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Stanway House and Fountain

The Tracey Family have owned Stanway House in the Cotswolds since the 1580's. The Gate House, designed by Timothy Strong, a local Craftsmen, was added in the  1630s. He also worked on St Pauls Cathedral and many important buildings in London after the Great Fire in 1666. During the summer months, the property is open to the public for a couple of days /week to tour the house and garden home to the most powerful gravity-fed in the world fountain reaching 300ft into the air. The reservoir to feed the fountain is at the top of the Cotswold Escarpment behind Stanway House. The Thatched cricket pavilion set upon staddle stones in Stanway House's grounds was presented to the village by JM Barrie who played cricket with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, AA Milne, and HG Wells in the 1920s. 

Stanway, Cotswold Villages

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Snowdrops Painswick's Rococo Gardens

Designed in the 1740's  Painswick's Rococo Gardens is a charming 6-acre garden laid out in a hidden valley around Painswick House. It was abandoned to woodland in the 1950s and has been re-designed by Lord and Lady Dickinson with a magnificent Yew Topiary, old roses and box parterres. The restoration which is nearing completion comprises a series of follies, ponds, and herbaceous borders. A privet maze was planted in 1998. The garden is famous for a fantastic display of snowdrops in late January and February. The gardens are open during these difficult times on Friday to Sunday 10 am to 3 pm. but must book tickets in advance for a timed entry.

Painswick, Rococo Gardens, Snowdrops

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The Cotswold Village of Guiting Power

Guiting Power is a delightful Cotswold Village situated at the upper reaches of the Windrush Valley. Adjacent to the village Green there is a Post Office, a cafe and village hall, with a pub at either end of the village. The name is derived from the Saxon Word "Getinge" meaning rushing, which refers to the nearby rushing Windrush (and not the pace of life in the village!). Dating back to Edward the Confessor the Lords of the Manor were called "lePohers", thus giving the village the name of Guiting Power.  Over half of the property in the village is owned by the "Cochrane" family with the houses being tenanted. There are many footpaths in the parish making the area very popular with walkers and ramblers.

 

Villages, Cotswolds , Guiting Power

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Visit the Cotswolds by train from London.

There are daily, and regular return trains from London Paddington to the Cotswold stations of Kingham, or Moreton in Marsh with a journey time of 1hour and 20 minutes. Best Cotswold Tours will collect you and return you to the station and guide you to the quintessential Cotswold area's hidden treasures. Relax and enjoy a memorable day visiting this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty while touring around the rolling hills, honey-coloured cottages, and quiet, tranquil villages in the comfort of a Mercedes with a knowledgeable and local driver.

Moreton-in-Marsh

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What to expect on a Best Cotswold Tour

On a private bespoke Best Cotswold Tour, you will discover the charm and tranquility of the Cotswolds with a local knowledgeable and caring driver. Admire the beauty of this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty from the luxury of an eight-seat Mercedes. You will be able to visit the hidden gems of the Cotswolds at your own pace and see the best sites where the larger tour companies cannot go. You will be collected and returned from and to your Cotswold Hotel, B&B, Rail station or campsite and taken to where you want to go. There will be time to enjoy a Cotswold Lunch in one of the many Pubs creating fabulous meals that have been locally sourced. The objective is for you to have a memorable day in the Cotswolds.

Luxury Vehicle

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Burford - The Gateway to the Cotswolds

Burford is commonly known  as "the Gateway to the Cotswolds."  Its name id derived from Burgh meaning fortified and ford a crossing of the river. Initially, the town prospered from the wool trade but over the centuries other industries such as weaving, leather tanning, saddle making stonemasonry, brewing and timber production from the local Wychwood forest. King Charles 11 with his mistress Nell Gwynn attended the races at nearby Aldsworth which opened in 1621. These races were second in importance to Newmarket the centre of horse racing and now have become the origin of the now famous Cheltenham races. King Charles and Nell Gwynn named their illegitimate son, Earl of Burford,  after the town. The town later became an important coaching town during the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries and still contains many fine hotels and inns.

Villages, Burford., Cotswod Gateway

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Sudeley Rose Garden - A Cotswold Gem

The Magnificent Gardens at Sudeley are a Cotswold Gem. From the Knot Garden's serenity to the peace and quiet of the Secret Garden, to the splendour of the Queens Rose garden, there is so much to see and admire. The ten beautifully kept restored gardens compliment the backdrop of the Castle and the ruins of Richard 111rd. Banqueting hall. 

Sudeley , Historic Castle