WHY GO THERE
Warwickshire is a historical county encompassing both the pursuits of town and country life. You may like to start in the country and view the breath taking sites of the unspoilt, rolling hills of Burton Dasset Country Park. A great family location in the south east of the county, ideal for walking, kite flying, dog walking or just simply sitting in your car to view magnificent sights from miles around. The hundred acre hilltops comprise a small woodland and an array of historical interest such as the protuberant beacon, quarry remains and the nearby 12th Century All Saints Church. The park and the church were used as a location in the Tom Selleck film Three Men and a Little Lady in 1990.
A five-minute car journey down the road is the site and remains of the Battle of Edgehill, the first pitched battle of the English Civil War. These historic grounds mark a breakdown of all attempts at constitutional compromise between King Charles and Oliver Cromwell and Parliament in 1642. This location is perfect if you have a passionate appetite for history where the exact positions for the armies’ initial deployment lines have been frequently debated, with clever battle reenactments presented to the public on occasions.
If your fancies take you further afield, perhaps take a short drive into the county town itself of Warwick. The market town dates back to medieval times where human habitation has been present in Warwick since the 6th century with Tudor framed buildings. Warwick Castle is one of the most prominent gems in the old market town; an old motte and bailey castle that dates back to 1068 as part of the Norman Conquest of England and was home to the Earl of Warwick. The Castle is beautifully preserved and offers something for everyone with jaw dropping history, grand interiors, spooky dungeons stunning open gardens, an old water powered mill, places to lunch, live archery entertainment, battles reenactments and bird flights. Warwick had town walls during medieval times and that of Eastgate and Westgate still survive today. The castle was a stone fortress and a county house and is today a popular worldwide tourist attraction, visited in 1858 by Queen Victoria.
If you want to exploit the beauty of Warwickshire, the rural Shakespeare town of Stratford-upon-Avon is just a short 20-minute drive away. Stratford is another antique town overlooking the picturesque River Avon embracing Mary Arden’s house and the Royal Shakespeare theatre, which is steeped in culture and history.
WHERE TO STAY
The White House B&B is an old farm cottage set in the peaceful, small village on top of the Burton Dassett hills, displaying the breath taking views of the Warwickshire countryside. Provides a cosy home from home experience, all within short distances of Warwick, Stratford Upon Avon, Oxford and Birmingham Airport. Comfortable and homely, the B and B includes central heating with ensuite facilities and its very own Taxi Driver with great local knowledge of the local area. Double rooms from £30, single rooms from £45.00 and packed lunches can be provided from £7.50.
The comfortable Hilton Hotel provides localized luxury and has a great location, only a 20 minute drive from Birmingham International Airport, Warwick Castle, Shakespeare’s birthplace and Anne Hathaway’s cottage in Stratford, all within a short distance of this Warwick hotel. From Hilton Guest Rooms to Deluxe Rooms, all rooms at this Warwick hotel have high-speed Internet access, 32-inch flat screen TV and soft seating areas. Family and interconnecting rooms are available making this Warwick hotel ideal for family breaks. Double rooms from £60.
WHERE TO EAT
Robbie’s Restaurant is a family friendly modern restaurant specialising in international cuisine, is centrally located with a new a la carte menu every six weeks with intricate dishes cooked freshly to order. Located on Smith Street in Warwick, one of the oldest remaining streets in town with a timber framed construction.
The Malt Shovel Inn is a family and pet friendly country pub situated conveniently off Junction 12 of the M40 located between Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwick and Royal Leamington Spa, providing home cooked food and a welcoming atmosphere. You can chose from 4 real ales and order anything from a snack to a three course meal and sit in the restaurant, the bar or the unique stage area relaxing of a comfy sofa bellow a stained glass window.
TELL US A LOCAL SECRET
Four unlocked rooms at Warwick Castle that remained closed for generations have revealed secrets and tales of battle, siege, murder, power struggles and hauntings across four centuries of the Castle’s history. The four ancient rooms: Barbican Battlements & Captain’s Room; Bear Tower; Watergate Room; and The Guards’ Room in Guy’s Tower. The Watergate tower is rumored to be haunted by the roaming ghosts of Sir Fulke Greville – playwright, poet, Member of Parliament and victim of gruesome murder by a disloyal servant.