From quaint cottage-style hotels to grand deluxe retreats, Warwickshire has an eclectic range of independent hotels catering to every taste and budget. Many offer free Wi-Fi and delicious free breakfasts, and some of the most deluxe hotels also have fully equipped gyms and luxury spas.
Birthplace of the Bard
Warwickshire is the home of Stratford-upon-Avon, a picture-perfect market town that is best known for being the birthplace of William Shakespeare in 1564. The iconic poet and playwright, whose plays are immortalised at the internationally acclaimed Royal Shakespeare Theatre. Near the outskirts of Stratford-upon-Avon is the charming village of Shottery, which is the location of Anne Hathaway's Cottage, once the childhood home of Shakespeare's wife. Dotted throughout this area you’ll find a cluster of popular independent hotels in Warwickshire, including the luxury Arden Hotel and the sophisticated, value-for-money White Swan Hotel.
Magnificent Country Houses
One of Warwickshire's leading visitor attractions is Charlecote Park, a remarkable mansion that has stood for more than 400 years and is surrounded by picturesque deer park. The site, which has been maintained by the National Trust since the 1940s, is noted for its decorated Great Hall. Some of the finest country houses in the area have now converted to luxury independent hotels, offering everything from exclusive conferencing facilities for business travellers, through to wedding planning and romantic getaways for couples.
Near Alcester, you can also visit the opulent Tudor house of Coughton Court, which is close to 500 years old and a fine example of Gothic style and Renaissance architecture. A short distance away, in the grand Regency town of Royal Leamington Spa, is the deluxe Episode Hotel, an independent establishment that offers elegant rooms and free internet access.
Indoor Pools and Dramatic Scenery in Warwickshire
Kenilworth Castle is an imposing Norman defence that was besieged in the 13th century and, despite suffering extensive damage in the English Civil War, is still partially intact. Nearby Warwick Castle is one of England's largest castles and sits above the town itself. If you're looking for a stylish independent hotel with great views of the castle then try the Glebe Hotel on the outskirts of the town, which has an indoor pool and beautifully presented rooms.