About the location
Ombersley 2 miles; Stratford-upon-Avon 26.5 miles; Warwick 35 miles
The scattered Hamlet of Hawford lies amongst beautiful Worcestershire countryside on the banks of the River Salwarpe, close to the River Severn and the Droitwich/Worcestershire canal. Hawford boasts a16th century black and white Dovecote, owned by the National Trust, it is a remnant of a former medieval monastic grange retaining many of its original nesting boxes and original features. Just a short drive away is the pretty black and white village of Ombersley, which was part of the Royal Forest until 1229 and is home to Checketts Fine Food selling locally-sourced meat and homemade produce with a cafe and deli. Also in the village are traditional pubs serving home-cooked food and real ales. Nearby the Roman town of Droitwich Spa, sitting on the River Salwarpe, has one of the few remaining inland open-air salt water swimming pools, originally built in the 1930's and retaining much of the art-deco interior. The town also has an eclectic range of shops in the traditional town centre as well as pubs, cafés, a regular farmers’ market, theatre and golf course. Take a trip to Hanbury Hall, a Grade I listed Queen Anne style stately home with stunning landscaped gardens and natural parkland. Shelsley Walsh Hillclimb hosts numerous events throughout the year and is the oldest operational motorsport venue in use in the world. For the more adventurous, a tuition day can be booked through the centre. The Worcestershire town of Malvern dates back to the Bronze Age and is situated on the eastern side of the magnificent Malvern Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, which form a nine mile range of ancient rock offering miles of footpaths and bridleways with long distant views in all directions. The town plays host to many antique fairs, craft fairs and auctions throughout the year, is home to the Morgan car and the local theatre welcomes productions from the West End and The Royal Shakespeare Company. Many unspoilt Cotswold villages, including the quintessential English village of Broadway, are close by as well as Warwick with its imposing medieval castle, Stratford-upon-Avon the home of William Shakespeare, the waterfront city of Gloucester and Ledbury famous for its numerous black and white timbered buildings.