7-Night Cotswolds Discovery Tour

Rural homes, Cotswold, UK
Duration: 7 nights
Interests: Discovery Tours
from £959pp £889pp

The beautiful honey-coloured stone buildings of the Cotswolds stand out against the picturesque backdrop of gently rolling countryside. Stroll around the Roman city of Cirencester, explore the 17th century market hall in Chipping Campden and wander through the stunning gardens of Sudeley Castle – the famous estate where Catherine Parr lived and is buried. There’s also a visit to the Roman villa at Chedworth, the gardens at Hidcote Manor and time in the picturesque Bibury village.

Holiday Highlights

  • Spend an afternoon at the wonderful Hidcote Manor Gardens
  • Stop off at Stanway House - a marvellous Jacobean home
  • Visit Sudeley Castle, resting place of Catherine Parr
  • Take a ride on the Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Steam Railway

What’s included

  • High-quality Full Board en-suite accommodation and excellent food in our country house
  • The services of our knowledgeable HF Holidays Leader, ensuring you get the most from your holiday
  • Full-day excursions with all transport on touring days in good-quality coach transport

Trip Notes

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You're welcome to check in from 4pm onwards.


Our tour begins with a visit to Hayles Fruit Farm before arriving at Sudeley Castle - a fantastic Cotswolds landmark with many royal connections. After lunch, we'll enjoy a train journey on the Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Steam Railway from Winchcombe through to Broadway. We shall have time to explore the town here before returning to the country house. 


Today begins with a visit to the famous 'wool' church at Northleach, and the recently-reopened Old Prison Visitor Centre, before we continue on to Cirencester to explore one of the Cotswolds' most popular towns. In the afternoon, we shall stop for tea at the Filkins Woollen Weavers Centre followed by a short stroll in the East Leach Valley to end the day.


A free day for you to explore the local area or to relax in the country house. Our Discovery Points help you make the most out of your free day. There’s plenty of maps and a selection of the best local walking routes, as well as weather forecasts and public transport options – plus details about other places to visit.


The day begins at Chedworth - a well-preserved Roman villa set in a peaceful valley. We shall then make our way to Burford, stopping first at picturesque Bibury where you could snap a photo of the iconic Arlington Row. In the afternoon, we'll visit the haunting ruins of Minster Lovell Hall where it's said the ghost of Francis Lovell wails at unsuspecting visitors! We shall end our day in the village of Swinbrook, home to the notorious Mitford family in the 1930s.


Our first visit today takes us to the famous Batsford Arboretum which houses the National Collection of Japanese Flowering Cherries. We shall follow this up with a visit to Broadway Tower, set high on the Cotswold escarpment. In the afternoon we'll explore the Arts & Crafts gardens of Hidcote Manor with their many garden 'rooms'.


Today we'll drive through a myriad of charming Cotswold villages, stopping at Adlestrop and Stow-on-the-Wold to stretch our legs and explore! In the afternoon, we shall travel on to Chipping Camden before arriving at the highlight of the day - Stanway House. This fine example of unspoilt Jacobean architecture was once the old summer haunt of J M Barrie in the 1920s.


Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home. 


Harrington House

In one of the prettiest spots in the Cotswolds, Harrington House provides a stylish escape in the form of a traditional country retreat, with the trimmings and flourishes you’d expect. All set in a stately Georgian house that mirrors the mellow architectural styles of the Cotswolds and retains many of its original features; the most breathtaking is the sunny walled garden, surrounded by attractive landscaped gardens. As well as 29 bedrooms, two lounges, a cosy bar and pleasant dining room, there are further feathers in this handsome house’s hat. Quintessential English countryside, described by JB Priestly as, ‘the most English and least spoiled of all our countryside’, is just a short stroll away with pretty villages such as Chipping Campden and the Slaughters, rolling landscapes and classic trails from the Cotswold Way to the Gloucestershire Way and Monarch Way waiting for you to discover them.

 

Need to know

Important Covid-19 steps we have taken for guest safety: Please Read

As we slowly reopen in the wake of the Coronavirus lockdown, our country house stays are set to be organised a little differently; extra steps have been taken to keep our guests, house teams and leaders safe while we return to action. We ask all our guests to respect the measures put in place.

Initially the overall capacity of the houses has been reduced. Guests must wear face coverings in public spaces. To adhere to social distancing guidelines, we have taken the necessary steps to space out furniture and seating in public areas. In addition, a one-way system will be in place around the house. Adequate signage will be displayed to support the direction of travel to be followed by guests and house teams.

As a temporary measure, we will not be servicing rooms during a stay. Extra tea, coffee, milk, and toiletries will be made available on request for all guests. It is recommended that guests bring their own toiletries for the duration of their stay. We have removed all non-essential and reusable items from our rooms for the meantime including cushions, hairdryers, bathrobes, bed throws, and printed materials to reduce the number of items that need to be disinfected. Hairdryers will be available on request. Clean towels will be available on request. We will though be increasing the frequency of cleaning in our public areas providing particular attention to frequently touched items including door handles and handrails.

For now, there is no cream tea on arrival day. We have also adapted our food offering to remove all buffets and open food items. Different sittings may be required for breakfast and dinner due to the occupancy and size of the house. Picnic lunches will now be pre-ordered the night before from an order form in the room. The bar in each country house will be open, and we will be offering a table service for drinks. At this time there is no, or only a very limited, evening social programme available. Outdoor swimming pools at those houses that have them will re-open throughout August, except at Freshwater Bay House, where the pool will remain closed for 2020. Indoor swimming pools will remain closed.

For more information and to see all the steps taken, visit our page on how house stays will be adapted.

Rooms

Tea & coffee-making facilities, TV, Hairdryer, Toiletries, Wi-Fi

Stay in one of the main building’s beautifully presented rooms or in the adjacent cottages. With 26 bright and airy bedrooms, Harrington House has plenty of space and there’s a range of Good, Better and Best Rooms to choose from: for a stylish stay opt for rooms 1 or 2, both large master bedrooms located on the first floor that come complete with some of the original Palladian features dating back to 1730, pretty feature wallpaper and views out of the front of the building of classic Cotswolds scenery. Alternatively, for a romantic hideaway, plump for Room 23 in the Windrush Cottage and toast your good taste in the private garden that adjoins this large twin room.

All ‘Good’ rooms are ensuite and furnished to a high standard. There are also several ‘Better’ and ‘Best’ Rooms that are either larger or have a desirable view, a more luxurious mattress and larger television – upgrade your stay for just an extra £15-25 per person per night. You can choose a specific room for an extra £30 per room, subject to availability. Upgrade supplements still apply.

Facilities

Free Wi-Fi, boot room and drying room, attractive garden, multi-purpose activity room, lounge, library and board games to borrow

After a day ambling through the Cotswolds, come back to the house and its specially tailored walkers’ facilities. Relax by sitting in the gardens or having a game of croquet on the lawn. Retire to either of the two lounges or climb the sweeping stately staircase to the very top of the house where there’s an observatory looking out across the rooftops of the village. Then pop in to the snug bar for a pint of local ale and a chin wag with fellow guests about their discoveries.

Food & Drink

As at all our country houses, holidays are full board, from afternoon tea served as a welcome treat through that evening’s meal to a hearty breakfast on the day of departure. Lunch is a chance to stock up on our famous picnic snacks. Food at Harrington House is hearty and has a strong emphasis on ingredients from the area and seasonal produce. Once a week the dining room hosts a Local Food Night, when, over a sociable evening, you might tuck in to Cotswold leg of lamb, Bibury rainbow trout and a selection of Gloucestershire cheeses, accompanied with Harrington House homemade chutneys.

Accessibility

For accessibility and assistance information, please contact our expert team on 020 3974 8865

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What to Bring

To enjoy your holiday comfortably and safely, it’s essential that your clothing and footwear is suitable for the conditions likely to be encountered. Changeable weather is possible throughout the year, so our advice is to come prepared for all eventualities – hot, cold, wet or dry.

All of our Discovery tours involve active sightseeing and you should, therefore, be prepared for walking between the sights and wear flat, comfortable shoes. In the evening most guests wear casual clothing. You will probably find a small rucksack or cross-body bag useful for carrying spare clothing, a camera, sun protection, and drinks (at least 2 litres) during the day.

Admission costs are not included within the price of this holiday. Please bring cash to cover admissions - approximately £10 per day. Your Leader will advise you of the daily admission costs throughout the holiday.

Michael Craze

Mike is a professional Blue Badge Guide based at Winchester in Hampshire who has been guiding for 12 years and enjoys combining the facts and stats with a bit of fun and trivia as well.

A keen historian and member of an archaeology group in Hampshire, he likes nothing better than researching new places and learning about their ‘hidden secrets’ and telling their story. ‘History fascinates me. It’s like pulling at a thread that never stops unravelling.’

He is quick to acknowledge though that ‘sometimes it’s just about relaxing. Sharing a breathtaking piece of landscape or soaking up the atmosphere of a beautiful garden or mediaeval cobbled street. People are on holiday’.

Mike made the holiday most enjoyable. He is a very friendly and knowledgeable leader and it would be a great joy to go on another holiday with him.

Lizzie Kerkhof - May

I have spent most of my life working in the travel industry, being a travel consultant, tour operator, hostess, Representative, a tour manager and a guide.

This has enabled me to travel extensively and see so many places, which is my passion.

I have lived in the UK, Portugal, Belgium, Greece, The Netherlands, Italy and New Zealand and have been lucky enough to travel further afield and to many other countries.

My late husband was Dutch and we lived in Groningen, in the North of the Netherlands and my daughter was born there.  I have a Dutch Fine Art Degree.  We emigrated to live in Auckland, which was a very exciting time and my son was born there. I have also been lucky enough to be a co-owner of a villa in Greece which led to many happy holidays.

I enjoy dancing Ceroc (modern jive), photography, the arts in general, archaeology, architecture, visiting places of interest and finding out about other cultures and languages.

I love tour leading as I get to meet so many wonderful people, see so many fascinating places and try out many new things. Every day is different, interesting and often amusing too.

 

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All holidays are subject to availability. Prices are subject to change.
Prices based on two people sharing. Supplements may apply.
Non-member fee: £20 per person.

Holiday Prices

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2021
18 Jun - 25 Jun
7 Discovery Tour £959 £889 Unavailable to Book Unavailable Trip Notes
13 Aug - 20 Aug
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03 Sep - 10 Sep
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Duration:
7 nights
Interests:
Discovery Tours

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