On the grounds of an ivy-covered Elizabethan manor in Stratford-upon-Avon, romantic couples can see the 11th-century where William Shakespeare is thought to have married Anne Hathaway in 1582, then curl up by one of the hotel’s stone fireplaces. Read more about this grand historic manor and three other romantic hotel options in Stratford-upon-Avon.
Dating back to the mid-15th century, the four-pearl White Swan Hotel is an upscale, Old World property that's a fantastic pick for couples. The 41 rooms are classic and homey, with refined country-style decor in neutral tones, free Wi-Fi, and sleek bathrooms. Character Rooms are particularly striking, with original historic features and clawfoot tubs. The on-site pub is popular among locals and guests alike for its original 16th-century frescoes and cozy atmosphere. All in all, it's one of the most charming boutique hotels in central Stratford-upon-Avon.
The 45-room, upscale Arden Hotel sits directly across the street from River Avon and the Royal Shakespeare Company’s two theaters, making it a convenient choice for theater-goers and anyone looking to explore the historic sights in central Stratford-upon-Avon. Rooms are stylish and classic, with bright purple accents over a muted palette, and great amenities such as free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, DVD players, Nespresso machines, and Espa toiletries. Many have separate showers and soaking tubs, and a few have clawfoot bathtubs in the bedroom. The brasserie is a popular spot for pre-theater dinner and evening drinks, and the cozy Lounge draws couples and small groups of friends for afternoon tea. Freebies include breakfast, turndown service, and Wi-Fi throughout, but the biggest perk here is the free on-site parking, which is a rarity in town.
The 72-room Billesley Manor is a historic upper-mid-range hotel set a short drive from Shakespeare’s hometown of Stratford-upon-Avon. The hotel has 72 rooms, most in the main house and a few in the adjacent building known as the Cedar Barns. Decor is elegant and classic throughout, with oak paneling or textured wallpaper, and canopy or four-poster beds; some rooms have window seats or stone fireplaces. Outside, expansive lawns, a topiary garden, and weeping willows lend the property a mysterious atmosphere on foggy days. The most noteworthy of the property’s features, however, is its 11th-century church, a tiny stone building where William Shakespeare is thought to have married Anne Hathaway in 1582. The Billesley Manor Hotel’s library is said to have been used by Shakespeare himself, making this property a must-see among culture buffs.
Located across the street from a row of traditional Tudor buildings, the tiny Church Street Townhouse stands out with an off-white battlemented facade and ogee windows. The property looks classic from the outside, but past the main door the vibe is decidedly different: The charming upper-mid-range boutique hotel has chic interiors and a hopping bar. Rooms are stylish and contemporary, with amenities such as flat-screen TVs, DVD players, and mini-fridges. The on-site restaurant serves an international menu with many gluten-free options (including beers), and the small bar is popular among locals for its lively piano evenings and weekly Champagne happy hours. Its location right in the heart of Stratford-upon-Avon makes it an ideal pick for those interested in exploring the historic center.