Rich in history and notable architecture, a hotel (Hand Picked Hotels) on the outskirts of Worcester that was originally inhabited by a community of Benedictine nuns. Guests today can wander the Abbey’s calming stone cloisters and 26 acres of gardens. Peaceful bedrooms (some in an adjoining manor house) may have a four-poster bed, or Gothic-shaped headboards. Private parties and weddings are held in the former chapel. George’s Bar, contemporary in style, with views over the lawn and terrace, serves refreshments throughout the day.