The West Midlands is a vibrant, exciting part of the country. It’s a region that’s very often grossly underappreciated – people tend not to think of it as a getaway location, but as the industrial hub it used to be. Whilst it’s true that this area was once the birthplace of Britain’s Industrial Revolution, it has changed an awful lot in the decades since.
These days, the West Midlands is a unique and historically vital region. It is filled to the brim with fairytale castles, spectacular ruins and ancient Roman cities, say the experts at English Heritage. It might not have the sandy beaches of Devon or the rolling hills of Pembrokeshire, but it is a superb place to visit in its own right. Here’s a guide to the best places to stay during your luxury West Midlands getaway.
Stanbrook Abbey, Worcestershire
Stanbrook Abbey has a long and illustrious history – it was once home to a community of Benedictine monks. They bought the site in 1835 and lived peacefully within its walls for a very long time. These days, Stanbrook Abbey is better suited to those with a little bit more money in their pockets. This sprawling property sits in the middle of twenty two acres and regularly caters to very lavish wedding ceremonies, say the experts at GuidesForBrides.co.uk. Stanbrook Abbey has its own bar, banqueting hall, private drawing room and even a piano lounge. If you’ve got your heart set on a luxury getaway in the West Midlands, you might want to think about splashing out on a stay at Stanbrook Abbey.
Hagley Hall, Worcestershire
This charming 18th century stately home used to be belonging to the twelfth Viscount of Cobham. It comes hand in hand with a sprawling estate, and it really is a very large and lavish building. Though parts of Hagley Hall are still used as family living quarters, most of the house has now been put aside for public and commercial hire. Not only does it offer guests the chance to enjoy a getaway in the lap of luxury, it is also accompanied by the opportunity to view myriad historical items. There are several state rooms at Hagley Hall, each filled with tapestries, busts and friezes. This building is a genuinely important part of British history, so miss it at your peril.
New Hall Hotel & Spa, Birmingham
The curiously named New Hall Hotel in Birmingham is a whopping 800 years old. It is one of the oldest buildings in the whole of the West Midlands – whoever named it didn’t have much foresight, that’s for sure. It sits within twenty six acres of private grounds and it is one of the region’s most loved institutions. The New Hall Hotel regularly plays host to large wedding parties and can be hired out an exclusive basis. Yet, you won’t need to stump up the £13,000 necessary for the privilege. The hotel has several different suites, each more luxurious than the next, says VisitBirmingham.co.uk. Whether or not you choose to go for the double deluxe option will depend entirely on your budget.
Hogarths Hotel, Solihull
Hogarths Hotel is located very close to Birmingham airport – if you’re determined to cut your travelling costs down, this would be a good place to stay. It’s exceptionally unique, because it’s home to a private, man-made island. Yes, that’s right – hidden in the middle of twenty six acres is a charming wooded glade and a romantic kissing bridge. The bridge leads to an artificial island that’s regularly used for wedding ceremonies and civil partnerships. You don’t have to be tying the knot to enjoy it, though. All guests are invited to use the island, just as long as it has not been hired out for exclusive use. Hogarths also has heated marquees, a bandstand and private hot tub facilities.