Known as being the 'heart' of Shakespeare's England, the county of Warwickshire offers the perfect mix of natural beauty, history, and entertainment. Amongst the wonderful landscape are some of Britain's most interesting places, including Stratford-Upon-Avon, Royal Lemington Spa, and Warwick; all rich in culture and history. With plenty to see and do, it's the ideal place for you and your furry friend to discover together.
- Evesham, EnglandVisit England ROSE award winner 2018
Set on the outskirts of one of Worcestershire’s most beautiful villages, Elmley Castle, nestling below the northern slopes of Bredon Hill in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The Lodge at Elmley Meadow is situated on a small holding with sheep and chickens, and is attached to the discreet and friendly owners’ home, with views to Bredon Hill. With a cosy open plan living, dining and kitchen area with a wood burner to relax in front of on a chilly evening, a downstairs double bedroom and shower room and a large private courtyard to enjoy eating al fresco. It is an ideal property for all the family including your four-legged friends, who have use of an enclosed field in the owners’ grounds. The property is on an 18-mile cycle route known as ’around the hill’ which encircles Bredon Hill and goes through local villages, there are several footpaths in the area, including one which starts at the property, at the end of the drive.
The village of Elmley Castle has a beautiful tree lined main street with many black and white and old red brick cottages, with a pub at the end which is only half a mile from the lodge. The 11th-century Norman and Medieval castle, where the village derives its name, has long since disappeared but the earthworks still remain in the nearby deer park. The nearby market towns of Pershore and Evesham have a range of shops, restaurants and pubs and are only 3 and 5 miles away, and can also be accessed by the local bus route which departs from outside the village pub.
Within 8 miles you can find yourself in the Cotswolds where you can visit beautiful towns and villages including Broadway, 8 miles, Moreton-in-Marsh, 17 miles, and Stow-on-the-Wold, 19 miles, where you can find quaint high streets and fantastic eateries. There is so much more to discover close by including the cathedral city of Worcester, 13 miles, the historic riverside town of Tewkesbury, 13 miles, the Malverns, with their magnificent hills and popular festival theatre, 19 miles, and the regency town of Cheltenham made famous from its horse racing festivals, 18 miles. Shop 3½ miles, pub and restaurants ½ mile.£76From price per night based on 7 night stay
- Banbury, EnglandThis fantastic property enjoys spacious accommodation and is perfect for families, friends, groups and celebrations. This detached house has two bedrooms, one with en-suite, and a family bathroom on the ground floor, and two further bedrooms on the first floor, again one with an en-suite. The large living room is double aspect and enjoys views to the rear of the property that stretch across the beautiful Oxfordshire countryside. The kitchen gives direct access to the large enclosed garden with a hidden seating area at the bottom.
The Long House is set within the small hamlet of Middle Aston in Oxfordshire and is only 1 mile away from the busy village of Steeple Aston, where you will find a great pub, post office and shop. Just over 8 miles away is Bicester Village, a must for any shopaholic to spend some money in the many designer outlet shops! Located in the Cherwell Valley area of Oxfordshire, you can enjoy the outdoors by ambling the many footpaths the area has to offer. Blenheim Palace, once home to Winston Churchill, is approximately 8 miles away and enjoys many events throughout the year, including music events, horse trials, Countryfile Live and a beautiful Christmas light show.
Close to the borders of the Cotswolds, you can enjoy driving and stopping at beautiful villages and towns, visiting tea rooms, eating at fabulous country pubs or taking in the scenery this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty offers. The historic university city of Oxford is within easy reach, and is well worth a visit to see the beautiful buildings and Westgate shopping and entertainment centre. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.£223From price per night based on 7 night stay
- Stratford-upon-Avon, EnglandLocated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and down a quiet lane away from the main road, this lovely cottage dates back to 1871 and was originally owned by the Duke of Northampton, who used the property for his land agent. Ashby Cottage was separated from Ashby House in the early 1970’s to form a separate residence. The cottage boasts traditional features such as an original baker’s oven and attractive mullion windows.
Long Compton is situated in the beautiful Cotswolds in south Warwickshire close to the borders of both Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire and is mentioned in the Domesday Book. The village is located approximately half way between Oxford and Stratford upon Avon and is within easy reach of both. The church dates back to the 13th century, and the lychgate to the 17th century. Visit the award-winning pub, which was built as a coaching inn in 1748 and is situated only 300 yards from the cottage. For golfers, there are two excellent courses close by, and for horse riders, guests will find an excellent riding school. Bikes are available to hire from Morton-in-Marsh.
Only one mile away stands the ancient Rollright Stones, just waiting for you to explore, dating from around 2000BC. Long Compton is a walker’s paradise with the MacMillan Way passing by the village. Ashby Cottage is an ideal base to explore the beautiful Cotswolds villages and towns of Stow-on-the-Wold, Chipping Norton, Chipping Campden, Hook Norton, Moreton-in-Marsh, Broadway, Snowshill, Bourton on the water, Burford and Woodstock to name a few.
A little further away stands Blenheim Palace and Oxford to the south, and a 30-minutes’ drive north will take you to the famous, historical town of Stratford-upon-Avon, fondly known as Shakespeare country. There is a number of wonderful National Trust properties within an hour’s drive, including Baddesley Clinton, Charlcote Park and Snowshill Manor. Shop ½ mile, pub and restaurant 300 yards.£63From price per night based on 7 night stay
- Banbury, EnglandA beautiful barn that was recently renovated in 2018 and is set in a quiet village in the Oxfordshire countryside, on the edge of the stunning Cotswolds, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The owners will give you a very warm welcome and ensure you have a fantastic stay with your friends and family and will even let you stay until 11am on the day of departure to enjoy every last moment of your break. Set in a gated courtyard, Monastery Barn has been presented to a very high standard with many period features including beams throughout the ground floor. All rooms in this property overlook the walled English country garden which has two patios where you can sit and dine, a secret seating area and is subtly illuminated at night so you can enjoy the warmer evenings with a gin and tonic. The dining room opens into the conservatory which boasts another seating area and flows into the large kitchen and the cosy living room. Upstairs, there are 3 beautifully decorated bedrooms, the master has an en-suite bathroom and there is a family bathroom too.
This is a great property for a short break or extended holiday as there is much to see and do in the area. Shutford has a lovely village pub and is a short distance from both Banbury and Chipping Norton. Explore sleepy villages of honey-coloured stone and lively market towns; visit stunning palaces, castles and country houses; walk along rural historic trails, footpaths and bridleways to explore ancient woodlands and wild flower meadows. Locally produced cheeses, meats and drinks can be sampled at the gastro pubs and inns, traditional cafés and fine dining restaurants within a 20 mile radius of Monastery Barn.
There is a wealth of visitor attractions and leisure activities in the area including Blenheim Palace, British Motor Museum, Broughton Castle and gardens, Hook Norton Brewery, Daylesford Organic Farm, Soho Farmhouse, Rollright Stones and Silverstone Race Circuit. A few villages and towns that would be well worth a visit during your stay would be Chipping Norton, Moreton-in-Marsh, Banbury, Shipston-on-Stour, Stow-on-the-Wold, Stratford-upon-Avon, Woodstock and Chipping Campden to name but a few. Shop 4½ miles, pub and restaurant 200 yards.£353From price per night based on 7 night stay
- Banbury, EnglandSituated on the owner’s working farm surrounded by fields and beautiful countryside is this lovely spacious two-bedroom cottage in Oxfordshire. The cottage boasts original features including a cosy wood burner to enjoy on a colder evening. Step out of the front door, and you have immediate access to the popular Deddington 12-mile circular walk, perfect for dog walkers/those who like to keep fit. The Duke at Clifton is a perfect walk for a Sunday roast or enjoy a walk to the Yurt at Nicholsons for coffee and brunch. For those who are more leisurely walkers, Deddington is just a 15-minute walk along the footpath. The cottage is a perfect base for exploring the local area, with the Cotswolds right on the doorstep along with many popular country pubs.
Deddington village has a choice of pubs and local facilities and a monthly farmers market. The historic market town of Banbury is close by, Chipping Norton, Moreton-in-Marsh and Shipston-on-Stour give a more traditional view of the Cotswolds and the chance to stroll along the quaint high streets, stopping at one of the many tea shops and country inns for which the area is famous. Less than 30 minutes away lies Blenheim Palace, in the town of Woodstock, birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill and home of the Blenheim Horse Trials. In the opposite direction, why not sample Sulgrave Manor (ancestral home of the family of George Washington) or Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit, situated next to a forest - or divert to shop at designer boutiques in the highly acclaimed Bicester Village Outlet Centre.
A little farther afield, but still within easy driving distance, lie the university city of Oxford, the ancient town of Warwick, Leamington Spa and the historic town of Stratford-upon-Avon. Commonly referred to as Shakespeare’s Stratford, this is the perfect opportunity to visit many historic attractions including the Birthplace, Anne Hathaway’s Cottage and the world famous Royal Shakespeare Theatre.£84From price per night based on 7 night stay
- Evesham, EnglandThe Lodge at the Old Windmill is situated in the grounds of the owners Grade II listed historic windmill. Surrounded by beautiful gardens and a lovely duckpond that you can enjoy whatever time of the year, especially in the summer when you can make use of the BBQ and seating area in the sunshine. The open plan living area, dining and kitchen offers spacious accommodation, and the dining table can also be converted into a full-size pool table, perfect for a little competition between family and friends. The well-equipped kitchen provides everything you need for your stay to rustle up a hearty breakfast or evening meal, although with an array of pubs in the village, you may want to take advantage of being waited on! The kingsize bedroom boasts a shower en-suite, but should you want a relaxing soak in the bath after a day of exploring, then the roll top bath in the bathroom is a great choice.
The village of Inkberrow where the Lodge is situated, is said to be the inspiration for Ambridge in the long running Radio 4 Classic "The Archers" and the pub has memorabilia adorning the walls for all to see. There are a few pubs in Inkberrow offering simple snacks to gastro dining and the village is also served by a local award-winning shop and post office offering a wide choice of provisions. It’s also a great base for exploring the area by foot or by bike as there are many footpaths around the village, county lanes and bridleways. It’s located in the heart of Worcestershire’s gently rolling countryside close to the border of Warwickshire.
There are many great places to visit including the Cathedral City of Worcester and Stratford Upon Avon both 13 miles away, made famous as William Shakespeare’s birthplace and has many attractions to visit in the town. Visit Coughton Court, one of the great Tudor Houses and Ragley Hall Park and Gardens, both 5 miles away. Other local towns worth visiting include Alcester, 6 miles, Pershore, 10 miles and Evesham, 8 miles. It’s also a great base to take trips to the Cotswolds, Birmingham, Wales and the West Country.£106From price per night based on 7 night stay
- Stratford-upon-Avon, EnglandThe Steps is a fabulous and characterful cottage right in the heart of the village of Kineton, Warwickshire.
The bespoke kitchen has everything you require to make a sumptuous meal or hearty breakfast. Through to the living room you’ll be greeted by the cosy log burner and a door leading into the pretty garden with a bridge over the pond to a lovely seating area where you can enjoy evening drinks under the festoon lighting. The traditional cottage stairs will lead you to two double bedrooms on the first floor which are flooded with daylight, one of which boasting a kingsize bed with the shower room on this floor too. Up to the second floor for the third double bedroom, all of which enjoy original features. This is the perfect place for friends and couples wishing to enjoy village life whether it be for a few days or a week or longer and for visiting the many areas and attractions Warwickshire and Oxfordshire has to offer. in the village you’ll find local facilities including pubs, convenience store, post office, butchers and a Co-op.
There are many country walks from the door including into the nearby village of Little Kineton where you can buy local produce from the nursery and visit the village duck pond. Local days out include visits to Compton Verney, under two miles away where you can discover the art gallery with its many collections and exhibitions and enjoy the park with its labyrinth, bird hide, pond dipping and playground. For more outdoor fun, head to Burton Dassett Hills the perfect country park for walks, flying a kite or eating a picnic whilst admiring the views of rolling hills and open countryside. The National Trusts Upton House and Gardens, Charlecote Park, Farnborough and Hidcote are all within easy reach. The stunning towns and villages of the North Cotswolds can be reached in just over ten minutes where you can explore Chipping Norton, Moreton-in-Marsh, Stow-on-the-Wold or Woodstock, home to Blenheim Palace.
Within 20 minutes’ drive are the market towns of Banbury and Royal Leamington Spa which are full of high street and independent shops, pubs, cafés, and restaurants. Also a similar distance is Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwick with its famous castle and Bicester Village, famous for its shopping village.£74From price per night based on 7 night stay
- Warwick, EnglandJust off a quiet lane in the attractive Warwickshire village of Willoughby is this lovely three-bedroom self catering property. Perfect for couples, families, friends and colleagues looking to stay in the area and enjoy a wealth of local attractions, towns and countryside. Its a great choice of accommodation all year round as you can enjoy the garden during the warmer months and settle in front of the cosy log burner during the colder times of the year.
The village boasts a local pub, cricket pitch and heavily populated duck pond. There are lovely walks straight from the front door through the village and into the countryside, and along the town path on the Oxford Canal. Local shops can be found at the nearby villages of Braunston and Dunchurch, or for a larger range of amenities, Rugby, Daventry and Southam are within a few miles drive. Draycote Reservoir is just 3 miles away and offers a lovely circular walk or cycle ride, a sailing club and fishing, its also a great spot for birdwatching. The town of Rugby is only 6 miles away and is now Warwickshire second largest market town boasting a variety of designer and high street shops, restaurants and pubs.
Famed for its public school, the birth of rugby football and the Frank Whittle jet engine, Rugby is also home to the green open spaces of Caldecott Park, Coombe Abbey Country Park and Brownsover Hall. It also provides trains to Leicester, Birmingham and London in around 50 minutes. A little further is the Royal town of Leamington Spa where you can visit Victoria Gardens, Warwick with is famous castle and Shakespeare’s Stratford Upon Avon.£75From price per night based on 7 night stay
- Warwick, EnglandYou are welcomed by the fantastic garden which leads you into the property. If you can tear yourself away from the stunning views at the back of the garden overlooking fields and countryside, step inside to be greeted by a lovely, well-equipped kitchen where you can create a feast for your fellow holidaymakers to be enjoyed in the wonderful dining room with bi-folding doors opening up into the garden. The living room boasts a cosy wood burner for those chillier evenings to curl up and watch a good film together on the Smart TV. Upstairs are three enticing bedrooms: two featuring double beds, one with balcony and amazing views and the third with twin beds. The bathroom gives a choice of a long soak in the bath or a quick shower to start your day.
Ufton Fields Nature Reserve is on your doorstep where you can explore beautiful grassland, woodland and wetland, discover wildlife and simply enjoy the great outdoors. There is a lovely circular walk you can take or spend time in bird hides spotting many different species. The village boasts a local pub and church and more local amenities can be found in neighbouring Southam only 2 miles away. Royal Leamington Spa with its Regency high street is just over 4 miles away where you can enjoy a wealth of shops and eateries.
Warwick with its famous castle is just over 7 miles away or for a slower pace head to the Burton Dassett Hills for a picnic and great walks. A trip to Stratford-upon-Avon is a great day out. You can explore the historic town, take a trip down the river, see a play at the Royal Shakespeare Company Theatre or find more about the Bard’s life as his birthplace is in the centre of the town. There is easy access to the Cotswolds, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, where you can meander through country roads stopping off at picturesque points and country pubs along the way. The National Trust property of Farnborough Hall is just over 10 miles away and opens a couple of days a week during the summer months. Bicester Village, famous for its shopping village, is within easy driving distance as is Woodstock, home to Blenheim Palace.£96From price per night based on 7 night stay