Our Cottage Break at The Stables, Charlecote ♥

Liam came back from his first Army deployment on New Years Eve and I excitedly drove down to Gatwick airport to pick him up in preparation for our week ahead. We spent New Years Eve celebrating in Milton Keynes city centre and had a lovely steak dinner at Cafe Rouge and then went out to a few bars. The next day we drove to a little village called Charlecote near to Stratford Upon Avon, as we had booked a short break away to relax at a luxury self catering cottage called The Stables. It was only about an hours drive away from where I live, but it was so nice to be able to get away, especially as Liam had spent the last 3 months in Africa. he location of the cottage was ideal for us, as it is set in a rural
village just 4 miles from Stratford-upon-Avon and 5 miles from the
historic town of Warwick. It’s also not far from the charming town of
Leamington Spa, and an easy drive from The Cotswolds.


We pulled up to the cottage which was easy to find thanks to the directions provided by the lovely owners. I had found the cottage online as I was looking for somewhere perfect for us, and I really wanted somewhere cosy and preferably with a hot tub! This accommodation ticked all the boxes and was exactly what we were looking for. I emailed the owner Katriona in November and she agreed a price for us and so we then paid the deposit; booking was easy.

The traditional grade 2 listed cottage looked absolutely beautiful from the outside, and on arrival, the cottage was lovely and warm as the wood burner had been left on for us as it was a very chilly day. We’d also been left some delicious shortbread biscuits which I thought was a lovely touch! The whole cottage is decorated to a very high standard, and I was pleasantly surprised by how large it was. The living and dining area is very big and open, with two big comfy sofas in front of the fire and a nice big TV which had Sky access. There was also plenty of DVD’s and books to keep any visitors occupied! The kitchen was fully equipped and had everything you needed to cook proper meals. Although we mainly ate out throughout our stay, except for making breakfast and snacks when we used the kitchen facilities. It was like a home away from home, with everything there for you to help you to relax and enjoy your stay.

The bathroom was fresh and clean and included a nice big shower, and the bedroom had a huge bed with down filled bedding and crisp white Christie sheets and towels. The cherry on top was the beautiful green surroundings and of course, the outdoor hot tub! I had brought with us a bottle of champagne and there was champagne glasses and a fridge ready for us by the hot tub. The hot tub was all warm and set up ready, we simply needed to take the cover off and turn on the sweet fairy lights. We only used the hot tub once, but it was so lovely to be able to use it after a long day out. We were also provided with thick bath robes so we could wrap up to walk to and from the cottage and the tub.

We spent our days getting up late, enjoying breakfast in bed, and then going out for the day visiting local towns. I really enjoyed looking around Leamington Spa which had some lovely shops, but unfortunately it was raining so we were running around a bit. We mostly ate out during the day, and on the Sunday we went to Stratford for a roast dinner carvery at The Old Thatch Tavern which was delicious! We also got the train to Birmingham one day from Stratford parkway, as it was only £6 for a return ticket so we thought we’d go shopping for the day. I was really sad to have to leave the cottage after spending 4 nights there, but we had a brilliant relaxing break, and I’d love to stay again maybe in summer! There was still so much to see and do; I’d love to have visited Warwick Castle and had more time to look around Leamington. It was the perfect break that we wanted, and it was well worth the money, and excellent value (3 nights or more, £85 per night).

 

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9 Comments

  1. January 25, 2015 / 9:17 pm

    That cottage looks exactly like my exs mum and dads house haha

  2. January 25, 2015 / 11:40 pm

    It looks rather lovely, I keep trying to get Tom to go away somewhere with a hot tub and I'm obsessed with looking on the hoseasons site. Gah you've really made me want to book a weekend away now.

    xx

  3. January 26, 2015 / 8:43 pm

    That cottage is so dreamy, looks like you had a fab time!

    Hunter // paisley-stripes.blogspot.co.uk
    XO

  4. January 31, 2015 / 7:33 am

    What an absolutely gorgeous cottage! Gosh it almost reminds me of that cottage from The Holiday with Cameron Diaz. I've always wanted to live in a place like that….. it's so peaceful and serene isn't it?

    Glad you had such a fabulous time.

    Hope that we keep in touch!!

    http://www.mystery-girl007.blogspot.com/

  5. January 31, 2015 / 12:50 pm

    This looks so wonderful!! What a extremely pretty cottage. We are hoping to get away to a cottage this year with the pugs. Nothing beats a bit of relaxation surrounded by beautiful scenery. xx

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