Sedgeberrow itself is an attractive village where walks can be taken along the river. Many of the fields belonging to the owner front the River Isbourne and there are plenty of fishing opportunities. There are also 2 small parks for the children to play in if they want a change from the fabulous garden and swimming pool!
Laze around the gardens with a glass of wine (or two).
Swimming – We offer all our guests use of a private, heated swimming pool (complete with loungers, tables, chairs and changing room) which is a 5 minute walk away.
Short walks around the village are easy for those of you with younger children/pushchairs; plenty of walks around the fields and the river can be made, but are not so accessible with pushchairs.
Evesham has the beautiful River Avon running through it and the historic remains of Evesham Abbey. The Vale is also renowned for its farm shops and ‘Pick Your Own’ fruit and veg. Evesham Country Park also some lovely shops, farm shop and an animal sanctuary.
For more about Evesham, visit
Ordinarily there are many events in and around Evesham and The Vale, however under the current situation it is advisable to check on the internet as to what may or may not be available.
Cheltenham, Worcester and Stratford are all attractive towns in their own right and have excellent shopping opportunities; whilst Warwick and its famous castle is a mere 45 mins away.
The Cotswolds and The Malverns all provide stunning vistas and walking opportunities, plus antique shops aplenty!
Broadway is known as ‘The Centre of the Cotswolds’. With its beautiful Cotswold stone buildings and shops, it’s definitely a place to visit – shops, restaurants and tea-rooms.
London – if you want to go further afield, we’re only 2 hours from London and have a direct train line from Evesham to Paddington – easy to do in 1 day, whether it’s for shopping, sight-seeing, theatre trips or museums.
National Trust Properties & Stately Homes (all have great outdoor areas for kids as well)
National Trust Properties: Hidcote, Croome Court, Charlcote Park, Coughton Court, Snowshill Manor. www.nationaltrust.org.uk
Kiftsgate Court www.kiftsgate.co.uk
Stanway House & fountain www.stanwayfountain.co.uk
Sudeley Castle www.sudeleycastle.co.uk
Cotswold Farm Park (15mins) www.cotswoldfarmpark.co.uk
Cotswold Wildlife Park (45mins) www.cotswoldwildlifepark.co.uk
West Midlands Safari Park (45mins) www.wmsp.co.uk
Evesham Country Park – The Ark (10mins) www.eveshamcountrypark.co.uk
Birdland – Bourton-on-the-Water (30mins) www.birdland.co.uk
Slimbridge Wildfowl and Wetlands (45mins) www.wwt.org.uk
National Sea Life Centre www.sealifeeurope.com
Longleat Safari Park (2 hrs by car) www.longleat.co.uk
Soft Play areas – for those rainy days!
Whacky Warehouse (Evesham – 10mins) www.wackywarehouse.co.uk
Bungos Barn (Bidford-on-Avon – 20mins) www.bungos-playbarn.co.uk
Ballyhoo (Cheltenham – 20mins) www.fundaysplaybarn.com
Fundays Play Barn (Bourton-on-the-Water 30mins) www.fundaysplaybarn.com
MagicLand (Cirencester – 45mins) www.magicland.co.uk
All the towns have great parks for the children – Evesham has one at each end of ‘Crown Meadow’ which is a lovely setting right by the Abbey and the river. Broadway has my favourite children’s park. Cheltenham has a park on the way into town (20mins away) and also has lovely place to have picnics etc.
Trains for children
Evesham Country Park www.thevalleyshopping.co.uk
Toddington (Gloucester to Warwick Railway): www.gwsr.com
This is such a good place for children and adults alike. Whether it’s a sunny day or a rainy day go and visit the ‘Paint It Yourself Pottery’ shop in Cheltenham where you can paint mugs, plates, bowls, etc or just have the children’s handprints put onto pottery for posterity. Definitely mine and the kids favourite place! www.piyp.co.uk
Indoor Swimming Pools (not currently open, sadly)
Evesham Leisure Centre www.wychavonleisure.co.uk
Pershore Leisure Centre www.wychavonleisure.co.uk
Tewkesdbury Cascades – www.placesforpeopleleisure.org/centres/tewkesbury-leisure-centre/
Malvern Splash – www.freedom-leisure.co.uk/centres/malvern-splash-leisure-complex/
Being in the Cotswolds means that cycling is generally going to be hilly! For the energetic ones, you can hire bicycles to save having to bring your own with you – websites are listed below.
If you’re looking for flat cycling, there’s a fabulous 5mile cycle path that runs from Long Marston to Stratford-upon-Avon and even has 2 cafe’s (1 halk way along, and the other at the Stratford end). We park up at Long Marston, cycle to Stratford and return after a break in the cafe!
Cotswold Country Cycles (Chipping Campden) www.cotswoldcountrycycles.com
Midland Cycle Hire www.midlandcyclehire.co.uk
Hartwells Cycle Hire (Bourton-on-the-Water) www.hartwells.supanet.com
Peddlars (Worcester) Tel: 01905 24238
If you’ve been horse riding for years or have always wanted to try it, there are plenty of places to choose from depending on what you want to get out of it – take a look at the websites below for further information:
Jill Carenza www.cotswoldsriding.co.uk
Woodlands Riding Stables www.woodstanway.co.uk
Bourton Vale Equestrian Centre www.bourtonvaleequestrian.co.uk
Durham’s Farm Riding School www.cotswoldriding.com
Fox Hill www.smoothhound.co.uk/hotels/foxhillnaunton
There are plenty of golf courses around the area – of varying standards, so it’s worthwhile searching for the ones that are most appropriate to you; all those listed below are within 25mins drive from the cottages.
Broadway Golf Club www.broadwaygolfclub.co.uk
Comberton Golf Club www.combertongolfclub.pershoretown.
Manor Farm Leisure Golf Course, www.manorfarmleisure.co.uk
Evesham Golf Club www.eveshamgolfclub.co.uk
The Vale Golf Club www.thevalegolf.co.uk
Cleeve Hill Golf Club, www.cleevehillgolfcourse.co.uk
Hilton Puckrup Hall Hotel www.puckrupgolf.co.uk
Lilley Brook Golf Club www.golflilleybrook.co.uk
Tewkesbury Park Hotel www.foliohotels.com/tewkesburypark/
Eating Out or In?
Well, we’re not short of pubs here in the Cotswolds. Sedgeberrow has a great pub in the village with excellent home-cooked food. The surrounding villages all have pubs ranging from typical village pubs to ‘brasserie’ style pubs. There are excellent restaurants, some of which are in the finest hotels in the country (The Dormy House, Buckland Manor, The Lygon Arms Broadway), whilst other restaurants boast 1 or 2 Michelin stars! Cheltenham has a plethora of wine bars and brasseries, whilst Evesham has some superb eateries – Italian, Chinese, Indian, Thai to list a few; take-away and delivery is available!
Alongside the animal farms, there are some beautiful places to visit for the nature lovers amongst us, least of all the Cotswold and Malvern Hills! These are 2 great places:
Batsford Arboretum and Falconry Centre (20mins) www.batsarb.co.uk
Westonbirt Arboretum (45mins) www. Forestry.gov.uk
Shopping – we have some great shopping areas, with all your favourite high-street brands and fabulous one-off boutiques:
Evesham – The Regal Cinema – newly renovated 1920’s cinema; fabulous atmostphere, great shows and films, cafe and bars
Pershore – Number 8 – shows and films
Cheltenham – Cineworld: www.cineworld.com
Worcester – Odeon: www.odeon.co.uk
Worcester – Vue Cinemas: www.myvue.com
Theatres Whether you’re looking for professional shows or would rather see some of the local talent (of which there is plenty!) there’s a huge choice of places to find out what’s on!
Evesham Arts Centre www.eveshamartscentre.co.uk
Number 8 – Pershore www.number8.org
The Everyman Theatre – Cheltenham www.everymantheatre.org.uk
The Playhouse – Cheltenham www.playhousecheltenham.org
The Roses – Tewkesbury www.rosestheatre.org
Malvern Theatre www.malver-theatres.co.uk
Royal Shakespeare Company, Statford-upon-Avon www.rsc.org.uk
More Adventurous Activities:
“Rob Ireland Activity Centre” is an excellent activities centre situated just outside Moreton-in-Marsh (25 mins away). Quad Bikes, 4×4 Off-Roading, Helictopter Treasure Hunts, Hot Air Ballooning, Archery, Paintballing. Contact: +44(0)1386 701683 www.robireland.co.uk
River Boat Trips on the River Avon, Evesham
Given a lazy summer afternoon, there is nothing nicer than having a picnic by the river (Crown Meadow) and then popping onto a boat to ‘cruise’ along the River Avon for an hour or so. Contact any of the boat companies below, or turn up on the day to see if there’s room.
The Handsam Boat Co. Tel: 07860 895416 www.handsamboatcompany.co.uk
Avon Leisure Cruises Tel: 01386 860988/07774 653112 www.avonleisurecruises.co.uk