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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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                                                                                                      Recent Reviews

                                                                                                      Lovely property

                                                                                                      4 of 5
                                                                                                      We had a very comfortable stay in this clean stylish 'shed'. The location is ideal for feeling away from it all but it isn't a huge trek to Matlock or Bakewell. We enjoyed the entertainment provided by the alpacas and chickens out of our window. Lovely and quiet. Very comfortable patio furniture. Would perhaps screen off the caravan. Grateful to be able to have our dog there. Warm and cosy (had frosts), reliable hot water. We were four people and would say six would have been very tight, simply because of no storage for personal belongings for the two on the sofa bed. If it had also been wet and we had coats and boots to dry, it would have been tricky. Cooking for four with three small saucepans was interesting too; one or two large pans would have been ideal. Otherwise the kitchen is well appointed with good appliances. Thank goodness for the freezer. Would have liked an info pack like every other self catering we have stayed at, to tell us how to deal with rubbish, recycling (found that on the last day), disposal of dog poo bags, local eateries, how to work the storage heaters, local useful numbers, wifi code, what to do if wifi stops working (did a number of times), what the extractor system is all about. Although the owners were across the yard, getting hold of somebody to ask was not easy.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: Apr 22, 2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Apr 2017

                                                                                                      The perfect away from it all property

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      First class property with great facilities once youve learned how to use the cooker! Well equipped. Log burner is wonderful. Just wish the weather had been kinder.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: Apr 19, 2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Apr 2017