Concluding my final part of a mini-series of travel blog articles on visiting Rugby, the birthplace of the game.
Being born, bred and living here in Rugby, England, I have provided some tips on the best places to see, eat, drink and be merry in and around the town that gives its name to the worldwide game.
Its an Insiders Guide as it were.
And not just for visits during the Rugby World Cup.
You'll find visitors to Rugby are welcome all year round, with a lot always going on.
To round things off then, here's a few suggestions on great places to put down your bags and rest your head for the night after you have seen everything, eaten and sampled a drink around this famous old market town.
- Brownsover Hall Hotel
A fabulous Grade II listed Victorian Gothic mansion nestling in 7 acres of woodland and gardens.
This magnificent building commands dramatic interiors including a sweeping staircase and crackling log fires in the winter, together with the stunning Gilbert Scott restaurant and atmospheric Sir Frank Whittle bar.
The Hotel has 47 bedrooms, offering timeless elegance of the 19th century with the convenience of modern day. The stable block within the grounds has been converted into bedrooms which all have a distinct unique charm, retaining many of the original oak beams.
The WineGlass Restaurant at Brownsover Hall offers delicious comforting food prepared with signature Michelin precision and intensity of flavour. Their menus follow the seasons, and change five times per year, highlighting the very best of local food heritage.
Wine features prominently in the Wineglass with a selection handpicked by the Vineyard's Director of Wine and over 40 wines and champagnes by the glass.
Where? Brownsover Lane, Brownsover, Rugby
Telephone 01788 546100
- The Rugby Hotel
Steeped in history, the Rugby Hotel is ideally positioned in the middle of Rugby Town Centre, right next to the famous Rugby School,
The Hotel was first opened in the 18th century as a Georgian coaching inn and up until a few years was The Three Horse Shoes – as many Rugbieans tend to refer to it as still today.
Recently refurbished bedrooms with, as you would expect all the mod cons, make for a comfortable stay.
The Sheep Street Chophouse specialises in char-grilled steaks and classic British flavours and prides itself on the local, seasonal ingredients
Where? 22 Sheep Street, Rugby, CV21 3B
Telephone 01788 573244
- Dunchurch Park Hotel
Just outside of the town centre, the 19th Century Grade II listed Manor House of Dunchurch Park Hotel is finely situated in 72 acres of magnificent landscaped gardens.
Benefiting from an excellent range of facilities the hotel has retained many of the original features including the Oak & Walnut panelling to the walls. Located within the main house and overlooking the grounds is the highly acclaimed Autographs restaurant featuring classic decor of a bygone age.
The hotel has 89 bedrooms located within the original Victorian stables buildings and a custom-built wing, all close to the main house.
From a relaxing Spa to the tranquil grounds the hotel also has a croquet lawn, putting area and football pitch on site, and is within walking distance to the historic village of Dunchurch where you will find an array of restaurants and local shops.
Where? Rugby Road, Dunchurch, Rugby, CV22 6QW
Telephone 01788 810656
- Coombe Abbey
This four star country house hotel nestling within the UK's historical heartland of Warwickshire is a unique and stunning venue.
Set in 500 acres of parkland overlooking formal gardens and a tranquil lake, Coombe Abbey was originally built as a Cistercian Abbey in the 12th Century, and has now been lovingly restored to its former glory.
Coombe Abbey Hotel boasts 119 individually designed Bedchambers : Crown, Feature and Grand Feature rooms. Rich in furnishings, subtle lighting and special touches and with a choice of beautiful views across our historic courtyard, tree – lined drive or Parkland, lake and formal garden.
Where? Brinklow Road, Brinklow, nr Rugby, CV3 2AB
Telephone 02476 450450
- Draycote Hotel
Surrounded by the picturesque Warwickshire countryside and the beautiful Draycote Water Draycote Hotel provides a modern, relaxed venue with onsite 18 hole Golf Course.
Forty nine bright, contemporary rooms are well equipped, whilst The Papaveri Restaurant is dining of the highest standard with the freshest, local ingredients.
The golf course provides the opportunity to while away an afternoon, the driving range is perfect for the evenings and the putting green is a constant challenge!
Draycote is a Warwickshire hotel in beautiful countryside it has rooms, all of which are modern and airy.
Where? London Road, Thurlaston, nr Rugby, CV23 9LF
Telephone 01788 521800
- The Olde Coach House
Set near Rugby in the beautiful village of Ashby St Ledgers - which was mentioned in the Domesday Book 1086, this fine venue has 4 en-suite bedrooms and now also home to 11 individually designed boutique bedrooms all with the facilities you would expect from a top hotel but located in the converted stables of this country inn.
Where? Main Street, Ashby St Ledgers, nr Rugby, CV23 8UN
Telephone 01788 890349