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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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                                                                                            Beautiful property, great location

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                                                                                            Wainstones is a beautiful property. The owners have carefully considered everything to ensure guests feel welcome and have a comfortable stay. Located just a short stroll from all that Bakewell has to offer. Only negative is that the stairs in the property are very steep.
                                                                                            • Review Submitted: 26-Aug-2016
                                                                                            • Date of Stay: Aug 2016

                                                                                            Great accommodation in lovely setting.

                                                                                            5 of 5
                                                                                            Views from the accommodation were lovely. There were walks from The Retreat - which we enjoyed very much. We took full advantage of the exclusive use pool. Everything in the Retreat was clean and tidy with tasteful decor and linens. Jill and Stuart were helpful and also make sure that guests have privacy. We enjoyed the whole experience and would book again without hesitation. We had a lovely anniversary meal at The Live and Let Live, a thatched 16th century pub/restaurant, in Bringsty. Lots to do and see locally.
                                                                                            • Review Submitted: 25-Aug-2016
                                                                                            • Date of Stay: Aug 2016

                                                                                            Gorgeous cottage set in a beautiful location

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                                                                                            We stayed at this lovely property for a long weekend in August. Before arriving, we contacted the owners who were very helpful with all of our enquiries. On arriving we were met by Simon who kindly showed us round the house. The cottage itself is perfectly situated a short distance from Shrewsbury Town Centre but the house itself is set in beautiful countryside surroundings. We loved looking out onto the opposite field with sheep who kept us very entertained, as did the chickens whom we could see from the decking area. The cottage itself is maintained to a very high standard with good quality furnishings. The owners Simon and Nora had provided everything that was needed on a day to day basis, from tea bags, coffee and sugar through to foil, cling film etc. We visited the local pub for a meal, which was superb, with the landlord and staff being very welcoming. We would definitely recommend this cottage to anyone looking for a place to stay in the area. Andy and Alison K
                                                                                            • Review Submitted: 23-Aug-2016
                                                                                            • Date of Stay: Aug 2016