Thinking of visiting the Cotswolds? It’s time to let you into a secret – one that every visitor to the area should know, and one that quite possibly only locals are aware of! It’s Warwickshire’s hidden gem!
When it comes to staying in the Cotswolds, did you know there is a Golden Triangle where the joys of honey coloured Cotswolds villages, historic Warwick and Shakespeare’s Stratford are all within arm’s reach of each other? Often visitors to the Cotswolds remain within the area (and who can blame them), but the beauty of staying in The Golden Triangle is that visitors are within a stone’s throw of so much more.
Find the perfect place to stay while exploring the Cotswolds Golden Triangle
For those seeking architectural gems, vibrant eateries, mediaeval history, world famous theatres, independent boutiques and artisan shopping, a plethora of National Trust and stately homes not to mention stunning English countryside views and walks, this is the location that just keeps on giving.
Everyone is looking for the perfect location when it comes to finding holiday accommodation, – and we can now reveal that Walton and the surrounding South Warwickshire villages has it all. At its epicentre, Walton is located in a hamlet in the heart of a 16th Century privately owned estate. It’s quintessentially English countryside at its very best. Visitors can stroll around the grounds of the beautiful Walton Hall with its stunning lakeside and gothic architecture.
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A bike ride around the village reveals quiet lanes and beautiful countryside – a true step away from life’s busy pressures. And, accommodation in the boutique luxury barns at Mount Pleasant Barns will complete your dream retreat. And yet, best of all, within 10-15 minutes’ drive from this oasis, you can reach a triangle of world-class towns and villages that will tick every box for the keen tourist.
What does the Golden Triangle have to offer?
To the south, a drive along the Roman-built Fosse Way delivers you into the welcoming arms of the Cotswolds. Moreton in Marsh, Chipping Campden and Stow-on-the-Wold are the first ports of call, with their picture-perfect streets and butterscotch-coloured stone buildings housing cosy pubs, fascinating museums, buzzy eateries and independent shopping. On to Broadway, or Bourton on the Water and the Cotswolds unfolds before you with panoramic countryside, local lavender farms and breathtaking historic stately homes.
To the north of Walton lies Warwick
World famous for its magnificent medieval castle, Warwick is steeped in history and heritage. Over 1,100 years old, the castle represents a complete day out with dazzling shows and attractions, a jam-packed events diary and displays of birds of prey all set within 64 acres of beautiful grounds and gardens.
Warwick is a traditional market town and it retains a unique individuality with an abundance of places to eat and drink, snug coffee shops, traditional tea rooms, characterful old pubs, trendy restaurants and bars, and a number of fine dining spots. Picnic on the banks of the river Avon, wander the lovely parks and gardens and photograph the incredible medieval black and white buildings.
To the west of Walton lies Stratford-on-Avon
Like Warwick, it is situated on the banks of the River Avon where visitors can enjoy boat trips, canal and river tours. Home of the world’s most famous playwright, Shakespeare appears large in the town, with numerous statues, buildings and locations dedicated to his life including Hall’s Croft (home to William’s daughter), Shakespeare’s New Place (the last chapter in his life), Anne Hathaway’s cottage (a romantic setting) and Mary Arden’s Farm (the childhood home of Shakespeare’s mother).
Complete your trip to Stratford with a visit to world famous Royal Shakespeare Company. The town itself is a haven of boutique shops and fabulous eateries with bistros, restaurants and tea rooms offering snacks to Michelin standard fare.
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Whilst these towns are the big hitters for the Golden Triangle, another benefit of staying in this area are the smaller towns and villages dotted within a stone’s throw from Walton. Leamington Spa for example is a vibey regency style town offering great restaurants, fabulous shopping and a notable nightlife. Market towns such as Shipston on Stour, Henley in Arden and Kineton all offer their own unique take on English country life with regular markets, artisan shops and cosy pubs and restaurants offering visitors a glimpse of “real life” off the beaten tourist track.
Accommodation for exploring the Cotswolds Golden Triangle
When it comes to accommodation, our recommendation are the boutique luxury barns at Mount Pleasant Barns set in the heart of Walton. Set up on the hill overlooking breathtaking Walton views, this exclusive retreat of 3 barns is second to none.
Think country style artfully combined with luxury comfort and you start to get the idea of these stunning newly refurbished barns. Mount Pleasant Barns bridge the gap between a boutique hotel and traditional self-catering holiday accommodation offering the flexibility and exclusiveness of a holiday cottage combined with the luxury and attention to detail you would expect in a first-class boutique hotel.
Perfect for those looking to slow down, recharge and enjoy some of the most beautiful countryside Warwickshire has to offer. Bliss!
The Shooting Lodge
The Shooting Lodge is a newly converted barn that sleeps two elevating rural charm to high-end luxury. Exposed beams and vaulted ceilings coupled with quirky original features and natural materials make this a unique home-from-home with character and warmth. It comes complete with a private wood-fired hot tub for the ultimate indulgence.
The Coach House
The Coach House sleeps 6 in 3 bedrooms (two king-sized and one twin). With beautifully crafted interior design and a modern country style throughout, the Coach House offers unique open plan living perfect for family gatherings or get-togethers with friends.
The Coach House also offers a wonderful outdoor kitchen for the ultimate socialising space. With its BBQ and pizza oven, not to mention outdoor lounge area and dining for 8 beneath a stunning pergola, it’s the perfect place to mix food, fire, family and friends.
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Enjoy enchanted evenings dining al fresco on the terrace which forms part of your enclosed dog-friendly garden area or simply enjoy a delicious sundowner overlooking the views which are one of the most commented-on aspects by guests staying at Mount Pleasant Barns.
Finally, The Piggery is a heavenly hideaway for two – the perfect spot to flee the every day for a charming escape. Overlooking Mount Pleasant’s beautiful duck pond and beyond across outstandingly beautiful Warwickshire countryside, The Piggery is a newly converted barn offering a rustic chic luxury getaway you won’t want to leave.
And, if you need more space, why not book both the Piggery and The Coach House together to make one Big Barn for a sleeps 8 property. You could also add in the Shooting Lodge and enjoy exclusive occupancy of this stunning property.
Ready to book your stay?
Don’t forget, all three barns are dog friendly, and offer the benefit of a free leisure pass to use the spa facilities at neighbouring Walton Hall, not to mention a 20% discount on Spa treatments exclusive to Mount Pleasant Barn’s guests.
So, if you’re thinking of booking a stay in the Cotswolds, why not consider staying in the Golden Triangle and enjoy all the area has to offer – and more!