The Three Counties Show is an annual three day extravaganza which is held at the Three Counties Showground in Malvern. A celebration of the countryside, farming and all that rural Britain has to offer, the event offers a wonderful family day out which is jam-packed with entertainment, displays and exhibitors. Many farm animals will be shown, including rare and minority breeds, and the main arena will showcase a number of exhilarating displays. From performances by the Red Devils parachute team and action-packed stunts by the Devil’s Horseman, to dog agility, show jumping and sheep shearing demonstrations, there’s much to take in!
A medieval village complete with knights in shining armour is the venue for a medieval tournament that takes place each day, great fun for all the family. For the ladies – dress up and enjoy a glass of bubbly; Ladies Day is on Friday 14th June – dress to impress and maybe be the winner of: Best Dressed Lady or Best Headwear!
Malvern and Malvern Hills are areas of outstanding natural beauty, where there is much to explore and enjoy whether it be walking in the hills, meandering around the charming stone villages or visiting one of the larger towns. Why not book a cottage for your break and make the most of the show and the local areas?
Gorgeous 19th century stone cottage
Keepers Cottage is situated in a family-owned leisure park: Pearl Lake. Close to Leominster and under an hour’s drive to the showground, the park boasts 20 acres of woodland, a 9-hole golf course, a children’s play area and a 15 acre fishing lake.
This delightful cottage has its own private garden and parking, as well as two double bedrooms and one twin bedroom, which can easily sleep six people. A family bathroom is situated on the first floor, but there is also a shower room downstairs. The well-equipped kitchen is of a country style and has a table and chairs perfect for breakfast, while there is a separate, more formal, dining room where you can make yourself at home for the evening. The cosy lounge is replete with TV, DVD and Hi-Fi, and all bedrooms have flat-screen televisions equipped with freeview.
If exploring further afield, I can personally vouch for the nearby market town of Ludlow. This historic town has many listed buildings, the architecture of which gives a nod to their Norman history. There are fabulous restaurants, pubs and tearooms too, including one of my favourites, the Charlton Arms. Overlooking the River Teme, the terrace is perfect for sitting and admiring the beautiful views of south Shropshire.
Availability: 1st June – 16th June.
Price: £575 per week (min stay 3 nights).
Superb barn conversions
Shetton Barns is a fantastic development of five barns, situated in the picturesque Herefordshire countryside. Finished to a very high standard with oak flooring and exposed beams and brickwork, they are all furnished and decorated tastefully.
The barns can be rented individually or as a group; renting all five properties will provide accommodation for up to 65 people! Perfect for a large family gathering, the expansive garden also offers fantastic views over the glorious countryside.
All five barns have availability in June 2013.
The Three Counties showground is under an hour away, but for days when you are looking for other activities to try, why not visit Hereford with its historic cathedral, shops, cinema and bowling alley? Hampton Court Castle, Eastnor Castle and Symonds Yat are further attractions in close proximity to the barns.
Pretty family cottage
Needless to say, the brilliantly named Pig-Sty doesn’t reflect the property in question! Offering tranquillity and outstanding views over the Bredon Hill and the Malvern Hills, this pretty cottage is situated in the sleepy village of Birlingham. Located just a few miles from the market town of Pershore, this lovely cottage is perfect for a family break.
Downstairs, the open space encompasses a living and dining area, while upstairs there are two double bedrooms, one with a double bed and the other with two twins. Inside, the cottage has all the modern conveniences you’d expect, while outside the garden is a fantastic area for children and adults alike. There’s a new tree house and football goal for the children (and big kids!) as well as beautiful flower beds and a herb garden.
The local pub The Swan is just a short walk away, and a warm welcome is guaranteed. Also within easy walking distance is a lovely nature reserve, the River Avon and a working lock. The owners of this cottage can arrange private visits to some of the attractive local gardens, or if golf is your passion, there are several courses in the local area.
Availability: from 14th June – 28th June.
Price: £100 per night (3 night min stay).
4 star cottage
Situated in the grounds of a 14th century home, the Stables is in a peaceful location with the Black Mountains as its distant back drop. Your immediate surroundings, a whopping 14 acres of land, encompass gardens, orchards, pastures and trees. This single story accommodation option boasts a bespoke kitchen, cosy living room with wood burner, dining area with seating for two and a bedroom furnished with quality linens and bedding. Whilst staying at the cottage, you also have use of an outdoor heated swimming pool and all-weather tennis court.
Why not join the Herefordshire Black and White trail which is just a short walk away? You’ll pass through many traditional villages with timber-framed houses, pubs and tea rooms. If you have brought your bikes, however, then cycling is an equally great way to explore the local area. As previously mentioned, Ludlow, Hampton Court Palace and Hay on Wye all make interesting and fun days out for family and friends.
Availability: from 1st June – 21st June.
Price: £90 per night (3 night min stay).
Once you have been to the Three Counties Show, I’m sure it will make an annual appearance in your diary. It’s one of my favourite areas in the UK, and most definitely worthy of a visit.
Kirsti Banyard lives in Hampshire and loves nothing more than spending time with her two sons and husband whether exploring Cornwall or perhaps further afield to enjoying a roast meal on a Sunday.