Things to do

Blenheim Palace

Poppy and Graham are your local tourist information experts! There is so much to see and do near here…including the majestic Blenheim Palace above. There are 7 National Trust (NT) properties to see, and 8 other great houses, world famous gardens, Cotswolds villages by the dozen,  marvellous walks and cycling,  you will be so pleased you came! Best to Google and check opening days and times and plan your visit.

Uplands House is perfectly placed for a tour of the Cotswolds with its many old and historic market towns, villages and curiosities of every kind. Upton House (NT) is just across the road, with its great collections of furniture, porcelain, silver and pictures, and wonderful garden. From Uplands House you can explore the  Stratford on Avon of Shakespeare and Anne Hathaway and go to the theatre. You can visit Oxford with its many medieval colleges,  and Blenheim Palace, in Woodstock, home to the Dukes of Marlborough.

Warwick Castle

Warwick Castle

Other fine attractions are the 11th  century Warwick Castle,   open nearly every day, Charlecote Park, (NT), the splendid Tudor mansion and home of the Lucy Family since 1247, with a garden landscaped by Capability Brown in 1760, and of course Broughton Castle, modernised in 1554, and reflected in a beautiful moat, the ancestral home of the Saye and Sele family for the past 6 centuries and including the Fienes actors and explorers. Visit Compton Verney, built by Robert Adam in the 1760s, which boasts a wonderful art gallery, various other collections, and a constantly changing exhibition.

Chastleton House

Chastleton House

Go and see the Jacobean Chastleton  House, (NT), set in a garden rich in topiary, or the 18th century Farnborough Hall, with its amazing plaster work. Canons Ashby (NT) is a beautiful Elizabethan mansion built by the Dryden family from stone used in the previous Augustine priory on the same site, and set in a wonderful garden. Fascinating too is  the Tudor Sulgrave Manor, George Washington’s

Ragley Hall

Ragley Hall

ancestral home. Also nearby are two other great private houses. You can visit the chaming Palladian mansion Ragley Hall, home to Lord Hertford and his family for the past 9 generations, with its splendid murals and history, and  the 15th century  Coughton Court, the Tudor base of the Throckmorton family for 600 years (including Guy Fawkes), with its priests hidden room, and an enchanting 3 acre walled garden.  Quite superb is the 15th century Sudeley Castle near Winchcombe, visited by Henry V111, Queen Katherine Parr,  Queen Elizabeth 1, and Cromwell’s troops to name  a few, set in a series of historic show gardens, certainly among the finest in Britain. Then, nearby, are  two more National Trust  properties, open all year round, the Elizabethan Packwood House and Baddesley Clinton (NT).

 

Packwood House

Packwood House

Sezincote

Sezincote

Baddesley Clinton

Baddesley Clinton

The gardens of  Sezincote, Bourton Hill House, Kiftsgate, and Hidcote, are all within easy reach and are pleasant drives through glorious countryside.

You could wander around the antique shops of Moreton in Marsh, Stow on the Wold, Chipping Campden, Chipping Norton (in the Old Woollen Mill, with the tall chimney) and Broadway, and stroll through the Slaughters and the Swells, or take in the Zoo near Burford.

Well worth a visit are the Whichford Pottery, the Arboretum at Batsford Park and the eccentric  collections of things at Snowshill Manor. (NT)

The Rollright Stones, a megalithic hilltop circle, and  the famous model village at Bourton-on-the-Water and its Motor Museum are short drives away, as is the National Exhibition Centre, and the Royal Show Ground at Stoneleigh Park.  See also the Motor Museum at Gaydon.

For those who like horse racing there are courses at Warwick, Stratford and Cheltenham, and for motor racing Silverstone is nearby.

For the energetic, tennis, and riding are available nearby. Clay Pigeon Shooting can be tried or practised at Nadbury House, Edgehill.

Golf

Golf

We have a special relationship with   Tadmarton Golf Club. The course occupies a delightful location with lovely views over the rolling Cotswold hills and countryside to Broughton Castle and Church. Staff are friendly and helpful, and golfers enjoy coming here. Guests booking through us will get a discount off the green fees.

For Children  there is riding at Radway Stables, the Butterfly Farm at Stratford on Avon, playing fields nearby, and they can watch lambing from April to Mid May locally.