A beautiful Queen Anne mansion in extensive grounds, it’s as impressive inside as out. For years, the house served as a grand family home. Now, it offers an equally warm welcome to guests as part of Luxury Family Hotels, specialising in child friendly holidays.
The Elms was built in 1710 and designed by Thomas White, a pupil of Sir Christopher Wren. White’s other work includes the Guildhall at Worcester, which contains many features similar to the house. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the carriage drive was once lined with elm trees, though these have long died out and been replaced with limes.
In 1840 the house became part of the nearby Abberley Hall Estate, owned by the wealthy Moilliet family. By 1854, it was occupied by the Reverend Pearson, Rector of Great Witley and relation of the Moilliets by marriage.
One of The Elms’ most notable owners was Sir Richard Brooke, a well-known racehorse breeder and founder of the Abberley Stud. Initially, Brooke took out a lease on the house, eventually buying it for £6,500 in 1927. To create a home befitting his status, Brooke significantly enlarged the building with two new wings. He also incorporated ‘new’ fireplaces and doorways, taken from his old family home of Norton Priory in Cheshire.
On the first night of occupation following the work, a devastating fire gutted the old central block of the house, leading to further development and restoration work. Brooke continued to live at The Elms until 1946, when the manor was sold and turned into a country house hotel. It became a part of the present-day Luxury Family Hotels group in 2011.
Luxury Family Hotels
We never forget that The Elms was designed to be a home, and our approach is shaped by the needs of both families and parents. For the whole of your clan, we provide a luxurious but adventure-filled retreat.
With more outdoor space than you can shake a stick at (yes, we’re dog friendly too), there’s plenty to keep little ones entertained. Bounce off energy on the trampoline and play a game of tennis, croquet or football.
Use us as a base for venturing out to local attractions such as the West Midland Safari and Leisure Park. Alternatively, let the kids have fun in the crèche while you spend quality parent time in our spa, complete with swimming pool, sauna, and treatment rooms.
When it comes to refuelling, our food and drink gets the official parents’ thumbs up. Fruit, herbs and vegetables are grown in our garden to guarantee the best quality and zero food miles. We’ve even got our own expert kitchen gardener, who’s happy to stop and chat with curious little ones.
With all this, plus comfortable and spacious child-friendly rooms to relax in, family time is one luxury that’s never in short supply.