Ilmington, Warwickshire, a picturesque village built mainly of warm honey coloured stone, is one of the hidden gems of the West Midlands. Ilmington lies at the northernmost end of the Cotswolds, just beneath Ilmington Downs; the highest point in Warwickshire which offers a magnificent 360 degree view across the countryside. Garden lovers will enjoy the benefit of being able to visit two wonderful and well known gardens on their doorstep – Hidcote(National Trust) and Kiftsgate; and if that is not enough to inspire a visit just stay home let me add it is a mere 13 km (8 miles) south of Stratford-on-Avon. (Andy Latt flickr)