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Stately Homes & Gardens in Warwickshire

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Warwickshire Stately Homes, Country Houses & Gardens

 
blank tabMIDDLETON HALLStately Homes & Gardens
Middleton, nr Tamworth, B78 2AE
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Middleton Hall was the home of some notable people and was visited by many figures from history, including Queen Elizabeth I, who certainly spent two nights under its roof after the festivities at Kenilworth in 1575. It was never a palace but it shows evidence of several phases of English domestic architecture from the late thirteenth to the early nineteenth century. The grounds, featuring an SSSI including a nine acre lake, and a noted Walled Garden. More importantly it has a special place in the history of British science. It was here that the first ever scientific book on ornithology was written and the first substantial catalogue of British plants compiled. There is a fine Great Hall that is of Tudor origin, which makes a classic setting for weddings, for performances and for parties. The Hall can be booked for functions, including conferences, parties and performances and for weddings. Open to the public from Easter to the end of September, except on Saturdays. There is a small charge for entry and for special events. An adjacent Craft Centre is open from Wednesday to Sunday all year round.
Tel: 01827 283095
E-mail: mhtrading@btconnect.com
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blank tabRAGLEY HALLStately Homes & Gardens
Alcester, B49 5NJ
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Ragley Hall, the Warwickshire home of the Marques and Marchioness of Hertford, is set in 27 acres of beautiful formal gardens.

The home contains Baroque plasterwork, the stunning 20th century mural 'The Temptation' and a fascinating collection of paintings, china and furniture.

Look out for the Jerwood Collection with 30 beautiful outdoor sculptures.

In addition to the beautiful house, there are the formal gardens, parkland, lakeside picnic area, children's adventure playground, maze, gift-shop and terrace tearooms providing a day out for all the family.
Tel: 01789 762090    Fax: 01789 764791
E-mail: ragley@ragleyhall.com
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Anne Hathaway's Cottage

Cottage Lane, Shottery, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 9HH
Tel: 01789 204016    Fax: 01789 263138

This world-famous thatched cottage continued to be owned by Anne Hathaway's descendants until the late 19th century. It still contains the Hathaway bed and many other items of furniture owned by the family. Outside lies a beautiful cottage garden and there are many pleasant walks leading from the cottage.

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Arbury Hall

Nuneaton, CV10 7PT
Tel: 024 7638 2804    Fax: 024 7664 1147
E-mail
: brenda.newell@arburyhall.net

Known as the Gothic Gem of the Midlands, this Elizabethan mansion was Gothicised by Sir Roger Newdegate in the 18th century. George Eliot was born on the estate in 1819. The Stables tea rooms provide visitors with a selection of cream teas, cakes and ice creams. Pre-bookable visits for groups; minimum 25. Corporate functions available.

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Coughton Court

Alcester, B49 5JA
Tel: 01789 400777    Fax: 01789 765544

Widely recognised as one of England's finest Tudor houses Coughton Court has been the home of the Throckmorton family since 1409. Of particular interest are the Tudor gatehouse and half-timbered courtyard. Many rooms within the house are open to the public. Backing onto the lake, the breathtaking walled garden is widely recognised as one of the finest in England and contains more than a hundred varieties of roses, and a stunning display of plants including the outstanding 'hot and cold' herbaceous borders. Together with the bog garden and the wonderful riverside walk, Coughton Court provides plenty of interest and pleasure for everyone.

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Hall's Croft

Old Town, Stratford-Upon-Avon, CV37 6BG
Tel: 01789 204016    Fax: 01789 263138
Email: helen.fisher@shakespear.org.uk

Named after Dr John Hall, who married Shakespeare's daughter Susanna. This impressive 16th century house, with Jacobean additions, includes outstanding furniture and paintings as well as an exhibition about medicine in Shakespeare's time with references to remedies and potions mentioned in the plays. Outside there is a large, peaceful garden with a 200-year-old mulberry tree and a herbal bed.

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Lord Leycester Hospital

High Street, Warwick, CV34 4BH
Tel: 01926 491422    Fax: 01926 491422

Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, and a favourite of Queen Elizabeth I, converted the picture-book buildings of the dissolved Warwick Guilds into a retreat for old soldiers and it has continued to serve that purpose until the present day. The Brethren, as the inhabitants are known, attend weekday services in the ancient and beautiful chapel over the town's West Gate, which adjoins their home, and they still wear their blue gowns and flat Tudor hats on ceremonial occasions. The museum of the Queen's Own Hussars is in the Chaplain's Hall. A new knot-garden celebrates the millennium.

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Mary Arden's House & The Shakespeare Countryside Museum

Station Road, Wilmcote, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 9UN
Tel: 01789 204016    Fax: 01789 263138

Mary Arden's House & The Shakespeare Countryside Museum. Wilmcote, 5 miles north of Stratford-upon-Avon. Great for a family outing, the timbered farmhouse was the home of Shakespeare's mother before she married John Shakespeare and moved to Stratford. The farmhouse displays many interesting features about life and work on the land. The grounds also feature a working blacksmith, falconers, livestock and Glebe Farm.

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Nash's House & New Place

Chapel Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6EP
Tel: 01789 204016    Fax: 01789 263138

Nash's House was owned by Thomas Nash, first husband of Shakespeare's grand-daughter, Elizabeth. In addition to the exceptional collection of Elizabethan furniture and tapestries, Nash's House also has displays upstairs on the fascinating history of Stratford. Shakespeare spent his retirement years in New Place, next door to Nash's House. Visitors can also enjoy The Knot and Great Garden.

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Shakespeare's Birthplace

Henley Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6QW
Tel: 01789 204016    Fax: 01789 263138

Step into the house where William Shakespeare was born in 1564 and re-enter the Tudor world. Newly refurbished, the house now offers visitors a fascinating insight into life as it was when Shakespeare was a child. See the Shakespeare Exhibition which provides an introduction to his life and background and the traditional English garden.

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Stoneleigh Abbey

Estate Office, Stoneleigh Abbey, Kenilworth, CV8 2LF
Tel: 01926 858535    Fax: 01926 850724
Email: enquire@stoneleighabbey.org

Established in 1154, Stoneleigh offers an insight into the past 1000 years. During her stay Jane Austen was inspired to write Mansfield Park; Queen Victoria and Prince Albert stayed here. Visitors will see: Queen Victoria's bed and bathroom, nine magnificent staterooms, chapel, medieval gatehouse and parkland with the River Avon running through it. Tea Room serving refreshments.

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The Garden at Anne Hathaway's Cottage

Cottage Lane, Shottery, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 9HH
Tel: 01789 204016    Fax: 01789 263138

The cottage garden at Anne Hathaway's Cottage has come to be regarded as the quintessential country cottage. The view of the house across the garden has been the inspiration for countless paintings and photographs. A path to the right passes a vegetable patch where old varieties are grown. The orchard is planted with traditional varieties of apples and pears. The site also includes the Shakespeare Tree Garden, created in 1988 and planted with trees mentioned in Shakespeare's plays. This garden now also includes a series of sculptures inspired by Shakespeare's work. Opposite the Cottage are two pretty walks that offer views of Shottery Brook and the surrounding Warwickshire countryside.

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The Garden at Charlecote Park

Charlecote, CV35 9ER
Tel: 01789 470277    Fax: 01789 470544

Over the past few years the garden at Charlecote has seen many changes that reflect traditional, formal landscaping. Four major schemes have been developed since 1995. The parterre has been re-created on the river terrace; the herbaceous border has been moved to an area near the 'summerhouse' and the woodland garden has been enhanced. In 2000 the forecourt between the gatehouse and the mansion was redesigned by Sir Edmund Fairfax-Lucy and transformed with topiary, apple trees, lawns and pathways.

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The Garden at Coughton Court

Alcester, B49 5JA
Tel: 01789 400777    Fax: 01789 765544
E-mail:
coughtoncourt@nationaltrust.org.uk

These breathtaking gardens have been developed at this historic Tudor house in Warwickshire. There are 25 acres of diverse gardens, the jewel in the crown being the walled garden which includes a rose labyrinth with 100 varieties of old fashioned type roses, and inspirational underplanting with some rare plants. The magnificent 'hot' and 'cool' herbaceous borders contain a myriad of colours and plants. The grounds also include a bog garden planted for interest throughout the seasons where there are fine examples of gunneras, hostas, ferns and other water loving plants. A leisurely riverside stroll along the River Arrow with its spring bulbs and wild garlic makes a visit to Coughton truly memorable.
 

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The Garden at Mary Arden's House

Station Road, Wilmcote, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 9UN
Tel: 01789 204016    Fax: 01789 263138

The Mary Arden's site comprises of two 16th century farmhouses, with outbuildings and adjoining land. Many of these outbuildings associated with the two farms are used to display the Trust's Shakespeare Countryside Museum collections, which illustrate life and work on the land around Stratford-upon-Avon from the 16th to early 20th century. The garden in front of the house is planted in a typical country fashion with fruit trees, vegetables, herbs and traditional flowers and shrubs. The site covers several acres and gives the visitor the opportunity to enjoy the surrounding Warwickshire countryside.

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The Stratford Butterfly Farm

Butterly Farm, Swan's Nest Lane, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 7LS
Tel: 01789 299288    Fax: 01789 415878
Email: sales@butterflyfarm.co.uk

Marvel at more than a thousand of the most beautiful butterflies from all four corners of the world, in the best display of tropical butterflies to be found in Britain. See hummingbirds and sunbirds flit from flower to flower to sip nectar. Wander through the lush landscape of a tropical rainforest, with splashing waterfalls and fish-filled pools. See all stages of the butterflies life-cycle. Feed the Koi Carp and be on the look our for our free-range lguanas.

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