Top places to live in Warwickshire Alveston, Stratford-upon-Avon
An attractive, sought-after village in an area well-served by schools, three-miles from Stratford-upon-Avon - the region's cultural centre, home of the RSC, Tudor buildings and the River Avon. Part of our Top 200 Places to Live series.
It’s an idyllic and sought-after residential village, only 10 minutes from the heart of beautiful tourist town, Stratford-upon-Avon (the birthplace of William Shakespeare, of course). You can catch some of the best national theatre and acting talent outside of London performed by the Royal Shakespeare Company. An action-packed annual events calendar includes Shakespeare’s Birthday weekend celebrations, a river festival, street markets, food festival and the esteemed Stratford Literary Festival.
The village itself has one pub and Muddy award-winning Baraset Barn, a stylish restaurant, bar and hotel. Stratford-upon-Avon has plenty more choice including the 2 AA Rosette No.44 Brasserie on The Waterside at The Arden Hotel, opposite the RSC, which also has its own impressive glass-fronted Rooftop Restaurant with panoramic riverside views, two coffee shops and Susie’s cafe-bar at The Other Place.
Period architecture aficionados will like The Townhouse, a centrally located restaurant with rooms inside a 400-year-old, Grade II listed building. On the same street is Paul Foster’s snug Michelin-starred restaurant Salt, The Woodman at Hotel Indigo and No 9 Church Street. The Dirty Duck, located along Waterside, is a popular pub with actors, family-run Loxleys Restaurant and Wine bar is a quaint, lovely independent eaterie in the heart of town and the local Hotel Du Vin is a good cocktail stop. For another Bard connection, dine out at the newly refurbished Billesley Manor Hotel and Spa, three miles out of town, where Shakespeare is said to have written As You Like It and married Anne Hathaway in the grounds.
High street names include M&S, Lakeland, Jack Wills and The White Company but look beyond for independents like Paxton & Whitfield‘s cheese shop, wine merchants Vin Neuf and Vinegar Hill, a family-run home, fashion & lifestyle store. Bell Court, an attractive new courtyard of bars, eateries, beauty salons and shops, includes Mor bakery, Sister Sister Collective, pop-art specialist White Light Gallery and British childrenswear store, Balou plus Lush and more. There’s a Waitrose a couple of miles out of town and Bonds, a stylish independent lifestyle and interiors store on Evesham Road with a stunning 70-seater cafe. In the nearby the village of Snitterfield, is a lovely Muddy Award-winning family-run farm shop, food hall and cafe, The Farm.
The RSC on Waterfront where David Tennant, David Oyelowo (Selma), Josette Simon, Harriet Walter (Killing Eve), Tim Minchin and David Threlfall (Shameless) are among the theatre’s associate artists. The company also runs backstage tours, talks, holiday workshops and are soon to open a new costume department.
For the ‘full Bard’ experience you can visit Shakespeare’s five family homes dotted in and-around the town centre, including the postcard-pretty Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, Shakespeare’s Schoolroom and Guildhall and Holy Trinity Church where he is buried. There’s the Everyman Cinema and Magic Alley in Bell Court, tiny but quirky MAD (Mechanical Art and Design) museum, a butterfly farm, canal and river boat tours or local gin-making masterclasses at Shakespeare Distillery. Stratford PlayHouse is home to Orchestra of the Swan, a professional chamber orchestra whose is patron is Dame Judi Dench.
The National Trust’s beautiful heritage properties in Warwickshire including Charlecote Park, a Victorian country house and landscaped deer park, are close. Compton Verney Art Gallery and Park, with brilliant bijoux exhibitions, is close too – Canaletto, Magnum Manifesto and a Lucas Cranach digital tour to name but a few. Summer exhibition On Colour has been postponed until 2021.
AVERAGE HOUSE PRICE
£552,187 although the majority of sales in Alveston during the last year were detached selling for around £899,500. I know, ouch. Semi’s sold for an average of £364,534, and flats for £287,000. In Stratford-upon-Avon, the average house price is £364,707 over the last year. Most popular being detached properties, selling for an average of £537,604. Good local estate agents in the area are Vaughan Reynolds, Jeremy McGinn, Knight Frank and Edwards Estate Agents.
Welford-on-Avon Primary is rated outstanding as is The Croft:Prep, a rural co-educational independent day school for 3 to 11-year-olds in the village. There are around 44 good and outstanding state primary and secondary schools in the wider Stratford-upon-Avon area. The town also has two outstanding grammar schools. King Edward VI, Shakespeare’s school, and Stratford Girls‘ in Shottery. Independent secondary school options range from Princethorpe College, near Rugby to Warwick School & King’s High, the single sex Kingsley School for girls in Leamington Spa, Solihull School to Sibford School, Banbury.
BEST KEPT SECRET
Hardcore Gardener’s World fans may already know that Monty Don’s original working plot Berryfields was a rented garden and Grade I manor house in Stratford-upon-Avon until the programme move to Greenacre in Edgbaston, Birmingham during Toby Buckland’s two-year stewardship. Monty is now filmed working on his own patch, Longmeadow, in Herefordshire.
A direct route from Stratford-upon-Avon train station to London Marylebone via Chiltern Railways takes around 1hr 50 minutes.
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