Room Description

The Darwin room is a cosy newly refurbished twin with a modern ensuite Shower Room & wonderful far reaching views accross the Severn Vale. This is a quiet room on the second/top floor up in the eaves. The bedroom is decorated traditionally with antique furniture including two superbly comfortable walnut single beds and a gentleman’s compactum wardrobe.

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


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

*Please note that this room is on the second/top floor. We do not have a lift.

Why name our room ‘Darwin’?

Charles Darwin first visited Malvern in 1849, at the age of 39, to undergo hydrotherapy at Dr James Gully’s “hydopathy clinic”.  This was in an attempt to improve his ill health that was thought to have been brought on by stress and overworking. Although it was ten years before he published his famous book ‘On the Origin of Species’, he was already established as a naturalist and geologist by this time, having sailed on the HMS Beagle from 1831 to 1836 and been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1839.

Ironically for someone who formulated the theory of evolution and natural selection, Darwin married his cousin Emma Wedgwood, and worried whenever his children were ill that this might be as a result of inbreeding or them having inherited his poor health.  Sadly, one of his children Annie died at the age of ten due to ill health and complications, and she is buried in the churchyard of the Great Malvern Priory; having also been visiting the town to seek a cure from the healing powers of Malvern’s natural spring water.

The apartment where Darwin and his daughter were staying when she died is still a private apartment in the original building, now Montreal House, located two doors down from Sidney House on Worcester Road.