CHOCOLATE-BOX PRETTY COTTAGE, WITH GRADE II LISTING, IN SHAKESPEARE COUNTRY

Sue Churchill

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Sleeps2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Bidford-on-Avon Cottage Rental Photos and Description

1-bedroom antiques-filled detachedcottage with exposed beams and a walled garden

Just 15 minutes' drive from Stratford-upon-Avon, Lantern Cottage offers a refuge from the stresses of modern life. Featured on the front page of Period House magazine and showcased in Warwickshire Life, the 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, DVDs and Freeview downstairs. Upstairs, you can work online at the antique desk in the study or read one of our books 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 supermarket - and buy bread and cakes from the independent bakery. There are some good pubs - the Frog is the current favourite -and several restaurants, including the Bridge, and take-aways (Indian, Chinese and fish & chips). There's also a post office, baker's, 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-upon-Avon

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.

Summer festivals – from music to literature - easily accessed from Lantern Cottage include:

* AsparaFest 2014 – as well as asparagus, there’s two music stages, workshops, a cookery kitchen etc. Badsey, Nr Evesham, Worc. Sat 31 May - Sunday 1 June. www.asparafest.co.uk

* Wychwood Music Festival 2014 – includes the Boomtown Rats and the Stranglers. Cheltenham Racecourse. Fri 30 May - Sun 1 June. www.wychwoodfestival.com.

* Cheltenham Science Festival – from the origins of the universe to cocktails, cakes and cats. Tues 3 – Sun 8 June. www.cheltenhamfestivals.com/science/

* Lunar Festival 2014 – Tim Burgess, Donovan and the Polyphonic Spree. Nr Birmingham. Fri 6 - Sun 8 June. http://lunarfestival.co.uk

* Cheltenham Music Festival – Nicola Benedetti, Milos and more. 2-13 July. www.cheltenhamfestivals.com/music -

* MFY (Music for Youth) National Music Festival – everything from jazz and rock to brass and chamber music. Birmingham Town Hall and Symphony Hall. Wed 2 – Sun 6 July. www.mfy.org.uk/coreseason/national.

* Wireless – featuring Kanye West plus appearance by Pharrell Williams. Birmingham. Fri 4 - Sun 6 July. http://www.wirelessfestival.co.uk

* 2000 Trees - Indie rock with Blood Red Shoes, Frightened Rabbit & Band of Skulls. Thurs 10 – Sat 12 July. Nr Cheltenham. www.twothousandtreesfestival.co.uk

* Global Catherine - dance festival with 16 stages, featuring David Guetta, The Prodigy, Tinie Tempah etc. Stratford-upon-Avon. Sat 25 – Sun 26 July. www.globalgathering.com

* Fusion Festival Birmingham – line-up includes Pitbull, Jessie J, Dizzie Rascal & Foxes. Cofton Park, Birmingham. Sat 30 – Sun 31 Aug. http://thefusionfestival.co.uk

* Cheltenham Literature Festival – details tbc. Fri 3 – Sun 1212 Oct. www.cheltenhamfestivals.com/literature/

Altogether, it's so lovely you might want to give a special friend a Lantern Cottage voucher for short break - or longer. Just ask.

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Suitability:
  • not suitable for children
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • non smoking only
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Guestbook comments from the owner
An excellent choice for a relaxing holiday in the best of the English countryside, but in easy distance of all the established tourist attractions. Even though our stay was short, the local residents were pleased to chat and made us feel welcome.
Jul 2014
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Sue Churchill

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Sleeps2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
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Reviews

Reviews

4.8
based on 4 traveler reviews

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Chocolate-box pretty cottage, with Grade II Listing, in Shakespeare country
average rating of 4.75 based on 4 reviews
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Chocolate-box pretty cottage, with Grade II Listing, in Shakespeare country
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Bidford-on-Avon Stratford-on-Avon
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Fab u lous

  • 5 of 5
What a lovely find this was. It was like being in a doll's house village. Pretty garden and lovely inside, it was everything we could have wished for and more besides.
  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2013
  • Stayed: Dec 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for taking the time to write this review and place it online. I am delighted you enjoyed your stay - despite all that December 2012 had to offer in terms of weather. Come back in the sunshine and have an even better time - and a happy new year.
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Chocolate-box pretty cottage, with Grade II Listing, in Shakespeare country
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p434017
+44 01626852030
Bidford-on-Avon Stratford-on-Avon
st albans
4

Relaxing break

  • 4 of 5
the cottage was lovely and exactly what you would expect from the photos. shame we didn't stay longer
  • Submitted: Apr 19, 2011
  • Stayed: Apr 2011
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Recommended for:  Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
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Chocolate-box pretty cottage, with Grade II Listing, in Shakespeare country
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p434017
+44 01626852030
Bidford-on-Avon Stratford-on-Avon
worksop
5

Weekend at lantern cottage.

  • 5 of 5
I booked this cottage as a suprise, long weekend away for myself and my partner. The cottage and it's location provided an ideal setting for a romantic retreat. At which I proposed to my partner Sally. The cottage really is a home from home. For those who enjoy staying indoors, you will want for nothing. The cottage comes equipped with all the mod cons you would find at home and more. Set in a small country village you are well away from the hussle and bussle of everyday life. But the convenience of local amenites is not to far away. All in all the cottage lived up to our expectations. We both enjoyed our stay very much and would recommend to friends and family.
  • Submitted: Feb 17, 2010
  • Stayed: Feb 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
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Chocolate-box pretty cottage, with Grade II Listing, in Shakespeare country
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p434017
+44 01626852030
Bidford-on-Avon Stratford-on-Avon
Wiltshire
5

Recommended for a relaxing getaway!

  • 5 of 5
Many thanks for letting us stay for a mini-break in your lovely and cosy cottage. Whilst it was cold outside, the superb fire and all mod-cons made our stay feel very warm and relaxing. We didn't venture out that much, but had a quick dash to Stratford (surpisingly close) and a lovely walk by the river. Everything that we could possibly need seemed to be here and the presentation was wonderful. We hope that we can come and stay again soon. Even the neighbours were really friendly! Thanks again.
  • Submitted: Feb 7, 2010
  • Stayed: Jan 2010
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Recommended for:  Romantic Getaway
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Map

Map

Nearest Airport
83 Kilometres
Birmingham
Nearest Train
12.8 Kilometres
Evesham
Nearest Motorway
30 Kilometres
M5 Junction 9
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
The Frog, Bidford
Nearest Golf
3 Kilometres
Welford-on-Avon Gold Course
Nearest Restaurant
2 Kilometres
The Bridge, Bidford-upon-Avon
Car: necessary

Just five minutes' drive from Stratford and within easy access of the Cotswolds, Stratford upon Avon, Cheltenham and Birmingham, Lantern Cottage, nevertheless, is tucked away in the countryside, a stroll from the River Avon and at the center of a network of footpaths and country lanes. It is perfect for a romantic hideaway, if that's what you want. Alternatively, it is well placed for a cultural exploration of the region, with nationally regarded theatres in Stratford, Cheltenham and Birmingham, A newer attraction is The Regal CInema, Evesham, a beautifully restored art deco cinema, where you can watch a film at a candelit table with a glass or two of wine, or from a love seat, where you can snuggle. The nearest stately homes - Ragley Hall and Coughton Court - are 10-15 minutes' drive away. Shoppers too are catered for, not just with Stratford with its Tudor buildings, but Cheltenham (45 minutes' drive, but worth it), which, as well as the usual high-street chains, has independent shops, bars and restaurants in the elegant Regency district, Montpellier. For designer bargains, you can't beat Bicester Village, the designer shopping outlet, which is just 40 minutes away.

Other Activities: Bidford Gliding Club. Royal Shakespeare Theatre.

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Availability & Rates

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Bidford-on-Avon Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
Per property
Rental rates quoted in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
High Summer 2014
Jun 27 2014 - Sep 4 2014
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
£525
 
 
Early Autumn 2014
Sep 5 2014 - Oct 23 2014
Changeover Day: Friday
3 night minimum stay
£90
From
£90
Fri,Sat,Sun
£450
 
 
Autumn 2014
Oct 24 2014 - Nov 20 2014
Changeover Day: Friday
3 night minimum stay
£70
From
£70
Fri,Sat,Sun
£350
 
 
Early Winter 2014
Nov 21 2014 - Dec 18 2014
Changeover Day: Friday
3 night minimum stay
£60
From
£60
Fri,Sat,Sun
£300
 
 
Christmas & New Year 2014
Dec 19 2014 - Jan 1 2015
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
£525
 
 
Winter / Spring 2015
Jan 2 2015 - Apr 2 2015
Changeover Day: Friday
3 night minimum stay
£65
£325
 
 
Late Spring 2015
Apr 3 2015 - May 7 2015
3 night minimum stay
£75
£375
 
 
Early Summer 2015
May 8 2015 - Jun 4 2015
3 night minimum stay
£90
£450
 
 
Midsummer 2015
Jun 5 2015 - Jul 2 2015
7 night minimum stay
£475
 
 
High Summer 2015
Jul 3 2015 - Sep 3 2015
7 night minimum stay
£525
 
 
Early Autumn 2015
Sep 4 2015 - Oct 22 2015
3 night minimum stay
£90
£450
 
 
Autumn 2015
Oct 23 2015 - Nov 19 2015
3 night minimum stay
£70
£350
 
 
Early Winter 2015
Nov 20 2015 - Dec 22 2015
3 night minimum stay
£60
£300
 
 
Christmas / New Year 2015
Dec 23 2015 - Jan 23 2016
7 night minimum stay
£525
 

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Notes If there are vacancies during high season (July - September and Christmas / New Year), we can offer last-minute short breaks (no more than one week beforehand). Three-day breaks are chargeable at 60% and 4-day breaks at 80% of the full rate. All bookings require a non-refundable 25% deposit. The remainder is due six weeks before the rental period begins. There is a charge of £35 p/w for dogs.
On receipt of the invoice. Payment by online banking or cheque.
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Amenities

Amenities

Bidford-on-Avon Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage (detached)
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
Theme:
  • Sports & Activities
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
General:
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Heating ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Wood Stove
  • Living Room
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Laundry Soap
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Shampoo
  • Basic Soaps
  • Toilet Paper
  • Internet
  • Towels Provided
  • Iron & Board
  • Backpack
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Parking On Street
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
Kitchen:
  • Stove
  • Kitchen
  • Grill
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Toaster
  • Refrigerator
  • Freezer
  • Stove
  • Oven
  • Microwave
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Pantry Items
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • Dining ...
  • seating for 2 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Small but perfectly formed, our downstairs bathroom has a bath you can stretch out in with a brass shower above, pictures on the wall and just enough space for a cup of tea or glass of wine to complete your relaxation. All the towels are included in the price (more if you want them), as are miniature toiletries and boxed tissues.
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
  • An airy, light-filled bedroom with beams and a pitched ceiling, it overlooks the pretty front garden and it is flooded with sunlight in the mornings. The duvet and four pillows are feather and down, and the bed linen is 100% cotton (If you would prefer a microfibre quilt and pillows, please say so when you book). There is ample storage on the curtained shelves, and mood lighting, including bedside lights. A few choice pictures and ornaments (including an alarm clock) and scatter cushions complete the picture. The built-in wardrobe is next door in the study.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Video Library ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Television ...
  • Stereo
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • Books for Adults
  • Games
Outside:
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Patio
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio
  • Barbecue
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 8 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • not suitable for children
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • non smoking only
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • arboretum
  • live theater
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • autumn foliage
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • walking
  • outlet shopping
  • sight seeing
  • bird watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • freshwater fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • golf
  • swimming
  • cycling
  • fishing
Notes:
When you arrive, you will find flowers and biscuits on the table (and some chocolates in the living room), as well as milk in the fridge - and the cupboards filled with five types of tea, fresh and instant coffee, two types of sugar and hot chocolate. There's even olive oil, sunflower oil, herbs and sundry spices, condiments, tins, pasta, rice - and more. In fact, an imaginative cook could cook a simple pasta dish on arrival without first shopping, especially as we have a wealth of kitchen equipment from wok, baking tins and hand mixer to coffee grinder, cafetiere and hand-held milk frother. Do you need whisks, skewers or weighing scales? Got them! Of course, you will need groceries, and, if you don't have time to shop, we can do it for you at the local Budgeon's, unpack them and put them away - for the cost of your shopping and £5 for our time. Outside, in the shed, as well as logs, kindling, firelighters and the rotary dryer for the garden, there is room to store your bike.
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