The croissants and coffee are out there and the butter’s melting in the courtyard sun. So get out there and lap it up. When you’re done with brekkie, set yourself to simmer in the hot tub. Hollyberry House, taking a bow in front of rolling rural Shakespeare country, is laid-back, luxurious and lots of fun for families, friends, dogs and hens.
Sleeping ten in four bedrooms wrapped in the beauty of bucolic Warwickshire, this is where you find peace and charm in a world that increasingly offers the opposite of both. There’s a crisp, uplifting, new-build feel to Hollyberry House amid the oak beams and the white walls. So move in, make yourself at home, get Netflix on.
Cook on the electric oven and hotplate or out on the terrace on the gas barbie. Stay out and throw on a woolly at night to sit beneath the stars watching the dancing flames from the firepit. Sleep in Elite satin bedding to the distant hoot of owls. Breakfast on the patio directly off the Pembroke Suite. Get used to life how it should be.
Outdoor life here revolves around the gravelled suntrap courtyard. Bring your Factor 50 and settle back to focus fully on doing absolutely nothing. And bring your pooch as well as your pals for the fenced, one-acre garden.
Eat out on the terrace with fresh meat cooked on the gas barbie. When the sun goes down, the heat comes on. Hop into the six-seater hot tub with a frontline view of the big, glittering skies, then gather round the firepit, with its theatrical flames licking the sky, giving the evening more pop, more party, and maybe more Prosecco.
Drop your bags and chillax in clean, modern spaces that work as well for hens and stags (by request) as they do family and friends laden down with high chairs and dog baskets. And if you’ve any guests with restricted mobility, Hollyberry’s single-storey outlook fits the bill just fine.
Everything here comes with a pristine, white-walled, oak-beamed backdrop and an all-consuming urge to fling open the courtyard doors and let the outside in. There’s a sense of laid-back luxury to the main living area, the fulcrum of family life. Keeping the tech ticking over is the free Wi-Fi, so bring your devices and fill your boots.
Spend your evenings by the fire in front of the 75” TV and binge away on Netflix or Amazon. Behind the living-room sofas, you’ve toys aplenty. Top up your glasses for a tipsy game of pool or hold the World Darts Championship in the wilds of Warwickshire. Sing along with the Sonos, get your PlayStation fix and play a little ping-pong.
Book your own chef for everything from a buffet to a banquet. Put down your apron and step away from the oven, be it for a one-off celebration or a fully catered break. We’ll even do the dishes afterwards. Or maybe you’d love to get stuck into the electric oven, four-burner hob, hotplate and American fridge-freezer.
Eat in the kitchen/diner with ample room for ten beneath the big beams, or out in the courtyard sunshine with the aroma from the burgers on the gas barbie infusing the country air. Soak up the views across the one-acre garden and out to the fields beyond. Pop some pods in the Nespresso to wind up your meal.
Take a night off and treat yourself to pub grub at the nearby Quicken Tree or White Lion, or call in to the Bull & Butcher for a beer at the bar. Head out to premium pubs such as The Cock Inn for rack of lamb or candied root vegetable bake, or The Fig and Olive for locally sourced, globally inspired produce.
Get city-slick with a trip to Purnell’s, Michelin-starred chef Glynn Purnell’s chic, contemporary fine-dining restaurant in Birmingham. Or try the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar and Grill for a modern comfort-food menu and champagne served with a skyline-view side order taking in 360-degree views from the 25th floor.
You’re so close to the buzz and the beat of cities such as Birmingham and Coventry, but out here in sleepy Corley Moor, things are more wildlife than nightlife. Embedded in Elite satin sheets, you can expect only the sound of silence, punctuated by the occasional lonely hoot of an owl.
Hollyberry House sleeps ten in four bedrooms, including a luxurious suite, all on the ground floor. Bedroom one (Friesian) sleeps three in a kingsize and a single, while bedroom two (Burlina) will also take three in a double and single.
Bedroom three (Galloway) offers a kingsize, and lovers of luxury will want to bag the Pembroke suite with its shower en-suite and large TV. In the morning, fling open the French doors to breakfast in the courtyard. Note that all rooms will take a cot and beds come with COVID-busting protectors for mattresses and pillows.
There’s plenty of room here for kids to run wild, inside or out. Plenty of space, also, with accommodation for ten, to bring the whole extended family plus four-legged friend. So children will feel right at home, exploring the one-acre garden, playing games in the courtyard and holding a mini-Olympics inside the house.
In the living-room games area, kids can pick from pool or darts. Need more time-fillers? There’s also a PlayStation and ping-pong. Keep up with the latest offerings from Netflix and Amazon Prime Video on the 75” cinema-style smart TV in the living room fed by superfast Wi-Fi. Or sing yourself silly along with the Sonos system.
Keep the entertainment coming at mealtimes with dinner out on the terrace, served up from the gas barbie, with the aroma of sausages and steak hanging in the country air. Chuck a jumper on and let them stay out way past bedtime to roast marshies around the firepit and tell tales out of school about their mates. Job done.