Little Croft is a converted building within the grounds of the main house. It is fully self-contained, private, and has been designed to fit everything you could possibly need into three well-proportioned rooms.
Everything was immaculately clean upon arrival, and we were greeted by the generous welcome pack forming a bottle of wine, some tasty snacks and delicious cake/orange juice/milk in the fridge.
The kitchen was clean, spacious and well equipped, with a dishwasher (always a bonus for me) and washing machine (which we didn't use). The fridge has a small freezer compartment. All white goods are modern and easy to use. There's easily enough surface space to cook proper meals, if that's what you prefer. We didn't sample any local pubs or restaurants in the evening, opting to use the facilities. When we needed ingredients we popped to the 24hr Tesco literally five minutes down the road.
The sitting area has a comfy, high-backed leather sofa and a flat-screen TV on the wall. It has a DVD player for when there's nothing on - we found this useful. A family of four would struggle to find space but it's absolutely perfect for a couple or a smaller family.
The bedroom initially feels a little small, but this is only because of the very comfy king-size bed. This ends up being a good thing because it is a very cosy space, and because there's a TV on the wall (also with a DVD player) I can imagine it's difficult leaving the room at all in winter time.
The shower-room is of a comfortable size, with a large shower cubicle and a decent powerful shower head which drenches you (I need this to wake up in the mornings!).
You get your own large parking space and private decking/seating area which we didn't use because the weather wasn't that accommodating. Personally, I would probably not use this during the day because the nearby main road is quite busy and a little noisy. We did not find this noise particularly intrusive when inside the property and by 9pm it becomes much less busy, and we slept with the window open without being disturbed. I would say that the decking is probably a blissful place to sit on a mid-summer's evening, however, as fence separates you from a large empty field. However, if you are after a completely silent and serene getaway setting, the road's proximity may be a factor for you.
This is a really good place to say if you want to avoid paying considerably more for the same or less comfort in the centre of Stratford. You are less than three minutes away (by car) from the local Stratford Parkway railway station. It's £1 to park after 9am and £2 for any-time return tickets to Stratford town centre (adults 30-35) and the journey takes three minutes. The average cost of parking in the town centre is £4-5 for a day so it works out as a cost neutral but more interesting way of getting into the centre! Even if you do drive it's a very easy five minutes if traffic is on your side.
Stratford has lots of good places to visit, of course, and whether you drive or go by train they are all very close. Further afield there is the British Motoring Museum in Gaydon, 20 minutes away. We, however, completely rate the Butterfly Museum.
We encountered no issues with the property while we were there but any questions asked of Zoe the owner were quickly responded to and it was clear that any issues would be addressed swiftly should they arise. You can have complete faith in her.
I'd recommend this to anyone seeking a comfortable convenient base to explore Stratford and the wider area. If you are travelling from further afield than we did and were staying longer, it is really helpfully situated near Warwick, Leamington Spa (which is stunning) and even Worcester is less than an hour away to the west.
To conclude, I doubt you'll find a more refined balance of comfort, space and convenience for the money.
The cottage was easy to find and very secure with locked gates. It is in an ideal location with the park and ride close by.
The cottage itself is very nicely decorated and clean. It is well equipped with everything we needed for an enjoyable stay.
There was wine, cakes, milk etc. waiting for our arrival which was a lovely unexpected touch.
I cannot fault it in any way and we had a lovely stay.
We visited Shakespeares birthplace in Stratford and Mary Arden's farm (which is just up the road from the cottage) and Anne Hathaway's cottage.
It is a perfect base for travelling to other nearby towns such as Banbury.
I would definitely recommend this cottage.
We stumbled across this place through Trip Advisor and have had a fabulous time here. My partner and I have just come home from three nights there.
I cannot recommend this quiet setting enough. When we arrived we had milk, cake and wine left for us and the place had everything and more than expected.
I love Stratford and this place is literally just outside the town centre and takes less than 5mins in the car.
I cannot thank the lady enough whose property it is.
Thank you for making our stay so peaceful and enjoyable we will definitely be coming back again in the very near future.
5 ***** all round.
Fantastic place to stay while visiting Stratford Upon Avon.
Little Croft has everything you need.
Zoe is the perfect host. Thank you
We stayed at Little Croft for 6 nights, the cottage was very clean and comfortable, felt like home from home. A well equipped kitchen, good shower and a lovely cosy bedroom.A welcome pack of food, wine and milk was unexpected and greatly appreciated. We visited a number of National Trust properties all within easy distance, as was Stratford upon avon, only a short ride away.There are two outdoor seating areas, fenced in for privacy and your own parking space. Would highly recommend.