Stratford-upon-Avon Town

Famous for being the birthplace of Shakespeare, Stratford combines all the history and charm with modern amenities and shops. Town properties are ever in demand, and the popular Old Town is where that history can really be seen.

Our favourite highlights: The café culture within the town centre. The river Avon and adjacent recreational grounds. The Theatres with a wide variety of productions – it’s not all Shakespeare, you know! Sporting facilities, there really is something for everyone in and around the town.

Our favourite food: The Encore, The One Elm, The Vintner, Lambs, Carluccio’s – frankly, the choice is wide and varied. For afternoon tea or coffee - The Four Teas, Hobsons Patisserie or Vesuvio Caffe are all hugely popular.

Some good schools: Three of Stratford’s schools were in the top 100 state schools in the country, KES, Stratford Grammar and Stratford Primary School (which came 37th). Broad Street is hugely popular locally as is St Gregorys and Shottery.

Transport: Train stations means easy links across the country, as well as coach services and easy access to all the surrounding main road links.

Stratford-upon-Avon North

Stratford North encompasses some lovely villages including Snitterfield, Norton Lindsey, Langley, Wilmcote, Aston Cantlow, Claverdon, Wootton Wawen, Wolverton and Great Alne and have quick and easy access to Henley in Arden, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwick and Alcester.

Set in the Warwickshire countryside these villages have lots to offer including a strong sense of community and a variety of housing which is surrounded by beautiful countryside. In the larger villages there is the local shop to go and get a pint of milk or a newspaper.

Our favourite highlights: Ardencote Country Club, Yew Tree Farm Craft Shopping Centre at Wootton Wawen.

Our favourite food: The Crab Mill at Preston Bagot, The Red Lion at Claverdon, The King’s Head at Aston Cantlow.

Some good schools: Snitterfield Primary School, Wootton Wawen Primary School, as well as Claverdon and Great Alne Primary Schools.

Transport: The area is well served with good transport links and many villages have railway stations which allow access into Birmingham, Stratford-upon-Avon and London. There is also good road access to the motorway network via the M40 and M42, A3400 and A46.

Stratford-upon-Avon East

With the popular villages of Loxley, Alveston, Hampton Lucy, Charlecote, Barford, Moreton Morrell, Wellesbourne and Combrook in this area, it’s very desirable with buyers, particularly as there is easy access to both the Fosse Way and M40. Nearest towns are Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwick, Leamington Spa or Banbury.

Our favourite highlights: Historical properties nearby include Charlecote Park and Compton Verney House. Moreton Morrell has an Agricultural College. Barford has a wonderful community run village shop.

Our favourite food: The Baraset Barn at Alveston provides great food and a lovely atmosphere. Aladdins, in Tiddington is a fabulous Indian restaurant. There is an artisan bakery, Knead It in Tiddington. Wendy O’Hare Skincare is also in Tiddington, with visitors from far and wide.

Some good schools: The Croft School is a very highly respected private school in the area. Highly recommended state primary schools are at Alveston, Barford, Loxley, Moreton Morrell and Wellesbourne.

Transport: The Fosse Way provides easy links down to the Costwolds and the south and Leicestershire to the north, as well as the M40 being within easy reach.

Stratford-upon-Avon South

This area sits between Stratford-upon-Avon and towards Shipston on Stour the benefits of being close to Stratford town whilst enabling you to be within easy distance of the Cotswolds, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Some of the most popular villages in this area are Clifford Chambers, Atherstone on Stour, Wimpstone, Preston on Stour, Long Marston, the Quintons, Broad Marston, Honeybourne, Armscote, Alderminster, Ettington, Newbold on Stour, Halford and Pillerton Priors.

Our favourite highlights: There is a great farm shop just on the B4632 after the turn for Upper Quinton, also Talton Mill Farm shop just off the A3400. The Antiques Barn at Long Marston is very popular for shopping and it has a fab little café too.

Our favourite food: The Bell at Alderminster does really great food as does The Fuzzy Duck at Armscote. The College Arms at Lower Quinton is very popular too. Ettington Park Hotel, a spectacular neo-Gothic mansion is great for Sunday lunch or afternoon tea! Some good schools: In this area include Quinton, Ettington and Honeybourne.

Transport: The Fosse Way is within easy reach and there is a main line train station in Honeybourne, Moreton in Marsh or Banbury.

Stratford-upon-Avon West

This area brings you closer to Alcester, Bidford on Avon and Evesham giving you a choice of areas for your local amenities. Welford on Avon is a very popular village, as are the Graftons, Exhall, Wixford, Broom, Dorsington, Pebworth and the Littletons. Our favourite highlights: Hillers Garden Centre and Shop near Alcester. Ragley Estate Meats sell lots of produce from the Ragley Estate and surrounding local farms. Welford has a fabulous pre-loved, designer clothes shop The Wardrobe – well worth a visit.

Our favourite food: The Fish at Wixford, The Golden Cross at Ardens Grafton and The Bell at Welford are all popular choices with our team.

Some good schools: In this area include Haselor, Welford on Avon and Bidford on Avon, as well as Alcester is very popular for the Grammar School and Catholic school for secondary education.

Transport: The A46 is a key road in this area heading both west and south towards the A44 and M5.

Henley in Arden

Henley in Arden is an historic, picturesque market town located 8 miles north of Stratford-upon-Avon and 10 miles south of Solihull. It is known for its tree lined High Street and variety of historic buildings, some of which date back to medieval times. It has a good selection of shops including the famous Henley Ice Cream Parlour.

Our favourite highlights: For sports enthusiasts there is Henley Golf Club which has its own golf course. Henley Tennis Club and Bowls club are equally popular. Walks up to The Mount are well worth a visit. Antiques centre is a real hidden gem. There is a Bridal boutique. The bakery is lovely too and has a popular coffee shop.

Our favourite food: Henley Ice Cream Parlour is a must stop. Matricardi’s, The Blue Bell, Nags Head and Naya are all really enjoyable; we’ve tested them many times.

Some good schools: Henley in Arden High School and Montessori as well as the Primary School and Warwickshire College.

Transport: The location has excellent transport links. There is Henley in Arden railway station which provides links into Birmingham and Stratford-upon-Avon. Warwick Parkway Station is a short distance away which has regular services to London Marylebone. There are excellent road links via the A3400 to Warwick, Solihull and the M40, M42, and the M5 and M6 are all easily accessible.

Henley in Arden North

This area includes villages such as Shrewley, Preston Bagot, Pinley Green, Lowsonford, Ullenhall and Tanworth in Arden. They are all delightful villages and are surrounded by beautiful countryside yet well placed for easy access to main roads and motorways. The area is well served with lovely country walks.

Our favourite food: The Bell at Tanworth in Arden, The Crab Mill at Preston Bagot and the Durham Ox at Shrewley have all been enjoyed by many of the team.

Some good schools: Tanworth in Arden Junior and Infant School, Ullenhall nursery school and play group.

Transport: A435 and the A3400 give access to Stratford, Solihull or Birmingham and the M40. The NEC, Birmingham International Airport and Railway Station are all easily accessible.

Solihull

Solihull is located 9 miles south-east of Birmingham City Centre. The town is noted for its historic architecture which includes timber-framed Tudor-style houses and shops, a theatre and the High Street is pedestrianised with access to both Mell Square Shopping area which has House of Fraser and the Touchwood Shopping Centre which includes John Lewis.

Our favourite highlights: Apart from the shopping there are some beautiful Parks, namely Tudor Grange Park, Brueton Park and Malvern Park – with lots of lovely open spaces and a lake.

Our favourite food: The town centre is packed with good bars and restaurants including Cafe Rouge, Pizza Express, Slug & Lettuce, as well as Après Bar, The Metro Bar and Grill and The Lazy Cow.

Some great schools: There are a number of very good schools including Tudor Grange Academy and St Martin’s School. There are a number of other very good state schools as well as Solihull College.

Transport: The town has great transport links with access to the Midlands motorway network via the M42, M40 and onto the M5 and M6. From Solihull Railway Station, there are regular trains to Birmingham and London via the Chiltern Line and close by is Birmingham International Railway Station and Birmingham International Airport.

Solihull South

This area is highly sought after and has a number of lovely villages in which to reside as well as being situated close to open countryside but still being a short drive to Solihull with its excellent amenities.

Our favourite highlights: Knowle village is well known for its High Street of many period and character buildings, a selection of shops, an historic Church, and restaurant. The neighbouring village of Dorridge is currently being upgraded and has a selection of shops as well as Dorridge Station with its commuter services to Birmingham and London (Marylebone) as well as bus services to Knowle and Solihull. Other villages a little further from Solihull and which are highly sought after are Lapworth, Rowington and Shrewley. Balsall Common has excellent transport links to the motorway network, Birmingham International Airport and Railway Station. Packwood House. Canals, cycling, walking etc Baddesley Clinton.

Our favourite food: Hampton Manor Hotel, Hampton in Arden, Saracens Head, Balsall Common, The Boot Inn, Lapworth, Loch Fyne, Knowle, The Forest Hotel, Dorridge.

Some great schools: There are many excellent schools including Dorridge Infant and Junior School, Arden Academy, Heart of England School at Balsall Common, Lapworth School. Knowle.

Transport: The whole area has fast links to the M40, M42, M1, M6 and M5 as well as many villages have local railway stations. The area is close to Birmingham International Airport and Railway Station.

Leamington Spa

Leamington Spa is a beautiful historic town, but doesn’t come with the premiums that Stratford-upon-Avon does, so you can generally get more space for your money. The Royal Pump Rooms has lots of exciting events throughout the year and Aubrey Allen Butchers has been supplying Warwickshire with high quality meat since 1933. Best foods: Queans, Dormer Place, Rhubarb, Warwick Street and La Coppola, Regent Street.

Best schools: Arnold Lodge School, Campion School, St Peters Catholic Primary School and Bishops Itchington Primary School Transport: M40 and A46 provide quick links as well as Royal Leamington Spa station linking you to all the cities close by, with Birmingham being a 25 minute train journey.

Warwick

Warwick again has history galore and with the vast amount of quality education it has a vibrant feel. Highlights include Warwick and Kenilworth Castles and Hatton Adventure Farm, Hatton. There is a local market every Saturday as well as regular farmer’s markets. Best food: Bread & Co, Warwick, Queen and Castle Kenilworth Best schools: Warwick School and King’s High, Warwick are great independent schools. Kenilworth School and Sports College was rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted.

Transport: Warwick Parkway, located right on the A46 links up to Coventry and Birmingham are easy, as well as the M40

North Cotswolds

The Cotswolds are always popular and as demand grows there is an increase in lovely village pubs, farm shops and independent boutiques.

Our favourite highlights: Historic attractions come in their droves with Hidcote – National Trust House and Gardens near Chipping Campden a highlight. Mickleton is a lovely character village as is Broadway. Moreton in Marsh and Shipston-on-Stour are pretty market towns with all the essential facilities.

Our favourite food: The Kings Hotel and Cotswold House Hotel in Chipping Campden are lovely, as are, The Swan Inn, Moreton in Marsh and Dormy House, Broadway.

Some great schools: Chipping Campden School, Shipston High School, Acorns Primary School, Ilmington CofE School and Shipston on Stour Primary School, Kitebrook (prep) near Moreton in Marsh and then the public schools at Bloxham, including Tudor Hall for girls.

Transport: Trains can be taken from Moreton in Marsh and Kingham stations and the Fosse Way provide links up and down the country.

East Worcestershire North

This area has many villages and hamlets surrounded by unspoilt countryside. For the smaller hamlets like Stock Green, Crowle, and Bradley Green to some larger villages like Flyford Flavell, Feckenham, Inkberrow and Studley which offer day to day facilities as well as larger centres such as Alcester and Worcester.

Our favourite highlights: Countryside walks are a delight, Coughton Court has a wonderful National Trust house and is well worth a visit, Alvechurch is famed for its canalside life. Our favourite food: Barnt Green Inn, Old Bull Inn, Inkberrow, The Boot Inn, Mappleborough Green, The Rose & Crown, Portway, Mt Everest, Studley.

Some great schools: King’s School, The Alice Ottley School and Royal Grammar School, Worcester, Bromsgrove School, Inkberrow First School for children aged 4-9 years, Studley primary and secondary Schools.

Transport: A422 runs from Stratford-upon-Avon to Worcester. Good road links to the A46, A435, M5, M40 and M42 as well as train travel from Redditch, Stratford-upon-Avon, Evesham and Worcester.

East Worcestershire South

A diverse area with easy access to a range of towns and cities, walking in the area is hugely popular, and architecture tends to be a mix of black and white timber, brick or stone properties. Some popular villages include Harvington, Inkberrow, the Lenches, Elmley Castle and the Washbourne’s.

Our favourite highlights: Ragley Hall, Eckington Manor Cookery School and Shop and Evesham Country Park. And famously, there's Inkberrow, held to be the model for the fictional village of Ambridge in the long-running BBC Radio 4 drama The Archers.

Our favourite food: The Wood Norton, Evesham, Flavours in Evesham does the best ice cream and The Oak in Upton Snodsbury is highly regarded.

Some great schools: There are many primary schools in the area and Prince Henry’s High School, Evesham was rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted.

Transport: Evesham train station gives access to London Paddington, road access to A46, A44 and M5 is very easy.