Standing proud amid its 11 acres of well-tended grounds is the imposing Elizabethan manor home, Billesley Manor. And fairly rightly so.
This Manor Home, together with its small Saxon church, is the only survivor of the unique hamlet of Billesley after it was decimated by the the14th century Black Demise, regarded as essentially the most deadly pandemic ever recorded.
It’s fortuitous that it did as that is the place William Shakespeare’s penned his pastoral play “As You Like It” in 1599. You’ll be able to nonetheless see the precise spot within the lodge’s library (named after the play) the place he wrote it.
And hearsay has it that the Bard married Anne Hathaway within the tiny All Saints Church on the sting of the grounds. The church nonetheless has its authentic 12th Century stone carvings, and apparently, it stays an ongoing concern which implies you may get nonetheless hitched right here.
The grounds are price exploring, not only for the church but in addition for its extremely manicured topiary whose bushes resemble chess items.
The lodge’s provenance bodes properly for a satisfying keep, however much more compelling is that it has not too long ago had a lavish £5.6 million refurbishment.
There’s nonetheless the enticing authentic 16th wooden panelling, very quirky paintings all through, a number of grand fireplaces, loads of velvet seating and settees within the bar, lounge and restaurant and several other fireplaces that crackle with heat on chilly evenings.
It’s nice for love and weekend getaways and for many who might do with inspiration to pen their very own tales.
There are 71 rooms of varied kinds relying on their areas within the lodge. Some include four-poster beds – the bridal suite is awe-inspiring – others, like my abode room 6, are nice and spacious with armchairs and a desk and kettle with tea and low.
Meals & Drink
There’s a bar in the lounge with a educated bartender on stand-by to combine no matter cocktail you want. It’s nice for pre-dinner drinks or to take afternoon tea. On sunny days, tea could be taken alfresco.
The Stuart restaurant is the place the meals motion is at. It’s break up into two rooms, every sufficiently small to retain some intimacy. Unusual artworks add color and curiosity to the wood-panelled partitions and the blue furnishings.
The menu is attention-grabbing with starters resembling a actually scrumptious smoked mackerel with apple, radish and caviar and rooster liver parfait comprising rooster pores and skin, pickled mushroom and black garlic. The mains included roast breast of rooster with truffle mash, mushrooms and burnt shallot and a blade of beef served with celeriac and child greens.
Breakfast is a full English buffet on busy days and waiter service and cooked breakfast throughout quiet durations.
Billesley Manor has a generously massive swimming pool, a fitness center, a spa with loads of high-end remedies, and a tennis courtroom.
How A lot:
Bedrooms value from £79.50 per individual for a 1-night keep in a Superior Double or Twin room.
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What’s Close by?
A ten-minute drive from Billesley Manor is Stratford-upon-Avon, an 800-year-old market city whose buildings would have been acquainted to Shakespeare’s most well-known son. The town is house to the Royal Shakespeare Theatre – RSC. (Take a look at what’s on right here). And the Shakespeare Distillery, a must-visit if gin is your tipple, to get pleasure from their worthwhile tasting tour.
Calm down by a hearth, take a dip within the pool, get pleasure from a therapeutic massage, play tennis or just wander across the Victorian-era topiary. There’s a lot to do throughout a brief break right here so be at liberty to get pleasure from it – as you prefer it.