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

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

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

Sue Churchill
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, french, italian
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 23, 2017

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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Alcester Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 2
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • not suitable for children
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
  • 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.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Chocolate-box pretty cottage, with Grade II Listing, in Shakespeare country
average rating of 4.9411764 based on 136 reviews

Very nice place for a relaxing break

  • 5 of 5

Cottage was nice but a bit remote if weather is bad' a bigger TV would be a bonus.

  • Submitted: Feb 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm glad my guests liked the cottage, and take the point about the television, but, unfortunately, it is a small, very old cottage and there is simply no room for a bigger television. But, hey, there is a lot to do in the area and I produce regularly updated notes on where to go complete with tel no. and postcodes. So, with your satnav, the world's your oyster.
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Stunning property

  • 5 of 5

This cozy little cottage was the perfect retreat. The antiques and furnishings were to a high taste and standard. The kitchen is well stocked with cookware and utensils. We also appreciated the wood for the fire, milk, biscuits, tea and coffee for our stay. The notepaper and toiletries were also a lovely touch. The hamlet itself is very quaint with walks directly from outside the door. Highly recommend this cottage!

  • Submitted: Jan 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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A beautiful cottage in the countryside.

  • 5 of 5

The house was easy to get to, very comfortable, and had everything we needed for our three day stay. We enjoyed the fireplace in the evenings. Groceries were just five minutes away.

The area is filled with culture and history and a great place for a walk in the woods.

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm delighted you enjoyed your stay. I enjoy my time there too and always stay there with a view to role-playing a guest. And I also enjoyed the wood burner when I was there at the end of December with my family. Do come back. It's lovely even when you don't need a fire!
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Lovely weekend in a beautiful cottage

  • 5 of 5

Sue's cottage is beautiful, and the perfect place for a winter break for two. The fireplace meant it was warm and cosy for our cold November stay. It was very well located - equidistant to both Stratford and the Cotswolds. I would thoroughly recommend a stay here!

  • Submitted: Dec 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am very pleased my guests - I really don't know who you might be - enjoyed their stay. I try very hard to make Lantern Cottage comfortable, welcoming and an attractive place to stay. So, praise like this is very welcome. And whoever you are, as happy guests, |I hope you will return and enjoy Warwickshire and the Cotswolds in the spring or summer. It's beautiful.
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Beautiful Cosy Cottage overflowing with Character!

  • 5 of 5

Lantern Cottage is a truly charming cosy place. It's full of character & lovingly furnished. Highly recommended you won't be disappointed.

  • Submitted: Nov 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

My stay was a short one but I will make sure that next time it isn't! It is safe to say I was stunned by the property and its lovely situation. It was more than comfortable and very well equipped. I was touched too by the friendly nature of the people in the village, travelling alone it's always nice to feel included somewhere.

It was very much a home away from home.

  • Submitted: Nov 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: How kind of you to write a review! It was a pleasure to have you to stay and I am really pleased you enjoyed the cottage and hamlet. It will be great to have you back, and I'm sure my neighbours would say the same.
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Rates & Availability

Alcester Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Late Winter 2017
Jan 6 2017 - Mar 30 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
3 night minimum stay
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
Early Winter 2017
Nov 17 2017 - Dec 22 2017
3 night minimum stay
Christmas / New Year
Dec 23 2017 - Jan 4 2018
7 night minimum stay
Winter / Spring 2018
Jan 5 2018 - Mar 29 2018
3 night minimum stay
Spring 2018
Mar 30 2018 - May 3 2018
3 night minimum stay
Early Summer 2018
May 4 2018 - May 31 2018
3 night minimum stay
Midsummer 2018
Jun 1 2018 - Jul 5 2018
7 night minimum stay
High Summer 2018
Jul 6 2018 - Aug 30 2018
7 night minimum stay
Early Autumn
Aug 31 2018 - Oct 18 2018
3 night minimum stay
Autumn 2018
Oct 19 2018 - Nov 15 2018
3 night minimum stay
Early Winter 2018
Nov 16 2018 - Dec 21 2018
3 night minimum stay
Christmas 2018 / New Year 2019
Dec 22 2018 - Jan 2 2019
7 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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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.


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