Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Romantic break to Shakespeare Country

Europe Travel News is one of the most interesting sites for articles on European destinations. So much so, that I have placed a permanent link to their site on my links section. Having said that, be sure to read this great article below on romantic getaways to Shakespeare country in and around Stratford, England.
Charles Brown

Shakespeare Country is the perfect short break destination for those wanting to whisk their loved one away on a romantic break. With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, what better excuse do you need to inject some romance than by booking into a luxury country house hotel or an historic town centre hotel, enjoying a romantic candle lit dinner, discovering a host of first class attractions, restaurants, theatre performances and spas or simply relaxing by an open fire in one of the many beautiful and historic buildings the area has to offer.

To provide inspiration, South Warwickshire Tourism has included, in the Accommodation section of their website, details on the range of luxury town and rural breaks on offer at some of the area’s finest hotels, as well as details on Valentine’s packages. With so many great deals, a selection of which can be found below, you’ll be able to treat your loved one to more than one luxury romantic break in Shakespeare Country this year.

Enjoy a luxury stay at The Lygon Arms Hotel in Broadway; soak up the renowned atmosphere in the cosy lounges with roaring log fires, or stroll around the beautiful historic village before returning to pamper yourself in the hotel Spa. The hotel is offering a special package which includes one night in a superior room with full English breakfast, a three course dinner in The Great Hall and full use of the Spa including gym, pool, Jacuzzi, steam room, saunas and plunge pools with packages starting from £199.

Dumbleton Hall, situated in the Cotswolds, is a 19th century Hall set in 19 acres of tranquil gardens and woodlands. The Hall is steeped in history and legend which lends itself to a day of investigation and adventure. Their Valentine’s break, which is priced at £65 per person for a one night stay, includes a bottle of champagne served in the bar prior to dinner, a five course themed menu, overnight accommodation in a well appointed ensuite bedroom and breakfast in the Cedar Tree Restaurant the following morning.

Walton Hall Hotel & Spa, located 6 miles outside of Stratford-upon-Avon, is offering a special Valentine’s break from 10 – 11 February which includes dinner, bed and breakfast for £74.50 per person. The hotel, which was redesigned in the 1860s by Sir Gilbert Scott, is set in 65 acres and includes a large carp lake, landscaped gardens and a tree lined drive. Walton Hall was once the ancestral home of the Mordaunt family and a fascinating family tree can be seen in the magnificent stained glass windows over the main house staircase.

The Mallory Court Hotel, located near Royal Leamington Spa, is set in 10 acres of beautiful gardens. Lovingly restored and lavishly decorated with impeccable attention to detail, every aspect of the hotel from the oak-panelled dining room to the individually appointed bedrooms exudes quality. The hotel has 3 AA Red stars, denoting its status as one of the UK’s top 200 hotels and the restaurant boasts a number of accolades including a coveted Michelin star. From 10 – 14 February, the hotel is offering a special Valentine’s Break which includes overnight accommodation based on a standard double room including full English breakfast, a bottle of house champagne and chocolates from £200 per couple.

The Menzies Welcombe Hotel, Spa and Golf Course, in Stratford-upon-Avon, is an imposing Jacobean style house set in 157 acres with an 18 hole championship golf course. The old coach house and stables have been converted into a stunning spa with indoor pool, vitality pool and treatment rooms. The hotel boasts original features including the magnificent oak-panelled lounge which leads into the à la carte restaurant with its breathtaking views over the landscaped Victorian gardens, golf course and beyond. Each bedroom is individually decorated and many are furnished with 19th century antiques and oil paintings. Prices start from £95 per room per night based on a standard double room.

Wroxall Abbey Estate, nestled in 27 acres of open parkland, occupies a unique setting amidst the peace and tranquillity of the Warwickshire countryside. Once the country seat of several prominent families, including that of Sir Christopher Wren, Wroxall comprises a magnificent collection of listed buildings and private grounds.

Accommodation ranges from executive rooms to bi-level loft suites each individually styled to the highest standard to maximise choice and comfort. From 10 – 18 February, guests can enjoy a special Valentine’s package which includes canapés on arrival, a 5 course dinner followed by music and dancing for £39.95 per person or complete the evening with a stay in one of the suites from £99.

Alternatively, if you would prefer to stay in one of the historic towns in Shakespeare Country, a number of hotels are offering special packages including the Thistle Hotel, Stratford Victoria and Stratford Manor in Stratford-upon-Avon, the Royal Leamington Spa Hotel and the Best Western Falstaff Hotel in Royal Leamington Spa and the Chesford Grange Hotel and the Macdonald De Montfort Hotel in Kenilworth.

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