Designated a conservation area, Southam retains many interesting historic buildings. Look up, for example, The Olde Mint, where Charles I is said to have made coins for his troops after the Battle of Edgehill. Then maybe stretch your legs walking to the Holy Well in the beautiful Stowe Valley.
Several scenic attractions are within easy reach, including the unique 17th-century Chesterton Windmill perched on its six stone pillars, and Napton-on-the-Hill where the Grand Union and Oxford canals meet. Explore wildlife-rich Ufton Fields Nature Reserve, home to 28 different types of butterfly, or the rugged ridges of Burton Dassett Hills Country Park. See accommodation near Southam.
Follow in the footsteps of Queen Elizabeth I and explore the romantic ruins of the castle she granted to her court favourite Robert Dudley in 1563. Dudley famously treated the Queen to dazzling entertainments at his palace in 1575, and an exhibition in the Gatehouse reveals secrets of their intriguing love story – you can even hold your wedding here. Continue your royal tour around the authentically recreated Elizabethan Garden featuring magnificently carved arbours, colourful plantings, a spectacular fountain and bejewelled aviary.
You can also time travel at lively events throughout the year, from fighting knights and medieval jousts in summer, to children’s school holiday trails and winter storytelling in the Gatehouse.
Was Shakespeare caught poaching deer at Charlecote Park? Come and find out, and uncover strong associations with Queen Elizabeth I, too. Charlecote Park has been home to the Lucy family for over 700 years and its mellow brickwork and tall chimneys are the very essence of Tudor England. Inside you can see how the house was remodelled in Victorian times and get a taste for 'downstairs' life in the kitchen and scullery. Relax in gardens that include a formal parterre, sensory garden and woodland, or step out on a walk across the ‘Capability’ Brown-inspired parkland, still with fallow deer.
Make the most of those wraparound vistas from the hills of Burton Dassett before you embark on this 20-mile trail. It is a slightly strenuous route with several small climbs, so be prepared. But you will also have the reward of downhills! Along the way you circle the site of the Battle of Edgehill 1642, the opening encounter in the Civil War. Village pubs and shops provide refreshment stops.
A fascinating route skirting the borders of Warwickshire and Oxfordshire. It features quintessential English countryside, several historic sites, and the chance to view paintings by Canaletto and Hogarth at the National Trust’s Upton House. Passing ancient woodland with views across the two counties, the route overlooks Edgehill Battlefield, site of one of the English Civil War’s bloodiest encounters. Cottage charms of the sandstone villages of Hornton and Ratley offer quite a contrast.
This unusual farm enterprise and diversification all began in 1999 and now produces water buffalo milk and meat, luscious ice cream, natural yoghurt, hard cheese, burgers and sausages. Fresh meat hampers are sold direct from the farm.
Our country house hotel (AA 3 red star) stands in ten acres of gardens. Step inside to enjoy beautiful, individually styled rooms, elegant lounges and superb service. Fine food and wine are at the forefront of the Mallory Court experience and we have been awarded a coveted Michelin star for the tenth time.
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