Our lovely local pub, The Star, is just over the road from the barn. It offers good pub grub and a fine selection of cask ales and ciders. Ed, Vicky and Jenny are excellent hosts and hold weekly quizzes, gourmet evenings. There is a varied menu from weekly ‘fine dining’ Specials to fish and chips (village favourite!). Sit in the garden on a summer’s evening with a drink and we guarantee you will be chatting to locals, walkers, cyclists and holiday makers! Click on the image to go to their website.
This beautiful village, dubbed the ‘jewel of the Cotswolds’, is a ten minute drive from the barn. The pretty high street is lined with horse chestnut trees and includes a mixture of period houses and picturesque honey coloured Cotswold stone cottages. Try an ice cream from the famous street stall (hhmmm, pistachio!) or visit one of the many pubs and restaurants.
Take a walk (or drive) up to the Capability Brown inspired Broadway Tower. The location for the Tower was wisely chosen, a dramatic outlook on a pre-medieval trading route and beacon hill.
Wyatt designed his “Saxon Tower” as an eccentric amalgamation of architectural components ranging from turrets, battlements and gargoyles to balconies. Enjoy a Cotswold cream tea at the neighbouring Morris and Brown cafe barn whilst, on a clear day on the roof of the tower, admiring the glorious views of up to 16 counties!
Tewkesbury is renowned as having one of the best medieval black and white townscapes in the country. Discover the hidden charms along narrow alleyways where the eaves of crooked timber buildings nearly touch or take a leisurely cruise along the river. Visit the 12c abbey or take a town trail. You might be lucky enough to be there for the famous Mop Fair, dating back to the 12c. (Ask us about the name!)
The Malverns Hills and Commons rise dramatically above the Severn Plain on the border of Herefordshire and Worcestershire. At about 700 million years old, the rocks of the Hills are some of the oldest rocks in the UK. The views are incredible and walking not as hard as you would imagine with wide paths and plenty of resting places.
Another beautiful long distance footpath in Worcestershire which comes right through our village and ends in Broadway. The Way goes through a variety of landscapes, from meadows, woodlands, orchards and riverside pastures, through hidden hollows and towering hilltops with stunning views over the famous Vale of Evesham and beyond.
The Cotswold Way has over 100 miles /160 km of walking in stunning countryside, with long distance views from the Cotswold escarpment, and journeys through picturesque villages and past famous ancient sites. The route starts in the iconic historic market town of Chipping Campden and finishes in the beautiful Georgian town of Bath.
If you are the competitive type, there are numerous challenge events ranging from running 100km of the route in 24 hours to more gentle circular walks of a few miles/kms. The latter usually include a pub or cafe stop!
Come and enjoy a couples luxury break with us whilst enjoying a week of racing at the famous Gold Cup. We can guarantee it will cost you far less then accommodation in Cheltenham! The racecourse is only twelve miles away and you will find it is a very easy drive with little traffic and boasting ONE set of traffic lights! By then you are more or less at the racecourse. It normally takes no longer than 15 min door to door, but may take a little longer on race days. Start your day with a delicious Race Breakfast at the Star opposite. Contact us for rates.
Home of Shakespeare, set in beautiful countryside and with the River Avon flowing through its heart. Stratford is only about 25 mins drive away. Come for the day, Visit the house where the world’s most famous playwright was born and grew up and visit his grave in the nearby Holy Trinity Church. Interested in his family? Visit Mary Arden’s House, the childhood home of Shakespeare’s mother or the world famous Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, the childhood home of Shakespeare’s wife.
After all that history, you will be hungry! There are many fine restaurants to choose from in the town or take the Chain Ferry for the grand sum of 50p and have a picnic by the river. Alternatively, you will be right by the famous Royal Shakespeare theatre so why not end your day with a performance after a pre theatre dinner in the theatre’s rooftop restaurant.