Warner Hotels in West Midlands
Studley Castle | Holme Lacy House | Heythrop Park
Where picturesque countryside meets exciting culture.
The enchanting West Midlands has been described as a region where time stands still. Rolling hillsides, classic stone buildings, and enchanting castles will make you feel like you’ve stepped back in history. It’s also home to famous destinations including Shakespeare’s birthplace in Warwickshire, Kenilworth Castle, the gardens of Herefordshire, Cotswolds Farm Park, Hill Close Gardens Trust, and Worcester City. Surrounding areas include the Cotswolds, Oxfordshire, Birmingham, and South Wales, with a wide range of activities such as shopping, museums, art galleries, and even cider tasting.
17 min drive from Heythrop Park, CV36 5EX
Nestled in the heart of the beautiful Cotswolds countryside, producing Outstanding Natural Spirits since 2014, the distillery is the first full-scale distillery in the Cotswolds. We craft a range of single malt whiskies, gins and liqueurs, including the award-winning Cotswolds Dry Gin and Cotswolds Single Malt Whisky. They opened our doors seven years ago and have welcomed visitors to the site every day since, offering Tour & Tastings, Gin and Whisky Blending Masterclasses and Cocktail Masterclasses.
7 min drive from Heythrop Park, OX7 5TL
Renowned for its antique shops and diverse shopping offers, including a regular market Chipping Norton retains a robust living, working market town atmosphere. There is a good choice of places to eat and top quality entertainment at the wonderful Theatre, famous for its pantomime and visiting world-class performers.
37 min drive from Heythrop Park, OX26 6WD
A visit to the designer outlet of Bicester Village is the perfect place for some retail therapy, with over 160 brands to choose from!
The Model Village
30 min drive from Heythrop Park, GL54 2AF
Get an idea of what it would have felt like to be Gulliver in Lilliput as you explore the only Grade II listed model village in the country. Created from local Cotswold stone by highly skilled craftsmen, it is a replica of the buildings that existed in Bourton-on-the-Water in the 1930s and shows how they are being used today (as banks, shops, meeting halls etc). Delighting children and adults alike, the attention to detail in the Bourton-on-the-Water Model Village is truly admirable. From the carefully pruned-to-scale Alpine plants in the gardens to the choirs singing in each of the village’s two churches - even the tiny model of the Model Village itself - no detail is considered too small to be significant. Make the Model Village your first stop on your visit to Bourton-on-the-Water and then spot the life-size versions of each of the buildings as you explore the village afterwards.
10 min drive from Heythrop Park, OX7 4DB
Nestled in the Cotswolds and overlooking the Worton Valley from its limestone ridge location, Great Tew has been described as one of England’s most beautiful villages.
Stow on the Wold
23 min drive from Heythrop Park, GL54 1AF
This is perhaps one of the better-known small towns of the Cotswolds. Particularly if you love antique shopping. What it lacks in size, it makes up for in charm and variety, and there is plenty to see and do. Foodies can get their fix with the fantastic choice of restaurants, bistros, gastro pubs and tearooms. Plus there’s a Farmers Market every second Thursday of each month.
Bourton on the Water
29 min drive from Heythrop Park, GL54 2AD
Often dubbed the “Venice of the Cotswolds”, this beautiful village is a great little place to walk around and enjoy the scenery. You’ll find some great cafes, tearooms, pubs and independent shops, and you’ll be ideally placed to explore the northern and central part of the Cotswold region.
39 min drive from Heythrop Park, WR11 7PQ
Honeybourne Pottery is a family business run by potters Alan & Annabel Cusack, who live and work in the beautiful countryside bordering the North Cotswolds. They specialise in both wheel-thrown and slab-built pieces, creating functional hand-crafted tableware. Pieces from their range, Cusack Ceramics can be purchased at our studio and via our online shop.
Hook Norton Brewery
10 min drive from Heythrop Park, OX15 5NY
Sitting in its beautiful, mellow Cotswold Hills landscape, Hook Norton is a proudly independent and passionate family business that takes the very best of its handcrafted brewing heritage and combines it with a thoroughly modern approach, to create a range of real ales for today’s drinkers to enjoy. Hook Norton is one of only 32 family-owned breweries and is the finest example of a Victorian Tower Brewery in the country. Of course, the brewery is about so much more than just its fantastic range of award-winning beers. At the brewery, they have a shop, Malthouse Kitchen Cafe, a free museum and meeting rooms. They have 36 pubs that are at the heart of many local communities, serving great drink and food to the region.
Sudeley Castle & Gardens
43 min drive from Heythrop Park, GL54 5LP
Walk in the footsteps of some of history’s most notable characters in the castle’s beautiful gardens, or take part in their exciting events! Discover Sudeley’s busy calendar, full of many treasures and fascinating exhibitions. Sudeley Castle offers a spectacular day out in the heart of the beautiful Cotswolds countryside.
Blenheim Palace and Gardens
16 min drive from Heythrop Park, OX20 1PP
Situated on the edge of the Cotswolds is Blenheim Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage site with over 300 years of history just waiting to be discovered.
Opening times vary, so please check the Blenheim Palace website for the most up-to-date information and ticket prices: https://www.blenheimpalace.com/visitus/opening-times/
SPECIAL OFFER! Book tickets for Blenheim Palace directly at Heythrop Park Hotel for a 10% saving on a standard day ticket. That includes entry to the Estate, Formal Gardens and Palace.
Enquire at reception upon arrival.
42 min drive from Holme Lacy House, NP7
A short hop across the border, the market town of Abergavenny is known as the ‘Gateway to Wales’. Set against a backdrop of the Black Mountains, visitors can explore castles, medieval mansions, standing stones and Roman ruins.
46 min drive from Holme Lacy House, HR3
At the northernmost point of the Brecon Beacons National Park lies Hay-on-Wye, famous for the annual Hay Festival but also home to a number of independent bookshops (it’s often called “the adorable book town of Wales”) and offers walking routes for all abilities.
20 min drive from Holme Lacy House, HR2
The cathedral city of Hereford is famous for its history, with the Hereford Museum and Art Gallery, Black and White House Museum and The Cider Museum all taking visitors on a tour through days gone by.
Queenswood Country Park & Arboretum
28 min drive from Holme Lacy House, HR6 0PY
The only designated country park in Herefordshire, Queenswood is home to 190 plant species, a host of bird and animal species, and the arboretum, with a collection of over 1,200 rare and exotic trees not usually found in the area.
33 min drive from Holme Lacy House, HR9 6JL
A village split in two by the River Wye, the only way to cross the banks is via two ancient pull ferries where the ferryman pulls visitors across the river using an overhead rope. There’s nowhere better to enjoy unspoilt views of the Forest of Dean.
Kenilworth Castle and Gardens
33 min drive from Studley Castle, CV8 1NG
First constructed in the early 1120s by Geoffrey de Clinton, Kenilworth Castle has gone from a medieval fortress to an Elizabethan palace to its current state as a grade I listed building, surrounded by a beautifully recreated Elizabethan garden with a marble fountain and ornate aviary.
Morton Hall Gardens
17 min drive from Studley Castle, B96 6SJ
The gardens of Morton Hall have been designed as a succession of garden ‘rooms’, each with its own unique character, planting style, colour scheme and landscape. They’re set on a fairly steep embankment, but with almost 1,000 plant varieties to see it’s well worth a visit.
Haugh Wood Butterfly Trail
10 min drive from Holme Lacy House, HR1 4LW
Twice the size of Monaco, Haugh Wood has been voted one of the top ten woods in the country, largely thanks to the 600 species of butterflies and moths that inhabit it. The trail is dotted with information boards to help let visitors recognise what they’ve seen.
9 min drive from Studley Castle, B49 5JA
A grade I listed Tudor country house, Coughton Court features a bluebell wood, Chelsea Flower Show silver-medal winning gardens, and four scenic walking routes taking in the River Arrow, Kinwarton Dovecote, and views of Studley Castle.
23 min drive from Studley Castle, B94 6AT
The gardens at Packwood burst into colour from late June, creating a rich feast for the senses that is every bit as beautiful as the tapestries inside the house. The flower borders and wildflower meadows attract butterflies galore, with the rose garden a particular highlight.
14 min drive from Studley Castle, B95 5AA
The mile-long high street of Henley-in-Arden boasts stunning Georgian architecture and over 150 buildings of historic interest, as well as the famous Henley Ice Cream parlour which dates from the 16th-century and serves 50 locally-made flavours.
Worcester Woods Country Park
34 min drive from Studley Castle, WR5 2QX
With two nature reserves, a giant open field, and two-level woodland trails, Worcester Woods is ideal for fans of birds, flowers, footpaths… and coffee. The Orchard café has a tasty, seasonal menu, primarily stocked with locally sourced, sustainable and Fair Trade ingredients.
32 min drive from Studley Castle, CV35 9ER
A grand 16th-century house surrounded by its own deer park, Charlecote’s history dates back to the days of King Richard I. Nowadays it’s home to a National Trust art collection, a herd of ancient Jacob sheep, and a herd of roughly 200 fallow deer.
Cotswolds Farm Park
47 min drive from Studley Castle, GL54 5UG
Owned by Countryfile’s Adam Henson, the working farm includes a rare breeds trail, animal barn, wildlife walk, and viewing platforms – at 1,000 feet above sea level, these platforms offer some of the best 360-degree views in the region.
34 min drive from Holme Lacy House, NP25
It’s been a Roman fort and a Norman castle, but now Monmouth is most famous for its medieval stone gated bridge, one of the last remaining in Britain. Henry V was born in Monmouth castle, and this grade I listed building is worth the trip all by itself.
Ralph Court Gardens
31 min drive from Holme Lacy House, HR7 4LU
In the grounds of a gothic rectory lies Ralph Court Gardens, twelve wheelchair-friendly gardens that include an Italian piazza, an African jungle, elves in a conifer forest, metal sculptures and Alice in Wonderland. Ingredients from the gardens are used in their restaurant, well worth a visit.
Opening times are from 12 pm – 2.30pm.
37 min drive from Studley Castle, B2 4QA
England’s second city is a hive of activity, with its bustling Bull Ring, a network of canals, tram system, national sea life centre, cafés, restaurants and art gallery, famous for its pre-Raphaelite pieces. Whether you’re going for the shopping, the history, or just a spot of sightseeing there’s lots to do.
41 min drive from Studley Castle, WR1 2QE
The cathedral city of Worcester lies on the River Severn and is also known for its world-famous Worcester porcelain, historic relevance and, of course, Worcestershire sauce. With a vibrant high street, civil war museums and contemporary art galleries.
30 min drive from Studley Castle, CV37 7LS
The postcode we’ve used will take you straight to the hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus, taking you through medieval streets to 11 of Stratford’s historic landmarks, with views of the River Avon and live English commentary of your journey.
Waseley Hills Country Park
27 min drive from Studley Castle, B45 9AT
Waseley Hills is almost as big as Disneyland, and its hilly parkland takes in pastures, hedgerows and small pockets of woodland, all set against a panoramic backdrop of the Worcestershire countryside.
Lickey Hills Country Park
23 min drive from Studley Castle, B45 8ER
The Green Flag-awarded Lickey Hills covers woodland, heathland and grassland, with 380 species of flowering plants. This combination of habitats leads to a wonderfully diverse range of wildlife for you to spot, from songbirds and sparrow hawks to, somewhat surprisingly, lizards and grass snakes.
Arrow Valley Country Park
11 min drive from Studley Castle, B98 0LJ
At 900 acres (bigger than New York’s Central Park), Arrow Valley is the largest open space in Redditch. At its heart is Arrow Valley Lake, popular for sailing, fishing and birdwatching. The visitors centre is open most days for tea, coffee and food.
Hill Close Gardens Trust
25 min drive from Studley Castle, CV34 6HF
Formed of 16 Victorian pleasure gardens set on the Warwickshire hillside, this unique attraction offers a fascinating glimpse into the 19th-century. Each plot was owned by a different gardener, so they all have their own personalities and quirks.