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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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A real country break

5 of 5
We stayed a week and loved it, a real home from home with everything you could need to make it very comfortable, our children (10 & 8) really enjoyed it and loved the sheep we could see from the window. It is in the middle of the country and if you want to see the area you will need a car but it is so central with Bridgnorth 10 minutes drive and Telford 30 minutes away. It is a clean spacious home and I would highly recommend it to anyone 😃
  • Review Submitted: Aug 18, 2018
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2018

Family celebration

5 of 5
My husband and I took our family, daughter, son-in-law and 3 boys, and son, daughter-in-law and son and baby girl to Applewood Farm to celebrate our son's 40th. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves in this lovely property with plenty of room for us all. It's very well equipped (perhaps a few more serving bowls?), and the beds were beautifully made-up with crisp linen. There were plenty of towels and 5 loos! Hurrah! The garden was ideal for us as we had two small children with us (we took a paddling pool). We visited Ironbridge on the Sunday morning, and the older three children went kayaking which they loved. Also - Tesco delivered our groceries which saved a huge amount of hassle as it was so hot, and too hot for us to bring food with us. All in all, a very satisfactory and well-maintained property for our needs. Would throughly recommend for family parties, or for friends to get together. 5 double bedrooms.....
  • Review Submitted: Jul 26, 2018
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2018