Room Description

The Tolkien room is on the first floor with a peaceful outlook and wonderful views across Worcestershire & the Severn Valley.  There is a KIngsize bed and small ensuite shower. The bedroom is decorated in neutral tones and furnished with antique furniture and paintings.  There are two easy chairs and a table in front of the window.

Our room rate includes both Continental and a cooked to order breakfast.

Facilities:

  • Free High Speed WIFI
  • 32 inch Flat Screen TV
  • Hospitality Tray including a selection of Pukka Teas, Hot chocolate and Bronte biscuits.
  • Hairdryer
  • Cole & Lewis Toiletries

Why name our room ‘Tolkien’?

Although born in South Africa in 1892, Tolkien moved to England at the age of four with his mother and brother after the death of his father. They lived in and around Birmingham, including at the village of Sarehole, which, like the fictional Hobbiton, had a corn-grinding mill by the water.

Friends C.S. Lewis and Tolkien visited often in the 1930s on the early train from Oxford (where they were both professors at the University)  spending their days amid the melancholic beauty of Malvern’s high furrowed slopes and ridges. Lewis, incidentally – who took walking a good deal more seriously than Tolkien – often found himself irritated at his friend’s evident dislike of exertion. Not for nothing did Tolkien make his Hobbits lazy…

Tolkein’s inspiration for Middle Earth came directly from the green and mist-soaked uplands of the Malvern Hills. Middle Earth is the border between the kingdoms of Rohan and Gondor, marked by the Ered Nimrais mountain range, known colloquially as the White Mountains.  George Sayer, who wrote the biography of CS Lewis, remembers hiking with Tolkien in the Malvern Hills in Worcestershire.

“The Lord of the Rings author “lived the book as we walked, sometimes comparing parts of the hills with, for instance, the White Mountains” that marked the border between Rohan and Gondor, he said.”