Cotswold Vineyard & Wine Tasting Walks

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Duration: 4 nights
Interests: Wine Tasting & Walking
Walking Grade: 2
from £665pp

Though England is not the first place you might think of when it comes to wine, ask an enthusiast and they’ll let you into a secret – a growing number of wines have been quietly winning awards and converting many over the last few years with both taste and quality. Cotswold vineyards provide not only pretty scenery for walking, but some fantastic opportunities for sampling and speaking to the local producers themselves. Join us for stunning walks, enjoy sampling some of the wines, and share our passion.

Holiday Highlights

  • Relaxed walks exploring beautiful Cotswold countryside
  • Sample some of the local wines (and beer) en route and learn about their production from the local experts
  • Good length walks (around 7 miles) and offbeat areas brought to life
  • Evenings in our country house where you share a drink and re-live the day’s adventures

What’s included

  • Great value: all prices include Full Board en-suite accommodation, a full programme of walks with all transport to and from the walks, plus evening activities
  • Tasting tours on each walking day as described in the itinerary
  • Great walking in the company of our experienced leader
  • Accommodation: our country house is equipped with all the essentials – a welcoming and relaxing lounge and dining area, a drying room for your boots and kit, and comfortable en-suite rooms

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.


To kick the weekend off in style we will be walking parts of the Thames and Severn Way and passing by the lakes at South Cerney. The main event however will be a guided visit to the Poulton Hill Estate near Cirencester. Its 8,800 vines have been planted on warm and sunny south-facing slopes and is already producing up to 20,000 bottles of white, rose, sparkling wines and spirits a year.

Distance The walk is about 6 miles (10km) with very little ascent.

 


Craft beer has revolutionised choice and quality and removed beer from the sole domain of bearded Camra fans. We’ll visit one of the best micro-breweries just on the edge of your base itself, Bourton-on-the-Water. We’ll be shown around the brewhouse and see some of the secrets of The Brew Co.'s lagers which are based on the traditional Bavarian beers which are all naturally flavoured and carbonated.

Our walk today will be one of the superb circular routes available to us and be no more than about 6 ½ miles (10.5km) with no more than 500 feet (160m) of ascent.

 


A super walk along parts of the Cotswold Way and though the National Trust owned estate of the enigmatic Woodchester Manor is complimented by a visit to Woodchester Valley Vineyard. After an aperitif and introduction to the vineyard on arrival, we walk through the vineyard site, tour the winery, and enjoy a tutored tasting of 5 current wines.

Distance The walk is about 6 miles (10km) with about 1,300 feet (410m) of ascent. 


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

  • Waterproof 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)
  • Sun hat and sunscreen
    Denim jeans and waterproof capes are not suitable on any walks.

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

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

Date (Start - End) Nights Itinerary Price Status Trip Notes Book
2022
15 Aug - 19 Aug 2022
4 Themed Walk £665 Trip Notes Book Now
Duration:
4 nights
Interests:
Wine Tasting & Walking
Walking Grade:
2

4 nights from £665pp

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