1 People per unit: 4/6
Price Guide: £800 - £1350 per week
Open: All Year
Web site: www.eastgatewarwick.co.uk
The fortunes of Warwick and its famous Castle have waxed and waned together through the centuries, but generally they have both been lucky or wise in choosing the winning side in the major conflicts - Yorkists during the "Wars of the Roses" and Parliamentarians during the "Civil War". As a result both castle and town escaped widespread destruction and as the castle grew so to did the walled town which serviced it, each adapting to suit the times with tourism now keeping the tills ringing.
In the 11th Century the East Gate gave guarded access through the town walls to protect the Saxon settlement from Viking raids. By the 15th Century the defence of Warwick must have become less important than religion, for two of the three entrances to the town had chapels superimposed upon them. In the case of the West Gate, St James's Chapel and for the East Gate, St Peter's which became a chantry Chapel. With the dissolution of the monasteries under Henry V111, there followed a few centuries of neglect and dereliction until a gothic style rebuild designed by the architect, Francis Hiorn (who was also the mayor) in 1788. More recently the chapel has earned its keep as classrooms for King's High School for Girls.
Although a Scheduled Ancient Monument and with 2* Listed Building Status, it was little noticed in Warwick until it was put up for auction in 2010. Luckily for the chapel, it was bought and rescued from this humdrum existance and has been lovingly and expensively restored in the manner pioneered by the Landmark and Vivat Trusts to provide top class. if eccentric, accommodation for visitors to enjoy, Finished with elm, oak, flagstoned floors and stone staircases, leaded windows and antique furniture, it succeeds in blending baronial splendour with chic modern touches where required. St Peter's Chapel and its associated battlements and tower with magnificent clock and pinnacles, dominates the eastern end of Warwick close to the castle grounds. Glorious architecture, restaurants and shops are only a few steps from the hefty oak entrance door, which you will need to keep firmly shut if you don't want to provide guided tours for the curious locals! In the 11th Century tying up your horse at Eastgate was simple compared to parking your car in modern Warwick, but this is no problem for chapel renters who get FREE PARKING thanks to the provided residents parking permit.
This a great place to come and learn (or relearn) a little of England's turbulent history, whilst still enjoying the luxuries of central heating, modern plumbing and a fancy kitchen during your stay!
|Private parking without charge||No||Credit cards accepted||No||Mini-breaks (3 days min)||Yes|
|Daily cleaning (may be a charge)||No||Open Christmas and New Year||Yes||Linen provided||Yes|
|Pets accepted by arrangement||No||Central heating||Yes||Within 1/2 mile of public transport||Yes|