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Sue Churchill

Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, french, italian

Chocolate-box pretty cottage, with Grade II Listing, in Shakespeare country

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

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Stratford-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, 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.

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

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

* Lunar Festival 2014 – Tim Burgess, Donovan and the Polyphonic Spree. Nr Birmingham. Fri 6 - Sun 8 June.

* Cheltenham Music Festival – Nicola Benedetti, Milos and more. 2-13 July. -

* 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.

* Wireless – featuring Kanye West plus appearance by Pharrell Williams. Birmingham. Fri 4 - Sun 6 July.

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

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

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

* Cheltenham Literature Festival – details tbc. Fri 3 – Sun 1212 Oct.

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

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Sue Churchill (Owner)
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, french, italian

Guestbook comments from the owner

Lantern Cottage is a wonderful experience, it is also fully equipped to prepare and cook pretty much anything! We particularely appreciated real coffee beans, grinder and a selection of cafetieres! Sue is a perfect host quick to respond to emails and provides a lot of information about the surrounding area... If you are after some rural peace and quiet with the rustic feel, Lantern Cottage is exactly what you are looking for!
Jun 2016
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Chocolate-box pretty cottage, with Grade II Listing, in Shakespeare country
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Special Place for Our 46th Wedding Anniversary

  • 5 of 5

Reading the previous reviews, we booked the cottage for our 46th wedding anniversary and we must agree with the comments about how beautiful and special the cottage is

Sue's directions and instructions are easy to follow and everything we needed was in the cottage, the tea, coffee etc' was very welcome after a long trip from Polperro, Cornwall, many thanks.

We also need to make mention of the neighbours who were very approachable and friendly, just sorry we couldn't get to the party they' arranged on the green on the Friday night.

All in all, an excellent week in a very special space.

Many thanks Sue

  • Submitted: Jun 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a lovely review. It was very good of you to take the time to write it, and I really appreciate that in these busy times. Do come back - it's great in the winter with the log fire burning. As you say, my neighbours are great, very friendly and welcoming. I'm fortunate in that and so are my guests. So, a big thank you to Geoff, Tina and Wendy. Just one thing to add: I've now completed a massive gardening marathon, and the garden does look particularly pretty with alliums, bell flowers, lavender, geraniums etc, and, of course, the roses. Talking of neighbours, you approach my cottage from under an arch of unusually fragrant roses from a neighbour's equally lovely garden.
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Cozy, magical cottage!

  • 5 of 5

We can not say enough about this lovely cottage! It was breath taking! We arrived and followed the instructions to a tee so we had no problems. Once we got inside we oohed and aahed at the cuteness of the place. All the Wondeful touches from the tea and coffee, milk, rice and pasta if you need, biscuits, flowers, everything you need to Cook, the fireplace and all the wood you need. There was plenty to read, games to play, movies to watch, we loved the cottage so much that we had a couple of days in! Sometimes I would sit by the fireplace and look to the stairs and expect to see a character from harry potter to come down the stairs! Sue thought of everything for your stay here. And the cottage has a nice path near by, and you are close to many historical areas! You must stay here, you will fall in love just as we did!! Thank you so much!

  • Submitted: Apr 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a lovely review! Thank you so much. We do try to anticipate all the needs of our guests, and if there are any special requests, try very hard to accommodate them. For example, although the cottage is only for two, we are very happy to get in a cot for a baby (unfortunately, as the cottage is old with a winding staircase, it's not suitable for toddlers). We regularly stock up the cupboards so you can cook a meal as soon as you arrive, but there's also a ring binder with information, complete with a contents list, where you can find recommended local pubs and restaurants. If anyone wants this information in advance, we are happy to email it.
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Beauty in a small package

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay at the beautiful cottage, and couldn't recommend it highly enough.

It's located in a small hamlet just a short 15 minute stroll from Bidford, where you'll find a small selection of pubs and conviniences.

The cottage itself is so beautiful and has everything needed to make it a comfortable stay.

The only downfall is a 4pm checking, not a problem for most of the year , but during mid Nov to mid Feb is pretty dark by then so I personally think a 2 pm checkin would be a lot better for these months.

  • Submitted: Feb 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm delighted that my guests (and their baby) enjoyed their stay so much - and that they liked the walk into Bidford for the pubs and restaurants. I sympathise with them as far as the 4.00pm check-in is concerned, but, from the other point of view, a 2.00pm check-in would not allow enough time for the thoroughly good clean that everyone expects. And rightly so. We also need to check the cupboards as we keep them stocked with basics like tea, coffee, sugar, oil, vinegar, rice and pasta. Sometimes these need replacing urgently. If guests ask me in advance - and if the cottage is empty the day before - certainly we can get it ready earlier. So, the solution is: always ask beforehand if you can arrive early. It might be possible . . . but don't bank on it! Hygiene must come first.
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Perfect romantic getaway

  • 5 of 5

Thoroughly enjoyed our week at this pretty little cottage. Delightfully decorated and immaculately clean, we found everything we needed provided for us. The garden was a real bonus and the overall feel while there was of peace, beauty and a real escape from normal working life.

I would strongly reccomend this property to any couple wanting a relaxing and romantic break away from modern life.

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a delightful review! I am quite delighted you enjoyed your stay so much - it is peaceful, and we love it too. It was very good of you to take the time to share your experience with others, and I hope we'll see you back again at the cottage, maybe in the autumn, when the colours are lovely and you can luxuriate in buttered toast and log fires.
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Just like a Fairy Tale!

  • 5 of 5

The cottage and the little Hamlet were just like out of a story book. Everything in the little cottage is just like you would imagine an English cottage to be. I would certainly stay there again and highly recommend it to anyone else looking for a quaint English countryside experience. Great base for many things to do and see.

  • Submitted: Jun 8, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so pleased you enjoyed your stay at Lantern Cottage, and delighted you love it as much as I do. Thank you for taking time out of your busy life to write this review. Very kind thought.
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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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Nearest Airport
83 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
The Frog, Bidford
Nearest Golf
3 Kilometres
Welford-on-Avon Gold Course
Nearest Train
12.8 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
30 Kilometres
M5 Junction 9
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.

There plenty of festivals all within easy reach of Marlclif. They include:

 Cheltenham Science Festival with Brian Cox, Alice Roberts and Adam Rutherford. Tues 2 – Sun 7 June.

 Lunar Festival 2015 – Wilko Johnson, Tinariwen, m Burgess, Donovan and Public Service Broadcasting. Nr Birmingham. Fri 5 - Sun 7 June.

 Cheltenham Music Festival – Nicola Benedetti, Milos and more. Tues 30 June – Sat 11 July.

 MFY (Music for Youth) National Music Festival – everything from jazz and rock to brass and chamber music. Birmingham Town Hall and Symphony Hall. Tues 7 – Sat 11 July.

 2000 Trees - Indie rock with Deaf Havana, Alkaline Trio and The Subways. Thurs 9 – Sat 11 July. Nr Cheltenham.

 Fusion Festival Birmingham – line-up includes Justin Bieber, Tiny Tempah Rudimental and McBusted. Cofton Park, Birmingham. Fri 28 – Sun 30 Aug

 Cheltenham Literature Festival – details tbc. Fri 2 – Sun 11 Oct.

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


Rates & Availability

Bidford-on-Avon Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
High Summer 2016
Jul 8 2016 - Sep 1 2016
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
Early Autumn 2016
Sep 2 2016 - Oct 20 2016
3 night minimum stay
Autumn 2016
Oct 21 2016 - Nov 17 2016
3 night minimum stay
Early Winter 2016
Nov 18 2016 - Dec 22 2016
3 night minimum stay
Christmas & New Year 2016
Dec 23 2016 - Jan 5 2017
7 night minimum stay
Late Winter 2017
Jan 6 2017 - Mar 30 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
3 night minimum stay
Late Spring 2017
Mar 31 2017 - May 4 2017
3 night minimum stay
Early Summer 2017
May 5 2017 - Jun 1 2017
3 night minimum stay
Midsummer 2017
Jun 2 2017 - Jul 6 2017
7 night minimum stay
High Summer 2017
Jul 7 2017 - Aug 31 2017
7 night minimum stay
Early Autumn 2017
Sep 1 2017 - Oct 19 2017
3 night minimum stay
Autumn 2017
Oct 20 2017 - Nov 16 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

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).

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Stratford-on-Avon Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Backpack
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking On Street
  • Shampoo
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • 8 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • swimming
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, you 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 and cafetiere. Do you need whisks, skewers or liquidiser? 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. Changeover day: Friday. 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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