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Worcestershire lies in central England, just north of the Cotswold region. Within the rolling countryside and thriving towns and villages, you'll find plenty of holiday cottages in Worcestershire to choose from, including riverside properties and rural retreats. Worcester is built on the River Severn, right in the centre of Worcestershire. There are pleasant riverside walks, museums, historical buildings and plenty of modern shops, restaurants and hotels. You can tour the Royal Worcester Porcelain Factory and visitor centre. Sporting enthusiasts will enjoy a trip to the fine Worcestershire County Cricket ground or Worcester Racecourse. The city's famous export, Worcester sauce, is still made here to a secret recipe.

Pershore, south of Worcester, is a pretty market town on the banks of the river Avon, The town centres around its 7th century Abbey, which was rebuilt in Norman times. There's a wide main street with pretty Georgian-fronted houses. There's a regular market with plenty of fresh produce, perfect for stocking up if you're self-catering in Worcestershire. Evesham is also a busy market town. It once had one of the wealthiest monasteries in England, and the Almony remains as the home of the Tourist Information Centre. It was the Abbots who championed fruit growing and market gardening in the area, a tradition which continues today. The Vale of Evesham is known for its good quality fruit and vegetables, especially asparagus and plums. The blossoming fruit trees make the landscape very attractive in spring and there are a range of excellent self-catering holiday cottages in the Vale of Evesham to rent.

Broadway is a picturesque Cotswold village full of honey-coloured stone buildings (including some lovely holiday cottages in Broadway). Broadway Tower stands at 65 feet (20m) at the top of Fish Hill, providing a dramatic backdrop to the village and stunning views. Upton on Severn is an ancient town dating back to 897. You can discover the story of the town through the ages at the heritage centre, situated in 'The Pepperpot', Upton's main landmark. There are plenty of places to stay in Upton and Georgian inns testify to the importance of Upton as a traditional coaching stop.

Malvern is famous for its beautiful hills, which inspired Elgar to compose 'Pomp and Circumstance' (Land of Hope and Glory). Serious walkers can really stretch their legs here, and there are gentler routes for those who fancy taking in the stunning English scenery. Malvern has elegant architecture, and is also famous for its pure spa water, which Queen Victoria enjoyed. Malvern College is a popular public school and visiting parents often rent some of the quality self-catering accommodation near Malvern - the choice is extensive.

Bewdley enjoys a riverside setting in the north of Worcestershire. It's a Georgian town, dominated by St Anne's Church and Sir Thomas Telford's bridge. There's an award-winning museum in Bewdley featuring traditional craft demonstrations. The West Midland Safari Park is also close by; ideal for a family day out if you are staying in a holiday cottage near Bewdley. The Wyre Forest is an ancient woodland, with a well-resourced visitor centre. The Severn Valley Railway runs right from Bridgenorth through Highly, Arley and Bewdley to Kidderminster and offers great views and stylish transport through Worcestershire.

Tenbury Wells is situated between the borders of Worcestershire, Herefordshire and Shropshire. It is known as the 'Town of the Orchard' because the Teme valley is famous for its hops, fruit, holly and mistletoe. It also has natural springs and an ornate 'Chinese Gothic' style pump room. Worcestershire offers some gorgeous English country cottages to let - for short breaks, a weekend in the country or a longer self-catering holiday. The choice ranges from large houses to isolated cottages in the pretty Worcestershire countryside.

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