22 May 2015

Anne Hathaway's Cottage

While Jerry's parents were here during Christmas, we took a little road trip to see the Cotswolds.

Just outside of Stratford-upon-Avon in Shottery, Warwickshire lies the breath-taking, childhood home of Anne Hathaway, the wife of William Shakespeare.

Anne Hathaway's Cottage
Through photos I had seen of this cottage, I fell in love with this place and was determined to see it!

The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust offers various ticket options to allow you to visit all or just a few of the Shakespeare's family houses and the tickets give you access for one year.  We'll definitely be going back to take advantage of that since we didn't get to see everything.

Seeing the grounds on a frosty morning added to the beauty of this place.


Thatched cottages are so appealing to me.  So quintessentially English and lovely and charming.  Anne's family cottage has been described as the most romantic in England.


The first parts of the house were build before the 15th century.

During Shakespeare's time, the house was named Newlands Farm and had more than 90 acres attached to it.

 The dining room.

Fresh bread served right by the table.

The kitchen is down the hall.

Many of the furnishings are from the family.

To keep critters and dirt from dropping on your head while you sleep, the beds have testers (canopy) over the bed.


Back then there were no ceilings.  It was open, exposing the straw.
Can you imagine insects, mouse droppings or straw falling on you in the night?!  Oh, the horror!!

This is known as Shakespeare's Courting Chair.

The grounds are just as lovely.

Next time I'll share with you some of the other homes we visited that are part of the trust.

Happy Weekend!


  1. A friend of mine just got back from the Cotswolds and while she was there she Instagrammed a photo saying they had just seen Anne Hathaway's cottage. Silly me - I thought she was talking about the actress! :) Ha! Pretty place though!

  2. The first time I heard it, I thought the same thing. ;)

  3. Wow, it's just beautiful! I love the style and the roofs, I bet it was so fun to explore!


  4. Beautiful shots! We went in summer and just LOVED it there. I love Stratford - your pics brought back some happy memories :)

  5. Glad I wasn't the only one who thought that :-). But it looks so lovely. Would love to visit it.

  6. Oh my gosh, so lovely!! I have been wanting to see this lovely home for years . . . this is the next best thing!!

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