A View for all Seasons
At the heart of Worcestershire’s beauty lies its stunning landscape: On three sides, the county is bordered by steep hills, enclosing the Vale of the River Severn, leaving only one opening in the south onto the Bristol Channel. In the west, the Malvern Hills form the border with Herefordshire, stretching for 7.5 miles and containing some of the oldest rock in England. This geological structure, the Malvern Axis, continues to the north to the Suckley and Abberley Hills and the Wyre Forest. From there, the Clent Hills and Lickey Hills turn eastwards. At the boundary to Warwickshire, south of Redditch, lies the Arden Sandstone escarpment. In the south east, towards Gloucestershire, the ground rises to the Cotswold Escarpment.
Morton Hall is perched on the edge of the Arden Sandstone Escarpment and blessed with breath-taking views to the Malvern Hills, Abberley Hills and Clent Hills, especially from the higher levels of the house. To reveal the views at ground level as well, gaps were cut into the tree line along the top of the escarpment. As a result, the landscape unfolds below the lawn of the West Garden, offering awe-inspiring vistas which change dramatically throughout the year.