About Stephanie Williams
I grew up on Grange Farm near Alvechurch, qualified as a physiotherapist in 1983. Moved to Irelands Farm with my family in 2000 to help my father run the self-catering cottages and practice Physiotherapy from the Farm House. In 2013 my father retired and left the business to his children. In my spare time I love to mess about on sailing yachts down in the Solent.
Stephanie Williams purchased this Cottage in 1987
Why Stephanie Williams chose Lapworth
Irelands Farm continues to be a family run business and has seen many changes over the years with improvements to the Farm House and conversion of the farm buildings. The cottages are set in a sheltered courtyard and enjoy the calm and tranquility of the countryside.
What makes this Cottage unique
Lily cottage enjoys a remote and peaceful setting right in the middle of a working arable farm. Yet remains within walking distance (2.5 miles) from the pretty village of Henley in Arden and convenient for the motorway network.
100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
There is so much of interest close to our location it would be difficult to cover it all in just one trip!
For children, there are two nearby farms, Umberslade Farm Park and Hatton Adventure World. At Hatton, there’s opportunity to feed sheep, goats and rabbits, cuddle guinea pigs and, for the more daring, there’s a ‘hands on’ experience with exotic creatures such as stick insects, snakes and tarantulas. Hatton’s vast play area has trampolines, sandpits, oversized snakes and ladders, climbing frames and mat slides. Take a break in the cafe and then have further fun in the indoor play area with slides and ball pools. For the more adventurous, Umberslade Adventure has zip wire, tree climbing and low ropes set in 80 acres of woodland.
During Stratford-upon-Avon’s summer season, there there is much fun to be had playing on the river in rowing boats, punting or taking a river cruise. The riverside park offers the opportunity for ball games, crazy golf and pleasant walks. In addition, there is a large children's play area with swings, climbing frames, sandpits and picnic tables. On winter days, dive into the Butterfly Farm’s tropical greenhouse and keep warm while watching hundreds of the world’s most colourful and attractive butterflies!
Don’t miss, of course, the famous Royal Shakespeare Theatre which offers fascinating theatre tours as well as spectacular performances. Further culture is provided by the town’s hop on/off open top bus tour which visits sites such as Shakespeare’s Birthplace, Anne Hathaway's Cottage, Mary Arden's House and New Place.
The famous castle in Warwick reaches back almost 11 centuries, first being built as a wooden motte and bailey construction in 1068 at the command of William the Conquerer. Whilst the site has ultimately been turned into a theme park, the epic stronghold, one of the finest in the country, remains the centrepiece. Expect a full day of family entertainment with swordsmanship workshops, adventure maze, a trebuchet, falconry, children's’ guided tours, towers and a secret passage.
Further afield, you can visit Cadbury World in Bourneville, the West Midland Safari Park outside Kidderminster and the Sea Life Centre in Birmingham’s Brindley Place.
If sport is your love, there is top class rugby and football at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry, and cricket at Edgbaston, both venues within 15 miles. The Belfry is close by for golf fans but even nearer is Henley, one of the Midlands favourite golf clubs. The Skydome Arena in Coventry hosts ice hockey matches or, if you fancy a go on ice yourself, Solihull has its own rink. Those who enjoy horse riding will find plentiful opportunity in the area and keen cyclists can enjoy covering the miles on off road tracks and quiet lanes.
Birmingham Centre has two main theatres, the Hippodrome (home of the Birmingham Royal Ballet) and Birmingham Rep. At Coventry, the Belgrade and Warwick Arts Centre both offer full theatre programmes.
Many of our guests visit the BBC Good Food Show, Crufts or Gardner’s World at the NEC, just a 20 minute drive away. Nearby Solihull’s Touchwood Centre is a popular shopping destination but, also within striking distance and offering more choice, is Birmingham’s famous Bull Ring.
Three local National Trust Properties provide pleasant outings: Coughton Court, Packwood House and Baddesley Clinton. Further away, but worth the drive, Charlecote Park is an impressive grand 16th-century country house surrounded by its own deer park on the banks of the River Avon near Wellesbourne.
If peace and quiet is what you are looking for, why not try gliding just down the road in Snitterfield or stroll along the Heart of England Way footpath, taking in the sights and stopping at local hostelries for the occasional refreshment. From the door of your cottage, you can walk over Irelands Farm, crossing the neighbouring farm, Coppice Corner, to Lowsonford. Here you can enjoy a pub meal alongside the Stratford-upon-Avon canal at the Fleur-de-Lys.
Hostelries and restaurants abound - our local village of Henley-in-Arden is renowned for them. Choose from (amongst others) a steak at The Stoneaged, a curry at the Arden Tandoori, pasta at La Dolce Piazza, fish and chips at the Finest Catch - or, for something special, Cheals.