Just outside the city of Worcester The Elms Hotel & Greenhouse Spa is making a statement on what it means to be a country house hotel for the 21st century. Honouring all that’s great about the English countryside (preserved, listed architecture, manicured lawns, acres of parkland, decadent traditions such as afternoon tea and cocktails), there’s nothing formulaic about this rural escape. Quirky design touches and surprising bonus features – such as the three-bedroom, six-person apartment-style Gladstone Suite – set the hotel apart. And each individually designed bedroom and suite in the Queen Anne mansion is nothing short of utter luxury facing views of the gardens and beyond to Teme Valley. Additional accommodations include the Hot Tub Garden rooms tucked away in the coach houses. Cosy and romantic, with direct access to the gardens, these rooms are the ideal choice for romancing couples and those who wish to bring the dog along. Take a little stroll behind the mansion to discover the self-contained, eco-conscious Greenhouse Spa where all manner of massages, body wraps, body scrubs, facials, and manicures take place, and healthy, light bites are served. But for something a little more indulgent, the mansion’s AA Rosette-awarded restaurant, The Herb Garden, presents a menu showcasing a modern interpretation of classic British dishes overseen by one of the UK’s most talented chefs, Adam Maddock. And more relaxed, rustic dining is available in the Badger Bar & Grill. Warning: expert pastry chefs create sweet treats you’ll be powerless to resist!