Banter, beer and buzzing Birmingham

Full of party promise, glamorous, fabulous Elephant and Castle sits in a one-acre slice of rural Warwickshire close to the buzz of Birmingham and the sophistication of Stratford. Pile into the hot tub or gather in the sitting room for banter and beer.

Period charm and party promise

Hung in funky bling, Elephant and Castle is glamorous and fabulous. Set in a one-acre slice of Warwickshire, it invites hens and stags to revel without a pause in a refurbished open-plan wonderworld. Outside, all is olde-worlde; inside, it’s a different story, yet Elephant and Castle still exudes period charm alongside the party promise.

It’s just 25 minutes by taxi to the buzz of Birmingham and a matter of minutes on foot to the village pubs. Back at base, the party continues, amid stone floors, white walls and beams, and refectory-style, all-in dining. The sitting room comes split: choose from formality or frolics in front of inglenook logs and TV shows.

Outside in the country air, the hot tub bubbles away. Pile in and let the party continue after hours. On the terrace, the table for 18 is set for slurping and munching as the barbie sizzles. The lawn invites cricket, a kickaround or there’s a pond for picnics.

At Elephant and Castle, everything is refurbished, replumbed and rewired. An Aga country kitchen offers heat and hearty meals or a bar equipped with wireless speakers. The views from the paddock across the rolling fields would clear any head. Six bedrooms including an en-suite annex or another with vaulted ceiling, Velux windows and stories to tell.

Hot tub, gardens and grounds

Cucumber sandwiches by the lake might not be on the agenda, but the grounds here offer plenty party potential. After a night on the tiles, you can sit under the stars in the hot tub that bubbles invitingly in the village stillness.

The yawning lawn that stretches out before you suggests a marquee, cricket or a kickabout. The terrace seats 18 for steaks and ale or Pimm’s in the country air, and there’s a pond with banks fit for a picnic.

From the paddock at the foot of the garden, the views of rolling fields and ancient oaks are forever England. Soak them up, enjoy the air, clear the head and do it all again tomorrow.

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The log baskets are filled, the inglenook fireplace awaits and the exposed beams and timber frame remind you that this was once a pub. Back in 1751, the original owner bought it to put an end to the drinking that disturbed her walk to church. Raise a glass to Jane Ryland of Shakespeare Hall.

There’s a delightful double aspect from the sitting room over the expansive acreage and plenty space for kicking back and picking through the vast pile of DVDs. Choose well, put your feet up, burn some popcorn and break out the beers or cocktails.

Elephant and Castle is old only on the outside. Yet the modernity inside comes with plenty of nods to a distinguished past. There’s a rustic allure to the exposed beams and timber frame mixed with modern, sleek lines and quirky furnishings.

Cooking and dining

For cooks, the country kitchen’s on point, with an Aga supplying both heat and homely meals. Eat in here around the rustic table, in the dining room, refec-style for 18, or out on the terrace in the sunshine to the sound of the birds, the bees and the wind through the boughs.

If catering’s not you, it can certainly be us. If a special celebration or fully catered break is on the cards, call up our chef for a summer salad or a winter warmer. We’ll even wave our wands over the washing-up.

Eating out? Stagger back from the Tom o’ the Wood full of steak-and-kidney pudding or garlic-roasted pork chop, or potter over to The Boot for guinea fowl or Hereford ribeye topped off with fine wines and cask ales. In nearby Lapworth, The Punch Bowl combines beams and a log fire with modern British menus.

Make a night of it in bouncy Brum, with simply sublime British and European menus at Adam’s or a nine-course tasting menu at The Wilderness. Elsewhere, pick from French, Italian, Indian, Chinese, Vietnamese, Japanese and more. For the finest of fine dining, try Carters of Moseley, basking in the glow of its Michelin star.

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Elephant and Castle sleeps 6 – 18 (and two pooches) in six bedrooms. Five are upstairs, the pick of the crop featuring a vaulted ceiling, Velux windows, exposed beams and an interesting tale to tell. Three bedrooms come with en-suite bathrooms, and a family bathroom serves the other rooms.

Need your own space? Stay in the sixth bedroom, a separate annex with an en-suite bathroom and cellar below. A private door makes this ideal for peace, quiet and personal space.

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What people say

What people say

From start to finish our experience booking and staying in Elephant and Castle was an absolute delight. The team at Kate & Tom's are amazing, so helpful, efficient and friendly, and the house itself was just beautiful and had everything we needed for a perfect weekend celebrating my sisters Hen Party. The owner is lovely and gave us a tour upon check in, providing all the necessary information and historical tit bits of the house. The interior décor is quirky and gorgeous and the gardens and hot tub get a big thumbs up from us! I highly recommend Kate & Toms for a great booking experience and staying in Elephant and Castle. I can't express how fab everything was enough! Thank you all. - Leona
"Fantastic house and our host could not have been more helpful. Great touches like the lovely welcome packs. Amazing eclectic mix of decor being both opulent and cozy at the same time." - Liz
"We had a fantastic weekend at Elephant and Castle. There were 16 of us in total including 4 children and the house was more than big enough for all of us. The bedroom arrangements were ideal and the large lounge was perfect to accommodate children and adults doing different things. The house was easy to find and Adam was extremely welcoming. The kitchen was very well kitted out and we enjoyed using the long table for our 60th Birthday celebrations." - Anna
"We had a fabulous stay at Elephant and Castle to celebrate a hen do. House was gorgeous with excellent facilities, decor and the bar and hot tub topped the weekend off nicely. Would stay again for sure!" - Lucie
"Well, what a great party we had in your beautiful house. Perfect party venue! Lovely walks to the local pub 'Tom o' Wood'. Fabulous day at Stratford races and much fun in the hot tub with a glass of fizz. Loved the gardens and were lucky to have the September sunshine. Thank you." - Dawn
"What a beautiful house! The pictures don't do it justice! We ALL had a fantastic time and didn't even need to leave the house. A perfect venue for a hen weekend with lots of very special ladies! An unforgettable stay with lots of unforgettable memories. Thanks!" - Jess & The Hens
"Booked Elephant & Castle for my daughters hen do! 14 ladies. Best weekend ever. So many laughs and memories made." - Holly and Her Hens
"Such a wonderful stay - it couldn't have been more perfect for celebrating a hen do! We've loved the house and its facilities and have made wonderful memories! What a weekend!" - Amy's Hen Party
"Thank you for a lovely weekend. your amazing house has been perfect for our families group. We have made good use of the hot tub! Fab recommendation on the Fish 'n' Chip shop too. Superb!" - Liz and Friends

Myth, music and magical theatre

Hunt down some magic, myth and adventure at Warwick Castle, take a river tour through Stratford and top off your trip to the theatre with a bite in the rooftop restaurant. Throw shapes on Birmingham’s Broad Street or lap up the live music at Jools Holland’s jumping Jam House.

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