Around 80% of the Cotswolds is farmland. The area stretches from Bath in the south to Stratford upon Avon in the North. They are approximately 120 miles in length and 50 miles wide. There is a pronounced escarpment which runs up most of the western edge. Cotswold stone is made up of layer upon layer of sand and shell fragments bound together. It was formed during the Jurassic period about 200 million years ago. The Cotswolds were designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in 1966 and cover about 790 square miles.
The King of Mercia, King Kenulf had his palace at Winchcombe in Saxon times. The town is steeped in history, and today is a very popular walking destination. Winchcombe is the intersection of the Cotswold Way, the Gloucestershire Way, the Wardens Way, the Wychavon Way and the Saint Kenelms Way. Beyond you can explore the Neolithic burial sire known as Belas Knapp. Situated in Spoonley Wood an original Roman Mosaic can be found under some sacking, a copy of which can be seen in Sudeley Castle.
Stanton is a village "frozen in time". Sir Philip Stott purchased much of the village before the Great War and moved into Stanton Court. He ensured by covenants that unsightly features of the 20thC could never disfigure the village. At the far end of the village is Shenberrow Hill well known for its Iron Age earthworks and magnificent views. Nearby in the village of Stanway, can be found the Jacobean Mansion of Stanway House. J.M Barrie fell in love with the house and donated the cricket pavilion where he entertained such well-known people as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and HG Wells.
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 coffee or comfort break mid-morning I will take you to have lunch in one of the many wonderful Cotswold pubs, cafe's, or Farm Shops where you will have a delicious lunch of locally grown produce. The afternoon I might 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. I will return you to your hotel, B&B or train station late afternoon/early evening. A typical day might last from 9.00am to approximately 6.00 pm. My aim is for you to have a memorable relaxing day in the Cotswolds to "Explore the Cotswolds"
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.