Imagine the perfect English village... Welcome to Snitterfield

The English Village idyll conjures up images of pubs spilling out onto the village green, the sound of leather on willow from the cricket club and the fragrance of lovingly tended gardens. In summer there will be a fete with bunting adorned lanes with locals laughing. In autumn the field will be full of tractors and scarecrows. The fire will be roaring in the local pub where the landlady is always welcoming and the ale is always good. Spring will herald lambs in the fields you walk through with the dogs. All the eccentricity of pastoral life goes on throughout the year. If The English Village is where you want to call home, then Snitterfield ticks each box.

Snitterfield isn’t a village miles from civilisation, you are actually conveniently placed between Stratford-upon-Avon and Warwick. In minutes you can be zipping along the M40 or boarding a train to London and Birmingham, accessible in just 90 and 30 minutes respectively. The village is surrounded by beautiful countryside and farmland with miles of beautiful walks including The Monarch’s Way.

The Snitterfield Arms is the local pub and it is a cracker. You will find a mix of friendly locals at the bar chatting about everything from politics to the guest ale. The food is tip-top and the Sunday roast is up to Mr Clarke’s standards. A short stroll from the pub, past some very pretty gardens, you come to the Village Store. Well stocked with all the basics as well as local produce and a deli counter with the finest samosas this side of Mumbai. There’s a fabulous Farm Shop nearby too with a restaurant and café.

Pubs spill onto the green and you can hear the sound of leather on willow. Ah, village life.

The village has a thriving social calendar from the weekly community Village Hall cinema and arts and crafts club, to the tennis and cricket clubs, and Snitt-Fest. There are two great golf clubs within a few miles and lots of equestrian facilities.

St James the Great is the parish church of Snitterfield, and being a Grade I listed building, over 900 years old, it is a significant landmark in the village. There is also some serious history to delve into.

Shakespeare’s grandfather, Richard, lived in a farmhouse in the village, and while the farmhouse has changed substantially, it still retains some Tudor features. Richard’s son John, Shakespeare’s father, was born in the village and it’s quite probable that William himself would have been a visitor to this farmhouse.  

There’s a highly regarded primary school in the village itself and plenty of quality nurseries for little ones. You’ll find a good choice of secondary schools too, including grammar schools and independent options as well.

  • Closest village/town: Minutes from Stratford-upon-Avon and surrounded by pretty villages
  • Post Office: 1
  • Stores: A well stocked Village Store and Farm Shop
  • Supermarket: Waitrose and M&S are nearby, to name a few
  • Pubs: The Snitterfield Arms is a cracking boozer
  • Walks: Mile upon mile of country walks, including The Monarch’s Way
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