I recently went to stay in Warwick for the first time. It’s a place I might not have gone to, if it wasn’t for my sister booking it as a surprise to celebrate Halloween.
There was an outdoor cinema experience on Halloween night at Warwick race course – Hocus Pocus, of course – and we stayed nearby.
Our hotel was the Park Cottage. A timber framed, 15th century building that sits on the high street of Warwick.
I really liked the hotel’s central location. Warwick seems like a small, cosy village, and it was nice to be close to everything.
Walking out of Park Cottage, we were right next to the entrance to Warwick Castle. It was great to leave our accommodation, turn left, and be at the driveway to the castle. Otherwise, you can choose instead to walk the high street, walking past medieval buildings, alongside the castle wall, until you come across the other entrance.
Our hosts at the Park Cottage were Janet and Stuart. Stuart greeted us when we arrived, and he was very helpful, telling us about things in the area, such as good places to eat and things to see. He also managed to get us tickets for Warwick castle, which meant that after our outdoor viewing, we could then attend Warwick Castle at night, and take part in their Halloween attractions.
We met Janet at breakfast, who was very kind, and also asked how our evening at the castle had been. Both of the hosts were very kind, and very welcoming.
Shown to our room, upstairs at the front of the house, Stuart told us that the building was over five hundred years old, and would have once been used by inhabitants at the castle. The dining room once served as the dairy for the castle.
He told us about the beam in the room, which was original, and had been there since the building was constructed.
Inside the room, and each room, is a teddy bear. The bears are named after each room. We stayed in the Elizabeth room, so the teddy was Elizabeth.
There are seven rooms, all with en-suite, and named after the wives of different Earls of Warwick, which I thought was a nice, historic touch to a wonderful stay.
The beds are comfortable, and who doesn’t like sleeping on a four poster bed? As you walk over the floorboards, you can hear them creak with every step, and you notice how they are slanted upwards with the building.
Park Cottage has been featured in Lonely Planet, as well as having a strong rating online, and it’s really no wonder. Whilst there, I felt like I was at home, which is always great when going to stay somewhere new.
We were served breakfast in the morning, in the old dairy. It was delicious! There is also free car parking on site, so if you’re travelling through, you won’t have to worry about parking your car and possibly getting a ticket!
I would definitely stay at Park Cottage again. If I go back to Warwick, which I might, it would be the place I’d go. I’d recommend anyone who’s visiting Warwick to do the same!