Blackberry (2 at Podtastic)
The Owner Says
Each pod has a double bed suitable for two adults and a sofa bed suitable for two children under 16.
There are cooking facilities, fridge, shower room with toilet, TV and free Wi-Fi. Outside there is a decking area with picnic table, firepit and BBQ stand.
Suitable ForTents, glamping, families, campervans, and caravans – yes. Stag and hen parties and dogs – no.
NearbyThe campsite is ideally situated, in the centre of Warwickshire, to explore many of the historic midlands towns. Warwick is less than 25 minutes away by car and worth going to if only to visit the majestic Warwick Castle (01926 406610). It's a proper day out for the whole family with attractions and activities that include a birds of prey show, jousting competitions, and a maze. Just outside the grounds of the castle is The Mill Garden (01926 492877) which is a magical setting of winding paths that lead to dramatic views of the medieval fortress. Stratford-upon-Avon lies just 10 miles further south and is famous for being the home of Shakespeare. It's possible to visit the family house and garden of the bard by going to Shakespeare's Birthplace (01789 204016). For walkers and cyclists, there are a number of scenic trails on the doorstep of the campsite. The Millennium Way is a 100-mile trail made up of 44 individual circular walks one of which, the Lias and Stockton Locks Circular, passes Podtastic and includes no less than five pubs on its five-mile route. Part of this trail takes in Stockton Reservoir (01926 812249) just one and a half miles to the west, which has good carp fishing.
Food & Drink
Pubs abound in this part of the world, there seems to be one around every corner. The Boat Restaurant and Bar (01926 812657) is the closest of these to the campsite, however. It's only a 10 minutes walk and is a good option for food as well as for a traditional pub atmosphere with local real ales, cider, and an open fireplace. Just 15 minutes further along the cycle path is The Blue Lias (01926 812249), named as such after the local clay type. It has extensive canal-side seating, good pub grub, and is supposedly haunted! For a variety of restaurants serving international cuisine, Royal Leamington Spa is under 20 minutes away by car. Kayal (01926 314 800) is a hugely popular Keralan restaurant that specialises in authentic and traditional seafood dishes from the southern Indian state and Las Iguanas (01926 968758) is a cocktail bar and Latin American/Mexican restaurant offering sizzling exotic dishes, with veggie and vegan options, at reasonable prices. For breakfasts, snacks, homemade gluten-free cakes, and coffee, The Larder (07702 559518) is a good bet.
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Podtastic is located at Nelson's Wharf, Rugby Road, Stockton, Southam, Warwickshire CV47 8AA
From the north, whether from the direction of Rugby or Coventry, head for Southam. From Coventry, take the A423 for approximately five miles before turning onto Birdingbury Road. Shortly after, there is a right turn that will take you onto the National Cycle Route 41 and from there it's another couple of miles before joining the A426. The destination is on the left after 350 yards. From Rugby, it's about eight miles on the A426 before the entrance to Nelson's Wharf on the left.Nelson's Wharf is equidistant from Royal Leamington Spa and Rugby and both have railway stations with major links to London and Birmingham. The number 63 bus runs regularly between the two towns and goes past the entrance to Nelson's Wharf.