Warwickshire is a fascinating hotchpotch of pretty market towns, distinguished manor houses and rolling countryside. Step out from your boutique hotel into Stratford-Upon-Avon, where Shakespeare wove tales of heroes, villains and star-crossed lovers. Then take your quest to Warwick Castle where traditional jousting still rouses crowds. Top it off with some world-renowned theatre and you have all the makings of a luxury escape to the country.
The home of castles, country estates and the world’s most famous wordsmith.
Things to do
Follow in the footsteps of Elizabeth I all the way to Charlecote Park. This 16th-century estate is filled with lavish Victorian furnishings, and the surrounding grounds were inspired by Capability Brown’s designs. Ragley Hall is similarly grand, but has lots for little ones to explore including a maze, a lake for kayaking and a woodland walk to follow. Alternatively, step inside for a guided tour of the sumptuous state rooms.
After a day applauding the jousting at Warwick Castle, spend the evening cheering on jockeys at nearby Warwick Racecourse. It’s one of the oldest courses in the country with a proud heritage. Then, swap four legs for four wheels and enter the world of British classic cars at the Heritage Motor Centre. Tear through the outdoors with an expert driver in the Drive Zone, or splash out on a private vintage sports car for the day and travel the countryside in true style.
Combine a country retreat with the best bits of a city break and spend a day at Compton Verney. This award-winning art gallery has collections that rival those of the capital, all housed in a Palladian mansion house set within Capability Brown parkland. From Tudor portraits to Chinese bronzes and British folk art, there’s an eclectic mix of artwork to enjoy.
Slip back in time and pay a visit to Stoneleigh Abbey – where Queen Victoria once took tea.
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