Although most of us would like to visit Stratford during a midsummer night’s dream, more often than not an unfortunate English prognostic of cloudiness and the risk of showers is to be expected. Thankfully, come tempest or winter wind, visiting Shakespeare country is well equipped with cozy hotels to make sure a snug stay can always be enjoyed.
If you are looking for family friendly hospitality, a good choice is to stay in one of the many cozy Bed and Breakfasts that Stratford has to offer. This type of accommodation can be better value than that of a large fancy hotel, and you can make the most of the owners’ local knowledge, who are usually happy to have their brains picked about the best sites and history of the town. Whitfield Farm is a family bed and breakfast which lies five miles south of the town, and on the very edge of the Cotswolds- the most famous area of English countryside. For a keen walker of rambler, this is an ideal base from which to go and explore the surrounding countryside. The farm has two double rooms and two family rooms, and the owner Elizabth also provides breakfast, lunch and dinner on request. Otherwise, for a more central location try Cherry Blossom House; a bed and breakfast situated right in the centre of town. The breakfasts are cooked and served by the owner Christine, who makes sure only the best of local bacon and eggs will make their way onto the menu. Six guest rooms are provided, doubles and singles, all with a very homey feel.
If homey B&B’s are not to your taste, the countryside pub culture is so developed that many a local pub doubles up as a hotel, or has some intimate guest rooms. The advantage of staying in an Inn is that friendly service is coupled with and home cooked pub food in a lively setting, where nighttime in-house entertainment is often provided for guests. Stratford’s New Inn has 13 en suite rooms, varying between singes, double, executive and family rooms. Otherwise, the Blue Boar Inn represents the best of old English country taverns, and has been welcoming guests for the last five centuries.