Did this house inspire Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream?

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  • It's presumably named Shakespeare House for good reason?

    Shakespeare House is a family home with a tale to tell. It could be hearsay, but word has it William Shakespeare stayed here on a number of occasions. It’s even rumored to have been his inspiration for A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

    The beautifully restored Grade II-listed house was formerly a 16th Century Inn named ‘The Ship’. According to tradition, the famous playwrite stayed at the inn, whilst travelling between Stratford-upon-Avon and London.

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    The period charm of the part Elizabethan and Georgian home is evident before you even step foot inside.

    The seven-bedroom property in Aylesbury, is currently on the market with Zoopla – with an asking price of £1.5million.

    The kitchen

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    The traditional oak kitchen/breakfast room is to the rear of the property. With a high vaulted ceiling and wall-to-floor windows this room feels light and spacious.

    The layout extends round the corner, allowing for plenty of space for cooking and entertaining – ideal for busy family life.

    The living room

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    While carrying out restoration work the owners were mindful to retain the property’s period features. Charming exposed beams, decorative brickwork and open fireplaces are the key features preserved.

    The bedroom

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    The historical property has kept leaded windows throughout to retain character.

    The bathroom

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    The main family bathroom boasts the most modern interior of all the rooms. Black marble tiles paired with streamlined white sanitaryware adds a contemporary feel.

    The gardens

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    It’s likely the picturesque gardens were the inspiration behind A Midsummer Night’s Dream. We could imagine fairies and pixies dancing around these delightful gardens.

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    In addition to the lush grounds of approximately 1 acre, there’s a dreamy wishing well.

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    Knock, knock…Romeo, Romeo wherefore art thou Romeo?

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