The Cotswolds are world-renowned for their outstanding natural beauty, beguiling stately homes and quirky rural attractions and events.
Please find below our top 20 of things to do in the local vicinity - all of which can be accessed within a short drive or walk of the pub.
01. Hidcote Gardens & Kiftsgate Court
The National Trust's Hidcote Gardens is an Arts & Crafts masterpiece. Laid out by the revered American horticulturist, Major Lawrence Johnston, the intricately designed outdoor ‘rooms’ offer endless inspiration for the keen gardener. Set alongside Hidcote, Kiftsgate is famed for its grounds that were the creation of three generations of female gardeners. Author and feminist Germaine Greer rates Kiftsgate as her favourite garden.
02. Chipping Campden & Dover's Hill
With the Cotswolds cited as one of England's most picturesque regions, Chipping Campden is perhaps its prettiest town. Notable for its elegant terraced high street, dating back to the 14th century, Campden can be found within an easy walk of the pub. Located just one mile north of the town and rising some 754 feet is Dover’s Hill, which was named after the 17th century lawyer Robert Dover, founder of the precursor to the modern day Olympics.
03. Snowshill & Snowshill Manor
From tiny toys to Samurai armour, musical instruments to fine clocks, thousands of objects are housed in this fine Cotswold manor house - that plays host to the eclectic collection of English architect, craftsman and poet Charles Wade. The surrounding village of Snowshill provided the backdrop for the homecoming scenes of Bridget Jones's Diary and was glazed in fake snow for the filming.
04. Broadway Tower
Marked out as the highest castle of the Cotswolds, Broadway Tower was conceived and built by leading 18th century landscaper Capability Brown and renowned architect James Wyatt. The unique vantage point of the Saxon style tower was used by The Royal Observer Corps for tracking enemy planes during both world wars and was later chosen as the location for a Cold War nuclear bunker.
05. Stratford-upon-Avon & the RSC
The medieval market town of Stratford-upon-Avon is the place of pilgrimage for all things Shakespeare. The Bard's hometown attracts upwards of 2.5m visitors a year, with nearly half attending performances staged by the Royal Shakespeare Company. The RSC employs over 1,000 staff, produces around 20 productions a year and is the UK's only theatre company with its own on-site armoury, producing breastplates, gauntlets and weaponry.
06. The Romantic Road
The Cotswolds are without doubt one of Britain’s most romantic regions. So much so that not one, but two road trips have been mapped out upon which lovers can drink in the rolling hills, the honey-coloured stone villages and the magnificent Regency spa town of Cheltenham. Ebrington Arms landlords, Claire and Jim, first set eyes on the pub when undertaking this drive. It subsequently changed their lives for ever.
07. Gorgeous Local Walks
There are a myriad of beguiling walks of varying distances, all starting out from the pub. Most notably, is a two hour round trip via the peak of Ebrington Hill (some 856 feet) to the borders of Foxcote House: the sprawling private residence of the billionaire owner of the Victoria’s Secret lingerie brand. Fancy pants aside, a brisk jaunt down to Chipping Campden via the stunning Jacobean East Banqueting House (pictured) should take less than an hour.
Distance: on the doorstep
08. Villages not to be missed
Although one may hesitate at entering Upper and Lower Slaughter into the sat nav, this classic Cotswold village, divided by the meandering yet minuscule River Eye, is well worth a visit. Other villages worthy of a detour include Bourton-on-the-Water (pictured) with its motor museum and model village, Stow on the Wold with its famous market square, and Moreton-in-the-Marsh with its neighbouring 4,500 estate, Sezincote.
09. Batsford Arboretum
This 55-acre dog-friendly arboretum is home to the country's largest private collection of trees and shrubs. The gardens of Batsford were originally set out in the Chinese and Japanese wild style by Algernon Freeman-Mitford, grandfather of the Mitford sisters who all later lived at the house during World War I. These days, the estate hosts Tai Chi courses and live performances, alongside numerous educational programmes.
10. Shopping in Cheltenham
Split neatly into four quarters, the high end boutiques of the Continental leafy Promenade compete for your pursestrings with the more independent stores and eateries of Montpellier. While the Bath Road offers everyday staples for locals and visitors alike, the Brewery district is home to multitude of entertainment complexes. With a brand new John Lewis store set to open in 2018, Cheltenham is fast becoming the retail capital south central England.
11. The Regal Cinema, Evesham
The Regal, Evesham’s recently restored art deco cinema, also doubles as a coffee shop, bar and gallery. In addition to a carefully curated blend of contemporary blockbusters and art house fare, the Regal also hosts lectures, live music and comedy nights. Noted for its salubrious and sumptuous interior, visitors to this independent cinema can also enjoy a cheeseboard and a bottle of wine from the comfort of their love seat while snuggling down for a movie.
12. Folk Music Night
The Cotswolds are awash with wonderful musicians, many of whom regularly show up for our monthly folk night. This informal and fun open-mic night is open to all levels of players and is popular with both locals and newcomers alike. Local farmer James Drinkwater (pictured) regularly draws a crowd with his hearty yet heartfelt contributions to the night. Food and (lots of) drink is served in the bar as usual.
Distance: in the pub
Every first Monday of the month
13. Barn Antiques
This imaginatively laid out barn spans over 13,000 square feet, from which a wide range of antiques, furniture and collectables are traded by over 40 expert dealers. In fact, many of the artefacts you'll see scattered around the pub and the B&B rooms were sourced from this fascinating facility. Make a day of your trip by dining at the barn’s licensed bistro.
14. Warwick Castle
Having proudly stood for over 11 centuries, the imposing Warwick Castle is these days a family favourite following a recent £6 million restoration. Actors bring to life the medieval castle's gruesome past, while other attractions include the world's largest working siege machine and 65 acres of rolling landscaped gardens. Book in advance for the cheapest tickets and arrive early to avoid the crowds, especially during weekends and school holidays.
15. Daylesford Organic
Having pioneered organic farming for over three decades, Daylesford remains one of the most sustainable farms in the UK. In addition, the 2,350 acre holding is revered for its excellent cookery school that hosts numerous course, including quick and simple suppers, seasonal dinner parties and artisan bread making. Private classes are available for groups and a visit to the amply stocked farm shop is in itself well worth the journey.
16. Chastleton House
Built between 1607 and 1612, and owned by the same same family until 1991, this Jacobean country house is a veritable time capsule of the past four centuries. Now managed by the National Trust, this sprawling and impressive property has purposefully been left unrestored to afford visitors a genuine opportunity to step back in time. The house is usually closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
17. Cotswold Wildlife Park
Only in the Cotswolds can you gaze at rhinos grazing on the lawns of a gothic manor house from the vantage point of a narrow-gauge railway carriage. The Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens exhibits over 260 different species of animals and is the largest privately owned zoological collection in the UK. The park comes complete with a sky-maze that features interconnecting treehouses with jungle bridges and slides.
18. Adam Henson's Cotswold Farm Park
Countryfile presenter Adam Henson was raised on the farm he now runs as a popular family-friendly farm park. As the home of rare breed conservation, visitors can come face to snout with over 50 varieties of farm animals, including Gloucestershire old spot pigs and Highland cattle. The park also plays host to an adventure playground, a maze and a tractor school, while the touch barn and demonstration barn can be enjoyed all year round,.
19. British Asparagus Festival
The British Asparagus Festival in the Vale of Evesham runs between the end of April and the end of June. We kid you not, weekly events over the two-month period include an asparagus auction, an asparagus colour family fun run, and Asparafest - a music and food festival celebrating all things asparagus. Beware: Morris Dancers are known to operate at asparagus related events.
20. The Killingworth Castle
In the interests of transparency, we have to report that The Killingworth - with its two AA Rosettes and Michelin Bib Gourmand rating - is the sister pub of The Ebrington Arms. We took on the derelict pub in 2012 and, after a considerable restoration programme, reopened to resounding critical acclaim, culminating in awards bestowed by the Oxford Timesfor 'restaurant of the year' and 'pub of the year'. Show your Ebrington Arms room key at the bar and the first drink's on us.