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East Gate and St Peter's Chapel Holiday Home

February 19, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 151

Eastgate and St Peter`s Chapel are a well known Landmark in the heart of Warwick. The Gateway is one of the last 2 remaining into the Town and date back to Warwick's interesting and traumatic history. The gateway is now a Listed Grade 2 building.

The Eastgate building includes St Peter`s Chapel which stands on the 11th century gateway. This chapel was built in 1420, but underwent major renovation in 1788. The chapel used to belong to the school next door and was used as a music room, but now after an expensive refurbishment the chapel is being used as an holiday let for tourists. The interior is now comfortably furnished and is available to let all year round.

Before the refurbishment the interior was lacking any charm and was not fit for habitation, but now after a lot of work done the rooms are luxurious and comfortable, but still keeping in tune with the buildings illustrious history. There is now 2 bedrooms, living and dining room combined and bathroom with shower. There are great views from the ramparts and it is only a stone throw from the castle itself.

It is close to all amenities and there are many restaurants and bars to choose from offering cuisine from all over the world. Also only a stones throw away from the fantastic Warwick Castle. This medieval castle is situated on the enchanting River Avon, built in 1068 by the Norman invading King William the Conquer. The earl of Warwick took ownership of the castle in 1088.

Since the castle was constructed in the 11th century, it has seen many changes to its structure, which included adding to the towers and redesigning the living quarters. Major improvements to the defence of the town and castle came about during the hundred year's war. Later on the castle would have less influence as a strategic defence and more as a residence and hence the grounds were turned into fabulous gardens and now the castle is open to the public all year round.

The local area also includes Kenilworth Castle. Construction started on this castle in the 1120s to a Norman design, but over the centuries (Norman to Tudor times) it was expanded greatly in size. In 1649 Parliamentary forces during the English Civil War partly destroyed the castle to stop it being used by the royalists as a military stronghold.

Kenilworth is only a short drive away from Warwick, still in the county of Warwickshire. It is a lovely small historic town, with the castle as its focus, though it maybe in ruins it is still worth a visit, with a medieval monastery included

In the heart of Warwick is the Lord Leycester Hospital. It is a hospital dating back to the late 14th century. During the reign of Queen Elizabeth the First it became a place to home retired and injured soldiers and there wives. The hospital today still takes care of ex-servicemen and their families, but is also open to the public all year round.

Warwick Racecourse is another interesting landmark to visit when in Warwick. It is one of the most important flat racing and steeple chasing courses in the UK. There are 25 race meetings throughout the year and some have television coverage.The racecourse also boasts a 9 hole golf course and a driving range, situated in the middle of the grounds.

Boating on the River Avon is great past time when you are in Warwick. The River Avon meanders for 75 miles, ending in the sea via the Severn Estuary. The river cuts through Warwick and is popular with boaters and walkers alike. In Warwick there is a park (St Nicholas) with cafes and children facilities along the river and boats can be hired for your pleasure.

For more information on Eastgate, visit the website for more information

Fergus Wilkie

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