Cotswold Villages - tour description
The villages and wool-towns of the north Cotswolds
were constructed over many centuries from the famous local honey-coloured
Each has its own memorable character: Burfords High Street running
down to the River Windrush; the market square at Stow with its mediaeval
stocks; the astonishing array of architectural styles at Chipping
Campden; the fine 18th and 19th century terraces of Blockley; the elegant
houses of Broadway and Stanton. The villages are linked by well-signposted
footpaths along which you can explore this peaceful landscape of placid
riverbanks, pastures enclosed by dry-stone walls, stately manor-houses,
steep escarpments and broad panoramas.
Our route passes close to a number of famous houses and gardens which
are open to the public most days, including the magnificent Hidcote Manor
Gardens, Snowshill Manor (both National Trust) and Sudeley Castle (once
the home of Henry VIIIs last wife Katherine Parr). And, not least,
around lunchtime we can usually direct you to a typical English country
pub serving real ale and bar meals...
Reports from previous Discerning Traveller customers in the Cotswolds
I want to thank you for the unforgettable trip and I
really enjoyed making use of your excellent service. [The best
aspects of the trip were] the unforgettable landscape [and] the
fact that our luggage was transported every day Mrs
Blusse and Miss Blusse.
The accommodation ... was excellent and
just what we wanted at the end of a day's walk.. Ms
Beautiful landscapes, hardly any other
tourists, nice villages...very thoughtful of Discerning
Traveller to make sure we arrived at our accommodation each
day. Ms M van der Spek and Mrs T de Jong.
Good information - beautiful route.
Mr H Bergman and Ms A de Boer.
Cotswold Villages - tour details 2014
A Discerning Traveller self-led hiking tour
Duration. 6 or 8 nights. Tour code. C6E (6 nights); C8E
Dates. April to mid-October starting any day.
Note on Hidcote Manor and other gardens. During this tour you have
an opportunity to visit the world famous Hidcote Manor Garden (National
Trust) near Chipping Campden. Ask us about this. For details of opening days
and times of this and other gardens and houses see our Factsheet
for this tour (FSC). To order Factsheets click
Grade. Easy (some people may find some days tiring, but they can
readily be shortened).
Train stations. Start of tour Charlbury or Oxford; end of tour
Moreton-in-Marsh (C6); Cheltenham or Evesham (C8).
Overnight stops (6-night tour): night 1 Burford; 2 Bourton-on-the-Water;
3 Stow-on-the-Wold; 4 Blockley; 5 & 6 Chipping Campden.
Overnight stops (8-night tour): nights 1 to 6 as 6 night tour,
then: night 7 Stanton; night 8 Winchcombe.
Accommodation. Selected high quality B&Bs. En suite/private facilities
Meals included. Breakfast each morning. Other meals can be obtained
locally without pre-booking.
Extra nights. Can be included at any point at the time of booking.
A second night is already included at Chipping Camden. Winchcombe
is also popular for an extra night. For those who want somewhere quiet
we suggest Blockley or Stanton. Bourton-on-the-Water
is very 'touristy' during the daytime. Burford is a delightful
place to relax after a long journey.
Factsheets. These are more detailed information sheets, one for
each tour, which can be obtained from The Discerning Traveller
before booking. The factsheet code for our Cotswold tour is FSC. Enquiry
Reading. Laurie Lee's Cider with Rosie is a poetic account
of growing up in the Cotswolds.
Cotswold Villages - tour prices 2014
- C6E (6 night tour, ES or private facilities every night): £570.
SRS*: £115. STS**: £140.
- C8E (8 night tour, ES or private facilities every night): £665.
SRS*: £145. STS**: £175.
- Extra nights on all Cotswolds tours: £50 per person per night;
single rooms may cost more.
- SRS* = single room supplement (applicable when 3 or 5 persons book
- STS** = single traveller supplement (applicable when booking is
for one person only).
- Prices quoted are per person on basis of two people in double
or twin-bedded rooms. Included in the price are bed and breakfast each
night, with baggage transfers, maps and route directions. ‘ES’ (en suite)
facilities means that there is a private bathroom with shower or tub
and toilet within the main door of your room. ‘Private facilities’ means
that the private bathroom may be outside the main door of your room.
When the booking is made for a party of 3 or 5 customers, a single room
supplement is payable. When the booking is made for a single traveller,
a single traveller supplement is payable. Maximum one single room per
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