Windmill Barns are located within acres of beautiful Warwickshire countryside, neighbouring Coughton Court National Trust estate and within a short drive of the Cotswolds, Stratford upon Avon and Birmingham City Centre. There are also many wonderful places to visit and things to do in the local area. Discover more about this beautiful corner of the country. Here are some of our favourites.

The Cotswolds

The Cotswolds, a very special, very wonderful place. 

With its rustic rural charm, rolling hills, vibrant market towns and picture-perfect villages, the Cotswolds offers nearly 800 square miles of unspoilt countryside. An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the range of hills in west-central England is packed with picturesque villages built of Cotswold stone, beautiful churches and vast manor houses. From the charming town of Cirencester that can trace its roots back to Roman times, to the honey-coloured cottages of Bourton-on-the-Water, Bibury and Burford, the area was once renowned for its wool production, reminders of which you can still see today. 

Delve into history at Sudeley Castle and Gardens, scale the heights of Broadway Tower and surround yourself with nature at Westonbirt Arboretum on your way to discovering one of Britain’s most spectacular locations. 

Unsurprisingly this landscape provides a rich harvest of food and drink with local cheeses, meats and drinks appearing prominently on the menus of the gastro pubs, old inns, colourful cafes and fine dining restaurants scattered generously across the region.

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Heart of England forest

A stones throw from Windmill Barns, the Heart of England Forest is an exciting and ambitious charity. They want to help reverse centuries of woodland decline and create and conserve a magnificent 30,000 acre broadleaf forest for the benefit of the environment, wildlife and people. A place of enduring natural beauty, protected and secured for generations to come.

The Forest covers a mosaic of habitats across 7,000 acres of land in Warwickshire and Worcestershire, including 4,000 acres of new woodland and 600 acres of mature and ancient woodland.

They establish and grow the Forest on land that we have purchased to ensure it is safe and protected for hundreds of years to come.

Their first fully accessible route Morgrove Coppice has been specially designed to make spending time in the Forest possible for more people, including wheelchair users. The different aged trees together with mature hedgerows and grassland provide a rich variety of habitats for wildlife in this area of the Forest.

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Coughton Court

Windmill Barns backs onto the Coughton Court Estate.

Coughton Court has been home to the Throckmorton family for 600 years, this finest of Tudor houses stands testament to a family's courage in maintaining their beliefs. From a position of high favour to one of fear and oppression post-Reformation, the Throckmortons were leaders in a dangerous age, helping to bring about Catholic emancipation in the 19th century. 

Explore this story of fascinating personalities through the 'family album' of portraits and Catholic treasures around the house. 

Coughton is still very much a family home with an intimate feel: the Throckmorton family live here, managing the stunning gardens which they have created.

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Stratford upon Avon

Stratford-upon-Avon is the birthplace of William Shakespeare, steeped in culture and history. Set in the beautiful rural Warwickshire countryside, on the banks of the river Avon, it is one of the most important tourist destinations in the UK.

Famed for its ties to William Shakespeare and its romanticised Tudor architecture, Stratford-upon-Avon is a market town packed with history and heritage. Of all the things to do in Stratford-upon-Avon, Shakespeare’s birthplace is the star attraction. The renowned poet and playwright lived in the town and you can walk in his footsteps at his childhood residence. 

In addition to the Stratford-upon-Avon Shakespeare house, you can explore Mary Arden’s Farm, once home to the great playwright’s mother or visit Anne Hathaway’s House, the home of the Bard’s wife. Browse independent shops and boutiques in the centre of the town, and sample its eclectic foodie scene while discovering more of the town that produced the world’s most famous playwright. 

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Birmingham City Centre

For a taste of city life, why not visit Birmingham, which is a short drive away.

Home to many architectural gems, the futuristic Library of Birmingham and gleaming Selfridges Bullring shopping centre are two modern triumphs not to be missed.

The city is renowned for its dining scene, which ranges from the flavourful family-run eateries of Balti Triangle to its Michelin-star restaurants.

For something a little different, explore the city by canal boat – Birmingham has more miles of canal than Venice and there’s plenty of beautiful scenery to take in. Or why not visit Cadbury World, the home of Cadbury chocolateDid you know around 40 per cent of British jewellery is made in Birmingham’s famous Jewellery Quarter. The historic district is the perfect place to pick up pieces direct from makers’ workshops.

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