Hall's Croft in Stratford Upon Avon
If you're looking to have a nose around a stunningly decorated, art filled, A list celebrities abode (after all, who wouldn't want to take a peek?), then look no further! Hall's Croft in Stratford Upon Avon, Warwickshire, is linked to one of the most famous, successful, respected and revered stars of all time - the one and only William Shakespeare!
Hall's Croft is a stunning, Jacobean style house which was built in 1613 for William Shakespeare's eldest child (out of 3 - two girls and one boy), Susanna, and her highly regarded physician husband, Dr John Hall, whom she married in 1607. However, the happy couple did not stay at Hall's Croft for very long, for in 1616, just after the death of her father, Susanna Hall inherited 'New Place' - the house in which William Shakespeare died.
Despite their short stay, John and Susanna's wealth and status is clearly visible in the very design of the building itself, not to mention the houses many displays that are open to the public, which includes (but is certainly not limited to) an impressive collection of 16th and 17th century paintings and furniture. That's not to mention the exhibition on Dr John Hall himself, which details some of the abstruse and unusual medical practices that he would have used during that time. Also be sure to take a wander around the houses striking walled garden - amongst the dozens of different flora and fauna you may just stumble across plants that Dr John himself would have used during medicinal treatments!
This year (2013) marks the 400th anniversary of this picturesque and historic building, so why not head on down and join the celebrations? Hall's Croft is open to the public everyday from 10am-5pm (April-October) or 11am-4pm (November-March), and tickets cost £14 for adults and £9 for children.