On the edge of an ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ Broadway is the quintessential Cotswolds’ village – quaint, pretty and steeped in history. Full of independent shops and eateries and brimming with community events it’s the perfect base for modern country living.
“Broadway has such character and a real buzz about it, the wide (broad!) high street is full of independent shops, cafes and pubs. There are loads of great family walks in and around the area, too.” – Francesca Sharvell
The ‘Broadway’ was an ancient ridgeway and the main route from Worcester to London. The village also has a rich artistic heritage, with past residence including William Morris, John Singer Sargent and JM Barrie.
The village is brimming with honey-stoned, listed gems, it is undoubtably one of the prettiest villages in The Cotswolds – if you’re looking for charm and character, the properties here have it in spades. A good range of cottages, perfect for country boltholes, to larger, elegant Georgian family homes.
Broadway high street is one of the best mixes of independent shops in The Cotswolds – there’s a healthy offering of ‘country living’ stores, you can pick up all your tweed needs at The Man Cave, plus shooting attire at The Broadway Gun Room. Looking to kit out your country kitchen? The Broadway Cook Shop has everything your inner chef could wish for – whether you’re a baking enthusiast, or an Aga lover. The Cotswolds is a popular destination for weddings, The Bridal Room has a beautiful selection of dresses, while Betty and Violet is a great stop-off if you love vintage. There’s an Oka store for interiors lovers and if you’re looking to decorate your new property’s walls, Trinity House Modern is an amazing gallery – with branches in London, New York and The Cotswolds, they bring international acclaimed artists and exhibitions to the area.
Whether you’re looking for a quick cuppa, a family-friendly roast or a Michelin-starred meal, Broadway’s foodie offerings have you covered. To reward you for your climb, the hot chocolates at the café at Broadway Tower are just as fab as the view (pictured). We’ve talked about the Lygon Arms’ spa before, but the restaurant is equally note-worthy. If you’re looking for liquid refreshment, the Broadway Wine Company is worth a visit; while the Broadway Deli is great for lazy lunches or summer picnics. Russells of Broadway do the best fish and chips, and finally The Crown & Trumpet is a great old-style pub, friendly staff and perfect with kids in tow.
There are plenty of characterful boltholes to rest your head if you’re visiting or house hunting in the area; The Fish Hotel is a charming country estate, set in 400 acres of prime Cotswolds’ countryside, perfect for muddy escapes, filled with rural views. The Broadway Hotel (pictured) is a great option if you want to be in the centre of the village, overlooking the green, the timber framed inn dates back to the 15th century. The 19 rooms have a modern designer feel, while the award-winning Tattersalls Brasserie in the new atrium is the perfect setting for a candle-lit dinner. The Lygon Arms is a listed gem that offers great spa breaks, paired with a cosy restaurant and wine bar too – a great cossetting escape to relax and unwind.
From the annual dog show to Horticulture and Craft, Food and Classic Cars – Broadway’s calendar of festivals and events is packed. There are plenty of surrounding villages to explore: Snowshill Manor and Garden is beautiful in spring (pictured), while Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park in Guiting Power is a guaranteed crowd pleaser with little ones.
A 3-acre recreation ground just off the high-street has been turned into a state of the art, Activity Park, with 4 specific areas, zoned for different age groups. There’s a picnic area too, a great stop off if you’ve got little ones with lots of energy to burn off!
With 3 stations within 15 minutes (Evesham, Honeybourne and Moreton-in-Marsh) and equidistant from the M5 and M40, Broadway is brilliantly placed for commuting, both into London and further afield. Cheltenham, Worcester and Banbury are all around the 45-minute mark, whilst the larger market towns of Tewksbury and Stow-on-Wold are even closer.
If you are looking for a family base, close to good schools - Broadway is within the catchment area for excellent public and state options, including Cheltenham colleges, St. Edwards and Dean Close (also in Cheltenham), as well as Cothill and Kitebrook in Moreton-in-Marsh. Whether you're looking for a bigger, town-based campus or a rural backdrop for their education the options are plentiful and with excellent reputations.