Billesley Manor is a 4-star country house situated just three miles from Stratford-upon-Avon, yet its tranquil location feels like a world away. Stroll through the 11 acres of grounds, including a 100 year old topiary garden and an 11th century Norman Church, and you enter another era of English history – even the library here was once used by Shakespeare. The bedrooms are divided between the Manor House and Standard Rooms located in the Cedar Barns, a short walk away. All rooms are fully equipped with comfy beds, TVs, Wi-Fi and room service. For an extra touch of romance, consider a Deluxe Feature room – these retain some of the original Tudor painting and give marvellous views of the topiary gardens. Dinner is served in the historic The Great Hall and Stuart’s Restaurant complete with oak panelling, open fireplaces and exquisite chandeliers. The AA Rosette-winning restaurant serves up delicious dishes made from seasonal local ingredients such as glazed Gressingham duck breast and loin of Everligh Farm venison. After dinner drinks by the fire in the Club Bar are a treat, as is afternoon tea in one of the historic lounges or on the sunny terrace. There’s a fully equipped fitness suite for those keen on staying fit, as well as an indoor pool, steam and sauna, plus an array of beauty and massage treatments. Nearby you have the best of Warwickshire, including Tudor and Elizabethan country houses, quaint market towns, and picturesque countryside. Enjoy a classic play in Stratford, a day of the races, shop for antiques, explore Warwick Castle or shop in one of the area’s historic market towns.