Discover the beating heart of Shakespeare’s England with a stay at the Hunting Lodge at Ragley Estate. Perched on the edge of the estate of the famous stately home Ragley Hall in Warwickshire, the ancestral seat of the Hertford family for over 300 years, this elegant redbrick former hunting lodge stands surrounded by glorious countryside, with views over the rolling hills of the Ragley Estate to the rear. Multi-paned lead windows twinkle in the sunshine and a striking stack of four chimney pots dominates the rooftop. Inside, flagstone floors lead through rooms with ancient oak timber frames, exposed beams and hidden nooks and crannies. With seven bedrooms, two living rooms, a games room, and a magnificent garden meandering over two and a half acres complete with an old orchard, children’s playhouse and a bubbling hot tub, this is a fabulous holiday home.
When staying at the hunting lodge, you can enjoy the many events held throughout the year at Ragley Hall, including Classic Ibzia, Fireworks Champions, and DogFest – made all the more important with the hunting lodge being dog-friendly. Or perhaps you’re staying for your own celebratory event, with Ragley Hall known as a popular Warwickshire wedding venue. Take a look at the Ragley Hall website for information on the nearby activities, or simply sit back and enjoy the views and sumptuous furnishings of the hunting lodge for a quieter, family holiday. It's close to the action, but far enough away to be secluded.
The property is in the process of being refurbished and a number of the furnishings are being upgraded.
As you pull onto the expansive gravel drive there is a pleasing sense of arrival and the anticipation of staying somewhere rather special, for The Hunting Lodge at Ragley Estate is Grade II listed and dates to the 16th century. Many original features remain giving it bags of character and charm, but this delightful house also boasts all the creature comforts needed to put fun and relaxation centre stage.
Step inside and you’ll find flagstone floors, huge windows, with meadow views at every turn, ancient beams, and open fires. The huge dining room table is the place for convivial meals by firelight, whilst two living rooms offer space to relax and be sociable or simply curl up with a good book and enjoy some quiet time. The games room, with a pool table and, for footie fans, a table football set, provides endless competitive entertainment. Two ground floor bedrooms offer flexible living arrangements, whilst on the first floor, there are five further bedrooms, three of which have ensuite bathrooms, and a family bathroom with a gorgeous clawfoot bathtub.
Outside you will find a space as delightful as the ones inside. A whimsical swing hangs from a mature tree in the front garden, and when you wander through the wrought iron gate on the side of the house, the full scale of the far-reaching views hits you. Rolling fields and tree-clad hills form the backdrop for two and a half acres of garden, which is yours to enjoy. Spread a picnic blanket in the old orchard and listen to the birds, let the children run free making magic and adventures in the playhouse or just head for the hot tub and relax amongst the bubbles. There is parking for up to 8 cars on the private driveway.
The covered porch shelters the old wooden front door, which opens into the original entrance hall. Old timbers form the ceiling and there’s a high-sided bench, where you can perch to take off shoes and boots, a smoked glass light fitting and a console table with a large mirror hanging over it. From the entrance hall, you can go left into the second of two living rooms and the main living area of the house. Alternatively, there are four steps on the right which lead to the games room, a boot room, and one of the ground floor bedrooms.
With two large comfy sofas, lots of floor space and an open fire this is an ideal room to allocate for children as a playroom, and there are plenty of games and books on the shelves beside the fire. It’s also a great space for a little quiet time, where you can light the fire and curl up on the sofa beneath the huge window with a good book. Reading lamps ensure there is plenty of light, and occasional tables mean there is always somewhere to rest a drink.
The main living room features three sofas set around the feature stone fireplace. There’s a large Smart TV and multi-pane windows looking out to the rear garden beyond. Gather here for evening drinks whilst little ones play next door.
Linking the two parts of the house, the inner hall boasts the same original flagstones seen throughout, there’s a door to the rear garden and the staircase to the first floor.
With flagstone floors, ancient oak beams lining the walls and marching across the ceiling, plus a huge fireplace with a wood-burning stove, the dining room is atmospheric and filled with character. Lay the long table and gather your nearest and dearest together for wonderful meals.
This ground floor bedroom is a pretty twin room (can be a king-size bed on request) overlooking the rear garden. A large rug on the flagstones adds splashes of colour to the pale greys and neutral tones of the room and the original beams add character and charm. There are bedside tables with reading lamps and a double wardrobe and a four-drawer chest of drawers for storage. Please note whilst there is a ground floor cloakroom through the kitchen, guests staying in the room should be aware the main family bathroom is on the first floor.
Filled with character, the kitchen is packed with original features including flagstone floors, exposed beams, and there’s even a cream AGA tucked into the old fireplace. Everything else is 21st century however including a range cooker with ceramic hob, two dishwashers, a microwave, and a freestanding fridge-freezer. There’s plenty of crockery and glasses, plus enough pots and pans to cook up a feast. There’s a door to the front garden and a ground floor cloakroom with a W.C and hand basin.
If you turn left and walk up four steps from the main entrance hall you’ll find the games room. With a pool table, including balls and cues, and a table football set, there’s plenty to keep you entertained, this is also where you’ll find a selection of outdoor games. There’s a TV mounted on the wall and at the far end a utility area with a washing machine, tumble dryer, iron, and ironing board. There’s also a second fridge for additional food or maybe for keeping drinks cool, and a kettle so guests staying in the ground floor bedroom at this end of the house can make themselves a morning cuppa.
This useful space has a door to the rear and would be a great way to bring wet doggies in to dry off before going through the rest of the house. It also gives easy access to the outside for guests staying in bedroom seven.
Up one step is the second of the ground floor bedrooms, set up as a twin room, it can also be configured as a king-size on request. Exposed stone walls and old beams create a warm and welcoming place to stay. Bedside tables with reading lamps stand on either side of the beds and coat hooks with wooden hangers provide hanging space. There’s also a chest of drawers with a large mirror over, and windows to the front provide natural light.
The ensuite to bedroom seven features a large step-in shower cubicle with two shower heads, one of which is hand-held. There’s a vanity unit with a rectangular hand basin and a W.C. A lead-paned window looks over the side and the slightly vaulted ceiling is lined with beams.
Stairs with a wooden handrail lead to the first floor, halfway up there’s a large window with lovely rural views.
The master bedroom lies at one end of the hall and is a light and spacious room with pale grey wallpaper and a window looking over the entrance to the countryside beyond. A built-in wardrobe fills one wall providing plenty of storage, whilst there’s also a large sideboard with drawers. A king-size bed faces the window and is flanked by bedside tables with reading lamps. An easy chair sits by the window.
Carved out from one end of the bedroom is an ensuite bathroom with a step in shower cubicle, W.C and a circular hand basin with twin mirrors above.
This spacious room is perfect for families with a king-size bed and two single beds. A huge window overlooks the rear garden offering wonderful rural views of the rolling hills beyond, while a double wardrobe and chest of drawers provide storage.
Down four steps at the other end of the hallway lies a pretty, king-size room with an abundance of character, including some low beams so please mind your head, and it would be easy to while away the hours just gazing at the view over the rear garden. There are bedside tables with reading lamps on either side of the bed and a three-drawer chest of drawers, along with wall hooks and wooden hangers to provide storage.
Up two steps, behind a brace and latch door (the door has low headroom so please be careful) lies a cunningly hidden ensuite, with a large step-in shower cubicle with an electric shower, W.C and a handbasin. The room has natural light from the side window looking over the garden, it could be described as a loo with a rural view!
Opposite bedroom three sits bedroom four, a light and airy room with twin beds (can be a king-size on request). There’s plenty of space to relax, a chest of drawers for storage and wall hooks with wooden hangers. The occasional chair is a peaceful spot to sit and ponder the view. This room is perfect for families as bedroom five is accessed from this room too.
Accessed from bedroom four this is a cosy twin room with wooden framed beds and views to the front and side of the house. There’s a shared night table between the two beds with a reading lamp, a chest of drawers and wall hooks with wooden coat hangers for storage.
Bathroom / Shower Room:
The main family bathroom is spacious and features a separate step-in shower cubicle with an electric shower, standalone claw-foot bath, WC and hand basin with a large mirror over. There’s a handy shelf alongside the bath for resting a book, and views over the front of the house from the large window.
To the front of The Hunting Lodge at Ragley Estate is a lawned garden with mature trees and planting. The full glory of this holiday home's garden is revealed when you walk through the wrought-iron gate to the side. Sitting on two and a half acres of grounds, there’s a large patio with outside dining, a gas barbecue, and a hot tub. In front of you is a large lawn, perfect for outside games, a delightful playhouse and a wooden climbing set. A weathered, low brick wall provides a border to the fields beyond and there’s an old orchard, hidden away through a gap in the hedge. For outdoor space, this garden takes some beating. There is a large gravel drive that can accommodate parking for up to eight cars.
Full List of Facilities
Sleeps 16 (14+2) in 7 bedrooms across 5 king-size (3 can be configured as twin beds), 1 twin and 1 family (1 king-size and 2 singles)
4 Bathrooms: 1 family bathroom and 3 ensuite
Parking for 7-8 cars
Dog friendly – Max. 3 well-behaved dogs welcome
2.5 acres of gardens – children and dogs should be supervised
2 open fireplaces and one with a wood burner – logs and kindling supplied
Cleaning starter pack: dishwasher tablets, scourer, cloth, washing up liquid, bin bags, washing machine detergent
Bathroom essentials: hand soap, toilet paper,
Heating and hot water via central heating with a central thermostat control
Free Wi-Fi (1-11 Mbps)
2 TVs – Smart 48” in the media room and 32” with Freeview in the games room
Fully equipped kitchen with 2 x toaster, 2 x kettle, utensils, crockery, cutlery, glassware (champagne flutes, tumblers and wine and water glasses), cafetiere, bakeware, food preparation (grater, jug, sieve), saucepans, bread bin, kitchen foil, cling film, kitchen paper
2 x Dishwasher
Ironing board, iron, clothes airer
Baby/Child Equipment: high chair, travel cot (cot linen not supplied)
Outdoor patio/seating area
Garden furniture: To seat 16
8-seater hot tub
Please note Wi-Fi speeds are for guidance only
On your Doorstep
Supermarkets and Shopping:
There is a Waitrose in Alcester (1.9 miles) and a large Tesco Extra in Redditch (5.7 miles). There is also the award-winning Hillers Farm Shop (4.8 miles) offering locally grown produce, homemade goods, Ragley Estate Meats, a fishmonger, and an excellent cheese shop.
The Roebuck Inn (1.1 miles)
Moat House Inn (1.3 miles)
Orangemabel (1.9 miles)
There are some fabulous walks close by, particularly through the Ragley Estate.
Places to Visit:
National Trust – Coughton Court (2.2 miles)
Moreton Hall Gardens (4.1 miles)
Stratford-upon-Avon (9.8 miles)
Train - Stratford-upon-Avon (8 miles) services by Chiltern Railways and West Midland Railway. Evesham (11 miles) has regular services to/from London Paddington.
Taxis – 007 Taxis
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Points of Note
Please note that groups, where the majority are under 25 years of age, are not permitted
Additional guests above the maximum capacity are not permitted
Please make yourself aware of the hot tub rules of use and the hours of use
The property is covered by a noise policy due to its location; therefore, in consideration of the neighbours, we respectfully request that noise levels are kept to a minimum before 9am and after 9pm, especially outside on warmer evenings
We appreciate that fireworks might be fun to have for a celebration, but they present too high a risk with some very old houses nearby. Therefore, please do not use fireworks in any area, inside or outside, while at The Hunting Lodge at Ragley Estate. We hope you understand our concern
£500 damage deposit is required
Three well-behaved dogs are welcome, additional fees apply
Walking & Cycling Guides
Walking & Cycling Guides
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Tucked into the rural Worcestershire countryside there is much to enjoy on your doorstep. Ragley Hall, the ancestral seat of the Marquess of Hertford, is a five-minute drive and plays host to a wealth of outdoor events, including concerts, festivals, open-air cinema and country shows. Historic Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of The Bard, is 8 miles away and the bustling market town of Alcester, with lots of places to eat and drink, is a 2-minute drive. The beautiful landscapes and myriad attractions of the Cotswolds are within easy reach.
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