We are delighted to announce that our holiday apartment, Rafters (sleeps 2) at The Manor House, has won a a 2018 Guest Review Award from Booking.com for maintaining our high standards for another year.
We are very proud of our 9.6 rating and thank our guests who stayed with us in 2018 and left a review of their stay and we hope that you will return to stay with us again soon. We look forward to welcoming our returning guests and all our new guests to stay with us in 2019.
For more information and photos of Rafters click here. To book Rafters for a short break or longer please contact us either by email or telephone 01386 852913.
Christmas Shopping Evenings: Friday 30th November and
Friday 7th December 2018, 5.30-8.30pm.
This year Broadway is hosting two late night Christmas Shopping Evenings on Friday 30th November and Friday 7th December. Enjoy an evening of Christmas shopping under twinkling Christmas lights in the beautiful Cotswold village of Broadway. A perfect opportunity to start feeling festive and buy some presents for loved ones.
The evenings are popular event in the Cotswolds’ calendar. Festive crowds of Christmas shoppers gather in the village over two consecutive Fridays soaking up the seasonal atmosphere and entertainment. The shops and galleries lining the High Street stay open after 5.30pm until 8.30pm.
Each evening is full of Christmas cheer and festivities with street entertainers, pony sleigh rides, live music and lots of spirited seasonal shoppers. Be sure to look out for Santa and shops offering free mince pies and mulled wine! It’s a great opportunity to enjoy an evening shopping in some lovely independent shops in the Cotswolds. There are plenty of eateries too – from pubs and cafes to award winning restaurants. Something for everyone!
Why not book a cottage for the weekend and stay in a cosy Cotswold cottage in the grounds of a Cotswold Manor House just a few minutes’ walk from the festivities? To book your cottage or to find out more please call 01386 852913 or send us an email.
American Actress Mary Anderson takes to the Stage in the Lifford Memorial Hall, Broadway
Fundraiser for the Relief of Belgian Artists
100 years ago today, during the afternoon of Tuesday 27th August 1918, the Lifford Memorial Hall in the Cotswold village of Broadway was full to capacity for an afternoon of music and drama arranged by Mary Anderson de Navarro in aid of the Fund for the Relief of Belgian Artists. The relief fund was established to ensure that individuals and families who remained in Belgium during the First World War would receive money but it also ensured that those who had sought refuge in the United Kingdom would be well looked after.
Performance of Macbeth at the Lifford Memorial Hall
The event was arranged by the ‘celebrity’ American stage actress and Broadway resident, Mary Anderson de Navarro. During the First World War, Mary Anderson carried out a number of fund-raising performances in London, Stratford-upon-Avon, Worcester and Evesham and this performance of Macbeth in Broadway met with great acclaim.
Fellow American opera singer Murray-Davey (who lived at Willersey House in the nearby village of Willersey) helped organise the event. The first half included performances of Ede Poldini’s La poupée valsante and Ange Flegier’s Le Cor and pieces by Brahms and Bach performed by a string quartet; Messrs. Désiré Defauw, Lionel Tertis, Emile Dochard and Harold Samuel. Instrumentalists included Lady Sykes and Lady Maud Bowes-Lyon (also a resident of Broadway and Aunt of HRH Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother).
The second half included scenes from Macbeth with Mary Anderson as Lady Macbeth and the American Shakespearean actor Edward Hugh Sothern, who specialised in dashing, romantic leading roles, as Macbeth. They were supported by Miss Hare, Shakespearean actor and director Sir Philip Barling ‘Ben’ Greet, Mary’s son Lieut. ‘Toty’ de Navarro and the English actor Sir John Hare.
Broadway’s Artistic Heritage
Broadway was fashionable amongst artists at the time and had been since the late 1880s when the sleepy picturesque Cotswold village had attracted a number of English and American artists, writers, painters, musicians (the ‘Broadway Colony’). John Singer Sargent, Francis Millet, Edwin Austin Abbey, Alfred Parsons and Henry James (to name just a few) gave Broadway its artistic heritage that visitors today continue to enjoy and is celebrated biennially by the Broadway Arts Festival.
Whilst staying on one of our Cotswold Holiday Cottages in Broadway, one of the Cotswold villages we recommend visiting is the pretty picture-postcard village of Bibury.
Bibury, once described by William Morris as the ‘most beautiful village in England’ is about a 5o minutes’s drive from our holiday cottages in West End. During the drive across some of the most beautiful Cotswolds countryside, the landscape changes from rolling hills and ridge and furrow fields inhabited by sheep, to expansive fields of arable crops but the dry-stone walls boundaries of the honey-coloured Cotswold stone are still a wonderful feature.
On arriving in Bibury you will find free on-street parking along the banks of the River Coln, a tributary of the River Thames, that meanders through the village. From there you can wander across the rustic bridge over the river with its clear waters, swans, Brown Trout and dragonflies, to Arlington Row.
Owned by the National Trust, is a row of idyllic Cotswold stone cottages. The cottages were once a 14th century monastic wool store later converted in the 17th century to weavers’ cottages. Arlington Row is one of England’s most iconic and photographed places – it even appears on the inside cover of UK passports! From there wander up Awkward Hill (a short climb) and down along Hawkers Hill back round to the main street. Alternatively take the footpath across Rack Isle, a boggy water meadow also owned by the National Trust. Rack Isle is an important habitat for a wide variety of wildlife and in late summer a small herd of Belted Galloway cattle (one of our favourites) graze the land.
Places to Visit and to Eat in Bibury:
In the centre of the village you will find Bibury Trout Farm, Arlington Mill (now a private dwelling), the Church of St Mary, tea rooms, restaurants and pubs serving food (our favourite is the 15th century Catherine Wheel Pub). The gardens at Awkward Hill Cottage are open by arrangement under the National Garden Scheme between July and September. The owner of the cottage, Victoria Summerley, is an award winning garden journalist and author of ‘Secret Gardens of the Cotswolds’ and ‘Great Gardens of London’.
Broadway Celebrated Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee in 1887 with a Beacon Bonfire at Broadway Tower
131 years ago today, on 20th June 1837, whilst Queen Victoria was celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of her accession to the throne in London with a banquet to which 50 European Kings and Princes were invited, 2,548 beacon bonfires were lit across England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland and the Channel Islands. Colonel Milward, one of Worcestershire’s MPs, used the top of the Malvern Hills as the starting point for the first organised chain of bonfires to be lit to the north, south, west and east.
Broadway joined in the Jubilee celebrations: after dusk a procession of villagers carrying torches and chinese lanterns made its way up what is now The Cotswold Way from the centre of the village to the Tower on top of ‘Beacon Hill’, where a large bonfire was lit. That evening from the vantage point of Broadway Tower, 142 beacon fires could be seen across the surrounding countryside.
Broadway Tower has not hosted any beacon bonfires in recent years but is still a great Cotswolds attraction to visit and well worth the climb up the hill from our Cotswold holiday cottages in West End. The walk takes about 40 minutes and is a steady but not too arduous ascent. It is also possible to take the car up to the Tower as there is there is plenty of parking on site. The views from the top of the Tower are spectacular and on a clear day it is possible to see 16 counties of England and Wales. Within the grounds of the Tower is a herd of red deer and the nearby cafe Morris & Brown is open for refreshments almost every day of the year!
Broadway’s Silver Jubilee Celebrations 6th May 1935
83 years ago today, on 6th May 1935, the village of Broadway celebrated the Silver Jubilee of His Majesty King George V. Various sporting events, organised by the North Cotswold Athletic Club were held in the village, including a men’s cross country race up to Broadway Tower and back.
During the afternoon, a children’s tea party was held in Broadclose field and the following beautiful gardens were opened to the public free of charge: Orchard Farm (Lady Maud Bowes Lyon), Court Farm (Mary Anderson de Navarro), The Lygon Arms (D.G.S. Russell), The Bannits (Mrs Rees Price), Farncombe House (Capt. Frank Burges OBE), Abbott’s Grange (J.Y.R.T. Kendall), Austin House (Mr Stratford Saunders) and Luggershill (Clement Parsons).
The following Thursday evening, a Jubilee Dance was held at the Lifford Memorial Hall and after the celebrations, two commemoration oak seats set on staddlestones were installed on the High Street. To also commemorate the Jubilee a number of Horse Chestnut and Lime trees were planted along the Cheltenham Road and High Street, many of which can still be seen today.
This Bank Holiday Sunday 6th May 2018 a little bit of Italy will return to Broadway when the High Street will once again be lined with bright red super cars (and a few yellow, white and blue ones too) when the Ferrari Owners Club comes to the Cotswolds.
A fantastic event which has been hugely popular in recent years the cars will arrive in convoy and will be on show along the village green and High Street between 10.30am and 3pm. Look out for some Ducatti motorbikes too!
Are you looking to spend Easter Weekend in the Cotswolds?
Look no further than our award-winning, romantic one bedroomed apartment Rafters (sleeps 2) at The Manor House, West End. Rafters is available this Easter 2018 for a short break in the beautiful Cotswold village Broadway or stay longer and enjoy all that the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the villages and towns of the Cotswolds have to offer.
Fully self-contained on the first floor of a Cotswold Manor House that dates back to the 16th century, Rafters is an ideal base for a weekend away in Broadway. Rafters sleeps 2 in a double bedroom with en-suite bathroom (bath with over-bath power shower), fully equipped kitchen area with electric fan oven, hob, microwave and fridge and a spacious open plan vaulted sitting/dining room with original oak beams and views across the surrounding grounds towards Broadway Tower high above Broadway. Rafters is warm and welcoming with its own gas central heating, free WiFI and parking.
Rafters is ideal for a relaxing break away. Guests are invited to enjoy the surrounding grounds of several acres during their stay. A footpath leads from the bottom of the grounds across the brook to the centre of the village of Broadway with its wide range of independent shops, excellent restaurants, pubs and galleries. Rafters is also an ideal base for those who enjoy walking: The Cotswold Way National Trail crosses the neighbouring field and there are a number of footpaths in the area to explore the beautiful surrounding countryside.
Rafters is available over Easter 2018 for a 3 night minimum stay at the rate of £375 inclusive of all bedding, linen, electricity and gas or £500 for 7 nights . Mention this blog post and receive a 10% discount. For more information or make a booking contact us by email or telephone 01386 852913.
We have availability in our Cotswold holiday cottages in Broadway during Cheltenham Festival week – minimum 2 nights’ stay in either Rafters (sleeps 2), Sheldon Cottage (sleeps 2), Willow Cottage (sleeps 4) or Corner Cottage (sleeps 4).
All of our cottages are located in Broadway in the extensive peaceful grounds of The Manor House just off the Cheltenham Road. The cottages are an easy drive to Cheltenham Racecourse and just a few minutes’ from the centre of the village of Broadway with its restaurants and pubs to enjoy in the evening after a day at the races.
Contact us for up to date rates and availability in our Cotswold accommodation during Festival week.
Hosted annually by the North Cotswold Hunt, Paxford Races at Banks Farm is a fun day out for all the family in the beautiful Cotswold countryside at Paxford, two miles east of Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire. Point to Point steeplechasing (18 fences over 3 miles) takes place across the country from November to June each year. Point to Pointing is an amateur sport, often the stepping stone for many trainers and jockeys wishing to be leading jump jockeys and the training ground for some of the best National Hunt horses.
At Paxford Races you will be able to enjoy a wide variety of country trade stands and stalls, food stalls and licensed bar. Many spectators picnic out of the back of the car in the car park with its great views across the course, and enjoy a flutter with the bookies.
Admission is £10 per head (free parking) and gates open at 10.30am. Arrive early to avoid delays. Viewing is excellent from almost anywhere on the course. For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/paxfordraces.