“Overlooking the Stour Valley, this charming 400 year old stone-built inn has an easy-going ambiance and plenty of character. With pretty arched windows and a mix of old furniture, giant polished flagstones and a fire burning in the hearth, it was well known in the ‘50s as a gastronomic destination. Today they serve comforting dishes at sensible prices and locals drink merrily at the bar. The rooms are excellent, individually furnished, and the service is prompt, professional and friendly. After waking to the sound of birdsong, try ‘The Apple Walk’, created by local schoolchildren and based on the old Apple Map in church. If you are lucky, you may bump into the post lady and her 11 whippets.”
Written by Fiona Duncan
“Why do people love staying in your hotel?
Perfect position overlooking Ilmington’s peaceful village green. Excellent restaurant with award-winning chef. Newly renovated, with a warm, easy-going atmosphere, glowing with personality. Spoiling rooms and hearty breakfasts.
What is there to do in the area?
Popular with walkers and ramblers, Ilmington is the perfect starting point. In the centre of the village, St Mary the Virgin bell tower and church contains Thomson of Kilburn pews (remember to look for the carved mice), and an organ, if you play, worthy of Notre Dame in Paris. Also a Village Community shop and a tiny dairy in the same street as the church straight out of the Archers before the Archers started mimicking East Enders.
Only 8 miles from Shakespeare’s birthplace, Stratford-upon-Avon, and built roughly the same time as King Lear was written.
Also perfectly situated for exploring famous gardens and houses such as Hidcote Manor and Gardens, Batsford Arboretum, Snowshill Manor and Broadway Tower.
What kind of breakfast do you offer?
Scrumptious Full English Breakfast with locally sourced produce as well a range of other options such as smoked salmon & scrambled egg and poached haddock.
Do you offer other meals? And can you recommend good places to eat out locally?
Lunch and dinner available. There are a number of other local establishments such as the Bell in Alderminster, The Ebrington Arms in Ebrington, The Horse and Groom in Bourton on the Hill and many more.
Which are your most popular room types, and why?
An extensive refurbishment, has brought our rooms up to an unparalleled level of comfort, individuality and luxury, we offer a range of room types whether it be single, double, twin and even have a number of rooms for families, they all have everything that one could need whilst keep the traditional feel with the right level of moderness.
What facilities do you have for children and can you fit extra beds in your rooms ?
A large garden for the little ones to play in, weather depending! And four rooms which we are able to fit in additional beds for families.
What message would you like to give Hotel Guru readers
The Howard Arms is the ideal for that weekend getaway to explore and indulge in its beautiful surroundings, the place you want to return to as many do! There really is no other like The Howard and it truly is a special place.”