Historic Houses

Back in time

History is very much alive in the Cotswolds.  Hidcote Manor is also stunning National Trust garden; Stratford-upon-Avon is a living testament to the works of Shakespeare.  Here are some ancient buildings which you can visit in a day from the Dormy…

Snowshill Manor – Drive time: 15 mins
Unlikely treasures are beautifully preserved in this Tudor Manor house with its own charming gardens.

Sudeley Castle – Drive time: 23 mins
A 15th Century castle with strong Tudor connections and award-winning gardens.  Burial place of Catherine Parr, last wife of Henry VIII.

Anne Hathaway’s Cottage – Drive time: 27 mins
This charming thatched cottage, once home to Shakespeare’s sweetheart, has pretty gardens and a lavender maze.

Coughton Court – Drive time: 30 mins
A grand house, home of the Throckmorton family since 1409, holds a unique place in English history with its connection to the Gunpowder plot of 1605.

Tewkesbury Abbey – Drive time: 33 mins
Lying at the southern edge of the old town, the 12th century Abbey quietly dominates the land and skyline with its long nave and “probably the largest and finest Romanesque tower in England.”

Chedworth Roman Villa – Drive time: 37 mins
Visit the ruins of the largest Romano-British villas in the country.  Marvel at the Mosaics and learn about the life of Hector, a Roman slave-boy at the villa.

Broughton Castle –  Drive time: 39 mins
One of the most beautiful castles in England, from its stained-glass chapel windows to its walled gardens.

Kenilworth Castle – Drive time: 46 mins
Created by Robert Dudley to impress his Queen, this castle will surely impress all those who visit. Keep a look-out for Queen Elizabeth I herself as she strolls around the grounds, and be sure to practice your curtsey!