Great British boltholes: Billesley Manor in Warwickshire is a romantic cosy retreat… simply because the Bard preferred it
- Billesley Manor close to Alcester has had many lives since Shakespeare stayed right here
- The most up-to-date facelift, final 12 months, noticed £5.6 million lavished on the 4-star resort
- There are 71 rooms which can be ‘richly dressed’, with wooden panels and comfortable carpets
Billesley Manor has had many lives since William Shakespeare stayed right here. Its most up-to-date facelift final 12 months noticed £5.6 million lavished on the four-star resort close to Alcester – the place is now filled with velvet seating and quirky artwork, though its wealthy historical past nonetheless seeps from each nook.
The higgledy-piggledy inside is all a part of the romantic enchantment. Make your approach by way of an oak-scented maze of passageways and in case you are fortunate sufficient to test in to the Shakespeare Suite (room 4), you’ll discover an authentic priest gap above the hearth.
The former library has been renamed the As You Like It Lounge and its writing desk marks the spot the place the Bard wrote his well-known comedy greater than 400 years in the past.
Full of romance: Billesley Manor is the place William Shakespeare is alleged to have put pen to paper
Historians additionally imagine he married Anne Hathaway within the tiny All Saints Church within the grounds – visitors can take the important thing and go searching it.
The church and manor home are the one stays of the unique hamlet of Billesley, which was wiped off the map by the Black Death within the 1300s.
There is a extra formal really feel within the Stuart restaurant, with its monumental fire, chandeliers and sixteenth Century oak panelling, and that’s consistent with the delicacies: assume apricot and rooster terrine, pan-fried Gressingham duck, and confit-drizzled Herefordshire beef. There is a powerful wine cellar right here too.
Over-indulgences will be offset with strolls by way of the 11 acres of grounds and the spectacular Victorian Alice In Wonderland-themed topiary gardens, or to the church with its twelfth Century stone carvings, the place weddings and blessings can nonetheless be performed.
One of the ‘richly dressed’ rooms – good for a comfortable weekend for 2
Billesley Manor, Warwickshire. B&B rooms price from £129 an evening (billesleymanor.com).
That’s why in case you are in search of an ideal spot for a comfortable weekend for 2 or a household celebration (non-public eating is a draw), this makes for an excellent retreat.
There are loads of quiet corners through which to calm down, or you may swim within the indoor pool or thrash your associate on the tennis court docket. However you wish to spend your time, you are able to do it… as you prefer it.
The meals: Seasonal and prettily offered. At dinner, one visitor hailed ‘the best black pudding of my life’. Afternoon tea on the terrace is a should.
The USP: Its historical past and romance. Where else are you able to pen postcards from the spot the place Shakespeare wrote his twentieth play in 1599?
The rooms: Richly dressed, with wooden panels, comfortable carpets and on-trend headboards. There isn’t any raise, so it’s best to flag up preferences or mobility points when reserving one of many 71 rooms.