The Cotswolds

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"The quintessential English countryside”

Tour Highlights: Burford, Bourton on the Water, Stow-on-the-Wold, The Slaughters, Broadway, Chipping Camden the stunning Cotswold landscape, charming villages, country cottages and ancient manor houses, a truly “off the beaten path experience”

Centred on the gentle slopes of the Cotswold Hills, the greater part of the Cotswolds lies in Gloucestershire but it also reaches into Worcestershire, Oxfordshire and Wiltshire. This beautiful area is famous for its tranquil and dignified villages, which derive much of their charm from the use of the warm, honey coloured limestone which was quarried locally and used alike for churches, mansions and humble cottages.

In an area once given over almost entirely to sheep farming, many of the fine manor houses and churches owe their existence to the generosity of wealthy 14th and 15th century yeoman farmers and wool merchants. Water is never far from sight in the Cotswolds, where numerous sparkling streams and rivers wind through the valleys and alongside village streets.

Our suggested route, refined through many years of exploring this beautiful landscape, in our opinion offers the very best the Cotswolds has to offer and without doubt will leave you with a host of unforgettable memories.

We start at the “Gateway of the Cotswolds”, Burford, a charming old wool town full of gabled cottages and cobbled streets. We then take a slow meandering tour through some of the most beautiful landscape this country has to offer, through such charming villages as The Slaughters, Bourton on the water before making our way to Stow-on-the- wold for lunch at a fine country tavern. Of course there is time to enjoy some shopping at the eclectic mix of boutiques and perhaps purchase a rare antique to take home with you.

After lunch we tour Broadway the most beautiful village this region boasts and a tour through Chipping Camden and perhaps time for afternoon tea and cake before we journey home.

As with all our tours, if our most popular tour schedules do not suit your specific requirements, please allow us to create a customised itinerary especially for you. We always remember the day is yours to cherish.
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“Hi, Oliver, Now that we are back in US, my wife and I both agree that, although we enjoyed Paris and Rome, the day we spent (Thursday, 4 June) in Dorset with Danny in hot pursuit of T. E. Lawrence was the best overall day of our vacation. We had just finished a crowded bus tour the day before (Windsor, Stonehenge, Oxford) and my wife was glad to travel in luxury for a change. The weather was perfect (we were very lucky with weather our whole trip, I have to say). We did wander around narrow country roads a bit through various Warehams, but that was all part of the adventure. We ended with a fine time at Corfe Castle, having visited the Tank Museum, Clouds Hill, Lawrence’s grave, and much more. A dream come true for me, and I was surprised my wife took such an interest in tank history (then again, she is a teacher). It was our driver who uncovered the fact that the woman “guide” at Clouds Hill was a “cousin” of Lawrence’s: Lady Theresa Jenkins-Teague, who is related to the Chapman side of Lawrence’s family. That was the highlight of the day for me. I am now a proud member of the TEL Society, and I will be sure to recommend your services to anyone who needs a car in London. I am already compiling a list of places we must go on our next visit. :-) Thank you for a wonderful and memorable day. Walter (and Camille) Goralski” Read more testimonials

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