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Last updated: 28 October, 2022
Expert travel writer: Annabelle Thorpe

It’s impossible not to be impressed by Ettington’s grandeur and scale; a Gothic sprawl of coloured brickwork, vaulted windows and turrets that rise up above the chimney stacks. Architecture fans will find much to love inside, too, from the rococo ceiling in the Grand Oak room restaurant, to the ornate drawing room with its double-height ceiling and huge windows overlooking the grounds.

In spite of its size, once inside there’s a warm, informal feel to proceedings; bedrooms are contemporary and unfussy, and although the Oak Room restaurant can feel a touch formal, staff are friendly and families are welcome. The hotel is surrounded by 40 acres of lush parkland. Situated in a lush river valley, there’s a lovely air of tranquility around the hotel and grounds.

It’s a good choice for those who like a sense of occasion and good old-fashioned glamour – and don’t mind travelling to sightsee. It’s only six miles away from Stratford, a short tax ride – easy to get to town to visit the attractions, easy to retreat after to country comforts and grandeur.

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Key facilities

Airport transfers: Not available
Beach: None
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
Kids club
Parking: On-site (free)
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts
WiFi: Free

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Jacuzzi (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed

Bucket list experiences our writer says you must do in this destination, closest first

Warwick Castle

Warwick, Warwickshire, United Kingdom (UK)[17.8 miles]

History comes alive at this spectacular 11th-century castle. Fascinating, accessible and educational for kids.

Best for ages: 4+ | £16

Blenheim Palace

Woodstock, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom (UK)[36.7 miles]

One of Britain’s greatest country houses, and the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, Blenheim boasts 300 years of history in a spectacular setting.

Best for ages: 13+ | £32

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Best for ages: 18+ | Free

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Other worthwhile experiences in this destination if you have the time or the interest, closest first

Grave of William Shakespeare in Holy Trinity Church with a black headstone and a frame of Shakespeare's name on the foreground

Shakespeare’s grave

Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, United Kingdom (UK)[8.4 miles]

Housed in Trinity Church, alongside four other family plots, the grave is set into the floor. Church staff are usually on hand to answer questions and give information.

Best for ages: 18+ | Free

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Various species of Butterflies, taken on a trip to Stratford Upon Avon Butterfly Farm. A black, orange and yellow coloured butterfly sitting on a green leaf.

Butterfly Farm

Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, United Kingdom (UK)[8.4 miles]

The UK’s largest butterfly collection, hundreds of brightly-coloured butterflies live freely in an exotic environment of lush foliage and tropical blossom, housed in large greenhouses.

Best for ages: 4+ | £7 | 1-2 hours

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A beautiful garden overgrown with shrubs in front of Hidcote Manor House

Hidcote Manor Garden

Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom (UK)[8.5 miles]

This National Trust property is one of the best known and most influential Arts & Crafts gardens in Britain, with its linked ‘rooms’ of hedges, rare trees, shrubs and herbaceous border.

Best for ages: 18+ | £10

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exterior view from the street. people sitting outside

The Dirty Duck

Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, United Kingdom (UK)[8.6 miles]

Just 100 yards from the theatre, the Dirty Duck has been a pub since the 1700s. Popular with cast members from the Royal Shakespeare Company, it’s the place to go for a pre- or post-performance drink.

Best for ages: 18+ | Free

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