Stratford Select – quality b&b’s in Stratford upon Avon

Stratford Select features six of our clients who run the best (in our view) b&b’s in Stratford upon Avon.  These six guest houses are family owned and professionally run by their owners ensuring high standards.
Unlike some of the big chain hotels, prices are all inclusive – your room, parking, wifi, full breakfast and all facilities – plus hosts with experience and lots of local knowledge.
Why not take a closer look at what they offer. Book online or talk directly to the owners.


main4breakfastBensons is one of Stratford upon Avon’s favourite cafe/restaurants – now in its new location on Henley Street almost opposite Shakespeare’s birthplace. They constantly update their menus which can be seen in full online ( including a new gluten-free menu, their excellent £5 breakfast and a voucher for 2 for 1 Full Afternoon Tea valid until the end of Jan.

Just a few doors up is Bensons House of Tea, their Tea Merchants and Gift Shop selling a wide range of loose leaf teas, teapots, strainers, crockery and other gifts.

Virginia Lodge

Virginia Lodge bed and breakfast is one of the most popular in Stratford upon Avon. A spacious Victorian house, this family run guest house is just a few minutes walk from the RSC and Shakespeare’s birthplace.  You can find information about their rooms and their breakfast menu online at as well as personal recommendations for lunch and dinner in Stratford’s many pubs, cafes and restaurants.

Make time for your health

Shipston Therapy Centre in the lovely town of Shipston on Stour have recently welcomed a new Alexander Technique teacher Ellie Rouse. Poor seating position, incorrect movement and increased use of the head-down position used to look at mobile phones and tablets can all create posture and alignment issues – the Alexander Technique is well known for its potential to help.

The Centre has also had success with their Children’s Bowen Clinics – coming up in December on Sat 3rd and 10th and led by Martin Grasby and Brigitte Nix.

More information about these and other therapies can be found at and

Coughton Lodge

diningroomIf you didn’t manage to see all your family and friends over Christmas, why not plan a get together in the New Year.  Coughton Lodge is a historic grade II listed building which  provides self catering accommodation for up to 22 people.  The Lodge is set in open countryside near The National Trust’s Coughton Court and within easy reach of Stratford upon Avon, Warwick, Leamington Spa and The Cotswolds.

Rates and availability are online at where you can also find late deals for midweek and weekend breaks.

Oak Tree Lodge

juiceOak Tree Lodge is a detached self catering holiday cottage in the village of Claverdon in Warwickshire.  If you like a few days away with a mix of beautiful countryside as well as town attractions, this location is ideal.  Stratford upon Avon and The Royal Shakespeare Theatres are a short drive away as is Warwick with its fabulous castle.  Claverdon itself has a community shop and lots of nice village pubs nearby.  There are lots more ideas for things to do on their website at as well as rates and availability.

British Motor Museum

The Heritage Motor Centre at Gaydon in Warwickshire has been renamed The British Motor Museum. It’s a great day out for car enthusiasts with displays of cars that made nearby Coventry famous including MG’s, Jaguars and Land Rovers.

As well as the world’s largest collection of historic British cars, there are temporary exhibitions, tours, family activities, a cafe and a shop.

Nearby Church Hill Farm is an ideal place to stay for a visit to the museum and the local area including Warwick and Stratford upon Avon. For more information go to


Flashback Web Design has had a long association with Guide Dogs for the Blind. Back in 2005, we started volunteering as puppy walkers and looked after three lovely puppies – Wallis, Sophie and Yoyo – each for the first year of their lives. Countless other dogs have stayed with us temporarily but we decided we would like a permanent pal at home so we have now rehomed Dave!


Dave is a fully trained guide dog but sadly had to be withdrawn as he proved too readily distracted by other dogs.  He’s our permanent pet now and a great companion in the office.  He’s a big lab/retriever cross who likes to sleep a lot, LOVES to run and play ball and is generally hilarious and delightful.

The Emsley Guest House

detail-03If you’re travelling to Stratford upon Avon by train, The Emsley Guest House is a great place to stay – it’s the closest B&B to the station.  There’s free parking on site if you’re arriving by car and all the Stratford town centre sights are just a few minutes’ walk including The Shakespeare Houses and the RSC theatres.

The Emsley has been a Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence winner for five years in a row and there are lots of photos and reviews on their website at

Phil Overton – in his element

phil-copyBased near Leamington Spa, Phil has created, performed and recorded many songs since his teens.  A versatile writer with a significant back catalogue of material, he produces narratives and seasonal offerings together with poetry, prayers, praise and instrumental music.

Phil is an active trustee of the Morning Star School in India which is a registered charity.  Proceeds from his recordings and donations from downloads go towards enabling and empowering girls to escape child marriage, have a proper childhood with a good education and hope filled options for the future.

He has a new website at www where you can hear current tracks and back catalogue as well as being able to download and donate.

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