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Chocolate-box pretty cottage, with Grade II Listing, in Shakespeare country

People2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

Overview

About the property

1-bedroom antiques-filled detachedcottage with exposed beams and a walled garden

Just 15 minutes' drive from Stratford-upon-Avon, Lantern Cottage offers a refuge from the stresses of modern life. Featured on the front page of Period House magazine and showcased in Warwickshire Life, the detached cottage takes you back in time to the cosiness of an open fire, exposed beams, antiques and curtains drawn against the cold . . . but with 21st century amenities.

On summer days, you can sunbathe in our pretty walled garden or eat on the patio as the fountain plays near by.

Inside, there's a log burner (as well as central heating) with free logs, CDs, DVDs and Freeview downstairs. Upstairs, you can work online at the antique desk in the study or read one of our books in an easy chair. Alternatively, with wifi, you check your emails in the comfort of the living room - or in the garden on a fine day.

The cottage isn't suitable for children (too much scope for accidents - and breakage), but it would - and does - suit a couple with babes in arms, as the study, which is next door to the bedroom, is ideally suited for a cot.

On Your Doorstep

Bidford is a walk away over the fields, and you can do your weekly shop there at the supermarket - and buy bread and cakes from the independent bakery. There are some good pubs - the Frog is the current favourite -and several restaurants, including the Bridge, and take-aways (Indian, Chinese and fish & chips). There's also a post office, baker's, butcher's, paper shop, Lloyds Bank (open daily), florist's, hairdresser's and chemist.

Nearby Welford not only boasts a rated pub with posh food, the Bell, but also marks one end of the Stratford Greenway, a former railway line, now laid out for cyclists and walkers. It is a most enjoyable way of getting to Stratford, particularly as there is a converted railway carriage where you can sit down to tea and cakes and hire a bike. Of interest to open-air types are Bidford Gliding Club, literally round the corner, Welford Golf Course 10 minutes' drive away, Stratford Race Course and fishing literally a five-minute stroll away for members of Birmingham Anglers Association (you can join online).

Stratford-upon-Avon

Stratford, home of the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) is a 15-minute drive away - or you can take a signposted walk there from Marlcliff. The main RSC theatre has been rebuilt and extended, complete with a tower from which you can get an excellent view of the surrounding area. The lovely Swan Theatre, which replicates a 17th century theatre, can now be reached from the main foyer, which is good in the rain! There are also a poetry festival, literary festival, the summer season of the Orchestra of the Swan and, of course, grand celebrations round Shakespeare's birthday on 23 April. There are lots of restaurants, and the theatre goers' pub, the Mucky Duck, frequented by actors, is opposite the Swan Theatre - and always fun. Foodies will like the farmers' market on the first and third Saturday of the month.

Within Easy Access

There is a great deal going on in the area, as it is a hive of activity - both low and high culture.

Cheltenham hosts the Everyman Theatre, while Montpellier, Cheltenham's Regency district, is great for independent shops, cafés, including the Michelin-starred Champignon Sauvage, and trendy bars. Just a short drive from the cottage are Winchcombe with its nationally regarded pottery, and picture-postcard-pretty Bourton-on-the-Water and Broadway - the latter's near Snowshill Manor, a wildly eccentric estate with wonderful gardens. Then, of course, there's Hidcote Manor, which popularised garden 'rooms' to stunning effect.

Birmingham (45 minutes away) offers the National Exhibition Centre and Bourneville World, the Birmingham Eye (like the London one), Birmingham Rep, the Royal Ballet and Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Shops like Harvey Nicholls are in the Mailbox (with underground car park), which leads on to the revamped canals - you get a fantastic view from the restaurant end of the Mailbox, walking down, it seems, straight onto the narrow boats. The waterfront is littered with great bars and restaurants. Did you know Birmingham has more canals than Venice? And it is wonderful to walk along, as well as being just a few minutes' walk from the wonderful Symphony Halls with its flawless acoustics.

Summer festivals – from music to literature - easily accessed from Lantern Cottage include:

* AsparaFest 2014 – as well as asparagus, there’s usually workshops, a cookery kitchen etc. Badsey, Nr Evesham, Worc. Early June.

* Cheltenham Science Festival – from the origins of the universe to cocktails, cakes and cats. June.

* Cheltenham Music Festival.

* Cheltenham Literature Festival. Usually Oct.

Altogether, it's so lovely you might want to give a special friend a Lantern Cottage voucher for short break - or longer. Just ask.

More Details

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Alcester in Bidford-on-Avon

Property Type:
  • cottage (detached)
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Backpack
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking On Street
  • Shampoo
  • Thermos Flask
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove
Kitchen:
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • Small but perfectly formed, our downstairs bathroom has a bath you can stretch out in with a brass shower above, pictures on the wall and just enough space for a cup of tea or glass of wine to complete your relaxation. All the towels are included in the price (more if you want them), as are miniature toiletries and boxed tissues.
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
  • An airy, light-filled bedroom with beams and a pitched ceiling, it overlooks the pretty front garden and it is flooded with sunlight in the mornings. The duvet and four pillows are feather and down, and the bed linen is 100% cotton (If you would prefer a microfibre quilt and pillows, please say so when you book). There is ample storage on the curtained shelves, and mood lighting, including bedside lights. A few choice pictures and ornaments (including an alarm clock) and scatter cushions complete the picture. The built-in wardrobe is next door in the study.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Binoculars
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Patio
  • 8 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • swimming
Notes:
When you arrive, you will find flowers and biscuits on the table (and some chocolates in the living room), as well as milk in the fridge - and the cupboards filled with five types of tea, fresh and instant coffee, two types of sugar and hot chocolate. There's even olive oil, sunflower oil, herbs and sundry spices, condiments, tins, pasta, rice - and more. In fact, you could cook a simple pasta dish on arrival without first shopping, especially as we have a wealth of kitchen equipment from wok, baking tins and hand mixer to coffee grinder and cafetiere. Do you need whisks, skewers or liquidiser? Got them! Of course, you will need groceries, and, if you don't have time to shop, we can do it for you at the local Budgeon's, unpack them and put them away - for the cost of your shopping and £5 for our time. Changeover day: Friday. Outside, in the shed, as well as logs, kindling, firelighters and the rotary dryer for the garden, there is room to store your bike.

Reviews

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Chocolate-box pretty cottage, with Grade II Listing, in Shakespeare country
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5

Gorgeous cute cottage- totally relaxing

  • 5 of 5

Stayed here for 4 nights. Lovely for the two of us and our Labrador. Everything you need is provided.

  • Review Submitted: 16-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Everything we hoped for an the endless wood, candles, variety of teas/coffees, clean & homely

  • 5 of 5

From the moment we arrived we loved it. The thought that gone into this prooerty is great, the kitchen is well stocked with appliances and anything we may have needed was at hand. Plenty of spare towels/bedding absolutely anything you could have wanted was there. Cannot recommend this place enough and would definitely book again xx

  • Review Submitted: 02-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Wonderful

  • 5 of 5

Absolutely wonderful little cottage. So pretty and cosy and very well equipped with everything you would need for a self catering property. The area is fantastic and theres lots to do or if like us your there and it snows just snuggle up in front of the log burner. A wonderful relaxing time at a beautiful old property and fantastic communication regarding the stay from the owner. Will definitely be revisiting during spring or summer so we can sit outside in the lovely garden.

  • Review Submitted: 11-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for taking the trouble to write such a fantastic review, and I must reciprocate as you were really lovely guests who left my little cottage looking fabulous. Do come back when you can laze in the garden. You deserve it!
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5

A magical little cottage. It was like stepping into Snow Whites cottage. Really pretty

  • 5 of 5

We really loved staying here. It's like stepping back in time. Lots of beautiful places to explore nearby but the cottage itself was magical.

  • Review Submitted: 13-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much. I’m really pleased you enjoyed it as much as I do.
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5

Wonderful cottage in a great location

  • 5 of 5

We arrived late at night in the lovely hamlet of Marlcliff and found the hidden cottage - absolutely delightful. Warm, comfortable, cosy, beautifully furnished, and we felt relaxed from the first moment. A lovely lounge, beautiful bedroom, very well equipped kitchen, and the ante room upstairs is a great place just to sit and read. Very good wifi too. Also - last not least - a small but perfect bathroom with the perfect sized bath!

The cottage is a great base for long country walks, sedate visits to National Trust properties and lovely villages like Alcester, and of course brilliant for Stratford. But we actually spent quite a bit of time simply enjoying the peace of the cottage. Bedford is a short walk (and even shorter drive) along the Avon, and The Bridge is a great place to eat - one of the two best meals out we have had this year.

This is a lovely place all round.

  • Review Submitted: 12-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Beautiful well equipped cottage in idyllic setting.

  • 5 of 5

Lantern cottage is a delightful period cottage with everything you could need for a relaxing and comfortable stay. The Hamlet is a fairytale setting.....I half expected to see Hobbits there. We had a great stay as there is so much to do in that area. But at the end of each day we really looked forward to coming back to the tranquillity of the cottage.

Thank you for the chocolates, biscuits and all the other little finishing touches. A great place to stay!!

  • Review Submitted: 10-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: How lovely to have such appreciative guests! Thank you for taking the trouble to post this review. Come back! It’s just as lovely in the spring and summer.
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Owner

Sue Churchill
Member since: 2009
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English, French, Italian
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
20 February, 2018

Guestbook comments from the owner

Lantern Cottage is a wonderful experience, it is also fully equipped to prepare and cook pretty much anything! We particularely appreciated real coffee beans, grinder and a selection of cafetieres! Sue is a perfect host quick to respond to emails and provides a lot of information about the surrounding area... If you are after some rural peace and quiet with the rustic feel, Lantern Cottage is exactly what you are looking for!
Jun 2016
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Location

Nearest Airport
83 Kilometres
Birmingham
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
The Frog, Bidford
Nearest Golf
3 Kilometres
Welford-on-Avon Gold Course
Nearest Train
12.8 Kilometres
Evesham
Nearest Motorway
30 Kilometres
M5 Junction 9
Nearest Restaurant
2 Kilometres
The Bridge, Bidford-upon-Avon
Car: necessary

Just five minutes' drive from Stratford and within easy access of the Cotswolds, Stratford upon Avon, Cheltenham and Birmingham, Lantern Cottage, nevertheless, is tucked away in the countryside, a stroll from the River Avon and at the center of a network of footpaths and country lanes. It is perfect for a romantic hideaway, if that's what you want. Alternatively, it is well placed for a cultural exploration of the region, with nationally regarded theatres in Stratford, Cheltenham and Birmingham, A newer attraction is The Regal CInema, Evesham, a beautifully restored art deco cinema, where you can watch a film at a candelit table with a glass or two of wine, or from a love seat, where you can snuggle. The nearest stately homes - Ragley Hall and Coughton Court - are 10-15 minutes' drive away. Shoppers too are catered for, not just with Stratford with its Tudor buildings, but Cheltenham (45 minutes' drive, but worth it), which, as well as the usual high-street chains, has independent shops, bars and restaurants in the elegant Regency district, Montpellier. For designer bargains, you can't beat Bicester Village, the designer shopping outlet, which is just 40 minutes away.

Other Activities: Bidford Gliding Club. Royal Shakespeare Theatre.

There plenty of festivals all within easy reach of Marlclif. They include:

 Cheltenham Science Festival with Brian Cox, Alice Roberts and Adam Rutherford. Tues 2 – Sun 7 June. www.cheltenhamfestivals.com/science/

 Lunar Festival 2015 – Wilko Johnson, Tinariwen, m Burgess, Donovan and Public Service Broadcasting. Nr Birmingham. Fri 5 - Sun 7 June. http://lunarfestival.co.uk

 Cheltenham Music Festival – Nicola Benedetti, Milos and more. Tues 30 June – Sat 11 July. www.cheltenhamfestivals.com/music

 MFY (Music for Youth) National Music Festival – everything from jazz and rock to brass and chamber music. Birmingham Town Hall and Symphony Hall. Tues 7 – Sat 11 July. www.mfy.org.uk/coreseason/national.

 2000 Trees - Indie rock with Deaf Havana, Alkaline Trio and The Subways. Thurs 9 – Sat 11 July. Nr Cheltenham. www.twothousandtreesfestival.co.uk

 Fusion Festival Birmingham – line-up includes Justin Bieber, Tiny Tempah Rudimental and McBusted. Cofton Park, Birmingham. Fri 28 – Sun 30 Aug

 Cheltenham Literature Festival – details tbc. Fri 2 – Sun 11 Oct. www.cheltenhamfestivals.com/literature/

Altogether, it's so lovely you might want to give a special friend a Lantern Cottage voucher for a short break - or longer. Just ask.

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Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £5
Damage Deposit £100

If there are vacancies during high season (July - September and Christmas / New Year), we can offer last-minute short breaks (no more than one week beforehand). Dog owners need to contact me before booking to discuss. In principle I will accept a well-behaved dog provided it is cleaned after re-entering cottage after walks (towels provided), not allowed on the furniture and not left in the house on its own. Please do not let your dog mess in my garden or on the private land and gardens the cottage is part of.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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