Food and Drink
A full Continental breakfast is served with fruit, fresh juice, cereal, yoghurt, toast and jams. Coffee is made
by a machine. Serving time is flexible. At our discretion, evening meals can be provided.
A stroll along the towpath takes you to the heart of the town. Here lie medieval streets, delightful shops,
elegant tea rooms and enticing restaurants. The jewel is the Royal Shakespeare Company theatre, where brilliant stage productions are
performed by world class actors.
A two mile walk in the opposite direction down the canal will take you to the farm of Shakespeare’s mother, Mary Arden in
Should you venture further along the towpath you could perhaps get a lift on a passing barge, whose captain
might appreciate your muscular assistance with one or two of the 54 locks between Stratford and Birmingham.
Nearby is the Cotswolds, home to some of the most beautiful countryside in the world. The magnificent Warwick
Castle and the spectacular Ragley Hall, seat of The Marquess of Hertford, are less than 30 minutes away. The home of Anne Hathaway, who the
Bard wooed and wed is a mile and a half from Victoria Spa and well worth the pilgrimage.
Fun things around Stratford - even with lockdown!
Even with lockdown, there is still much to enjoy locally. Here are a few of our favourites.
is the best outdoor activity enterprise in the region - just ten miles away. On their
extensive menu is archery, karting, quad bikes, clay pigeon shooting, paintball, axe throwing, hovercraft and, for the young ones,
treasure hunts. Their friendly team can arrange it all for you, see:
near Henley-in-Arden, where the hospitable owners - Leanne and David Amor - have created a
wonderful large restaurant overlooking the Malvern Hills and a marina below. Sheep and cows graze in nearby fields and there is a
picturesque walk to the towpath of the Stratford Birmingham canal, see:
The Butterfly Farm
is home to hundreds of the world's most beautiful butterflies fluttering in an
exotic environment featuring tropical blossoms, splashing waterfalls and fish-filled pools. Book beforehand:
The Butterfly Farm
Salt, The Woodsman and No 9 Church Street
are sensational gourmet restaurants in town we recommend to
our guests. All must be booked beforehand:
- The Woodsman
- No 9 Church Street
is the longest cast iron aqueduct in England - 475 feet. It is unusual in that its
towpath is at the level of the canal bottom. By boat or feet it is worth the bucket list experience of crossing it. Only four miles
from us, door to bridge, see:
Our five guest bedrooms have en suite bathrooms - all renovated and upgraded. Besides new
décor, the lighting has been modernised, new carpets fitted and smart TVs with Netflix installed.The bathrooms have been re-plumbed. The showers are
now powered by a newly installed thermostat system to ensure a luxurious flow of water.
Victoria Spa Lodge as a Venue
Our principal reception room is excellent for a small conference or a party as it can take up to forty guests.
The new landscaping also allows for a marquee. We have an arrangement with our immediate neighbour for hosting large events like wedding
We are fully compliant with Corona hospitality protocols; moreover, we have the flexibility to serve our guests
meals at a separate table in a different room if they ask.
New Hospitality Offering - Whole house for let!
One development from the lockdown is that groups and families are seeking to rent large houses such as ours for
gatherings. As we are bang in the centre of England, we are the best place to gather for family members dispersed in different regions.
To make this feasible, we have separated - through the recreation of an old kitchen - our private quarters from the bedroom and reception
areas. Last weekend, the house was rented by a family of three generations including a baby and two dogs.
In her TripAdvisor review Lidia W writes she wants to return to us for another family gathering - no higher accolade! Any time, Lidia..
Policy on Pets and Children
If they are house-trained and friendly, pets are permitted but usually will have to stay in
the car overnight.
Children are also most welcome if well-behaved. Definition of well-behaved: not a biter, fighter,
whiner, weeper or screamer. As a fond parent, other relative or guardian, you make the judgement.