Cotswold Festive Self-Guided Walking Holiday

Christmas day 2013 in Bourton on the water, The Cotswolds, UK
Duration: 6 nights
Type: Self-Guided Walking
Walking Grade: 1 & 2

Spend the festive season in the Cotswolds. There’s something magical about walking in winter. Whether it’s the frosty footsteps, the clear crisp air, or the breathtaking views, it’s a wonderful time to go walking. We pull out all the stops on our festive holidays, with fabulous food, lots of seasonal entertainment and activities. Our historic Country House, just off the high street in popular Bourton-on-the-Water, is geared to the needs of walkers and outdoor enthusiasts. Enjoy hearty local food, detailed walk notes, and an inspirational location from which to explore this stunning area. So wrap up warm, lace up your boots and go for an invigorating walk.

Holiday Highlights

  • Stay in the comfort of our country house
  • Plenty of opportunity to walk off the festive excesses
  • An excellent variety of walks in spectacular winter scenery
  • Visit cosy country pubs with roaring log fires to round off your walks 
  • Relax, soak up the party atmosphere, enjoy wonderful festive fare and leave all the organising to us

What’s included

  • Wonderful meals – full selection at breakfast, your choice of picnic lunch, an excellent evening meal, afternoon tea and cakes every day, and plenty of festive sweets and nuts
  • Make use of detailed walks notes from our Discovery Point or do your own thing
  • HF Holidays' leader on hand to offer advice and guidance
  • A celebration dinner with all the trimmings on Christmas Day and New Years Eve
  • A packed programme of evening activities offering something festive for everyone, including some old HF favourites

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDF’s for each holiday, please click the button below to find the right trip notes for your departure date.

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

Enjoy a complimentary Afternoon Tea on arrival.


Our easiest routes, allowing plenty of time to savour the beautiful scenery. All our walk notes suggest the best places to stop, great pubs, and tea rooms.

  • Salmonsbury Archaeology walk - 2½ miles
  • Walking and Sightseeing around Bibury - 2 miles
  • Bourton Circular - 3 miles
  • Lower Slaughter - 3 miles
  • Bourton Town Trail - 1 mile 
  • Walking and Sightseeing around Broadway Tower - 3 miles
  • Cleeve Hill - 4½ miles or 2½ miles
  • Chipping Campden to Broad Campden - 3½ miles

Some longer walks on well-graded paths. Experience the true flavour of the Cotswolds as you follow these varied routes.

  • Bourton & Quarry Lakes - 4 miles 
  • Beautiful Bibury - South - 4 miles
  • Winchcombe to Belas Knap - 5 miles 
  • Bourton, Quarry Lakes and Salmonsbury camp - 4½ miles
  • Leckhampton Hill - 4 miles
  • Northleach & Hampnett - 4½ miles
  • Stow on the Wold to Bourton - 5 miles
  • Beautiful Bibury - North - 5 miles
  • The Slaughters - 5 miles 
  • Broadway Tower - 5 miles

For those who love to stride out on longer routes.

  • Clapton on the Hill - 6 miles 
  • Winchcombe to Hailes Abbey - 6 miles
  • Broadway to Winchcombe - 10 miles
  • Thames Path and Somerford Keynes - 6 miles
  • Moreton in Marsh - 7 miles 
  • Clapton on the Hill and Little Rissington - 7½ miles 
  • Hidcote, Illmington & Ebrington - 8 miles
  • Gloucestershire Way - 11 miles
  • Chedworth Roman Villa - 6 miles
  • ALong the Cotswold Escapement - 7½ miles
  • Burford, Widford and Fulbrook - 6½ miles
  • Bourton to Cold Aston - 8 miles
  • Railways and Canals of the Cotswold Water Park - 6½ miles
  • Naunton & the Slaughters - 10 miles
  • Bourton to Stow and Back - 10½ miles
  • Three of the Rissingtons - 9½ miles
  • Bourton to Icomb - 9½ miles

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.

 

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 Classic, Premium and Superior 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 24 in the Windrush Cottage and toast your good taste in the private garden that adjoins this large twin room.

All ‘Classic' rooms are ensuite and furnished to a high standard. There are also several ‘Premium’ and ‘Superior’ 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. Food at Harrington House is varied with a strong emphasis on the use of seasonal British produce. Our experienced chefs create each dish using only the freshest ingredients and, when in season, use home grown herbs and vegetables taken from our own gardens to give a true taste of the local area.

Accessibility

For accessibility and assistance information, please contact our expert team on 020 3974 8865 or view the accessibility information online for Harrington House

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Getting to Harrington House

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Essential Information

“There’s no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong type of clothing!” goes the adage. Come prepared for all eventualities and you’ll walk in comfort as well as safety. Britain’s famous for its changeable weather, so here’s our advice on what to wear and bring.

Essentials

  • Walking boots providing ankle support and good grip.
  • A waterproof jacket and over-trousers
  • Gloves and a warm hat (it can be chilly at any time of the year)
  • Rucksack
  • Water bottle (at least 1 litre capacity)
  • A small torch (everywhere in winter, year round in mountains)

Recommended

  • Several layers of clothing, which can be added or removed
  • Specialist walking socks to avoid blisters.
  • A first aid kit inc plasters– your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication
  • Sit mat (insulated pad to sit on when you stop for a break)

You might also want

  • Walking poles, particularly useful for descents.
  • Insect repellent
  • Flask for hot drinks
  • Rigid lunch box
  • Gaiters
  • Blister kit (eg Compeed) just in case
  • Waterproof rucksack liner
  • Sun hat and sunscreen (we may just get lucky and have some festive sunshine!)

Denim jeans and waterproof capes are not suitable on any walks.

Guest Reviews

Duration:
6 nights
Type:
Self-Guided Walking
Walking Grade:
1

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