Marston HouseByfield Road, Priors Marston, Southam, Warwickshire, CV47 7RP, England
A charming family home near Leamington Spa
Set on the edge of a conservation village, this Edwardian property is flooded with light, and warmed by the welcome of your exceptional hosts. Dating back to 1890 it combines a period charm with very modern comforts, with a south-facing terrace giving on to glorious grounds. Power is solar, rainwater is recycled for the garden and chemicals are hardly ever used, so along with its adjoining field the formal garden is often home to hedgehogs, muntjac deer and countless birds. It’s a wonderful base for country walks and a relaxing haven in an area with plenty of attractions to explore.
There are just three guest bedrooms here, each superbly appointed with period furnishings, tasteful and spacious. There are two superking rooms that can also be configured as twins and a further double bedroom. All have private, adjoining bathrooms with either a bathtub or power shower and luxury toiletries. There’s no TV in the rooms – which is a blessing – but wifi throughout is a perfect substitute.
Though very much a family home, Marston House has spacious and welcoming public areas. The living room and breakfast rooms manage to be at once both elegant and calm. Most rooms in the house are dual aspect, adding to the sense of space. The grounds are a delight. South facing and warm, they include a croquet lawn and flower borders. Paths thread through and around the village, with four electric bicycles available to hire (at extra cost) making easy work of the surrounding hills.
- Children by Arrangement
- Dinner by Arrangement
- Dogs by Arrangement
- Free Wifi
- Museums & Galleries
- Opening Times: open all year
- Tel: +44 (0) 1327 260 297
- Mob: +44 (0)7813 831 028
- Price Range: from £105
Price per room, per night, based on two guests sharing - £105
Price per room, per night, single occupancy - £85
Marston House is on the edge of the conservation village of Priors Marston, which usefully has an excellent pub and there are excellent walks in every direction: bring a dog and head out to explore or rent an electric bicycle for longer expeditions. Silverstone is just 20 minutes drive - with a back route available to skip the crowds - and journalists and cameramen are frequent guests. Bicester Village is a short hop down the M40 and Stratford-on-Avon is within easy reach.Despite being only 75 miles from London and 40 from Birmingham it feels completely rural. It is said that various Norman kings marched their armies up Welshman's Lane, the road that leads past Marston House, to invade and conquer Wales - and often returned the same way - but since then it's seen mainly sheep.
"Kim and John are fantastic hosts, the house and garden are magnificent, the village is delightful, the Internet works. It's perfect."
Kim & John Mahon
- Bio : Your hosts at Marston House are Kim and John Mahon, who started married life in Iran before working around the world, including the Middle East, the Far East, Brazil, Nigeria, the Sudan and Zanzibar. They've lived in Marston House for the last 30 years and are famed for making guests feel at home. 'Homemade' is perhaps Kim's favourite word and she likes to see guests well fed. Newcomers are greeted with tea and home-made cakes, breakfasts are lavish and evening meals can be supplied on request. Children are also welcome: the Mahons have five grandchildren of their own and may even have toys and books to lend. They no longer have pets but well-behaved dogs are welcome to stay - though preferably not on the beds.