The Shropshire Hills: A True English Rose
There is so much to offer when taking your luxury country break in England's West Midlands. From the classically British beauty of the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty to the hustle and bustle of lively, diverse and metropolitan cities such as Birmingham which are perfect for city shopping breaks and fantastic nights out, this area of Britain truly has something to offer any discerning traveller. Don’t miss the ruined medieval castle at Ludlow in Shropshire.
Warwickshire is a land of rich heritage, with many country houses and gardens to visit. If you’re a history lover, Warwickshire is an ideal place to take a luxury break as there are many castles to see – the best of course being the beautiful Warwick Castle, but not forgetting the gorgeous Medieval Fortress at Kenilworth, which is set in vast grounds. The town of Warwick is charming and historic and has many narrow cobbled streets and interesting independent shopping facilities, making it a brilliant place in which to spend a special romantic town break for 2. There are many free things to see and do in this area too, such as the excellent Transport Museum in Coventry.
Stratford’s Shakespeare Connections
Take a luxurious self-catering country holiday around Stratford. Stratford-upon-Avon is England's Shakespeare Country, where you can discover the legendary playwright's birthplace - even the house where he grew up, and the beautiful family cottage where he courted his bride Anne Hathaway. If you’re history mad, take a day at Ironbridge – the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution.
Thinking of relaxing a bit more on your luxury holiday? If you fancy a countryside stroll, there are plenty of walks around Warwickshire and Shakespeare Country, such as the Jerwood Foundation Sculpture Trail, and great links to see the beautiful and inspirational Cotswolds.
Recommended things to see and do around the West Midlands:
• Explore and enjoy the rural haven of South Staffordshire, either on foot or horseback if you're feeling adventurous.
• Enjoy a glass of award-winning English wine at the Halfpenny Green Vineyard.
• Take a trip into Birmingham for some serious retail therapy or a fantastic night out. Gorgeous fayre is served up in the fine dining, award-winning, Michelin starred restaurant Purnell's, where you can sample a bit of everything with the sensational Purnell's Tour menu.
• Take a tour through the impressive limestone mine caverns at Dudley Canal Trust.
You can expect to find luxurious country cottages set around cobbled courtyards, modernised barn conversions and Tudor houses for your high-end break in the West Midlands.