Southam and local area

Southam is a small market town in the pretty county of Warwickshire. Recorded in the Domesday book, Southam has a rich history. King Charles I fought one of the early skirmishes of the civil war just outside the town and stayed in the Manor House, and William Shakespeare even mentions Southam in one of his plays.

Southam is a great base for exploring Warwickshire, and the north Cotswold towns of Moreton in Marsh and Stow on the Wold are a pleasant drive along the Fosse Way. The Spa town of Leamington Spa, with its smart white Georgian terraces, is just seven miles away and is a great town for eating and shopping. A couple of miles further is the county town of Warwick, known the world over for its beautiful castle. It has many lesser known treasures to share and is well worth a visit for the parks, ancient buildings and pretty market town full of great places to eat, antique shops and interesting boutiques.

Stratford upon Avon is just twenty miles away. The new Shakespeare Theatre is a must, as are the houses of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. The beautiful River Avon runs alongside the theatre and there are plenty of boat hire places for those that want a different view of the town. Stratford is also a lovely place to shop!

You don’t need to venture that far to enjoy the Warwickshire countryside – walks from the house will take you along the pretty Stowe Valley to Southam’s ancient Holy Well, and to the Dallas Burston Polo Ground. The canal network is just a mile away with lovely walks – and well placed pubs!