Situated in a picturesque area of England, Coughton Lodge was probably once the lodge house to the nearby Coughton Court and Park. These days it is an old fashioned looking single-storey construction, set around a courtyard water garden, with self-catering accommodation for 22 people. It is within 30 minutes’ drive of Stratford-on-Avon, Shakespeare’s home town, and close to Warwick Castle, with the Cotswolds and Cadbury World in Bourneville also within easy reach.
Coughton Lodge, Warwickshire, England - An Unusual Location for a Self Catering Gathering
Coughton Lodge is an ideal place for a social gathering, a team building event, a family get-together or simply as a relaxed base to explore the many local attractions.
Care Home to Self-Catering Accommodation
Coughton Lodge is a former care home, and still retains that kind of half-hotel, half-residential feel. The en-suite rooms are simple and relatively small, but the general idea is that most of the socializing will take place in the lounges or kitchen area. There is one family room with a double bed and two singles, the rest of the rooms are doubles. The family room has a full bathroom, all the other rooms have a double bed, a spacious wardrobe, a chest of drawers, an en-suite shower room and TV. There is wifi available throughout and the kitchen has an enormous range, two fridges, a freezer, two microwaves, two dishwashers and the necessary utensils, cutlery and crockery to cook for and feed a maximum of 22 people.
The kitchen and dining room area is at one end of the building, the lounges are side by side at the other. One has a Wii for the gamers in the party (promptly appropriated by the children in ours, so tough if I wanted to try it!) and the other was therefore officially the adults’ hangout. Our party ranged in age from 10 to 80, and we all seemed to settle in and shake down fairly quickly. The heating is generous and it is possible to walk around wearing a short sleeved T-shirt and not feel uncomfortable. The beds are generally firm and come with two pillows per person and a cozy duvet.
Bring the Essentials for Instant Comfort
It is advisable to bring the essentials with you, and there are supermarkets easily reachable from the motorway on the way. Our party arrived looking as if we had packed for a month rather than a week, with every known kitchen essential – and some several times over. Teabags, coffee, milk, sugar, breakfast cereals, juice, alcohol and condiments all appeared out of various coolers, bags and crates, along with bread, vegetables, fruit, meat and enough cake, cookies and biscuits to put the Girl Scouts to shame.
The first few hours were spent talking, disposing of some of the cookies and cake and drinking large quantities of tea. This is after all a British party of holidaymakers, and tea is our national brew.
Once everything had been unpacked and the bags stowed in the wardrobes, everyone scattered to their rooms to unwind. Having been crammed in the back of the car with a load of shopping and other bags for several hours, then standing up for much of the rest of the day, I relished the chance to stretch out on the bed for a bit and sample one of the books from the shelves next to the lounges. My husband found a corner to settle down and catch up with his cousin, while my mother-in-law and her two sisters gossiped at loud volume, and seemingly all at the same time, about many different things, none of which I knew anything about!
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An Easy Cooking Experience
Supper was easy to prepare with many hands willing to help me, my husband and my mother-in-law produce chili con carne in three different strengths, rice and vegetables with apple crumble and ice cream for dessert. The two dishwashers made light work of the washing up and the range proved its quality by being easy to clean too. After an animated round of Trivial Pursuit the second dining table became the location for the jigsaw puzzle fans to gather, while some of the party retired to bed and others sat in the lounge talking. All in all a very relaxed start to the holiday. More information on prices, location, amenities and local attractions is available on Coughton Lodge's website. We've already booked for next spring and I'm looking forward to it already.