Behind The Blue Door
Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 3
A very cosy early Victorian town cottage situated in a quiet but central part of Shakespeare's Drunken Bidford just 2 minutes walk to shops, pubs, restaurants, takeaways and miles of public footpath, including along the river Avon.
Ideally situated 10 minutes by car from Stratford upon Avon but avoiding the hustle and bustle of being in the busy town and with the advantage of being within easy access of Evesham, Broadway, the Cotswolds, Cheltenham, Worcester and Warwick.
You will enjoy the benefit of wifi, DVD and DVDs to play, books to borrow and read, CD player with an iPod dock and CDs to play plus a digital radio also with an iPod dock.
Full amenities - microwave, full cooker, toaster, washer/dryer, central heating, iron/ironing board and clothes horse.
Bathroom has quarry tile floors, towel rail and bath with shower. Central heating throughout and period windows double glazed to help keep you warm in the cooler months.
The courtyard garden is walled on all sides so is secure for approved pets.
There is a small water feature in the garden and the stairs are very steep and narrow hence not being suitable for under 5's nor people with restricted mobility or those who have difficulty navigating steep stairways without assistance.
Parking is free on road but not guaranteed to be right outside the front door - there is also a free village car park near the bridge for a second car a few minutes walk away.
|Size||Sleeps up to 3, 2 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest Amenities||100 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Birmingham International 50 km, Nearest railway: Evesham or Stratford on Avon 11 km|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (1), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
The Central England/Cotswolds region
A good tourist base for Stratford upon Avon, The Vale of Evesham, the north cotswolds/Cheltenham and just 45 minutes from Birmingham city centre. Visit the chocolate box villages of Broadway, Snowshill, Stanton and Stanway, while away some hours at the National Trust garden at Hidcote or Kiftsgate nearby. Browse antique centres in Long Marston and Stratford on Avon or for the keen walker, start the Cotswold Way at Chipping Camden and walk along the Cotswold escarpment. Shorter walks can be done and Dover's Hill near Weston-sub-edge is a great place for short walks and a wonderful view, not forgetting the annual Dovers Hill Games on the Friday after Whitsun.
For those looking for nightlife, Stratford has the RSC Theatre, Cheltenham The Everyman Theatre and Birmingham several theatres and the symphony hall - the nearest cinemas are Evesham (which has recently been refurbished and is a wonderful listed building with cafe and bar) or Stratford (nearest multiplexes Solihull and Cheltenham).
For history, there are many places to visit - from the Shakespeare properties to Warwick Castle or lesser know such as Coughton Court and the local Ragley Hall (a stately home which holds outdoor concerts and many other events).
Shopping hot spots are Stratford and Cheltenham so why not enjoy a day shopping, an early evening meal and theatre.
If you fancy a day at the races; Stratford, Warwick, Worcetser and Cheltenham are all within easy reach.
For golfers, there are 18 holes at Bidford Grange, simialr courses in Evesham/Broadway/Stratford or driving ranges in Alcester and Evesham.
Horse riding at several places in the Vale of Evesham - South Littleton, Broadway and Willersey.
If you are looking for a day off from driving you can explore the village and its 13th century church, cottages and Roman road Ryknild Street then have lunch in one of the village pubs. If the weather is good, cross the ancient bridge to the Big Meadow and have a picnic or walk the Avon Valley Footpath to Stratford and catch the bus back - allow a full day to get the most out of it. You pass through Barton and Welford on the way with a chance to water at the pubs there. There are several geocaches in the area for those who partake.
If you fancy messing about on the river, hire a boat for the day from Bidford Boats.
There are various fairs and activities held at the Big Meadow during the year (including the annual duck race) and the village has a rural cinema 2 Fridays a month at the Crawford Hall for a low entrance fee.
Very close by is Alcester (5 minutes by car), a Roman town also worth exploring for its history, shops and hostelries.
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18 Aug 2014
"Couldn't Have Chosen Better"
The cottage in Bidford was just perfect for my annual visit to Warwickshire . Everything about the cottage itself was just perfect. Loved the little courtyard and the well appointed kitchen. Handy for… More
20 Jul 2014
The Cottage is lovely and in such a convenient place. Just over the quaint bridge is the ' Big Meadow' - ideal for doggy walks and lovely riverside walks to local villages. So many lovely pl… More
3 Jul 2014
"Comfortable cottage in excellent location"
A very comfortable cottage in a lovely village. Courtyard garden excellent for relaxing in after exploring the area. Close to river walks, Stratford upon Avon and The Cotswold villages. Lots of pla… More
22 Jun 2014
"Fabulous cottage, superb location."
Lovely, home-from-home cottage, with all amenities. Situated in the quiet but lively village of Bidford, and only a few yards from the picturesque stone bridge over the Avon. Superb location, within e… More
11 May 2014
"The Perfect Little Cottage"
We stayed at the cottage for 2 weeks and loved it, The cottage is very clean and cozy, and has eveyrthing that you need. The location is excellent, situated between Stratford-on Avon and The Cotswo… More
4 May 2014
"Fabulous little oasis of peace and quiet!"
Lovely cosy little cottage, with a suntrap courtyard garden. Well equipped, very clean and tidy. The local amenities provide all you need. Just one draw back for an elderly person, there is no hand ra… More
7 Apr 2014
"Wonderful cottage in ideal location."
Had a very relaxing week using this cottage as a base to visit the surrounding area. Walks from the door, with lots of National Trust properties and tourist spots, in all directions less than 30 minut… More
16 Mar 2014
"Lovely cosy cottage"
We have just returned from a week away at this lovely, cosy cottage. We found it to be clean, tastefully furnished and equipped with all the essentials for an enjoyable stay. The location is very conv… More
14 Feb 2014
"Super cottage to visit Stratford and area"
Lovely cottage with all amenities. Fire especially welcome. We were at the theatre for two days and relaxed for the rest. As most national trust and English heritage places shut it was great to relax … More
23 Nov 2013
Really enjoyed our stay here in October. The cottage is lovely and comfortable and we enjoyed using the log fire! The village is great and it is lovely to walk along the river. There were plenty of… More
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