Local Area

Malvern Hills image walk, close to Self Catering Malvern Holywell

Malvern Hills (Outside your door)

The Malvern Hills, Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty - boasts a number of diverse landscapes, rich in wildlife, flora & fauna.  Over 1 million visitors every year, are attracted to the Hills by the various walks, open spaces and dramatic landscapes.  The Hills are also popular for hand gliding, horse riding and orienteering.

The Malvern Hills Conservators and the Tourist Information Centre can supply an array of information, maps and guides for choosing the right adventure for you.

Elgar Trail (Craeg Lea - 0.8 miles)

A well-signposted Elgar Trail has been constructed linking most of the surviving properties and other locations associated with Elgar in the Malvern, Hereford & Worcester, area - a leaflet describing the Trail can be obtained from the Tourist Information Office, also check out our Holywell History page for a brief summary of some of the history surrounding the house and the area!

Elgar great malvern statue
Golf ball on tee

Worcestershire Golf Club (1 miles)

Established in 1879, The Worcestershire Golf Club is proud to be the oldest club in Worcestershire and one of the oldest in England. It is within 1 mile of Holywell Suite, so close you could even walk!

The Worcestershire is a private club but is always pleased to welcome visitors to play on its challenging and well-presented course either as individual visitors or in organised groups as part of a society or company day.

Three Counties Showground (1.5 miles)

All year round you will find events being held at the Showground, less than 1 mile from Wells House.

The Three Counties Showground is home to the Three Counties Agricultural Society. We provide vibrant, innovative events throughout the year, and host a full range of trade and business exhibitions, equestrian and canine shows, sales, fairs and rallies. Our panoramic backdrop in the shape of the famous Malvern Hills is a designated area of outstanding natural beauty. We are a nationally recognized venue and welcome more than a million visitors each year.

Three Counties Show Image Accommodation
Image of Great Malvern from Above Close to Self Catering

Great Malvern (2 miles)

Great Malvern is approximately two miles away and offers a wide range of amenities to include shops, banks, building societies, Post Office, restaurants, takeaways and Waitrose supermarket. It is renowned for its tourist attractions to include the theatre complex with concert hall and cinema. There are many sporting facilities available to include the Worcestershire Golf Club, Splash leisure centre & Manor Park Sports Club.

Cathedral sized Great Malvern Priory stands proudly in the Town Centre of Great Malvern.  This, the oldest part of the town centre, was founded in 1085 when Benedictine monks settled here. Take a tour of the Priory to reveal its history and enjoy the medieval architecture, massive Norman pillars and huge stained-glass windows.

Malvern Theatres (2 miles)

Just 5 minutes into Great Malvern, Malvern Theatres offers a diverse programme of drama, comedy, music and dance.  The complex boasts two theatres, a cinema, restaurant and two bars.  George Bernard Shaw co-founded the original theatre.  Malvern Theatre continues to be one of the leading regional venues and attracts some of the biggest names.

Malvern theatres park
pool water from above

Splash Leisure Centre (2 miles)

Just 5 minutes into Great Malvern, is a superb facility for all the family - the Splash Leisure Pool. You will find a main swimming pool and a teaching pool with leisure facilities including a beach, flume and wave machine. If you are looking for a good workout, then try the Fitness Suite or choose from a group exercise class. Afterwards, you can revitalise yourself with a relaxing visit to the sauna or steam room.

Morgan Motor Company (4 miles)

Enjoy a fully guided tour of the factory witnessing the traditional skills of the craftsmen and women hand-making Morgan Sports Cars. Discover the rich history of the Morgan Motor Company and follow the incredible stories from Victorian times until the present day. See the exciting new developments and cutting edge technology that goes into today's Morgan Sports Cars. (Open Mon-Fri)

Morgan car close up front
Francis Orpen Morris - Eastnor castle drawn

Eastnor Castle (6.7 miles)

Less than 10 minutes away, towards Ledbury, is the stunning, Grade I listed, Eastnor Castle. View the castle’s lavish interiors containing medieval armour, fine art and tapestries. Explore the 100 acres of grounds, follow the Lakeside & Woodland Walks, discover the rare trees in the Arboretum.   Families will enjoy the Knight’s Maze, adventure playground, junior assault course and picnic areas.

The Castle is usually closed to the public on Saturdays.  Please check the Eastnor Castle website for current opening times.


Many cyclists enjoy the many rides around the Malvern Hills.  Mountain bikers are allowed on main paths on the Malverns, and night riding is popular too.  With main roads reasonably quiet, a racer or hybrid bike will allow you to reach places such as Upton-upon-severn, Hereford, and Worcester. 

Eating Out 

There are several great restaurants in Malvern.  The closest is the famous Cottage in the Wood, literally next door to the apartment.  

In Malvern town centre there are several bistros, you could try The Fig Tree.  For Italian restaurants, try independent Benedictos, or the Italian chain Ask.  We can recommend a very good curry house (Anupam) and the Theatre has a newly refurbished restaurant (booking advised).  Vegetarian diets are especially well catered for at the organic vegetarian coffee shop Green Link café on Graham Road.

For a great Sunday lunch, walk round the Hill via the Wyche cutting (or over it!) to The Kettle Sings.  Don’t be put off by the exterior of the building, the food is great! Booking is not essential, but to guarantee a table next to the window, with an awesome view of Herefordshire, you are advised to book.