Visit Broadway Worcestershire and the surrounding villages and stay in B&B, hotel or holiday home accommodation provided by BedPosts members.
The Cotswolds is right in the heart of England, the largest of 40 Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) in England and Wales, and is recognised and appreciated by people from all over the world. The historic village of Broadway is a ideal base to tour the numerous Cotswold towns and villages or enjoy walks among the hills.
Broadway was built at the base of Fish Hill on one of the main stage coach routes. When rail travel became available, stage coaches with their lack of protection from the weather and using rough, bumpy roads which turned to quagmires in rain, understandably and quickly ceased to be popular. As the traffic lessened through Broadway, it became a destination for those seeking peace and quiet in the countryside. Artists and writers were drawn here and subsequently the Arts and Crafts movement made its home in Broadway and the surrounding towns. William Morris (one of the movement's founders) found a much loved retreat in Broadway Tower which overlooks Broadway from the top of Fish Hill. This amazing folly was built by Lady Coventry in the 1790s and on a clear day you can see 15 counties from the top of its tower at 65 foot high. Many famous artists have been inspired by their time in Broadway and some very famous pictures have been painted here - John Singer Sargent painted “Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose” between Farnham House and Russell House.
Broadway's location makes it a base for visiting the Cotswolds villages and is within easy reach of such places as Stratford upon Avon with its Shakespeare Theatre, Warwick with England's finest medieval castle, Cheltenham, Oxford with its University Colleges, Bath with its Roman Baths, etc.
Broadway is one of the most iconic Cotswold villages, situated at one of the Gateways to the Cotswolds and is only a 2 hr drive from London. Its High Street is lined with horse chestnut trees and a mixture of period houses and picturesque honey coloured Cotswold stone cottages. The Cotswolds are located at the heart of England, with good transport to all parts of the country.
The picturesque village of Broadway lies beneath the Worcestershire hills of the Cotswolds. Broadway also hosts visitors from all over the world - with everyone loving the beauty and heritage of this quintessential village.
Broadway is a lovely village with a brilliant range of shops and boutiques, restaurants, bed and breakfasts guest houses but it is also steeped in history with its origins dating back to Roman times. Over the past centuries it has made its mark in many different ways. In the 1700s it was a stopping place for the stage coaches that travelled between Worcester and London - with the world famous Lygon Arms still being popular with travellers and visitors.
Two centuries later, Broadway emerged as an important centre for the arts - with such luminaries as J. M. Barrie, Edward Elgar, Vaughan Williams, and the American artists Edwin Austin Abbey and John Sargent. These artists were attracted by the beauty of the villages - in particular the Cotswold stone buildings - that somehow seem to become even more beautiful with each year.
Broadway played an important role in the development of the Arts and Crafts movement - with William Morris a regular visitor and Gordon Russell establishing his furniture workshop in the village. The Gordon Russell workshops are now gone, although their legacy remains in the village and there is now a Gordon Russell museum just off the High Street behind Budgens. This artistic influence is still in evidence and Broadway is home to a variety of top class Cotswold galleries providing range of works of art.
Broadway has so much to offer its visitors - whether on a “day trip” or for those interested in up all that the village has to offer during a much longer stay. Broadway offers accommodation to suit every budget - including charming self-catering cottages, award-winning guest houses & bed & breakfasts right through to world-renowned luxury hotels. For all though, Broadway also serves as an ideal place for exploring other parts of the Cotswolds and surrounding area. Stratford-On-Avon, Cheltenham Spa and Oxford are all within easy reach.
The Vale of Evesham is a region which produces some of this country's finest produce and Broadway is no exception. The asparagus is second to none, the soft fruits and plums are world beaters and lush soil ensures that all our local produce tastes exactly as nature intended! Local organic cheese producer has won lots of awards. Local restaurants and hotels take full advantage of this in making Broadway and the surrounding area a wonderful place to eat and drink.
Broadway is very proud to have the reputation and recognition for being one of “The jewels of the Cotswolds” - Chipping Campden being the main Jewel!
Despite its ongoing popularity with visitors, Broadway is still unspoiled and has managed to resist over popularity and commercialisation. Nowadays the intriguing, historic, mellow yellow stone buildings house a fantastic range of independent, specialist and quality shops, interspersed with galleries, plus tea rooms, hotels and restaurants. The charm and historic beauty of Broadway is enjoyed by everyone.