At the edge of the spectacular Malvern Hills (in Great Malvern) lies Audley Ellerslie retirement village. Three impressive Victorian mansions, including a Grade II listed building, overlook the Severn Valley and Worcestershire countryside.
The Ellerslie mansions were built in 1855 and situated in the once-famous spa town of Great Malvern. Once a water cure establishment of Doctor Edward and Walter Johnson, they were visited by key figures such as Charles Darwin and Florence Nightingale.
These splendid buildings later became a preparatory school for girls in the 1920s before becoming part of the prestigious Malvern College. The main house - Lind House - is named after the famous Jenny Lind, the 'Swedish Nightingale' whose last public appearance in 1883 and final resting place is right here in Malvern.
There are plenty of things to do and places to visit in Malvern, such as the Great Malvern Priory, the Malvern Museum, the Malvern Theatre, as well as the Three Choirs Vineyards and the Morgan Factory Tours. Of course, the beautiful spa town of Malvern wouldn't be such without The Malvern Spa bringing to life 200 years of spa history. It is home to an array of cafes and restaurants, as well as bookshops, antique dealers and fashion boutiques.
The Malvern lifestyle attracts artists and craftspeople who exhibit their wares in its shops, galleries and markets. For an alternative day out, why not try Clive's 'pick your own' Fruit Farm in Upton-upon-Severn?
If you’re looking to go further afield, Great Malvern offers two train stations for quick and easy access to the vibrant cities of Birmingham and Hereford. And of course, owners at Ellerslie benefit from the executive Audley minibus for local travel and days out.
The Malvern Hills are famed for their landscape, therapeutic spring water and musical and literary connections. They have also been declared an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) – and it’s easy to see why. A 40-minute walk from Audley Ellerslie to the Worcestershire Beacon provides the perfect vantage point for some of England’s grandest views – eastwards towards the Cotswolds, northwards towards Shropshire and westwards towards the mountains of Wales. The Hills are also a ramblers’ paradise, providing ideal walking conditions for all abilities.
Having been established since 1885 as a provincial centre for arts, the Malvern Theatres is well known up and down the country for its premier showcases and guests travel from miles around to visit.
The complex is situated in the Winter Gardens in the town centre of Great Malvern, Worcestershire. The theatre became known for its George Bernard Shaw productions in the 1930s and from 1977 onwards the works of Edward Elgar. Up until 1965, 19 different Shaw plays were produced at the Malvern Festival Theatre. Six of these premiered, including The Apple Cart at the opening Malvern Festival in 1929, Geneva, a Fancied Page of History in Three Acts in August 1938 and In Good King Charles's Golden Days, August 1939.
Nestled deep in the Cotswolds, 75 acres of English vineyard offer a splendid afternoon out. It is one of England's oldest vineyards and only 15 miles away from Audley Ellerslie Retirement Village. The first vines were planted here in 1973 on a small area of 1/2 an acre to see how the vines would grow. In 1990 the business opened their first state-of-the-art winery and visitor center.
Located near Ledbury (15 minutes from Audley Ellerslie), Eastnor Castle is a stunning Georgian castle, owned (and still lived in) by the Hervey-Bathurst family. Surrounded by a beautiful deer park, lake and arboretum, there are activities suitable for all ages - an adventure playground, junior obstacle course, knight’s maze, treetop walkway, Land Rover little offroaders, woodland play area, children’s fun sheets, lakeside walks and woodland walks.