Top places to live in Worcestershire Malvern
Seeking a winning combo of the great outdoors with some classy property options?. Malvern, at the foot of the spectacular Malvern Hills, is a des res postcode (and still very affordable, but get to it!) Part of our Top 200 Places to Live series.
Hugged by some of the most stunning scenery in the South West, this picturesque spa town is the gateway to the Malvern Hills – a nine mile stretch of AONB land that rises from the surrounding meadows (locals call them the Midlands Alps). Hugely popular in Victorian times for its medicinal waters (more on its natural springs later) you’ll find scores of gorgeous period villas to snap up too. There’s a reason guide books gush about Malvern – it’s a gorgeous place to live, plus there’s a dynamic cultural scene with renowned theatres and year-round events, from the RHS Malvern Festival in May, to the Royal Three Counties Show.
The Cottage in the Wood gives you breathtaking panoramas with your glass of vino. The iconic 1919 Restaurant and Bar is set in a restored Georgian house (with cool, nature-themed wallpaper by Timorous Beasties) and has two AA Rosettes for Mark Redwood’s seasonal and inventive menu. Get a pint of Malvern’s Friday ale or a glass of Elgar wine from local Lovells vineyard. Visit on certain Sundays for Jazz afternoons and literary talks. Or go to The Fig in the centre of town for delicious tapas and global platters, a great spot for pre-show suppers.
Ethical luxury homewares and lifestyle boutique Rhubarb has three floors of beautiful interiors buys – from reclaimed wooden tables to bags, rugs and cushions sourced from around the world. The Malvern Bookshop is a great little treasure trove with five rooms of pre-loved books to explore and the Iapetus Gallery shop is the place for locally-made arts and crafts.
The Malvern Hills divide the beautiful English countryside of Herefordshire and Worcestershire, and are hugely popular with walkers, ramblers, cyclists, dog lovers and families (plus, pretty amazing for a run we say). The Severn valley has striking riverside walks with views of the Cotswolds too. Head up to the Worcestershire Beacon for some breathtaking and highly enviable selfies. For a culture fix head to the Malvern Theatres complex in Priory Park’s Winter Gardens. A brilliant, state-of-the-art venue for theatre, music and film. Priory Park is great for families with its great childrens’ playground and gardens to explore.
AVERAGE HOUSE PRICE
Prices are still relatively low here, with the average property price reaching £270,589, but expect to pay upwards of £350,332 for a detached home. Good local estate agents include John Goodwin, Fine and Country, and Allan Morris
For ages 3 to 13 The Downs is a vibrant day and boarding school set in an impressive 55 acre campus on the side of the Malvern Hills with its own working steam railway. For the 13 to 18 age group opt for the acclaimed Malvern College, a leading co-ed day and boarding school set in a beautiful 250-acre campus with incredible facilities. For state options, Malvern Wyche CofE primary is Ofsted rated ‘Outstanding’, or try the ‘Good’ rated Chase School for secondary and sixth form.
BEST KEPT SECRET
The wells! Head to St Ann’s Well to sample the legendary, restorative waters, and Holy Well. Around the Malverns there are many more springs, some well restored like the Beauchamp Spout in Cowleigh Road or the fountain, Malvhina, at Belle Vue Island and others more obscure. Finding them makes a cool treasure hunt. It’s also said that the sight of a Malvern lamp post one snowy night inspired CS Lewis’s iconic Narnia Chronicles. Ask at the Malvern Tourist Centre for marked trail guides to discover more.
In the centre of Malvern you’ll find Great Malvern Station and nearby Malvern Link station in Barnards Green. It takes approximately two hours and 30 minutes to reach London Paddington from Malvern. To drive it is just over 100 miles, taking on average two hours.
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