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.
Footpath at Snowshill
Explore stunning countryside with green rolling hills crisscrossed by countless footpaths, secluded river valleys, picturesque towns and villages of honey coloured stone along with an abundance of welcoming Cotswold inns and tea rooms.
The area is well known for gentle hillsides ("wolds"), outstanding countryside with river valleys, water meadows, and beech woods, sleepy ancient limestone villages, historic market times where time has stood still.
Cotswold Cottage in its Springtime Glory
How many stunning villages can one see in one day? Burford, Bibury, Northleach, Lower and Upper Slaughter, Wyck Rissington, Winchcombe, Broadway, Chipping Campden, Stow on the Wold. The list is enless in the North Cotswolds.
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)