Victoria Spa Lodge - Stratford-upon-Avon
Victoria Spa Lodge - Stratford-upon-Avon
Recommended in the Michelin Guide
Nicholas and Silvana Monson welcome you to Victoria Spa, formerly the guest house of the inestimable Dreen Tozer into whose elegant shoes we respectfully step.
For those who do not yet know it, Victoria Spa is one half of a beguiling William IV mansion. Recorded as a prominent English house by the eminent architectural author Sir Nikolaus Pevsner, it is rich in history. Royalty, aristocracy, a theatrical impresario and a celebrated artist are among its roster of residents.
Situated in Bishopton, on the edge of Shakespeare’s Stratford, Victoria Spa was constructed in 1835. At the back of our period building is the Stratford canal which winds two miles South into town and 42 miles North to Birmingham.
Lobby at Victoria Spa Lodge - Stratford-upon-Avon
Elegant Dining Room at Victoria Spa Lodge - Stratford-upon-Avon
Queen Victoria
History
In May 1837, six weeks before becoming Queen of the United Kingdom, Princess Victoria spent a night here and opened the spa as a hotel. Hence our name. Her Majesty’s coat of arms is embedded within the gables.
Some fifty years later Victoria Spa became the home of Bruce Bairnsfather (1887-1959). Bairnsfather was the cartoonist creator of 'Old Bill' and 'Fragments from France' during the Great War. He famously lifted the nation’s spirits during some of Europe’s darkest days. Prints of his famous drawings hang on the walls.
Another illustrious resident was Sir Barry Jackson, the founder of Birmingham Repertory Theatre.
An exhibition about Bairnsfather and his work opened in the  PACCAR Room at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre (2nd floor) in Stratford-upon-Avon.
Food and Drink
Our dining room is decorated with elegant furniture and fine art.
A full English breakfast or vegetarian option can be enjoyed.
We are holders of the Food Hygiene Inspection Silver Award.
We will recommend you the best restaurants and pubs in the vicinity for lunch, tea and dinner.
We will help with transport, if required.
Social Activities
Twenty minutes is the time it takes to walk from Victoria Spa down the canal towpath into the heart of Stratford upon Avon. You will enter historic streets, view delightful shops, tea rooms, restaurants and the Royal Shakespeare Company theatre, where brilliant stage productions are performed by world class actors.
Anne Hathaway's Cottage
A two mile walk in the opposite direction down the canal will take you to farm of Mary Arden. (Shakespeare’s mother). 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.
Future Plans
At the end of October, Victoria Spa will close so we can carry out some restitution and renovation. We intend to re-open when the works are completed in the second week of December, but don’t hold us to that. We all know the promises of builders, decorators and their anticipated deadlines.
Pleasures in Store
We will be seeking an arrangement with a well-known local fitness club so guests can use their facilities at a discounted rate.
We will be setting up an arrangement for guests to hire bicycles.
Befitting our status as a spa, we will develop a set of services for exclusive female parties so full pampering is delivered, as requested.
We will also be setting up a concierge service for good seats for shows at the Royal Shakespeare Company theatre; specialist trips around the area and themed dinners with distinguished guests.
Other requests will be thoughtfully considered.
Policy on Pets and Children
Unless they are one of ours, pets are a no (sorry).
Children are 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 fair judgement.
If requested in advance, a babysitter can be arranged.
Tariffs
Below are pictures of three out of the seven of our lovely rooms. Underneath are our prices.
Weekends guests must pay for two nights even if they choose to stay only for one.
We reserve the right to raise our prices during peak times.
Guests can negotiate in advance a 10 per cent discount if they are prepared to forgo their breakfast or they book for three nights or more. If they do both, they will achieve a 15 per cent discount.
Our bedrooms are all en-suite (showers not baths) with flat screen TVs, radio-alarms, hair-dryers, hot beverage makers, central heating. We have a full fire certificate.
Typical Twin Bedroom at Victoria Spa Lodge - Stratford-upon-Avon
Typical Double Bedroom at Victoria Spa Lodge - Stratford-upon-Avon Typical Family Bedroom at Victoria Spa Lodge - Stratford-upon-Avon
Double Rooms:
£90.00 per night (B&B - 2 sharing)

Twin Rooms:
£90.00 per night (B&B - 2 sharing)

Single Room:
£60.00 per night (if available)

Family Rooms:
3 people (B&B) £120.00.

Typical Twin Bedroom at Victoria Spa Lodge - Stratford-upon-Avon
Booking
As we have just taken over Victoria Spa, (the building and the pre-bookings but not the business) there is no system in place just yet for securing rooms over the internet. If you want to book a room it is best to call or email and request availability. Until we are set up with a credit card machine, payment will have to be made online to a designated bank account.
Victoria Spa Significant Distances
From Central London 101 miles, 1 hour 43 minutes by car; from Heathrow 89 miles, 1 hour 25 minutes by car; from Birmingham International Airport 27 miles, 36 minutes by car; from Oxford 53 miles, 62 minutes by car.
Connectivity
Free Wi Fi access is available throughout Victoria Spa.
Parking
Ample free parking space is provided in the mature garden next to the house.
Recommendations
Victoria Spa is approved by AA, Heart of England Tourist Board, Best B&B, and Frommers.


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Useful Links for Victoria Spa Lodge
Stratford Parkway
Stratford-upon-Avon Parkway has regular trains to Birmingham, Henley in Arden, Leamington Spa, Warwick and London.
Stratford park and ride (Bishopton)
Stratford-upon-Avon Park & Ride is on the Northern side of the town just minutes walk from Victoria Spa Lodge
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VICTORIA SPA LODGE
Bishopton Lane
Bishopton
Stratford-upon-Avon
Warwickshire
CV37 9QY
Tel: 01789 267985
Mob: 07775 150228
Emails
team@victoriaspa.co.uk
silvanamonson@hotmail.com

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