Last weekend we were invited to review a self catering cottage near Stratford-upon-Avon and discover what the medieval town has to offer for families. We stayed in a cosy and characterful 17th-century stone cottage, located in Binton, just four miles from the riverside market town.
Shortly after arriving at the aptly named, Brassknocker cottage, we had made ourselves at home! The wood burner was lit and kicking out a fabulous heat, both boys had excitedly explored every nook and cranny before settling down to play games they found in a cupboard, and I had popped open the wine thoughtfully left for us by the owner. (Well it would be rude not too!) After dining in the newly renovated dining area, we put our two exhausted boys to bed and settled down to enjoy Friday night in the cosy front room.
I couldn’t resist sharing this photo of the cast iron cooking range and wood burner on Instagram, it was so cosy!
This weekend we are staying in a gorgeous cosy cottage just outside of Stratford-upon-Avon with @exclusivelywarwickshire @shakespeares_england A roaring fire, bottle of prosecco and chocolates what more could a girl possibly need?!) Although I may be speaking too soon as our boys are upstairs sleeping in the same bed tonight, for the first ever… Wish us luck, we may need it!) 😂#cottage #cottagestyle #logfire #stratforduponavon
Photo tour of Brassknocker Cottage (click here to see a video tour of the cottage over on our Facebook page).
Review self catering cottage Stratford-upon-Avon
Over the weekend I made notes of all the features we loved about Brassknocker cottage. I have shared it below, it’s quite a lengthy list!
Olde world charm – The 400-year old cottage is jam-packed full of character and charm. Jan and her husband bought the property last year and refurbished it before beginning to let is out to guests via Exclusively Warwickshire in October. They added many new features including a contemporary bathroom and extension which compliment the original cottage features perfectly. We LOVED the wooden beams, exposed stone walls, flagstone floors in the living area, stable doors and especially the working well in the garden!
Attention to detail – It was immediately clear from first arriving at Brassknocker Cottage that Jan wants her guests to feel at home and have a thoroughly enjoyable stay. Richard and I enjoyed reading through the two bulging guest information files for ideas of what to do in the local area. It was also interesting to see photos of the renovation to see how much time and effort had gone into the property, a real labour of love.
I always think that it’s the small details that make a big difference when staying away from home… we loved the fluffy white towels, luxurious bedding and thick black out curtains, (always a bonus when travelling with kids who wake up at the first signs of daylight!)
Well equipped kitchen – Sometimes when staying in self catering accommodation I feel the need to rinse through crockery and cutlery before I use it, but I certainly didn’t here. Everything was absolutely spotlessly clean, honestly, I could see my reflection in the cutlery!
References to William Shakespeare – We absolutely loved all the art work, books and artefacts in the cottage connected to Shakespeare – Framed Hamlet and Macbeth posters, quotes on the walls, Shakespeare books for kids, coasters and a collection of brassknockers representing many of Shakespeare’s well-known characters. Have you heard of the sayings… ‘Set you teeth on edge,’ ‘fight fire with fire’ and ‘catch a cold?’ Did you know that they are all quotes from Shakespeare? I know we certainly didn’t until our stay at Brassknocker Cottage.
Things to be aware of if considering a stay at Brassknocker Cottage
If you are looking for a cottage sat in private grounds this isn’t for you. The cottage is located on a road with a small but rather lovely yard, with outdoor seating area and BBQ. On the other hand, if you are looking for a characterful cottage located near a pub which serves great food, within easy driving distance of Stratford-upon-Avon… Brassknocker Cottage is perfect!
As you would expect from a property which has been around since Shakespeare was alive, there are many quirky features. Again for some people this may be off putting, although from my point of view, the wonky floors, sloping ceilings, low door ways and wooden beams all add to the character and uniqueness of the cottage.
As the owner Jan has clearly written on her website, Brassknocker Cottage is not well suited to toddlers as it has a spiral staircase with only a rope bannister. Charlie, my nearly three-year old, was pretty good and only attempted the staircase a couple of times after we told him it was out-of-bounds, I would however recommend that the cottage is best suited for kids 4+.
Need to know – Brassknocker Cottage
A stay costs from £335.00 to £610.00 per week, which is very reasonable particularly if spilt between two couples. The cottage sleeps up to five people with a double room, single room and double pull out sofa bed in the lounge.
For more information about Brassknocker Cottage, and other self catering cottages in Warwickshire, check out Exclusively Warwickshire, the county’s only dedicated holiday cottage company.
Visiting Stratford-upon-Avon and looking for ideas to entertain your kids? Check out our guide – 11 of the BEST things to do in Stratford-upon-Avon with kids.
Disclosure – We stayed as guests at Brassknocker Cottage in return for this honest review. As always, all words and opinions are our own.
Copyright – All photos copyright Travel Loving Family.
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