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Chocolate-box Pretty Cottage, With Grade II Listing, in Shakespeare Country

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Fridge, microwave, oven, hob
Smart TV, fireplace, DVD player, books
1 bedroom, desk, iron/ironing board, WiFi

Overview of Chocolate-box Pretty Cottage, With Grade II Listing, in Shakespeare Country

Chocolate-box Pretty Cottage, With Grade II Listing, in Shakespeare Country

4.8/5 Exceptional

Guests rated this property 5.0/5 for cleanliness.

Entire cottage

1 bedroom1 bathroomSleeps 2

Popular amenities

  • Kitchen
  • Pet-friendly
  • Washer
  • Dryer
  • Outdoor Space
  • Barbecue grill

Cleaning and safety practices

  • Cleaned with disinfectant
  • Contactless check-in
  • 48-hour vacancy between guest stays

Explore the area

  • Popular LocationAll Saints Church13 min drive
  • Popular LocationThe Vale Golf and Country Club18 min drive
  • Popular LocationRagley Hall21 min drive
  • AirportBirmingham (BHX)43 min drive

Space details

1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, sleeps 2
Bedroom 1
    1 double bed
Bathroom 1
    Combined bath/shower

About this property

Entire place

You'll have the entire cottage to yourself and will only share it with other guests in your party.

Chocolate-box Pretty Cottage, With Grade II Listing, in Shakespeare Country

Riverside Cottage with kitchen and balcony or patio
Just 15 minutes' drive from Stratford-upon-Avon, Lantern Cottage offers a refuge from the stresses of modern life. This detached cottage takes you back in time to the cosiness of an open fire, exposed beams, antiques and curtains drawn against the cold . . . but with 21st century amenities.

On summer days, you can sunbathe in our pretty walled garden or eat on the patio as the fountain plays near by.

Inside, there's a log burner (as well as central heating) with free logs, CDs and a smart TV downstairs. Upstairs, you can work online at the antique desk in the study or read one of our books (currently in storage because of Covid) in an easy chair. Alternatively, with wifi, you check your emails in the comfort of the living room - or in the garden on a fine day.

The cottage isn't suitable for children (too much scope for accidents - and breakage), but it would - and does - suit a couple with babes in arms, as the study, which is next door to the bedroom, is ideally suited for a cot.

On Your Doorstep
Bidford is a walk away over the fields, and you can do your weekly shop there at the Co-op with a post-office section. There are some good pubs and several restaurants, including the Bridge, and take-aways (Indian, Chinese and fish & chips). There's also a butcher's, paper shop, Lloyds Bank (open daily), florist's, hairdresser's and chemist.

Nearby Welford not only boasts a rated pub with posh food, the Bell, but also marks one end of the Stratford Greenway, a former railway line, now laid out for cyclists and walkers. It is a most enjoyable way of getting to Stratford, particularly as there is a converted railway carriage where you can sit down to tea and cakes and hire a bike. Of interest to open-air types are Bidford Gliding Club, literally round the corner, Welford Golf Course 10 minutes' drive away, Stratford Race Course and fishing literally a five-minute stroll away for members of Birmingham Anglers Association (you can join online).

Stratford, home of the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) is a 15-minute drive away - or you can take a signposted walk there from Marlcliff. The main RSC theatre has been rebuilt and extended, complete with a tower from which you can get an excellent view of the surrounding area. The lovely Swan Theatre, which replicates a 17th century theatre, can now be reached from the main foyer, which is good in the rain! There are also a poetry festival, literary festival, the summer season of the Orchestra of the Swan and, of course, grand celebrations round Shakespeare's birthday on 23 April. There are lots of restaurants, and the theatre goers' pub, the Mucky Duck, frequented by actors, is opposite the Swan Theatre - and always fun. Foodies will like the farmers' market on the first and third Saturday of the month.

Within Easy Access
There is a great deal going on in the area, as it is a hive of activity - both low and high culture. Cheltenham hosts the Everyman Theatre, while Montpellier, Cheltenham's Regency district, is great for independent shops, cafés, including the Michelin-starred Champignon Sauvage, and trendy bars. Just a short drive from the cottage are Winchcombe with its nationally regarded pottery, and picture-postcard-pretty Bourton-on-the-Water and Broadway - the latter's near Snowshill Manor, a wildly eccentric estate with wonderful gardens. Then, of course, there's Hidcote Manor, which popularised garden 'rooms' to stunning effect.

Birmingham (45 minutes away) offers the National Exhibition Centre and Bourneville World, the Birmingham Eye (like the London one), Birmingham Rep, the Royal Ballet and Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Shops like Harvey Nicholls are in the Mailbox (with underground car park), which leads on to the revamped canals - you get a fantastic view from the restaurant end of the Mailbox, walking down, it seems, straight onto the narrow boats. The waterfront is littered with great bars and restaurants. Did you know Birmingham has more canals than Venice? And it is wonderful to walk along, as well as being just a few minutes' walk from the wonderful Symphony Halls with its flawless acoustics.
Guest accommodation at this cottage offers fireplaces and DVD players. Rooms open to balconies or patios. Smart televisions are featured in guestrooms. Kitchens offer fridges, hobs, microwaves and kitchenware and utensils. Bathrooms include a combined bath/shower unit and hairdryers.

This Alcester cottage provides wireless Internet access for a surcharge. Business-friendly amenities include offices, desks and desk chairs. Additionally, rooms include coffee/tea makers and an iron/ironing board. Housekeeping is provided on request.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on-site or nearby; fees may apply.

Property manager

Sue Churchill

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C or hotter


Contactless social distancing
Guest rooms kept vacant for 48 hours between stays
This information is provided by our partners.

Property amenities


  • WiFi available (fee applies)

Parking and transport

  • Car required


  • Fridge
  • Hob
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Dishwasher
  • Blender
  • Cookware/dishes/utensils
  • Spices
  • Paper towels


  • Dining table


  • 1 bedroom
  • Bed sheets provided


  • 1 bathroom
  • Combined shower/bath
  • Towels provided
  • Soap
  • Toilet paper
  • Shampoo
  • Hairdryer

Living spaces

  • Fireplace
  • Living room
  • Wood stove


  • Smart TV with cable/satellite service
  • DVD player
  • Books
  • Games
  • Music library
  • Video library
  • Stereo

Outdoor areas

  • Patio
  • Fenced garden
  • Barbecue
  • Garden
  • Outdoor furniture


  • Washing machine and dryer

Work spaces

  • Office
  • Desk
  • Desk chair


  • Heating


  • Pet friendly


  • Smoke-free property

Services and conveniences

  • Housekeeping (on request)
  • Iron/ironing board

Location highlights

  • On the river
  • In a rural location
  • Near a hospital
  • In a village

Things to do

  • Birdwatching nearby
  • Cycling nearby
  • Golf nearby
  • Horse riding nearby
  • Swimming nearby
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby
  • Fishing nearby
  • Hiking nearby
  • Wildlife and game walks nearby

Safety features

  • Carbon monoxide detector
  • Fire extinguisher
  • First aid kit
  • Smoke detector
  • Deadbolt lock


  • Sleeps 2
  • Property does not allow children

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Check-in time starts at 4:00 PM
Minimum check-in age - 25


Check-out before 10:00 AM

Special check-in instructions

You will receive an email from the host with check-in and check-out instructions; you will also receive an email from Vrbo with a link to a Vrbo account, which will enable you to manage your booking


Pets are allowed
Restrictions apply; for more information contact the property on the number on the booking confirmation

Children and extra beds

This property welcomes adults only

Important information

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed
On-site parties or group events are strictly prohibited
Long-term renters welcome
Safety features at this property include a carbon monoxide detector, a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector, a first aid kit and a deadlock

We should mention

Guests can arrange to bring pets by contacting the property directly, using the contact information on the booking confirmation
A car is required for transport to and from this property

About this area


This cottage is located on a river and in an area with good shopping. Royal Shakespeare Theatre and Mary Arden's House are cultural highlights, and some of the area's landmarks include Anne Hathaway's Cottage and Hall's Croft. Looking to enjoy an event or a game while in town? See what's happening at Stratford Racecourse or Shakespeare County Raceway. Make sure you get close to the area's animals with activities such as game walks and birdwatching. Guests appreciate the property's quiet location.
Popular Location

What's nearby

  • Stratford Racecourse - 12 min drive
  • All Saints Church - 13 min drive
  • Anne Hathaway's Cottage - 15 min drive
  • The Vale Golf and Country Club - 18 min drive
  • Ragley Hall - 21 min drive

Getting around

  • Evesham Honeybourne Station - 9 min drive
  • Birmingham Airport (BHX) - 43 min drive


  • The Bridge - 17 min walk
  • Bell Inn - 8 min drive
  • Cardamom - 8 min drive
  • Orangemabel - 9 min drive
  • Coffee@26 - 9 min drive

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Property conditions & facilities

5/5 Excellent

Such a beautiful house & garden
We had such a lovely stay at Lantern Cottage. The house exceeded our expectations - the furnishings are beautiful and everything we could possibly need was provided. The garden is so pretty and perfect to sit it in after a day out with a cup of tea. The location is fantastic. So easy to walk out of the cottage and along the river to Bidford-on-Avon with it’s bars and restaurants (we can recommend The Frog and The Bridge). Finally, our host, Sue, was so helpful, approachable and incredibly friendly. Thank you Sue, we had the best time! Kelly & Pete

5/5 Excellent

Lovely stay
Thanks so much for the lovely accommodation, it was true to everything stated. We had such lovely walks and drives to Stratford. Lovely little area would definitely come back. Thanks again

4/5 Good

6 Day Stay
Spacious 1 bed cottage , ideal for just a couple . Cottage is set within a Hamlet which is not depicted from any photos or description , can feel quite compressed although detached .

5/5 Excellent

Absolutely wonderful cottage, cannot recommend highly enough.
We stayed for the May bank holiday weekend and the only regret is that it was over all too soon. The photos in the listing for this property are what made it stand out above others we looked at when booking, in person it was even better. Nestled down one of the prettiest lanes I've been to, where every house is unique and picture perfect, we found Lantern Cottage. The outside is genuinely as though it has been lifted from a classical painting, while the inside has been so tastefully decorated and furnished it felt at times like we were staying in a museum piece. The kitchen and bathroom provided all the mod cons we needed, the bed was super comfy and I'm not sure if the log fire was a bigger hit with me or with our little dog. He certainly didn't want to come home! Sue was a fantastic host, informative before we arrived and at the end of the phone if we needed anything while we were there. As the title says, I cannot recommend this highly enough - we will definitely look to return in future.

4/5 Good

Travelled with partner
Liked: Cleanliness, amenities, property conditions & facilities
Lantern cottage was the sweetest, cosiest place I have ever stayed. The rooms were full of character and very comfortable.
Stayed 3 nights in May 2021