About the property
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- Minimum Stay3 - 7 nights
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 usually workshops, a cookery kitchen etc. Badsey, Nr Evesham, Worc. Early June.
* Cheltenham Science Festival – from the origins of the universe to cocktails, cakes and cats. June.
* Cheltenham Music Festival.
* Cheltenham Literature Festival. Usually 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.
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- Calendar last updated:
- May 23, 2018
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
perfect for a weekend get away from it all. It was quiet, warm and comfortable; Very well catered for and lots of small touches to make it extra special. Would go again in the summer so that we can sit in the beautiful garden with a glass of wine.
Beautiful quaint cottage in convenient location
Absolutely loved our stay in Lantern Cottage. Kitchen is well equipped and has everything you need. Walks straight from the door and you can walk into town, just over a mile across the fields. Excellent location for Stratford upon Avon.
Sue was wonderful throughout the booking process and we would definitely stay here again. Fantastic! Thank you Sue
Delighted you liked it so much. I’m going there tomorrow and will be walking over the fields to the shops, doing ardening and making it even nicer for guest. Thank you for being so lovely. Do come back!
A truly romantic stay for two
This place has everything! Its romantic and cute, beautifully set, decorations a lovely mix of antiques and contemporary, well equipped kitchen, very comfy bed. Short walk to shops, butcher, pub and so on. With a car your smack in the middle of everything but in a hideaway retreat anyway. Thank you! (Not wrong to bring a pair of warm socks)
Really pleased you had such a great time despite the awful weather. Painter in this, week. So, it will look even better. And the weather is starting to look up. Daffodils out. All looking brighter. Hooray!
The property was lovely, very quirky with lots of original features. Would definitely re-visit
We had a lovely short break in Lantern cottage. It was a real home away from home. Nothing was left to chance everything you could possibly want was at your fingertips. For two peace loving bookworms who love History it was a little piece of heaven. The kitchen was very well equipped with clear and concise instructions on how to use all The appliances. The lounge was cosy with a much welcome woodburner as we arrived in the snow, although the central heating was more than adequate the wood burner was a lovely addition. We were warm and snug in the bedroom under our feather duvet and spoil in the bathroom with a pile of soft fluffy towels ... We loved it and were very sorry to lock the door for the last time and head for Home. Would definitely recommend this beautiful cottage to anyone looking to step out of the rat race for a while and relax
Thank you so much. I really appreciate your taking the time to write the review - and such a lovely one! I agree about the wood burner. It does make a room cosy. Come back! It’s bright and peaceful in the summer - perfect for walking in the woods and across the fields. And there’s loads to do and see in Stratford and beyond.
Beautiful cottage only 15 minutes drive from Stratford
My wife and I really enjoyed our stay here, near the countryside and nice local pubs, but also only a 15 minute drive to Stratford. The cottage itself has great cooking facilities, a cosy fire and a nice garden.
So pleased you enjoyed your stay, and thank you for looking after my cottage so well. Come back! It's wonderful in the spring and summer.
Gorgeous cute cottage- totally relaxing
Stayed here for 4 nights. Lovely for the two of us and our Labrador. Everything you need is provided.
Great! That’s what I want. I love staying here (I’m here at the moment on a gardening break) and want guests to enjoy the experience as much as I do. Well-behaved dog! Thank you, both.
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. www.cheltenhamfestivals.com/science/
Lunar Festival 2015 – Wilko Johnson, Tinariwen, m Burgess, Donovan and Public Service Broadcasting. Nr Birmingham. Fri 5 - Sun 7 June. http://lunarfestival.co.uk
Cheltenham Music Festival – Nicola Benedetti, Milos and more. Tues 30 June – Sat 11 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. Tues 7 – Sat 11 July. www.mfy.org.uk/coreseason/national.
2000 Trees - Indie rock with Deaf Havana, Alkaline Trio and The Subways. Thurs 9 – Sat 11 July. Nr Cheltenham. www.twothousandtreesfestival.co.uk
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. www.cheltenhamfestivals.com/literature/
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
Additional information about rental rates
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). Dog owners need to contact me before booking to discuss. In principle I will accept a well-behaved dog provided it is cleaned after re-entering cottage after walks (towels provided), not allowed on the furniture and not left in the house on its own. Please do not let your dog mess in my garden or on the private land and gardens the cottage is part of.