onto College Precincts. You don’t need keys to get out via either route, but you will need them to get back in.

The property is set over 4 floors, so please be careful on the stairs, and don’t leave objects on any steps or landings which could form a trip hazard; especially during the night-time. The stairs outside to the alleyway can get slippery when wet and care is needed at all times.

Wood for the stove can be found in the shed outside. It is best to bring the wood in the night before you want to use it. Use firelighters and kindling to start the fire. Always keep the glass door closed when using the stove, as excessive smoke may trigger the alarms. Please don’t touch the stove, as it gets very hot when in use and remember to use the glove provided when adding more wood. There is a lever on the top of the stove. Push it to the right and the wood will burn quicker. To the left and it will burn slower. If the wood is a bit damp it is better to keep the lever towards the right.

There are carbon monoxide detectors on the lower ground floor and the ground floor.

The owner of 1 College Precincts does have access through the alleyway and down the steps to his property; although he uses it infrequently for property maintenance purposes.

Please close all windows and lock all doors when not in the house.

A gas safety inspection was carried out Nov 2015. A 5 year electrical inspection was carried out Aug 2012.

The property is non-smoking throughout.

Please note: no candles are permitted.

How does it work?

Central Heating. It’s Gas Central Heating throughout. The boiler is modern and efficient and is located outside in the courtyard area, behind the white door. It is normally programmed to come on twice a day; once in the morning and once in the evening. When it is on, you are able to set the temperature by the thermostat located on the kitchen wall. Move the dial to the required temperature. The temperature on the display is the temperature of the room. When the central heating is off, the thermostat does not work, and trying to change the temperature will do nothing. Rather, if you are cold and want the heating on, go outside to the boiler and press the ‘Advance’ button on the central heating controls. The heating will now stay on until it is next programmed to go off. Touch nothing else. You can now use the thermostat in the kitchen. Hot water is available all the time. Run the water (either the taps or the shower) for a few seconds and it should be available.

WiFi. Network is CollegePrecincts. Wireless key password is nimrod57. The BT Hub5 is located and wired up in kitchen. Leave the kit plugged in and switched on at all times. The broadband is very strong in this part of Worcester, so you should experience little delay.

TV. FreeView channels with BT. There are 3 remotes. One for the Blu-ray DVD player, one for the TV and one for BT Freeview. Turn on the TV with the TV remote. Press the blue button on the BT Freeview remote. Wait a few moments. It should now work. For changing channels, use the BT Freeview remote; for volume, use either remote.

Wood burning stove. Covered under health and safety.

Garbage collection. Waste to landfill and recycling are each collected fortnightly on Fridays on a rotating basis, i.e. one one week and one the next. The black landfill bin and the green recycling bin are in the courtyard. The wheelie bins themselves are not emptied. Rather, the landfill waste needs to go in black bin liners and the recycled waste in green bin liners. You can keep the full bags in the wheelie bins outside until collection day. They are then left for collection adjacent to the house on the street outside. Worcester does not differentiate between different types of recycled waste. It all goes in the same green bags. Glass, plastic, paper, cardboard, yogurt/snack pots can all go in the recycling. A full list can be found in the house folder.

Gas Hob. Choose the gas ring you want to use, press the correlating knob down and turn. The gas should come on and can be controlled by turning the knob to the left and right.

Electric Oven. Turn on the oven to the setting you want to use, and then select the temperature.

Dishwasher. Put in tablet. Select program and close door.

Washer/dryer. Make sure the machine is switched on at the mains. For washing, select the spin you want, then the most appropriate wash cycle. Press the start button. Please make sure the dial has been switched to ‘OFF’ at the end of the wash so the machine is ready for the next use. Please use the ‘user’s guide’ for more information.

Shower. Simple controls. Uniflow tap. Hot water may take a little while to come through.

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About the Owner

Guy little
Member since: 2016
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
21 April, 2017

About Guy little

I live in Worcester myself. I operate an independent engineering and training consultancy. I'm an aerospace engineer by training and have spent time working in Seattle, Malaysia, France and Germany. My wife is a local teacher. We have one son.

Guy little purchased this house in 2015

Why Guy little chose Worcestershire

About as close and convenient to the city centre as you can get, and a great alternative to hotel rooms. 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.

4 Reviews

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(4 traveller reviews)

Shrewsbury Shropshire England
5

Lovely town house in a great location

  • 5 of 5

The house was beautifully decorated, very clean and with all the essentials to make a great break. The location right by the cathederal is spot on and don't worry about the bells, they don't start until the morning and are muted. It is a town house on several floors, so if you don't like or can't manage stairs then this is not the place for you.

Excellent, thank you.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 23, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Beautiful house in the very centre of Worcester

  • 5 of 5

The help and welcome from the owner set the theme for the weekend. The house is beautifully appointed with everything you could possibly need. It overlooks Cathedral right in centre. Highly recommended by me and my friends. Just loved it. Thank you.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you all had a great time!
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5

Great House with lots of character and central location

  • 5 of 5

We loved the house and fantastic location. All facilities were excellent. A great place to stay for the family.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed your stay. It was a pleasure to host your family. Best wishes, Guy and Jeannette.
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5

Gorgeous town house in Worcester

  • 5 of 5

Had a fantastic bank holiday break in this gorgeous town house, beautifully kept and great attention to detail by the owners, couldn't fault a thing about our stay we loved the property and Guy and Jeanette are so very helpful making sure your stay is a great one.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Anna, so glad you enjoyed your stay. Best wishes, Guy and Jeannette
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Location

From the Owner

About as close and convenient to the city centre as you can get, and a great alternative to hotel rooms. 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.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : birmingham at 25 Miles Nearest Barpub : numerous bars/pubs nearby at 20 Metres Nearest Golf : St. Johns, Worcester at 3 Miles Nearest Train : Worcester Foregate Street at 0.5 Miles Nearest Motorway : M5 at 2 Miles Nearest Restaurant : numerous restaurants nearby at 20 Metres Car: not necessary

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.

Prices and Availability

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27 Apr 2017 - 1 May 2017
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2 May 2017 - 20 Jul 2017
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24 Aug 2017 - 28 Aug 2017
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29 Aug 2017 - 2 Sep 2017
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3 Sep 2017 - 19 Oct 2017
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29 Oct 2017 - 22 Nov 2017
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23 Nov 2017 - 25 Nov 2017
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26 Nov 2017 - 28 Nov 2017
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29 Nov 2017 - 2 Dec 2017
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3 Dec 2017 - 14 Dec 2017
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26
15 Dec 2017 - 1 Jan 2018
7 night minimum stay
£850
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£850
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Check in from 4pm to 8pm. Check out by 11.00am. There is normally a 3-night minimum stay. The prices on the website reflect a weekly rate and a 25% discount is applied for 1 week or more. Stays of less than 1 week will not attract a 25% discount and the nightly rate will therefore be higher. 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.

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 traveller please contact us to request a special offer price for your stay; usually a 10% discount on the published prices. Additional £8 pp pn charge over 4 people.
Week and weekend breaks normally start on a Friday/Saturday, but we try to be flexible where we can. Note a premium may be applicable to bank holiday weekends.

Longer stays or other times by arrangement.

July/August and Christmas/New Year time are usually a minimum of 1 weeks’ stay.

Please make sure you have adequate insurance should you need to cancel. Your booking is secure once we have received the deposit. We will then send you written confirmation in the form of an invoice/receipt. A refundable £100 security deposit is required at the time of booking held against damages and breakages and the safe return of a parking permit should you need one.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

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Facilities

From the Owner

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.

Property Type

  • house

Theme

  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions

General

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster

Dining

  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area

Entertainment

  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...

Suitability

  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • city centre

Attractions

  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins

Leisure Activities

  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking

Floor Area

  • 1200 sq. ft.

Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Separate toilet and pedestal wash basin only.
  • There is a shower room with pedestal washbasin and high flush toilet on the 2nd floor. There is no bath. There is a separate toilet and pedestal wash basin only on the 1st floor.

Bedrooms

  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed
  • 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. Bedrooms 2 and 3 are on the 2nd floor. The former has two single divan style beds and the latter has one 4ft divan bed. This is a small double/large single bed. Both bedrooms have views to the cathedral.

Outside

  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...

Meals

  • Self-catering

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only ...
  • children welcome ...

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website

Notes:

  • 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. An optional free guided walking tour of the city accompanied by Guy at a mutually agreeable time. Duration to suit; but typically 1.5hours. A welcome with a few essentials is provided.

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