Cotswolds Discovery Tour

Harrington House

Code: BNHCR

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Activity types:

  • Central location
  • History
  • Meadows & hills
From £355.00 - 3 to 7 nights

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Holiday overview

Our Discovery Tours really get into the heart of the  countryside. These are sightseeing tours by minibus, visiting places not normally reached by a full-sized coach. Small groups and friendly leaders make this a great way to enjoy Britain at its best.

During this holiday we will visit historic towns, great houses and picturesque villages, all built with the beautiful honey-coloured Cotswold stone and set amongst the backdrop of the gentle green rolling countryside (wolds) of this ‘quintessentially English’ region.

Holiday highlights:

  • The picturesque village of Snowshill
  • The Roman city of Cirencester
  • The wool church at Northleach
  • The wool town of Chipping Campden, the small Cotswold town with a 17th century market hall
  • Beautiful rural countryside with lush valleys and woodlands offering easy walks
  • The lovely gardens of Sudeley Castle, the famous country estate where Catherine Parr lived and was buried in the castle chapel

Great reasons to join us

  • Great value: all prices include Full Board en-suite accommodation, plus five full-day mini-coach tours, with plenty of stops at places of interest and short walks of up to 1½ miles
  • Knowledgeable leader: learn more about the history and landscapes of the Cotswolds from your knowlegeable leader
  • Accommodation: stay at historic 4-star Harrington House, full of charm and character, in the centre of Bourton-on-the-Water
  • Sociability: we pride ourselves on the social atmosphere of our holidays - explore together, eat together and relax together

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Accommodation

HF Holidays' Harrington House in Bourton-on-the-Water, Cheltenham

Dating from the Tudor period, and of, considerable historic interest, Harrington House mirrors the mellow architectural style of the Cotswolds. Its peaceful atmosphere and proximity to the charming centre of Bourton-on-the-Water make it ideal for those who prefer a less active holiday.

Harrington House has 29 bedrooms. Most are located in the main house, with others in the adjacent cottages. 

 Choose your room

Classic Rooms
• Comfortable accommodation
• En-suite bathroom with bath or shower
• TV
• Hairdryer
• Tea and coffee making facilities
• Single rooms are available at no extra charge
Premium Rooms
• Enjoy extra space or exceptional views
• Toweling robe Complimentary slippers 
• Same facilities as our classic rooms
• Available from an extra £10 per person per night
Family Rooms
• 3 or 4 beds
• Same facilities as our classic rooms
• Full sized twin or double beds for adults and bunk or occasional beds for children

Facilities

• Excellent boot and drying rooms 
• Main house there is a lounge, dining room and a bar
• Ballroom
• At the very top of the house is the observatory 
• Free WiFi in public rooms
• Range of board games and books
• At the rear of the house there is an attractive walled garden with a large croquet lawn

Dining

All holidays at our Country Houses are full board with breakfast, picnic lunch and evening meal. All of our Country Houses have a well-stocked bar serving local beers, wine and spirits.

Start your day with our extensive breakfast.
 Take your fill from our famous self service picnic lunches
A relaxed social dinner is a highlight of any stay at our Country Houses

An example of Bourton-on-the-water evening meal

Your evenings

Make the most of your evening or join us at the bar


Just relax and take it easy, or if you'd like to continue to chat with our guides and fellow guests then why not grab a drink or take part in one of our optional evening activities.

All of our bars are stocked with locally sourced drinks so you can really soak up your surroundings.

 

Itinerary

Friday: Arrival day

You can check in to your room from 2.30pm onwards. We invite everyone to afternoon tea at 4pm. This is the first occasion when everyone meets together – an opportunity to meet your leader and fellow guests, and find out more about your holiday.

Exterior of Sudeley CastleSaturday: An abbey, a castle and a town

We view the delightful villages of Stanway and Stanton, both often used as film locations, before visiting the atmospheric ruins of the abbey at Hailes. We then visit Sudeley Castle, with its links to Tudor history and extensive gardens. Our final destination is the historic town of Winchcombe, a major centre in medieval times.

 

 

Rolling fields of the CotswoldsSunday:  Wool churches, glass and weaving

We visit the famous wool church at Northleach before exploring Cirencester, one of the Cotswolds’ most popular towns, with a chance to see its award-winning Roman museum. In the afternoon, we view the famous stained glass at Fairford and then stop for tea at the Filkins Woollen Weavers centre. The day ends with a short stroll in the East Leach valley

 

Monday: Free day (*except for Fri 26 May 4-night holiday)

A free day for you to explore the local area or to relax in the Country House. There are never too many Cotswolds villages to explore, along with a wide range of venues to suit different interests, such as the Cotswolds Falconry Centre or the Cotswold Farm Park. Why not relax in the village and discover its charms including the motor museum and model village

Cottages at BiburyTuesday: A villa, a town and three enchanting villages

The day begins at Chedworth, where we explore a well-preserved Roman villa set in a peaceful valley. Then we move on to Bibury (the village that William Morris described as the most beautiful in England) before a lunch- stop in Burford, with its magnificent church and excellent shops. In the afternoon, we view the haunting ruins of Minster Lovell Hall, and end our day in the village of Swinbrook, home to the notorious Mitford family in the 1930s.

 

Blue skies at Broadway TowerWednesday: Gardens, villages and a tower

Our first visit is to Batsford, home to a famous Arboretum and an excellent Garden Centre. This is followed by a visit to Broadway Tower, perched high on the Cotswold escarpment and housing a fascinating exhibition on the life and work of the designer, William Morris. Our lunch stop is in the village of Broadway before an afternoon spent exploring the spectacular gardens of Kiftsgate Court.

 

 

Market place in Chipping CampdenThursday: Two Cotswold towns and a Jacobean home

We drive via the village of Adlestrop, with its fascinating literary connections, to the charming market town of Stow, before moving on to Chipping Campden, to explore its famous wool church, shops and galleries. Our afternoon is spent at Chastleton House, an unspoilt Jacobean treasure, where the rules of croquet were invented.

 

 

Friday: Depart after a leisurely breakfast

For maximum flexibility, admissions are not included; please remember to bring your National Trust or English Heritage cards if you have them. Otherwise please allow a maximum of £80 for entrances (there may be concessionary and group discounts which may reduce this price).

Sometimes things happen beyond our control – the weather, traffic jams or changes at the places we visit. If we need to adjust your holiday programme, for whatever reason, your leader will help smooth the way.

NB: The May holiday includes a 4-night holiday starting on Friday 26 May, and a 3-night holiday starting on Tuesday 30 May.

Local area

Discover the Cotswolds

Bourton-on-the-Water is situated at the heart of the Cotswolds, a beautiful area of rolling green hills and attractive stone towns and villages.

Harrington House is located in a quiet street, just 100 metres from the centre of Bourton. This is one of the most popular villages in the Cotswolds, frequently busy with visitors. The River Windrush winds its way through the central village green and is crossed by a series of attractive stone bridges.

Bourton-on-the-Water is a popular destination in its own right with its specialist shops and attractive village  green. Local attractions include the motor museum, model village and Birdland wildlife park, all within easy walking distance.

The village has a good range of facilities including a small supermarket, post office, newsagent, pubs and bank.

During your stay at Harrington House you may enjoy visiting the following places of interest:

Chipping Campden
The mellow market town of Chipping Campden, about 30 minutes' drive north of Bourton-on-the-Water, is one of the most visited towns in the Cotswolds.

Pathway through elegant gardensHidcote Manor Gardens
Owned by the National Trust, Hidcote is a small manor house with an exceptional garden designed in the Arts and Crafts style. Around 35 minutes' north from Bourton-on-the-Water. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hidcote 

 

 

Rolling hills and Broadway TowerBroadway
Considered as one of the most beautiful villages in Britain it is easy to see why so many visitors are attracted to Broadway. Don’t let this put you off; Broadway is still worth a visit. To get away from the crowds, consider a walk to Broadway Tower for stunning views of the Vale of Evesham. Around 30 minutes' drive from Bourton.

 

Inside the Royal Shakespeare TheatreStratford-upon-Avon
Famous for its Shakespeare connections, Stratford is an attractive town spanning the River Avon. Of particular interest are the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and the Shakespeare Birthplace Museum. Around 40 minutes' drive from Bourton. www.rsc.org.uk or www.shakespeare.org.uk

 

 

Exterior and gardens of Blenheim PalaceBlenheim Palace
Blenheim Palace is one of the grandest and best-known stately homes in Britain. It sits in extensive parkland and is also famous as the ancestral home of Winston Churchill. www.blenheimpalace.com

 

 

Cheltenham
The fine Regency spa town of Cheltenham has an excellent range of shops and facilities. Cheltenham is around 25 minutes' drive from Bourton, and can also be reached by an hourly local bus.

Gloucester
The Cathedral city of Gloucester is about 35 minutes' drive to the west of Bourton. The fine Norman cathedral is well worth visiting, as is the National Waterways Museum. www.gloucestercathedral.org.uk or www.canalrivertrust.org.uk

Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway
Ride the steam railway through attractive Cotswold countryside from Cheltenham to Toddington about 30 minutes' drive from Bourton. Now restored, this was once the Great Western main line to Birmingham. www.gwsr.com

Oxford
The famous university city of Oxford is about an hour’s drive from Bourton-on-the-Water. You may wish to stroll through the historic colleges or visit the Ashmolean Museum. www.ashmolean.org

 

Hidcote Gardens image ©National Trust Images/Jonathan Buckley

Travel

Travel to Bourton-on-the-Water

Our address is: Harrington House, Sherborne Street, Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire, GL54 2BY

How to get to us by train

By train:

The nearest railway station is Moreton-in-Marsh. However, the nearest mainline station is at Cheltenham Spa which may be more convenient. For train times and general rail enquiries visit www.nationalrail.co.uk or call 03457 484950 (from outside the UK call +44 20 7278 5240).

Train at Moreton-in-Marsh station 

Get to us by Taxi

By taxi:

From Moreton-in-Marsh station a taxi takes approximately 20 minutes and costs £21 if pre-booked. From Cheltenham Spa station a taxi takes around 30 minutes and costs £42 if pre-booked. Details of our current recommended taxi company and rates will be sent to you with your booking. The return taxi journey can be arranged on your behalf by the Harrington House Manager.

 

Bus

By bus:

From Moreton-in-Marsh station catch the 801 bus to Bourton-on-the-Water,from where it is a short walk to our Country House. Alight next to the Edinburgh Woollen Mill Shop. Cross the road to the war memorial and continue across the bridge. Follow this road for 150 metres until the road forks. Harrington House is on the left.

 Bus heading to Bourton-on-the-Water

Driving to us

By car:

From the A429 take the road into the centre of Bourton-on-the-Water.  At the war memorial by the village green, turn into Sherborne Street. Follow this road for 150yds, crossing the river and passing the motor museum until the road forks. Harrington House is on the left before the fork.  Look out for our sign. A car park is available in the grounds with free parking.

 

 Travel by plane

Travelling from overseas

For most guests, travelling to London Heathrow airport is the most convenient option.

From Heathrow first take the train to London Paddington station. From here there are direct trains to Moreton-in-Marsh. It's a relatively straightforward journey - just over 2 hours. See www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times.

From Moreton-in-Marsh you can travel on to Bourton-on-the-Water by bus or taxi (see above).

 Quantas Boeing 747

Leaders

Graham Horn

After 30 years as a Transport Planner, Graham successfully retrained as a Blue Badge Tourist Guide.  He is a geographer by qualification and an explorer by instinct, and frequently has a map in his hand.  Graham's travels have taken him to many parts of the country, where he enjoys discovering out-of-the-way places as well as an area's better known towns and buildings. He has a particular interest in the countryside, waterways, industrial heritage and places where history happened. Graham is also an HF Holidays' walking leader and has led at more than half of the UK's Country Houses.

Chrissie Le Marchant

Chrissie grew up in Yorkshire and spent her early years exploring the North York Moors. Having obtained a degree in Geology and Geography, she spent the next few years working for an international mining company, prospecting in the West Country and gold mining in Africa, driving home overland from Johannesburg via India.

She spent the next few years raising children and working for two National Parks, Snowdonia and Dartmoor. After training as a teacher of design technology she returned to civil engineering building roads. Eventually she became a Blue Badge Tourist Guide and has worked in the West Country and southern England and all over Europe as a guide and tour manager.

As a ‘Deviationist’ on the Ffestiniog Railway she drove trains, tipped wagons and appeared on Blue Peter and has been leading railway holidays for several years.

 

Liz Lowry

Liz Lowry was born in Derbyshire and has lived in the Heart of England all her working life. She is a qualified Blue Badge guide and has degrees in History and English Local History. Liz has journeyed extensively around Britain and abroad. She enjoys travelling and sharing her appreciation of architecture, history and the local environment with others. She is especially fascinated by the development of the English landscape and how it reveals echoes of the past.

 

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Date Description Nights Brochure price Buy today for Book
20 Oct 2017 BNHCR - Discovery Tour - Bourton on the Water 3 £355.00 £355.00 Book Now
20 Oct 2017 BNHCR - Discovery Tour - Bourton on the Water 7 £805.00 £755.00 Special Early Booking offer - £50.00 off pp Book Now
23 Oct 2017 BNHCR - Discovery Tour - Bourton on the Water 4 £465.00 £465.00 Book Now

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  • Premium single room: £15 per night
  • Premium twin/double room: £10 per person per night
  • Non-member associate fee: £10 per person

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