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Bucket Lock CottageBucket Lock Cottage is situated on the Stratford-upon-Avon canal between Preston Bagot and Lowsonford and is part of the community of Yarningale Common. It was built over 200 years ago and is unique to the Stratford Canal, due to its unusual barrel shaped roof. This is one of only 5 examples in the country. It is the ideal place to explore the surrounding countryside with immediate access to numerous public footpaths and the towpath. There are 2 pubs within a 20-25 minute walk.
Idyllic Hideaway Set In The Extensive Gardens of a MillThis is truly your cosy 'home from home'. Renovated to a modern country style, this wonderful, barn-like detached cottage is situated near the owners Mill House within 13 acres of private gardens and meandering waterways. Sparkling clean, well appointed and with its own private garden. Close to gorgeous places to visit including Shakespeare’s Stratford, the Cotswolds, Worcester & Malvern. Sleep well in the incredibly comfortable super king size bed. Wake-up to birdsong, pop on the bath robes provided & enjoy your complimentary continental breakfast hamper al fresco overlooking the mill stream. Later wonder through the gardens, picnic by the beautiful weir where water flows continuously and wild life is abundant. Walk the bridleways, finish off with a BBQ or supper at the local pub a short stroll away. Next day take a drive to explore the gorgeous countryside and villages in the local area. Great roads and easy to reach from M5, M40, M42.
Character Self-contained CottageNewly furnished character cottage situated in the small hamlet of Woodhouses, just a few minutes drive from the historic cathedral city of Lichfield. The property has a fully fitted kitchen, spacious living area with large corner sofa, smart TV, wifi and dining table. Separate double bedroom with ensuite bathroom and shower. Sofa converts to double bed for 1 adult or 2 children and extra mattress or a travel cot available to accommodate an additional child. Private parking for 1 vehicle.
Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery (BMAG) first opened in 1885. It is housed in a Grade II* listed city centre landmark building. There are over 40 galleries to explore that display art, applied art, social history, archaeology and ethnography.
The newly opened Grand Central offers a range of different restaurants as well as stores such as John Lewis and Monsoon. The Bullring shopping centre has a range of high street favourites including New Look, H and M, Topshop. It is also home to Selfridges for your designer favourites.
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The second-largest city in the United Kingdom, Birmingham is a creative melting pot, thanks in part to its cultural diversity. Past its historic factories and workshops (many of which are now loft apartments) run a vast network of canals—Birmingham is said to have more miles of waterways than Venice—and there’s plenty of green space too. Around the modern city center sits an array of neighborhoods, including leafy Edgbaston, where you can watch top-flight cricket and tennis; the artsy manufacturing and design village of the Jewellery Quarter; and hipster Digbeth, home to one of the best weekly food and drink festivals in the UK. Widely renowned as a shopping destination, Birmingham can also lay claim to England’s oldest working cinema.
Birmingham Airport (BHX) is served by flights from a large number of European cities, although those traveling from farther afield will need to fly into a bigger airport such as Manchester (MAN) or London (LHR). Birmingham is also a major rail hub, with fast train service from London that takes less than 90 minutes. It’s also at the confluence of a number of motorways—there’s a reason its most famous interchange is known as Spaghetti Junction. That said, you don’t need a car to get around Birmingham, thanks to its eight local train lines, plus an excellent bus and tram network. If you’re using public transport, it’s worth getting a prepaid smartcard to avoid needing the correct change for every fare.
It can be fairly rainy in Birmingham. The city averages 27.8 inches of rainfall a year, so it’s a good idea to bring an umbrella. The average temperature in the summer months hovers around 60 degrees Fahrenheit, and rarely gets above the high 70s. Winters are cold, averaging only a couple of hours of sunshine a day and dropping to an average of 39 degrees Fahrenheit in January. You’d be wise to pack a sweater any time of the year you visit, and a waterproof jacket is a must.
Birmingham offers a wide spectrum of retail therapy, from its traditional Rag Market to high-end designer fashion and interiors at the Mailbox mall. The city’s most beloved shopping destination is the Bullring, a gloriously futuristic-looking mall that’s home to 200 shops including the famous Selfridges department store.
A few miles to the north of the city center, Sutton Park is a 2,400-acre nature reserve, and one of the largest urban parks in Europe. Its landscape dates back to Roman times, when locals used to hunt and graze animals here. You still might see cows or ponies, but there’s plenty of other wildlife to enjoy, including the many species of birds that flock to its wetlands.
To the south of the city center, just north of Moseley, a cluster of streets around Balsall Heath celebrates a dish that was created here in the 1970s. The balti is a curry developed by immigrant Kashmiris and cooked and served in a deep dish with naan bread served alongside. The family-run restaurants of the Balti Triangle are the perfect place to experience it.