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Make a holiday rental, home or cottage in the heart of England your home away from home

The region of England known as the 'Heart of England' covers the region of the West Midlands including the counties of Gloucestershire, Hereford & Worcester, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Northamptionshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Shropshire and Derbyshire.

Things to do in the Heart of England

It was written in the 1800's that the Heart of England was 'one of the pleasantest places to walk', and this has certainly not changed since then. It is a magnificent place to travel by foot, bicycle or tour by car. There are many places explore, and historical sites dating back to before the Roman invasion, with impressive castles, ancient burial sites, battlefields and cathedrals wrapped in mystery and intrigue, from Tamworth Castle to the Robin Hood Festival or see Shakespeare at the open air theatre in Tolethorpe Hall.

For outdoor activities, the Ackers Urban Outdoor Adventurous Activity Centre is 2 miles from Birmingham. Here, skiing, climbing, canoeing, archery, orienteering and 4x4 off roading can be enjoyed across the counties.

The West Midlands Safari and Leisure Park is a magnificent theme park, with rides, amusements, and also the only place in the UK to have bred white lions.

Places to holiday in the Heart of England

Gloucestershire's Cotswolds are a huge visitor attraction. The famous cities of Bath and Cheltenham lie within the gentle hills of the Cotswolds, but the real beauty lies in the hidden villages and hamlets, where small English holiday cottages nestle amongst the fields and drystone walls.

Shropshire, the birthplace of industry, is a beautiful place for walking. The UNESCO World Heritage site around Ironbridge is a must see site for those interested in the industrial heritage of Great Britain. Shropshire also holds the most Michelin Stars outside London, and two of the best medieval towns in England. The self catering holiday cottages in Shropshire are superb, and get you deep into the best of England's countryside, where relaxation and recuperation are top of the list of things to do in Shropshire.

Derbyshire and the Peak District enjoy breathtaking landscapes and lively market towns. The county attracts walkers, cyclists, and sports enthusiasts as well as nature lovers and those wishing to relax in an easily accessible rural region.

Weather in the Heart of England

The weather in the Heart of England is pretty good. Due to its location, rain falls less often than in many parts of the UK. There are four distinct seasons, all of which are fine for enjoying the great outdoors.

Travel to the Heart of England

Travel to the Heart of England is easy, and there are plenty of options for travel to your holiday cottage in the Heart of England. East Midlands Airport (EMA) between Nottingham, Leicester and Derby services the area, but the road and rail networks are good in this part of the country.


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Excellent. A very comfortable, well equipped property.

5 of 5
I stayed at this property for one week with my daughter and her two children aged 7 and 4. We all loved the cottage, which was immaculately clean on arrival and was very well equipped. Although our party was only four people, the cottage could readily accommodate six people both in terms of bedrooms and dining, and there was room to park two cars off road. The cottage has been well renovated with bright rooms. The main bedrooms are a good size and the downstairs (extra) toilet is a real boon. The garden is pretty and we were lucky enough to be able to eat outside there on at least one occasion. The cottage is well located for lots of local attractions and we found plenty to occupy and amuse two young children within a half-hour drive. The owner, Helena, went out of her way to ensure everything was on hand for us. There were a few items in the fridge to start us off in terms of catering, the heating was set up for us if we needed it, and she was contactable to answer any questions we may have had. In the cottage too, there was lots of information and brochures about places to visit and to eat nearby so, in the event, we didn't need to contact Helena whilst we were there. I would highly recommend this property and the National Forest area in general - particularly Conkers and the Rosliston Forestry Centre .
  • Review Submitted: Jul 25, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017

A very beautiful cottage in a superb setting.

5 of 5
The cottage was beautifully presented - every comfort and convenience considered. The special touches and Nora and Simon's warm welcome and hospitality were appreciated. Hook a Gate is very convenient for visiting the Shropshire towns, villages and national parks.
  • Review Submitted: Jul 24, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017