Another fascinating Best Cotswold Tour. From the culture of William Shakespeare's Stratford upon Avon, to the view point of 16 counties from Broadway Tower, while taking in the Lavender Farm at Snowshill, and if time allows to visit the nearby Adam Henson's Cotswold farm Park.
Standing 65ft high Broadway Tower is the second highest point in the Cotswolds. The Tower was built for the Earl of Coventry in 1798 by renowned 18th Century architect James Wyatt.
Known as the Highest Little Castle in the Cotswolds, Broadway Tower has a Saxon look with circular arches over the windows and entrance. There are three turrets, three canted sides and numerous gargoyles and balconies. On a clear day you can see up to 16 counties from the top of the Tower.
Broadway Tower was a countryside retreat for members of the Arts & Crafts movement and in the late 19th Century Sir Edward Burn-Jones rented the Tower with his friend William Morris. Morris mounted expeditions to Broadway Tower and frequently visited with his daughter May.
William Morris was so inspired by Broadway Tower and other ancient buildings that he founded the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings in 1877. “T
Chipping Campden is a small market town. It is notable for its elegant terraced High Street, dating from the 14th century to the 17th century. ( A rich wool trading centre in the Middle Ages, Chipping Campden enjoyed the patronage of wealthy wool merchants. The High Street is lined with honey-coloured limestone buildings, built from locally quarried Cotswold stone.
Stanway's beautiful architecture, furniture, parkland and village are now complemented by the restored 18th century water garden and the magnificent fountain - 165 feet high in 2003, and expected to rise to over 300 feet in 2004, making it the tallest garden fountain and gravity fountain in the world. One of the finest 19th century water gardens, restored in 1998, Stanway lies beneath the 700 feet-high Cotswold escarpment. Its grand formal canal, with 165 foot high fountain, stands on a great grass terrace overlooking the Jacobean manor house and is fed by a long Cascade issuing from a cirular pool behing the Pyramid. These water features, together with the surrounding parkland, planted with avenues and fine specimen trees, the wide lawns, wild flower meadows, grass mounds, orchards and walled garden, create a landscape, as peaceful and beautiful as any in Britian.
Thank you so much, Mark, for everything you've made memories for a lifetime for all of us. We appreciate it so very much .
It was a wonderful experience from start to finish . (Sept 2017)