The Elms & our Anxiety Retreat & Spa


The Elms was built in 1710 during the reign of Queen Anne, expertly designed by architect Thomas White of Worcester. White was a pupil of the renowned Sir Christopher Wren.

In 1946 following over 2 centuries of family ownership, The Elms was sold and turned into a country house hotel.

More recently, 2003 saw The Elms purchased by Von Essen hotels and then in August 2007, The Elms became the fifth member of the Luxury Family retreat and spa it is today.

The Elms today provides families with a unique combination of superb OFSTED registered childcare, great family facilities, delicious food and wine, a beautiful Spa and understated yet attentive service in a seductive and luxurious setting.

Set in the most beautiful countryside overlooking the Teme Valley in rural Worcestershire, this historic ex stately home is now one of the country's most elegant and peaceful rural retreats.

The homely atmosphere complete with the spa's cat and dog, wellington boot collection and library, provides our retreat attendees, not only, with the opportunity to recover, but also to be accompanied by their partner, carer, companion and even their children, if they so wish.

The spa has a creche with qualified staff to care for your children whilst you attend the Retreat workshops and programme. This facility also provides your partner with the opportunity to attend a 'partner's session' or take good advantage of the sports and leisure facilities.

The grounds over look the Teme valley and are complete with an outdoor cooking demonstration area (open in good weather), seating and play areas, vegetable gardens and a 'secret garden'.

The Retreat and spa offers everyone peace, tranquility and wonderful treatments, all under one roof.

There are activities for children run by spa staff and opportunities to take the spa dog for a walk too.

When staying at The Elms, you're never short of things to do.

Supervised fun and games for the ‘littlies’ in The Den include painting, cooking, face-painting, hand and leaf painting, flower pot painting, glass painting, t-shirt painting, cress heads, masks, calendars, card and puppet making, Halloween party games, Easter egg hunts and so much more. Always stocked with all sorts of toys and activities, The Den is heaven for younger children.

For older children, there’s an air hockey machine, tabletop football and board games. There’s also an Xbox.

Outside, there’s children's croquet, outdoor table tennis, football nets and a trampoline, as well as a spectacular outdoor adventure playground.

Our aim is to provide anxiety disorder sufferers with an environment conducive to recovery in which they can feel relaxed both alone and with family or partners if they so wish.

It is vital that Charles' guests feel as comfortable, reassured, supported and safe whilst attending the Retreat; as an ex sufferer, Charles knows only too well, what anxiety sufferers need in order to become anxiety free once again.


Great work Charles! It's been only 5 days, and I've made more progress in my recovery from a severe mental/stress breakdown than in the past 10 months since it happened!



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