Stratford-upon-Avon is the wonderful birthplace of the brilliant William Shakespeare, making it a great place to visit for a luxury self-catering break due to its brilliant culture and heritage. Set amongst the stunning Warwickshire countryside, on the banks of the River Avon, Stratford-upon-Avon is one of the most visited tourist destinations in the UK. Not only do you have the opportunity in Stratford-upon-Avon to explore the beautiful homes of Shakespeare but also because of the town's location you can also get out and enjoy the surrounding counties such as Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire. Within easy reach of Blenheim Palace and the Cotswolds, Stratford-upon-Avon is a great base for a luxury cottage holiday. Described as a delightful surprise in the heart of England, Stratford-upon-Avon is home to plenty of attractions and places of interest and if that doesnt take your fancy you can also enjoy some spectacular activities.
Dining out in Shakespeare Country is definitely an unforgettable experience, whether youre looking for a small caf for an afternoon tea or a beautiful fine dining experience, Stratford-upon-Avon has a wealth of eateries in and around the town and you should not be short on choice on a luxury cottage break. Most restaurants in the area even use locally sourced produce within their dishes to bring you an extra taste of Shakespeare Country. Discover the Fusion Brasserie Restaurant in Hawbridge, Marlowes, Benson's Restaurant and The Golden Cross for a superb evening meal or delightful lunch. You can also find some quaint tea rooms and coffee shops for a light meal, snack or afternoon tea. Bensons has been rated as one of the top 50 places in England to enjoy an afternoon tea by the Independent Newspaper. However if youd rather enjoy your luxury accommodation and make the most of the beautiful kitchen and utilities available then you can always visit Warwickshires local farmers' market to get some locally produced ingredients. All produced within a 30 mile radius of Warwick, you can be sure that the goods you are purchasing are of the highest standards and if you wish to find out more you can always speak to the people responsible for the goods, the farmers standing right behind the stalls. There are also plenty of unique, independent shops in the area for collecting together your holiday food and gifts. If youre looking for something unique and special to add to your luxury cottage holiday then why not enjoy a trip and a meal on the Shakespeare Express, a beautiful 3 course Sunday lunch awaits you.
As well as the delicious food available in Stratford-upon-Avon and the local area, you can also find some wonderful places to visit and tourist attractions to keep you active during the day, ready to be refuelled in the evening with an excellent meal. To begin with there are many Shakespeare related attractions to discover on a luxury self-catering break within Stratford-upon-Avon including Shakespeare's birthplace, Anne Hathaways Cottage, Mary Ardens House, Halls Croft and Nashs House and New Place, each baring some vital significance to the life of William Shakespeare. You can also experience Shakespeares Theatrical Experience and the William Shakespeare parade.
Other attractions that may be of more interest for families with children include Stratford Butterfly Farm, the Flagstaffs Experience, Stratford Armouries Museum and Mad Museum. Gardening enthusiasts or people who appreciate natural beauty would also enjoy a visit to Firs Gardens, The Welcombe Hills and Avon Bank Gardens.
If tourist attractions are not for you and you would prefer to experience the real Shakespeare Country then the beautiful surrounding countryside of Stratford-upon-Avon is brimming with exciting activities for you to enjoy. Apart from the obvious walking and cycling available in the area you can also get stuck into a game of golf, enjoy a tranquil afternoon fishing or take a gentle hack across the wonderful landscape on horse back. However if you do enjoy a country walk then there is always the Stratford Town Walk which will not only keep you moving but you may even learn something. The Stratford Bike hire is also available for your convenience so theres no need to have a fight with the bike rack and scratch your car to bits before youve even left home. Boating, yachting, shooting, archery, paint-balling and flying are also some of the other activities you may choose to experience on your luxury cottage holiday.
Need more luxury in your holiday? If a stay in a luxury self-catering cottage is not quite enough to make your holiday truly memorable then why not experience a spectacular helicopter tour of the fabulous Stratford-upon-Avon, soar into the skies in a huge hot air balloon or take a pleasure craft flight over head and enjoy a bird's eye view of the county? There are also plenty of opportunities for you to kick back and relax in one of Stratford Upon Avons beautiful health and beauty spas or maybe youd like to take a relaxing boat trip down the River Avon. You could even glam up for a day at the races and enjoy taking a few bets at Stratford-upon-Avon's Racecourse.
Stratford upon Avon has plentiful attractions for visitors and the main challenge you may face may be deciding which to visit on your luxurious cottage holiday. Bancroft Gardens, Stratford Mini-Golf, Warwick Castle, Creaky Cauldron, The Swan Theatre, RSC Theatre, Holy Trinity Church, Harvard House, Stratford Brass rubbing centre and Coxs Yard are some of the attractions on offer in and near Stratford upon Avon. However you spend you time, we hope you find a good quality cottage and that you have a fabulous time in Stratford upon Avon.