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Best Cotswold Tours

SOUTH COTSWOLDS TOURS

South Cotswolds

TOUR Information

  • Prices

    • Usually single-day tours, but 2 -3-day tours available upon request at a discounted price.
      Full-day Tour from as little as £325/day up to £400/day depending upon the time of year.  All tours are fully inclusive but do not include lunch tea or admission to attractions or sites. 
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  • Duration

    Minimum 8 hours

  • Starting Location

    From your Hotel, train station, B&B or wherever you are staying in the Cotswolds.

Painswick

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Painswick, The Queen of the Cotswolds, is regally perched on the steep slopes of the Painswick Valley and was famous for its Cloth  Trade in the Middle Ages. The fast flowing streams were used to power the mills, and the village became settled by Flemish Weavers in the 17th.C.Painswick's most striking feature is The Norman church of  St.Mary, extended in 1480, with its graceful 17th.C spire. The Churchyard with its clipped colonnades of yew is very well known. The colonades are made up of 99 trees. Many attempts have been made to plant the 100th. but with little success. This is supposedly the work of the Devil who kills the 100th.!Just outside the town you'll find the 18th C landscaped Roccco Gardens wrapped around Painswick House.

OWLPEN MANOR

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Described as the "most beautiful place in England", Owlpen Manor is a Tudor manor house steeped in 800 years of history. Owlpen is also a popular place to explore, thanks to its history, magical gardens, miles of woodland walks.Hidden in its own valley under the edge of the Cotswold escarpment, its domain of pasture and meadow land is enclosed by steeply rising hills crowned with beech woods. The Tudor manor house built and rebuilt organically between 1450and 1720 possess a charm, presence and perfection of form and scale which is admired as one of the treasures of the Cotswolds. Today the house is not a show place or museum it the home of Sir Nicholas and Lady Mander and their family. Every inch is lived in and is shown to its visitors.

WOODCHESTER MANOR

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A Historic building is hidden in a beautiful Cotswold Valley. A Unique and amazing Grade1 listed Victorian Gothic nouse. An unfinished masterpiece by a local architect Benjamin Bucknall from Rodborough. The building was started in 1857 but stopped abruptly in the late 1860's so floors and ceilings are missing, walls not plastered and windows unglazed. All the secrets of construction are visible to all visitors. Set in a secluded Cotswold Valley untouched by time the building was saved from dereliction but never will be completed. The Mansion is situated in National Trust owned Park-Land. There is a 3/4 mile walk from the car park to the Mansion.

Bibury

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Described by William Morris as the "Most Beautiful Village in England" Bibury is certainly worth a visit. Bibury has Saxon Origins -Becheberie. This can be seen in the Saxon Church of St Mary's where some of the original chancel arch jambs and fragments of a cross jam can be seen. The trout-filled River Coln glides slowly past the most photographed spot in the Cotswolds - Arlington Row. Once a wool store, but converted into a row of weavers cottages in the 17th.C and now owned by the National Trust. The only nod to the 21stC has been the introduction of superfast Broadband to the cottages!. A line drawing of Arlington Row is featured on the inside page of the New British passport.

 

"We wanted to send a note to you today to thank you for our day yesterday. We had a fabulous time and very much enjoyed your company and your detailed knowledge of the Cotswolds. We saw so much that we never could have covered on our own and learned a great deal. We are grateful."   Z & M