5-Night Cotswold Self-Guided Walking Holiday

Duration: 5 nights
Type: Self-Guided Walking
Walking Grade: 1 & 2
from £639pp

Running through five different counties, the heart of the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty epitomises the stereotypical image of the England of yesteryear. Historic honey-coloured stone cottages create picture-postcard villages which nestle in the pastoral countryside. Harrington House – our historic 4-star country house accommodation - is located in picturesque Bourton-on-the-Water. It’s geared to the needs of walkers and outdoor enthusiasts and comes complete with a drying room and boot room. The area boasts several national trails and long-distance footpaths – great for both gentle strolls and hilly hikes to make the most of this rural idyll. Enjoy hearty local food, plan your self-guided walks using our detailed route notes and make the most of this fantastic location.

Holiday Highlights

  • Explore the beautiful countryside and rich history of the Cotswolds
  • Gentle hills, picture-postcard villages and tempting tea shops make this quintessentially English countryside perfect for walking
  • Use our fully-stocked Discovery Point, stocked with all the best local walks for all abilities
  • Let your choice of route bring the picturesque countryside and history of the Cotswolds to life
  • Visit Chipping Campden or Broadway,
  • Head further afield to Oxford or Stratford-upon-Avon.
  • In the evenings relax and enjoy the period features and historic interest of Harrington House 

What’s included

  • High quality en-suite accommodation in our country house
  • Full board from dinner upon arrival to breakfast on departure day
  • The use of our Discovery Point to plan your walks – maps and route notes available

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.



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.


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.


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

Essential Equipment

  • Rucksack with a waterproof liner,
  • Thermos flask for hot drink,
  • Water bottle (at least 1 litre)
  • Spare high-energy food such as a chocolate bar.
  • Small torch
  • First aid kit 

Optional Equipment

  • Walking poles are useful, particularly for descents
  • Insect repellent,
  • Sun hat,
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun cream
  • Camera

Guest Reviews

All holidays are subject to availability. Prices are subject to change.
Prices based on two people sharing. Supplements may apply.
Non-member fee: £30 per person.

Holiday Prices

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26 Jun - 01 Jul 2022
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21 Aug - 26 Aug 2022
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