Heritage Mews is a luxury 5 star holiday cottage in a superb central yet peaceful location in Stratford-upon-Avon's interesting Old Town - ideally situated for exploring all the attractions of this beautiful riverside town and surrounding countryside. Awarded a 5 Star rating by Visit England and their prestigious Gold Award for "exceptional quality of accommodation and customer service", this two bedroom holiday cottage comfortably accommodates three guests plus one baby. Personally managed by the owners, the cottage is immaculately presented throughout, very comfortably furnished and equipped with thoughtful attention to detail - a real home-from-home. The attractive sitting-dining room opens onto a beautifully maintained, sunny secluded courtyard-style garden - perfect for summer outdoor dining and a delight to look out onto in all seasons. Guests can enjoy free unlimited secure Wi-Fi and the benefit of private parking for two cars within the mews. With fully controllable central heating, high quality furnishings and luxurious cotton linens, the cottage is perfect for discerning couples or small families, whether for a relaxing weekend or mid-week break, a theatre break or longer stay, at all times of the year.
“We love the house, the glorious garden and the location.”
Stratford-upon-Avon, birthplace of William Shakespeare, is a beautiful medieval market town situated on the banks of the River Avon in the heart of rural Warwickshire.Steeped in history and culture, it is an ideal holiday destination at any time of the year. Heritage Mews is perfectly located in a peaceful setting, close to the River Avon, 5 to 10 minutes' walk to the historic town centre, Royal Shakespeare Company theatres and all the famous sites. Stroll along picturesque streets lined with beautifully preserved half-timbered buildings and take in the town's unique and special atmosphere. Explore Shakespeare's Birthplace, his Schoolroom in the magnificent 15th century Guildhall and New Place, site of Shakespeare's last home. See a play at the world famous Royal Shakespeare Theatre, take an interesting back-stage tour and a trip up the Theatre Tower. Be sure to see the Royal Shakespeare Company's joyous new musical, The Boy in the Dress, on until March 2020. Visit Hall's Croft in Old Town, the fine Jacobean house where Shakespeare's daughter lived - the first house in Stratford to have glass windows. Anne Hathaway's Cottage in Shottery, where Shakespeare's wife grew up, is set in beautiful gardens, just one mile from Heritage Mews. At Mary Arden's Farm in Wilmcote, home to Shakespeare's mother, you can learn about Tudor times and customs from costumed guides, see rare breeds and falconry displays. A hop-on / hop-off City Sightseeing open top bus tour is a fun way of visiting all the famous sites; it operates from 4 April to1 November 2020.
From Heritage Mews you can enjoy the delightful riverside walk into town and to the theatres past nearby Holy Trinity Church (where you can visit Shakespeare's grave in the chancel) and along the riverside footpath past an old pedestrian chain ferry, the last of its kind in Britain, and the famous Dirty Duck pub. The Royal Shakespeare Theatre and Swan Theatre are less than a ten minute stroll from the cottage. There are peaceful riverside walks through nearby gardens and parkland, and Avon Valley footpaths leading out into glorious Warwickshire countryside. You can hire a rowing boat or motor launch to explore over three miles of tranquil river, or enjoy a River Avon sightseeing cruise aboard an original Edwardian pleasure launch. Cross the river by ferry or walk across the old Tramway Bridge to visit the Butterfly Farm. Or just relax by the river in the Bancroft Gardens or at a waterside coffee shop or cafe.
“….a superb location to be able to walk along the river into town and as a base to explore the area.”
Restaurants - Stratford-upon-Avon has an amazing variety of places to eat, catering for all tastes - from award-winning fine dining restaurants to bistros, pubs, cafes, traditional tearooms and coffee shops, many with outdoor terraces, gardens or overlooking the river. You will be spoilt for choice! Walk down Sheep Street and find excellent bistros and wine bars, such as Loxley's, The Opposition and The Vintner; Lambs, a stylish fine dining restaurant situated in a beautiful beamed 16th century house; and the 1940s themed Fourteas tearoom. The Garrick inn in High Street, with its fine ornate carved timberwork, dates back to the 1400s. Nearby is Edward Moon's English brasserie and Sorrento Italian restaurant. No. 9 Church Street is an excellent fine dining restaurant and next door is Salt, awarded one Michelin star. Try 33 The Scullery, for traditional British food and for Thai cuisine, Sabai Sabai or The Giggling Squid. For something a little different, dine or enjoy afternoon tea at the Rooftop Restaurant in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre or relax with a drink or a coffee at the theatre's Riverside Café. Enjoy champagne afternoon tea on the terrace at the Waterside Brasserie, near the theatre, perfect for watching the world go by. Close by is the Dirty Duck pub with river views from the terrace; famous for being frequented by Royal Shakespeare Company actors, inside are walls of signed photographs of famous actors, both past and present.
“The cottage is so perfectly located - we've really enjoyed exploring all the sites on foot and eating at the great local restaurants.”
Stratford-upon-Avon offers excellent shopping with interesting galleries, antique centres and a variety of small independent shops as well as well-known high street names. There are also lively weekly markets - a Charter market on Fridays and at weekends, markets selling local produce, collectibles and crafts. Shakespeare Distillery - enjoy a guided Tour and Gin Tasting at Stratford's award-winning producer of artisan spirits or create your own gins at their Gin School, distilling, blending, bottling and labelling your very own bottles of gin to take away with you.
Heritage Mews is ideally located for exploring the scenic Cotswolds (an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) and glorious Warwickshire countryside. Enjoy leisurely drives through country lanes and rolling countryside, with many delightful villages, stately homes and beautiful gardens to discover, and excellent traditional country pubs. Within a short drive (15 miles) is the village of Broadway, often referred to as the "Jewel of the Cotswolds". Its wide main street, lined with horse chestnut trees and a variety of beautifully preserved honey-coloured houses, from Tudor to Georgian, has a great choice of eateries, art galleries and shops. You can take a Heritage steam train trip from Broadway to near Cheltenham, passing through spectacular Cotswold countryside. The beautiful Cotswold village of Chipping Campden (12 miles from Heritage Mews) is famous for its elegant terraced High Street lined with ancient Cotswold stone buildings, 17th century Market Hall and fine “wool” church. Nearby is the ‘silk’ village of Blockley with Mill Dene Garden set alongside a mill stream. A visit to internationally renowned Hidcote garden, with its characterful themed outdoor “rooms”, is a delight in all seasons. Within a half hour drive from Heritage Mews are many outstanding National Trust houses and gardens including Charlecote Park on the banks of the River Avon and with its own deer park; a moated manor house at Baddesley Clinton; Packwood House, with its interesting yew garden and lakeside walk; Upton House, a fine country mansion with an extensive art collection; and Coughton Court, an imposing Tudor house set in beautiful gardens. Also less than half an hour away are the market town of Warwick, with its many antique shops and magnificent medieval castle; Kenilworth Castle (English Heritage); the British Motor Museum, home to the world's largest collection of British classic cars; and Compton Verney, an award-winning art gallery set in beautiful ‘Capability Brown’ parkland. A little further afield are the Cotswold villages of Stow-on-the Wold, Bourton-on-the-water and The Slaughters; Regency Cheltenham; Blenheim Palace; Silverstone motor racing circuit; Bicester Shopping Village; and the City of Oxford – all within an hour's drive. For more information and links about places to visit, click Local Attractions.
“Lovely home & garden and a perfect location for visiting National Trust properties!”
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We manage Heritage Mews personally and aim to do everything we can to ensure your stay is memorable and enjoyable. We will be there to welcome you and hand over the keys on your arrival and answer any questions you may have. If your travel plans mean you will be arriving late in the evening, arrangements can be made to provide keys for you to let yourselves in. We can be contacted at any time, on our landline or mobile - you can use the free direct line from the telephone in the cottage.
We look forward to welcoming you at Heritage Mews, our 5 star holiday cottage in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England.