Experience gardens galore, grandeur and 2000 years of history as we discover Royal Castles, Romans Baths, towers and nature, exploring the hidden gems of the Cotswold Region
Moreton in Marsh - 3 nights
Tetbury - 2 nights
Undulating gracefully across west-central England, covering five counties, the Cotswolds region is a delightful tangle of golden villages, thatched cottages, evocative churches and honey-coloured mansions. An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this range of hills filled with rustic rural charm, vibrant market towns and picture-perfect villages, offers nearly 800 square miles of unspoilt countryside. The Roman legions arrived in 43AD and stayed for the next 350 years. The region owes its wealth, and exquisite architecture, to the medieval wool trade, when ‘Cotswold Lion’ sheep were prized across Europe. Reminders of these times can still be seen today in Tetbury, the southern gateway to the Cotswolds, an architectural gem with many merchants’ houses remaining as they were in the 16th and 17th century. Delve into history at Sudeley Castle and Gardens, scale the heights of Broadway Tower and surround yourself with nature at Westonbirt Arboretum as you discover one of Britain’s most spectacular locations. Immerse yourself in the best of the Cotswold region, visiting iconic towns and villages. Discover stunning heritage sites as well as incredible gardens, including the gardens at Highgrove, the private home of Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall. Hailed by William Morris in the 19th century as encapsulating a timeless English rural idyll, The Cotswolds remains a treasured destination. With amazing views around every corner and over the Cotswold escarpment, you’ll be enthralled by the pace and charm of quintessential England.
New Domestic Tour
Local Expert Guides
Group Size: 6 – 12
Day 1 Meet at Moreton in Marsh, then travel to Chipping Campden, a golden-stoned medieval ‘Wool Town’. Explore its ancient Market Hall and continue to Hidcote Gardens for a private talk on the wonderful Arts and Crafts garden courtyards, designed by Lawrence Johnson. There is the option to wander next door to Kiftsgate Court Gardens, the creation of three generations of women gardeners. Visit the ‘UK’s No.1 village pub’ ‘Yubberton’, or the Ebrington Arms, for a pint of ‘Yubby’. Check in at The Manor, Moreton in Marsh. (D)
Day 2 Travel to Broadway Tower, explore this striking Folly, from here you can see 16 counties and into Wales, later travel to the town of Winchcombe and onto iconic Sudeley Castle, hidden in the heart of the Cotswolds, where Queen Katherine Parr, wife of Henry XIII, lived and is buried. (B)
Day 3 Take the train to Kingham and Daylesford Organic Farm. Enjoy a Market Garden Tour with the head gardener to see (and taste) their produce, grown using entirely organic methods. In the afternoon we head to The Slaughters, taking their name from the Old English word for ‘muddy place’, they are today regarded as two of the prettiest villages in the Cotswolds, enjoy a riverside walk, then visit the historic market town of Stow on the Wold. (B)
Day 4 Visit Chedworth’s Roman Villa, one of Britain’s grandest, with extensive mosaic floors and hypocaust systems. Enjoy a picnic lunch before visiting Highgrove for a private tour of the gardens. Since 1980, His Royal Highness has been devoted to transforming the gardens of his private residence, which are renowned as some of the most inspiring and innovative in the United Kingdom. Check in at the Hare and Hounds, Tetbury, enjoy the market town atmosphere. (B, L)
Day 5 Travel to Lacock, frozen in history and owned almost entirely by the National Trust, thus remaining unspoilt over the centuries. Tour the 13th-century Abbey, founded by the Countess of Salisbury. Later visit the National Westonbirt Arboretum one of the most beautiful and important plant collections in the world, explore its tree-top walkway with stunning canopy views. (B, D)
Day 6 Travel to Bath, explore the canals and the World Heritage City. Visit Holburne Museum, the incredibly preserved Roman Baths, tour the cobbled streets, the literary heritage and Regency architecture of the Royal Circus and Royal Crescent. Return journey. (B)
This is a full itinerary with most visits on foot including several sites with inclines or steps.
The Manor House has a long history. The present building is believed to date back to 1539 when Henry VIII granted the Manor to the Dean and Chapter of Westminster, acquired by the Creswyke family in the 17th century. The Manor House Hotel, a stunning contemporary, luxury coaching inn offers luxurious accommodation and an award-winning restaurant, library, bar, brassierie, lounge and beautiful walled garden. Each room in this 16th century building has its own distinctive charms. All 35 rooms have been luxuriously decorated and have a TV, tea and coffee facilities and Wifi (free).
The Hare and Hounds, a charming country house, resides in its own gardens and woodlands, with hidden pathways through secret archways that lead on to manicured lawns, dotted with deck chairs, and terraces for outdoor eating. The main property was built in the 1860’s in Victorian new-renaissance style by Robert Stayner Holford, founder of the Westonbirt Arboretum. The hotels boasts a Drawing Room, library, lounge and award winning restaurant as well as a bar-restaurant. Relax in one of the 42 beautifully designed rooms, located in the original house as well as the Garden Cottage and Coach House, each room is unique with TV, tea and coffee making facilities and Wifi (free).
It was John Wood the Elder, creator of Bath’s many prestigious buildings, who designed Francis Hotel’s now Grade I listed building. Boasting splendidly vibrant interiors that celebrate the vivaciousness and charm of the Regency period, the exterior is an exemplary ensemble of Georgian townhouses on the World Heritage Site of Bath’s original classic square. The hotel has a lounge/bar and restaurant. All rooms 98 luxury bedrooms are individually styled with TV, air conditioning, hair dryer, iron, safe, tea and coffee making facilities and WiFi (free).
per person in a double/twin room
Supplements per person
Single supplement £315
Rail Travel from London’s Paddington to Moreton in Marsh, returning from Bath £95
First Class £95
Extra Nights – Bath
Francis Hotel (per night) £150
Single supplement £125
5 nights’ accommodation, breakfast daily, 2 dinners, 1 picnic lunch, entrance fees, itinerary as described, services of expert local driver/guides and representative.
Travel insurance, arrival/departure transfers, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.
Parking, for those who wish to arrive independently by car, is included for the duration of your stay. We will arrange your return transfer, to Moreton in Marsh to collect your vehicle.
National Trust Members will receive a reduction of £40. Please register your membership numbers when you book.
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