Information about Broadway
Situated in the southeast of Worcestershire near the border with Gloucestershire, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the historic village of Broadway offers picturesque landscape, great cuisine and a rich cultural heritage.
Broadway’s long high street features an assortment of shops, restaurants and hotels in its lower part, whereas the upper part is lined with period stone cottages and houses typical of the Cotswolds. The golden honey tint of local limestone predominates in the village, adding to its charm.
Where to stay in Broadway
Being a popular destination, with thousands of visitors every year, there are plenty of hotels in Broadway, but also bed and breakfasts and do-it-yourself alternatives, such as self-catering cottages and camping sites. On or just off Broadway’s high street, there is a range of excellent 4 and 5 star hotels with different price ranges. Three quirky hotels are nestled on a hillside within a 400-acre private estate called Farncombe Estate if you’re looking for a Broadway hotel with an outdoorsy feel.
Depending on which attractions you’d like to be near, you could also book a hotel in Chipping Campden.
Different types of hotel
Choosing a Broadway hotel to stay in can be hard work, but only because there are so many, and each seems more impressive than the next. The Abbots Grange, the oldest dwelling in Broadway, was built as the summer manor of the Abbot of Pershore and boasts 700 years of history, a tranquil setting and unrestricted views of the Cotswold hills. The Lygon Arms is a country house hotel with centuries of fascinating history and a glamorous guest list that includes Oliver Cromwell, Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor, as well as many other politicians, prime ministers and nobility. It features 78 bedrooms, a spa, a health club with a swimming pool and offers activities such as croquet and archery. The Foxhill Manor, the Dormy House and The Fish within the Farncombe Estate, a 400-acre woodland estate two and a half miles from the centre, offer a “farmhouse chic” experience and shuttle services to and from each other so guests can enjoy a drink and still get back to their hotel safely. Many hotels in Broadway welcome dogs – check before you book.
Bed and breakfasts and guest houses are of very high standard in Broadway, and visitors can choose based on the architectural style – period stone, Victorian or Edwardian – price range or location. Daily rates are lower than at hotels, and they offer comfortable rooms with antique furnishings and all modern amenities, including TV and radio, hairdryer, tea and coffee-making facilities and free Wi-Fi. Most will cook breakfast to order with, vegetarian options too. Room rates at farmhouse bed and breakfasts can offer good value for money, and guests can enjoy a farm environment in the company of hens, sheep, pigs and goats.
Pubs and inns also offer rooms with all the amenities found at bed and breakfasts, with the added benefit that guests can have also lunch and dinner at the premise. The Crown and Trumpet Inn, situated behind the village green, has received an award for the quality of its food and drink and hosts live jazz and blues evenings.
Groups of four or more travelling together with plans to stay for at least three nights could consider booking a self-catering cottage or apartment, which come fully equipped with home appliances and central heating, providing guests with a homely cosiness and a sense of privacy.
The Broadway Caravan Club Site is large and open all year, for those who prefer camping or caravanning. But, if you loathe the idea of giving up on everyday comforts to camp, Rookery Barn Shepherds Huts, near Broadway Tower, offer luxuriously furnished huts for a glamping experience.
What to do during your stay in Broadway
The first obvious attraction to be seen is Broadway Tower, one of England’s outstanding viewpoints at 1,024 feet above sea level, with views covering an expanse of a 62-mile radius and as many as 16 counties. The Gordon Russell Design Museum celebrates the work of the 20th century furniture designer and contains his original drawings for furniture, metalwork and glassware design.
Hailes Abbey, seven miles southwest of Broadway, is the remains of an abbey built in mid-13th century by Richard, Earl of Cornwall and younger brother of King Henry III of England, to thank God after surviving a shipwreck.
Situated three miles south of Broadway, Snowshill Manor in Snowshill is a 16th century house owned by the eccentric Charles Wade, who amassed an eclectic collection of 22,000 objects that interested him for their craftsmanship, such as toys, a Samurai armour, musical instruments and clocks. It also has a garden with an elaborate layout that makes it resemble a series of outside rooms, as an extension of the house.
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