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Local Knowledgeable Tour Guide

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Born in the Cotswolds in the village of Wyck Rissington, I  have farmed the surrounding area since the late '70s. I took early retirement in 2016 and have always wanted to share with others this beautiful part of the world, that I am passionate about. I have a great knowledge of the history, the "locals" and the hidden gems of the Cotswolds. I love to share my strong association with the land with all my guests and can explain exactly what is going on "on the other side of the hedge". I love to meet people and take great pleasure in sharing this Quintessentially English countryside and villages with all my guests.

 Discover Cotswold Towns and  villages -In one day from London

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BATH & South COTSWOLDS day tours

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Bespoke Cotswold Tours

Explore the very best of the Cotswolds with Best Cotswold Tours. Enjoy this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, where time has stood still for 300 years. Wonder at the quintessential countryside with its rolling hills and honey-coloured cottages and quaint historic villages. A day with Best Cotswold Tours will be a fun day to gain an insight into Cotswold Life.  A private tour is the best way to experience the beautiful Cotswold scenery and explore the awe-inspiring hidden gems of a Cotswold landscape. Take the stress out of planning a trip;  Dispel any anxiety of driving on the “wrong side “ of the road. Mark, Cotswold born and bred, and who has unprecedented and passionate knowledge of the area will guide you not only to some popular destinations but also to some secret quiet spots. Travel in luxury and comfort in a vehicle that will carry up to 7 guests and luggage. Each tour is tailored to your requirement and will be at your speed. You will not be sharing the day with anyone else.


A typical day's tour

I will collect you from your Hotel, B&B, train station within the Cotswold Area at a time to suit you. I will transport you in the luxury of my Mercedes to visit beautiful Cotswold Villages, Panoramic views, Magnificent Gardens, Manor Houses, Castles, or wherever you might want to visit. After a relaxing morning, you can enjoy a delicious lunch in one of the many local pubs or cafes sampling some of the finest locally produced food from the Cotswolds.  In the afternoon I could take you to one of the many gardens, or one of the numerous historic houses of your choice. The day is designed exclusively for you and your family and will be at your pace, to stop, admire, or simply to take photographs.  I will return you to your hotel, B&B, or train station late afternoon/early evening. A typical day might start at 9.00 am and last to approximately 6.00 pm. The aim is to have a relaxing and memorable, and fun  day and to  thoroughly "Enjoy the experience”

Why visit the Cotswolds?

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Spectacular Cotswold Gardens

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Local Produce & Food

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Explore Cotswold Villages

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Historic Buildings and Manors

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Traditional Arts Crafts, and Skills

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Breathtaking Landscapes & Scenery

Walk the Cotswolds  

The Cotswolds provide an ideal walking area to explore the stunning countryside of rolling hills, grazing pastures, an ever-changing colour of crops, picturesque villages, and quaint country pubs. This is an ideal time to connect with nature on one of the many footpaths that criss-cross this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Best Cotswold Tours could guide you on long walks, for example, a section of the Cotswold Way, The Windrush Way, The Diamond Way, which are a few suggestions or could drop you and collect you at a pre-arranged point to combine a driving and walking tour.

Cotswold Day Tours From London

Tours to the Cotswolds are easily done from London. There are many people who commute daily to work from their idyllic Cotswold homes. By train, The Cotswolds are well served with quick and efficient services from  London, Paddington, and Marylebone.  There are mainline railway stations at Bath, Cheltenham, Gloucester, Kemble (serving Cirencester and the South), Moreton-in-Marsh, Charlbury, Kingham, and Oxford. Please enquire about possible travel options.

Fancy a Best Cotswold Tour Picnic?

Rather than have lunch in one of the Cotswold cafes or pubs, Best Cotswold Tours can arrange to produce a delicious picnic lunch sourced from one of the many Cotswold delicatessens. This could be eaten in one of the beautiful villages or on one of the stunning viewpoints. To accompany your picnic you could sample some of the local beers, ciders or wine. Discover more in Local Food & Produce. Prior booking would be required.