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Day One: Home to Stratford-upon-Avon
We’ll make our way from the interchange to Stratford-upon-Avon, where we’ll check in to The Charlecote Pheasant and will enjoy an evening meal. (D)
Days Two to Four: Stratford-upon-Avon
We spend the next three days close to Stratford-upon-Avon, with three excursions to enjoy the historic surrounding countryside.
We first visit Blenheim Palace, most famous as the ancestral home of the Churchills and birthplace of Winston Churchill. As well as the house’s history you can also learn about the estate’s efforts at conservation and sustainability.
Then we will visit nearby Kenilworth Castle, despite the fact the castle is now in ruins it’s easy to see how grand the castle once was. Strolling around the grounds you will be able to discover the magical air that surrounds the castle haunted by the history that the castle has been involved in.
We visit the nearby historic Tudor town of Stratford, one of the most popular tourist destinations in country due to its association with William Shakespeare.
In free time discover Charlecote Park, across the road from our hotel and containing beautiful gardens and an elegant and imposing Tudor house. (B,D)
Time to say goodbye today; we depart after breakfast and make our way to the interchange before returning home. (B)
Charlecote Pheasant Hotel
The Charlecote Pheasant is the perfect base for exploring this historic region around the West Midlands. The hotel is set in an old farmhouse amid beautiful gardens and amazing countryside meaning you will be in quaint and pleasant surroundings throughout your stay.
Charlecote Park is just across the road from the hotel and the National Trust property is a great place to simply wander around looking out for one of the many deer who call the park their home. Beautiful villages surround the hotel with fabulous country pubs and small tea rooms such as Hampton Lucy and Wellesbourne which are perfect to explore on a sunny day.
Travelling a little further afield you can visit the historic towns of Stratford-upon-Avon and Warwick. Stratford-upon-Avon is just less than 20 minutes away by bus or car and was the birthplace of William Shakespeare and a traditional Tudor town where there are a number of attractions concerning the era. Warwick Castle is a great place to learn about medieval history and is just less than a 15 minute drive or half an hour bus ride away.
The hotel is a historic farmhouse with a beautiful courtyard with outside seating. Stroll around the grounds or enjoy a game of tennis at the onsite court. The hotel’s restaurant is a stylish venue serving tasty breakfast and evening meals, after which you can enjoy a delicious tipple from our gin-parlour menu in the cosy lounge.
Full Day: Blenheim Palace
Excursion to splendid Blenheim Palace. The palace was a gift from Queen Anne and a grateful nation to John Churchill, the Duke of Marlborough. Blenheim Palace is well known as the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill and is the UK’s only privately owned UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Half Day: Kenilworth Castle and Gardens
Excursion to Kenilworth Castle and Gardens. Kenilworth has been at the centre of England’s affairs for much of its 900 year history. Explore the ruins – which have played host to many medieval monarchs and early Tudor kings and queens or discover the beautiful recreated Elizabeth Garden – originally designed to seduce Elizabeth I and includes an 18-foot high marble fountain and bejewelled aviary.
Half Day: Stratford-upon-Avon Included
We make the short journey to Stratford-upon-Avon, the town is renowned the world over as the birthplace, and for much of his life, the home of William Shakespeare. Now home to the Royal Shakespeare Company it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country. Sights include the playwright’s birthplace and grave and a museum dedicated to Tudor England, The Falstaff Experience.