Music of Elgar & the Malvern Hills

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Activity types:

  • Central location
  • Culture
  • Indoors
  • Meadows & hills

Holiday overview

Elgar was born in 1857 at Broadheath, close to Worcester – his father had a music shop and he tuned pianos. His life and music are closely linked to the area. We’ll visit places associated with him, listen to his music and take time to appreciate and understand the countryside that greatly inspired him.

Holiday highlights

  • Walking tour of Worcester, looking at places associated with Elgar
  • Talks and informal discussions with an expert leader
  • Enhance your understanding by listening to selected pieces of music

Great reasons to join us

  • Great value: all prices include Full Board en-suite accommodation, plus all activities
  • Expert leader: we carefully select friendly and knowledgeable leaders for each holiday
  • Accommodation: enjoy high-quality accommodation and excellent food at our Country Houses
  • Sociability: we pride ourselves on the sociable atmosphere of our holidays – listen to music together, eat together and socialise together

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Accommodation

HF Holidays' Harrington House in Bourton-on-the-Water, Cheltenham

Dating from the Tudor period, and of, considerable historic interest, Harrington House mirrors the mellow architectural style of the Cotswolds. Its peaceful atmosphere and proximity to the charming centre of Bourton-on-the-Water make it ideal for those who prefer a less active holiday.

Harrington House has 29 bedrooms. Most are located in the main house, with others in the adjacent cottages. 

 

Green tourism bronze award

 

HF Holidays Harrington House is awarded Bronze status by Green Tourism

 

Choose your room

Classic Rooms
• Check-in from 2:30pm
• Comfortable accommodation
• En-suite bathroom with bath or shower
• TV
• Hairdryer
• Tea and coffee-making facilities
• Single rooms are available at no extra charge
Premium Rooms
• Check-in from 1:30pm
• Enjoy extra space or exceptional views
• Toweling robe Complimentary slippers 
• Same facilities as our classic rooms
• Available from an extra £10 per person per night
Family Rooms
• Check-in from 2:30pm
• 3 or 4 beds
• Same facilities as our classic rooms
• Full sized twin or double beds for adults and bunk or occasional beds for children

Facilities

• Excellent boot and drying rooms 
• Main house there is a lounge, dining room and a bar
• Ballroom
• At the very top of the house is the observatory 
• Free WiFi in public rooms
• Range of board games and books
• At the rear of the house there is an attractive walled garden with a large croquet lawn

Dining

All holidays at our Country Houses are full board accommodation including evening meal on arrival to breakfast on the day of your departure. All of our Country Houses have a well-stocked bar serving local beers, wine and spirits.

Start your day with our extensive breakfast.
 Take your fill from our famous self-service picnic lunches
A relaxed social dinner is a highlight of any stay at our Country Houses

An example of Bourton-on-the-water evening meal

Your evenings

Make the most of your evening or join us at the bar


Just relax and take it easy, or if you'd like to continue to chat with our guides and fellow guests then why not grab a drink or take part in one of our optional evening activities.

All of our bars are stocked with locally sourced drinks so you can really soak up your surroundings.

Accessibility

Due to the layout and age of Harrington House, it is not recommended for wheelchair users or anyone with restricted mobility.

Although one bedroom has wheelchair access, the access to the main house has some steps and internally there are some steps to negotiate.

More details on Bourton accessibility

Additional information

  • Fire procedure is displayed in each room and explained to guests on arrival. Guests requiring assistance at an evacuation are identified at this time and door hanger cards are issued
  • Mobile phone reception is generally good from the main building
  • Assistance dogs accompanying visually or hearing impaired guests are welcome; dogs must be kept on a lead or harness at all times
  • Information can be provided in large print
  • Staff have received disability awareness training
  • Special diets can be catered for. Specialist food can be obtained with prior notice
  • Fridge for medication can be supplied

Itinerary

Monday: Arrival day

You can check in to your room from 2.30pm onwards. Please join us for afternoon tea at 4pm. All guests are invited – we’ll introduce your leader and welcome you to your holiday. After dinner enjoy an illustrated talk on Elgar’s early life and background, which will enhance tomorrow’s tour.

Tuesday: Elgar’s Countryside Tour

A full day, visiting places of interest associated with Elgar. We’ll pass his birthplace cottage at Broadheath, and visit Great Witney Court where his father tuned pianos for Queen Adelaide, and the young Edward performed for the Dudley Family. After lunch we spend time in Worcester taking a guided walking tour to view buildings in the city associated with Elgar including the famous Cathedral and Guildhall.  Our return journey takes us past Spretchley Park which inspired parts of Dream of Gerontius.  

Wednesday: Elgar’s Inspiration

9.30am – 12.30pm: This morning we will view the iconic Portrait of a Composer documentary produced by Ken Russell, celebrating the life and work of Elgar. Following a coffee break, there will be an illustrated talk and discussion on 'the Hereford years'.

12.30pm: Lunch followed by a free afternoon to explore the area independently, or relax in the Country House.

5pm – 6.30pm: A consideration of Elgar’s choral and vocal music.

After dinner: Elgar miniatures.

Thursday: Enigma Resolved?

9.30am – 12pm: A musically illustrated talk - Enigma Resolved - looks at the possible origins of the theme and at the characters portrayed in the Enigma Variations (with a coffee break).

1pm – 5.30pm: Enjoy viewing places of interest associated with Elgar in and around Malvern. We visit the Elgar family graves at St Wulstan's Church, Little Malvern, spend some time in the centre of Great Malvern and enjoy views of the Malvern Hills which were a constant inspiration.

After dinner: Elgar - a creative life

Friday: Depart after a leisurely breakfast

Sometimes things happen beyond our control – the weather, traffic jams or changes at the places we visit. If we need to adjust your holiday programme, for whatever reason, your leader will help smooth the way.

 

 

What to bring

All of the music will be provided for you. You may want to bring a notebook and pen to make notes of the music you listen to.

Local area

Discover the Cotswolds

Bourton-on-the-Water is situated at the heart of the Cotswolds, a beautiful area of rolling green hills and attractive stone towns and villages.

Harrington House is located in a quiet street, just 100 metres from the centre of Bourton. This is one of the most popular villages in the Cotswolds, frequently busy with visitors. The River Windrush winds its way through the central village green and is crossed by a series of attractive stone bridges.

Bourton-on-the-Water is a popular destination in its own right with its specialist shops and attractive village  green. Local attractions include the motor museum, model village and Birdland wildlife park, all within easy walking distance.

The village has a good range of facilities including a small supermarket, post office, newsagent, pubs and bank.

During your stay at Harrington House you may enjoy visiting the following places of interest:

Chipping Campden
The mellow market town of Chipping Campden, about 30 minutes' drive north of Bourton-on-the-Water, is one of the most visited towns in the Cotswolds.

Pathway through elegant gardensHidcote Manor Gardens
Owned by the National Trust, Hidcote is a small manor house with an exceptional garden designed in the Arts and Crafts style. Around 35 minutes' north from Bourton-on-the-Water. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hidcote 

 

 

Rolling hills and Broadway TowerBroadway
Considered as one of the most beautiful villages in Britain it is easy to see why so many visitors are attracted to Broadway. Don’t let this put you off; Broadway is still worth a visit. To get away from the crowds, consider a walk to Broadway Tower for stunning views of the Vale of Evesham. Around 30 minutes' drive from Bourton.

 

Inside the Royal Shakespeare TheatreStratford-upon-Avon
Famous for its Shakespeare connections, Stratford is an attractive town spanning the River Avon. Of particular interest are the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and the Shakespeare Birthplace Museum. Around 40 minutes' drive from Bourton. www.rsc.org.uk or www.shakespeare.org.uk

 

 

Exterior and gardens of Blenheim PalaceBlenheim Palace
Blenheim Palace is one of the grandest and best-known stately homes in Britain. It sits in extensive parkland and is also famous as the ancestral home of Winston Churchill. www.blenheimpalace.com

 

 

Cheltenham
The fine Regency spa town of Cheltenham has an excellent range of shops and facilities. Cheltenham is around 25 minutes' drive from Bourton, and can also be reached by an hourly local bus.

Gloucester
The Cathedral city of Gloucester is about 35 minutes' drive to the west of Bourton. The fine Norman cathedral is well worth visiting, as is the National Waterways Museum. www.gloucestercathedral.org.uk or www.canalrivertrust.org.uk

Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway
Ride the steam railway through attractive Cotswold countryside from Cheltenham to Toddington about 30 minutes' drive from Bourton. Now restored, this was once the Great Western main line to Birmingham. www.gwsr.com

Oxford
The famous university city of Oxford is about an hour’s drive from Bourton-on-the-Water. You may wish to stroll through the historic colleges or visit the Ashmolean Museum. www.ashmolean.org

 

Hidcote Gardens image ©National Trust Images/Jonathan Buckley

Travel

Travel to Bourton-on-the-Water

Our address is: Harrington House, Sherborne Street, Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire, GL54 2BY

How to get to us by train

By train:

The nearest railway station is Moreton-in-Marsh. However, the nearest mainline station is at Cheltenham Spa which may be more convenient. For train times and general rail enquiries visit www.nationalrail.co.uk or call 03457 484950 (from outside the UK call +44 20 7278 5240).

Train at Moreton-in-Marsh station 

Get to us by Taxi

By taxi:

From Moreton-in-Marsh station a taxi takes approximately 20 minutes and costs £21 if pre-booked. From Cheltenham Spa station a taxi takes around 30 minutes and costs £42 if pre-booked. Details of our current recommended taxi company and rates will be sent to you with your booking. The return taxi journey can be arranged on your behalf by the Harrington House Manager.

 

Bus

By bus:

From Moreton-in-Marsh station catch the 801 bus to Bourton-on-the-Water,from where it is a short walk to our Country House. Alight next to the Edinburgh Woollen Mill Shop. Cross the road to the war memorial and continue across the bridge. Follow this road for 150 metres until the road forks. Harrington House is on the left.

 Bus heading to Bourton-on-the-Water

Driving to us

By car:

From the A429 take the road into the centre of Bourton-on-the-Water.  At the war memorial by the village green, turn into Sherborne Street. Follow this road for 150yds, crossing the river and passing the motor museum until the road forks. Harrington House is on the left before the fork.  Look out for our sign. A car park is available in the grounds with free parking.

 

 Travel by plane

Travelling from overseas

For most guests, travelling to London Heathrow airport is the most convenient option.

From Heathrow first take the train to London Paddington station. From here there are direct trains to Moreton-in-Marsh. It's a relatively straightforward journey - just over 2 hours. See www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times.

From Moreton-in-Marsh you can travel on to Bourton-on-the-Water by bus or taxi (see above).

 Quantas Boeing 747

Leaders

Marcus Martin

Marcus Martin studied at piano, organ, singing and general music subjects at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and subsequently obtained an MA degree in Arts Management at City University London. Professionally he has combined a career of teaching, accompanying, conducting, performing and latterly, administration. For many years he taught piano and lectured on academic studies and also has worked extensively in the musical theatre as musical director for amateur and professional productions. For a long time Marcus has been associated with ‘Light Music’. His 35 piece Alassio Concert Orchestra, comprising musicians from the major London orchestras, regularly gives music-lovers a chance to hear the original orchestrations of some of the very best compositions of this genre. He has over 45 years' experience as a church organist and regularly conducts choirs and singing groups of varying sizes.

In 2012 he received an invitation to attend the Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace in May. The citation for this honour was in respect of 25 years of services to music and charities in Worthing - through involvement with amateur and professional choirs and orchestras, work with young performers within the music festival organisation and in particular the raising of a total of £40,000 for various local and national charities during the past 10 years of presenting Morning Melodies.

 

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  • Premium single room: £15 per night
  • Premium twin/double room: £10 per person per night
  • Non-member associate fee: £10 per person

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