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Best Cotswold Tours

SOUTH OR NORTH 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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      Alternatively, Card payment can be made either over the phone or on the day.

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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

alt="View from Painswick Church"

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

alt="Owlpen Manor and garden"

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

alt="Woodchester Manor"

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

alt="Arlington Row, Bibury"

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.

 

North 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. 
    Payment by PayPal to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. is the preferred option.

    Alternatively, Card payment can be made either over the phone or on the day.

  • Duration

    8 Hours
  • Starting Location

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

The Slaughters

alt="Lower Slaughter and the river Eye"

The name does not hide a grisly past but is derived from the word Sclostre meaning muddy. Situated on the banks of the River Eye, also called the Slaughter brook, the 19thC mill is a much-photographed and visited icon. The mill wheel is still in situ but no longer working. There is a  small shop and museum over one of the footbridges. The 13thC Church of St Mary the Virgin is situated adjacent to the magnificent Lower Slaughter Manor a house granted to Sir George Whitmore in 1611 and sold in 1964. It is now a luxury hotel.

Broadway Tower

alt=" Broadway Tower and its view"

Standing at a majestic height of 65ft on top of the Cotswold escarpment at 1024ft above sea level, Broadway Tower is the second highest point in the Cotswolds. A "Saxon Tower" designed by Capability Brown, and built by Sir James Wyatt for his wife Lady Coventry is a magnificent Folly. A favourite retreat for William Morris in the mid-1850s, he founded the Society for the Protection of ancient buildings. On a clear day, one can view 13 counties. Adjacent to the tower is a memorial to the crew of a bomber that crashed during a training mission in June 1943.

 

Stanton and Stanway

alt="Stott lamps in Stanway"

Stanton, name derived from Stone Stone is adjacent to the 700BC Saxon Hillfort of Shenberrow Hill. Stanton Manor was owned by Katherine Parr until her death in 1548. Stanton Court, built for the Izod family in the mid-17th. C was purchased along with the whole village in  1906 by Sir Philip Stott a wealthy engineer and architect. He became the village benefactor improving it and restoring it until his death in 1937. Another Jacobean House in Stanway can be visited in mid-summer. Home to the tallest fountain in Europe at 300ft the fountain is driven by a reservoir 1 mile away. The cricket pitch, with its famous thatched pavilion on staddle stones, was the gift of JM Barrie who stayed at the Manor in the 1920s. HG Wells and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle played at the same time.

Sudeley Castle

alt="The knot garden at Sudeley Castle"

Sudeley Castle is set in its own 1200 acre estate in the proximity of the small market town of Winchcombe. The burial site of Katherine Parr, Henry V111's sixth wife, the castle was very prominent in history between the 1440s when it was built until the end of the 1500's - Richard 111, Henry V111, Lady Jane Grey, Elizabeth 1 and Charles 1 all feature in its history. The castle fell into ruins until the 19thC when it was saved by Victorian Glove makers the Dent family who introduced the remarkable collection of art furniture and textiles. The present owners remain in residence. The castle is a venue which has something for everyone - History, Splendour, 10 award-winning gardens, and a Pheasantry with 16 rare and endangered species.

"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