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We’re currently selling Birchwood Lodge, in the hamlet of Birchwood, near Malvern where, arguably, it’s most famous inhabitant claimed “The trees are singing my music, or have I sung theirs.”

Edward Elgar leased Birchwood Lodge in 1898 for five years.  He completed some of his greatest music while living here, ‘The Dream of Gerontius’. Other Elgar works associated with Birchwood include Sea Pictures and one of his Pomp and Circumstance Marches, beloved of the Last Night of the Proms.

At one point he sought to buy the secluded cottage. Indeed, friends aware of how important it was to him and to the rich vein of his music-writing also offered to buy it for him. But it was not to be. Nevertheless snippets from his correspondence with friends give a real feeling of how much Birchwood meant to him.

Birchwood Lodge may not be quite as tree surrounded today as in Elgar’s time, but it still provides an oasis of peace and calm, added to by its glorious views from house and garden, views which stretch to the Clent Hills in one direction, sweeping far beyond Worcester and its cathedral tower in another, and on to the nearby Malverns and south to Bredon Hill and the Cotswolds.

The delightful location and glorious view is something of which the present owners have never tired of but after 34 years in “such a happy family home” they have decided to downsize and move nearer their family.

The cottage is being sold by the Modern Method of Auction.

For further details on the property click here.

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