Landmarks in the Midlands

The Midlands is home to many wonderful Landmarks, including the RIBA Stirling Prize Winner Astley Castle and the remote, picturesque Birdhouse. In this blog, we've rounded up our Midlands Landmarks that are under 90 minutes drive from cities such as Birmingham, Leicester and Wolverhampton.

The Birdhouse in Badger Dingle, Shropshire


This spectacular Classically-inspired pavilion was designed by James Wyatt in 1783. Perched above a natural ravine known as the Dingle, this secluded Landmark makes a wonderful romantic getaway for two. There are plenty of good walks around Dingle (see if you can find the Rotunda) and Ironbridge with its many museums is just five miles away.

The Birdhouse sleeps 2. Four nights from £278, equivalent to £14 per person per night.

  • 45 minutes from Birmingham
  • 30 mintes from Wolverhampton
  • 50 minutes from Stafford
  • 75 minutes from Warwick
  • 90 minutes from Leicester

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Astley Castle in Nuneaton, Warwickshire

Gutted by a fire in the 1970s, it took decades to find a solution for Astley Castle’s future. Far beyond a conventional restoration project, we held an architectural competition to design a Landmark for the 21st century: ground-breaking accommodation has been stitched into the ruined walls of this historic moated site. Coventry – UK city of culture 2021 – is just over 10 miles away by car.  

Astley Castle sleeps 8. Four nights from £1098, equivalent to £34 per person per night.

  • 30 minutes from Birmingham
  • 55 minutes from Wolverhampton
  • 60 minutes from Stafford
  • 35 minutes from Warwick
  • 20 minutes from Coventry
  • 40 minutes from Leicester

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Lock Cottage in Stoke Pound, Worcestershire

The Worcester & Birmingham Canal runs 30 miles from Diglis Basin in Worcester to Gas Street in Birmingham. Lock keepers had to reside in the middle of the lock and our Lock Cottage sits between locks 31 and 32. The location combines a lovely countryside setting with close proximity to the Tardebigge flight of locks, which means that you are constantly meeting boaters and people passing on the towpath.

Lock Cottage sleeps 4. Four nights from £249, equivilanet to £16 per person per night.

  • 45 minutes from Birmingham
  • 65 minutes from Wolverhampton
  • 75 minutes from Stafford
  • 40 minutes from Warwick
  • 45 minutes from Coventry
  • 80 minutes from Leicester

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Iron Bridge House in Ironbridge, Shropshire


This former grocer’s house looks out at the world’s first entire iron bridge. Here, you are ideally placed to explore the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution. The many museums of the Iron Bridge gorge are on your doorstep including the Victorian town of Blists Hill, the Jackfield Tile Museum and the Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron

Iron Bridge House sleeps 4. Four nights from £312, equivialent to £20 per person per night. 

  • 45 minutes from Birmingham
  • 40 minutes from Wolverhampton
  • 50 minutes from Stafford
  • 80 minutes from Warwick
  • 70 minutes from Coventry
  • 90 minutes from Leicester

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Tixall Gatehouse near Stafford, Staffordshire


Tixall Gatehouse was built in about 1580 to stand in front of a grand house, long since destroyed. Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned here for two weeks in 1586. Emerging through the gatehouse, Mary is said to have weeped: “I have nothing for you, I am a beggar as well as you, all is taken from me.” Today, the gatehouse makes a comfortable Landmark, with the stone roof offering stunning views of the Arcadian landscape amongst the balustrades and turret tops. You can explore more Tudor history at the Ancient High House in nearby Stafford, reputedly one of the finest Tudor buildings in the country.  

Tixall Gatehouse sleeps 6. Four nights from £479, equivalent to £20 per person per night.

  • 45 minutes from Birmingham
  • 45 minutes from Wolverhampton
  • 15 minutes from Stafford
  • 75 minutes from Warwick
  • 65 minutes from Coventry
  • 90 minutes from Leicester 

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Knowle Hill near Ticknall, Derbyshire

This remote retreat offers a view across the treetops of beautiful Derbyshire countryside. The building has its origins in the late-17th century, where Walter Burnett built a house on the side of a ravine. A Gothick-summerhouse was later added, which still stands today. Knowle Hill is just a short distance from the “un-stately home and estate” Calke Abbey, run by the National Trust. The faded glory of the house, stables and gardens give an enlightening insight into the decline of country houses during the 20th century. The market town of Melbourne is close by (the Grade II* listed Melbourne Hall is worth a visit), as is Derby and its award-winning Museum and Art Gallery.

  • 45 minutes from Birmingham
  • 65 minutes from Wolverhampton
  • 60 minutes from Stafford
  • 65 minutes from Warwick
  • 50 minutes from Coventry
  • 45 minutes from Leicester 

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