Strensham lies near Upton-on-Severn. For over four centuries the parish was famous for being the residence of the great Worcestershire Russell family, one of whom was Governor of Worcester in the civil wars. Possibly the most famous son of Strensham was the poet Samuel Butler, b1612, d1680 the author of "Hudibras (loved by King Charles the II) who is buried in Westminster Abbey, and whose house still remains, though converted into three cottages. Inside the church, there are 16th century pews, a Norman Tub Font, and a rare gallery formed out of the painted wood screen which dates from 1490-1500.
The Old Rectory is situated well away from the main village, next to Strensham Church, commanding beautiful views of Malvern and Bredon Hills. It has been said in the history of Strensham, published on the Web that: “The situation of the Rectory is so paradisiacal, overlooking the rich valley of the Avon that I can excuse the occupants for lingering behind as long as possible.”
Down the lane at Strensham you can walk, jog or cycle to the local farm shop, jammed with local produce and treats; sit in their old fashion tea room and have a clotted cream tea ...and just slow down! And just round the corner from the farm shop is the village of Defford with its own private airstrip should you wish to fly almost to our doorstep! www.defford-croftfarm.co.uk.
The next nearest village is Twyning, 5 mins South in the bordering county of Gloucestershire. Twyning Village is a quiet Gloucestershire village with a long history - the settlement dates back to before medieval times. There are still a number of old wooden frame buildings in the village together with traditional red brick houses such as the Old Manor. Five minutes drive from The Old Rectory, is the village green with The Village Inn at the far end. Just before The Green is Twyning Village Stores, which sells a good range of fresh, frozen and tinned produce including fresh bread and cakes, local meat, fruit and vegetables and wine and beers. Beyond the green the road leads down to the River Avon and a riverside pub. There's a lovely riverside walk along the Avon from the The Fleet Inn all the way into the centre of Tewkesbury. We can also take you here on our boat (see boat charter tab)
There's a network of local footpaths right on the doorstep with great views across to Bredon Hill and the Cotswolds. Twyning and Bredon are separated by the River Avon so a ten minute drive through Tewkesbury takes you to Bredon and Bredon Hill - the climb is worth it for the great views of the Vale of Evesham and across the Severn Vale to the Malvern Hills. A leisure complex and spa, fishing, horse riding and an 18 hole golf course are all within walking distance of the holiday cottage.