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OUTSIDE THE BOX
WHEN IT COMES TO SHORT BREAKS, WHY NOT THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX? RATHER THAN BOOK AN ALL-TOO-COMMON LAST MINUTE DEAL AND SETTLE FOR A COOKIE-CUTTER HOLIDAY, HAVE A LOOK INTO SOMETHING A LITTLE BIT DIFFERENT, A LITTLE BIT SPECIAL. IF COMFORT AND LUXURY AND SOFT, CUSHY COSINESS FUSED WITH JUST THE RIGHT AMOUNT OF HOME-COOKED HOSPITALITY SOUNDS LIKE HEAVEN TO YOU, A HOLIDAY AT THE OLD RECTORY NORTH, WORCESTER MAY BE JUST WHAT THE DOCTOR ORDERED. Mini bars, all-you-can-eat buffets and branded toiletries have nothing on a luxury self-catering holiday at The Old Rectory. Don’t get me wrong; I love hotels. I like rummaging through the mini bar and ordering room service. What I don’t like is trying to block out the noise of my neighbour’s TV at 3am, having nowhere private to go for some fresh air, or wishing my room had a big comfy chair to curl up in with a great novel. My visit to The Old Rectory in the Cotswolds left me wishing for nothing and offered more than I ever expected. Just under three hours from Maidstone, The Old Rectory in Lower Strensham is conveniently located just 10 minutes from the nearby towns of Pershore, Tewkesbury and Upton-upon Servern, and only 15 minutes from
Worcester and the spa town of Cheltenham – giving guests plenty of options for days out, dining and entertainment. Though it shouldn’t have taken more than three hours to reach The Old Rectory, it took us 4 ? after a major detour because of a motorway closure. To make things even more miserable, it was pouring. Needless to say, we were relieved when we pulled into the long private drive, and our annoyance and misery melted away quickly once we saw the spectacular setting we were to be staying at for the weekend.