The Howard Arms

Ilmington, Warwickshire

A great base for Stratford and beyond - expect a peaceful village, smart rooms, local ales, tasty food and a happy vibe throughout


8 rooms


Rooms sleep 2


The Howard stands on Ilmington Green, eight miles south of Stratford-upon-Avon. It was built at roughly the same time as Shakespeare wrote King Lear and little has changed since. It’s a lovely country inn and comes with original fixtures and fittings: polished flagstones, heavy beams, mellow stone walls, a crackling fire. Outside, roses ramble on golden stone walls, while a pretty garden waits at the back. Good food comes as standard, perhaps ham hock terrine with homemade piccalilli, marinated duck breast with bok choy, apple tart tatin with mascarpone cream; there’s fish and chips and a good burger, too. Elsewhere, you find oils on walls, books on shelves, settles in alcoves, beautiful bay windows. A colourful dining room floods with light courtesy of fine arched windows that overlook the green. Bedrooms in the main house have a charming old-world feel, garden rooms are more contemporary with excellent bathrooms. You can walk across fields to Chipping Campden; Simon de Montfort once owned this land. The village church dates to the 11th century and has Thompson mice within.


  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Spa
  • Breakfast included
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Bar
  • Parking on premises
  • Licensed premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Garden
  • Tennis court
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Children welcome
  • Books and toys
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

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No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Lunch from £4.50. Bar meals from £9.50. Dinner, 3 courses, £25-£30.


Nightly price
from £110
Singles £88-£120. Extra bed/sofabed available £25 per person per night.
5 Doubles
From £110
3 Twin/doubles
From £110


Meeting an old colleague for lunch, who lived near Oxford and I was working in the area, down from North Yorkshire. A warm comfortable pub. Clearly updated, very sympathetically done, not OTT or twee. Everyone friendly and helpful. The food was well presented, plus tasted as it should, veg were perfect! I'd be very happy to return for food or a stay, as good location, quiet, nice village, easy to reach and central for exploring. Thank you to everyone at the Howard arms.

Jane, York

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