Why You Should Rent a Holiday Cottage in Warwickshire
Warwickshire is one of the UK’s top tourist destinations and is best known as the birthplace of William Shakespeare. This enthralling county is steeped in history and is home to internationally renowned attractions, quality beers and stunning castles. From the fantastic theatres and captivating stories to the historic landmarks and friendly pubs, the West Midland county makes for the perfect getaway. Here are four great reasons to book a holiday cottage in Warwickshire today.
The Shakespeare Connection
You can’t visit Warwickshire without spending some time in the hometown of William Shakespeare — Stratford-upon-Avon. Set on the banks of the River Avon in the picturesque countryside, this market town is drenched in culture and history. One of its highlights is Anne Hathaway’s House, the childhood home of Shakespeare’s wife. Experienced guides take visitors through the 15th-century thatched cottage, which looks pretty enough to have come straight from a fairy-tale. There are acres of gardens to stroll around, including a lavender maze, woodland, arboretum and living willow cabin, where you can listen to some of Shakespeare’s sonnets. Stay at one of our holiday cottages in the little town and you will get a real taste of Ye Olde England.
Being the home of Shakespeare, it’s only fitting that Warwickshire has some of England’s finest theatres outside London’s West End. The Royal Shakespeare Company is based in Stratford-upon-Avon and manages the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and Swan Theatre, both of with feature thrust stages. There is a rooftop restaurant and bar, theatre tours and trips up the town’s tower for stunning views of Stratford-upon-Avon. If you’re a Shakespeare fan, book a holiday cottage in Stratford-upon-Avon and take your pick from a selection of classic plays.
Pubs and Beer
In true English tradition, any holiday cottage in Warwickshire will not be far from a friendly pub. The Virgins and Castle in Kenilworth is one of the oldest pubs in the county. Built in the late 1400s, it first functioned as a pub in 1563. If you’re a rugby enthusiast, then there’s no better place to watch a game than on the giant screens at Merchants Inn in Rugby, surrounded by diehard fans. You can also taste beer from Cubbington’s local brewery in many of the pubs across the county. The brewery was set up in a former village bakery and its beers are sold within a 60-mile radius. Its famed ales include Lady Godiva and Shakespeare’s County.
Being a county with such a rich history, Warwickshire is home to some amazing old buildings and happens to have two of Britain’s most famous castles. Warwick Castle was built in 1068, and is one of the best known medieval castles in England. There are plenty of highlights at the stunning landmark, including the 14th-century Guys Tower, the ‘Kingmaker’ exhibition, which explores the story of Richard Neville who helped steer the course of some of the country’s kings, and the Great Hall, which houses more than 1,000 pieces of armour. Kenilworth Castle is another medieval castle that is a true national treasure. The 13th-century fortress was granted by Henry III and — over the course of three centuries — it was passed back and forth between the crown and several noble families.
Shakespeare’s county is a must-see holiday cottage destination, with grand theatres and cosy pubs, historic landmarks and charming villages.