The Lengthsmans CottageView map
A cosy cottage on the waters edge...
ny idea what a lengthsman is? Us neither, until recently. But it turns out that he looked after a lock and the length of canal next to it – obvious really. One of the perks of the job was a waterfront cottage, and if you head to Lowsonford in Warwickshire, you can stay in one that’s been lovingly restored by The Landmark Trust. No traffic, no crowds – just water birds and the occasional passing barge.
The cottage is cute, quaint and traditionally furnished, and puts you in pole position for some cracking walks.
Wander down the towpath towards Wootton Wawen for some proper pub grub at the Navigation Inn; or perhaps head in the opposite direction and go cross country to Lapworth, for a look round the 15th-century medieval manor house, Baddesley Clinton – complete with moat.
Later on, back in Lowsonford, you could make your way into the village to the Fleur de Lys, which serves up rather delicious pies.
Challenge your mates to a game of skittles then relax by the fire and tuck into a Chicken of Arragon or a Thai Chook. Don’t stay too late, though – apparently there’s a ghost.