Henley-in-Arden is a small town in rural Warwickshire. It is best known for its wealth of historic architecture, much of which date back to medieval times. Beautiful black and white half-timbered buildings line the one-mile-long high street. The town is less than nine miles from Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare, and the grand town of Royal Leamington Spa is 12 miles away. Holiday cottages in Henley-in-Arden are perfectly located for visitors to enjoy the high street, which is packed with cafes, restaurants and independent shops. There are several ancient pubs, such as The Black Swan, which has a large selection of local beers and ales and two large open fireplaces. The Nags Head is another charming pub. Dating back to the 16th century, it serves traditional meals such as 28-day matured sirloin steak and fish and chips.
Despite its close proximity to towns and cities such as Birmingham and Redditch, Henley-in-Arden feels surprisingly rural. Walkers can join the waymarked Arden Way, tracing old paths and routes through the Forest of Arden. The town sits on the River Alne and is also home to Henley Sidings, a nature reserve managed by the Warwickshire Wildlife Trust. Self-catering holidays in Henley-in-Arden are ideal for visits to the nearby town of Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare. The Royal Shakespeare Company performs his plays in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and the Swan Theatre, on the banks of the River Avon. There is a literary trail and several museums and historic sites to explore.
Your holiday cottage in Henley-in-Arden will be a short drive from Royal Leamington Spa, best known for its grand architecture, shops and restaurants. The town became popular in the 18th century due to its natural mineral water, which was said to have medicinal qualities. It has spectacular Regency architecture, beautiful parks and gardens, and a bustling centre filled with independent shops, cafes and restaurants.