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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

Amazing break

5 of 5
Property was clean and supplied with everything we needed, it was warm and comfortable. Chloe has clearly put a lot of love and care into providing a comfortable experience. The additional effort to make our choccy lab feel welcome was not unnoticed. Would visit again! Thank you so much for making us feel welcome!
  • Review Submitted: 20-Feb-2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017

LOCATION is always valued as a key to a good property; this will certainly not disappoint.

5 of 5
A great place to get away from it all. Arrangements and communication from Mr and Mrs Summerton was faultless prior to arrival; it is clear they are keen to ensure you have a wonderful stay and return. Cottage is perfectly situated a very short walk from the river. Views are spectacular and the sounds are every bit a match for the scenery. The cottage was spotless and extremely well equipped. It has 2 comfortable double bedrooms and the evening silence helps with a peaceful sleep. Ground floor has wooden floors which makes sweeping up from muddy boots or dogs paws less of an issue. There is a path down to the riverbank and a large campsite area located very close so it's the perfect choice for dog owners as it is perfect for the morning and evening walk. The lounge area is ample with extremely comfortable sofas; not that you need much encouragement to relax in this place. The log burner heats the whole house but is also a charming feature to the living area. Moving through to the kitchen and dining area, you have everything you need for a 'home from home' retreat. We had a lovely mild morning for winter and enjoyed breakfast with the rear patio doors opened up. Enjoy the little boat across the river to the pub too; coming back at night is a lovely experience. We had a wonderful stay and thoroughly recommend the property for facilities and location.
  • Review Submitted: 19-Feb-2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017

Lovely property. Had a cosy weekend away.

5 of 5
Couldn't leave a message in the homebook as I didn't have a pen to hand. Lovely property and scenery. Local pubs and restaurant were also very nice. Only problem was the very limited WIFI, however we were fine without. We enjoyed our stay x
  • Review Submitted: 19-Feb-2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017