Discover Waterways in the Cotswolds

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Duration: 4 nights
Interests: Heritage Tours

The UK’s network of canals played an important role in the Industrial Revolution allowing for relatively quick and easy transport of goods. This trip explores this heritage with visits to Gloucester’s National Waterways Museum and the Canal Museum at Stoke Bruerne. There’s a horse-drawn boat trip on the Kennet & Avon Canal and a visit to Crofton Beam Engine. You’ll see many different types of canals and locks and the Blisworth Tunnel – one of the longest canal tunnels in the UK.

Holiday Highlights

  • Relax on a horse-drawn trip on the Kennet & Avon Canal
  • Wander along the Grand Union Canal - the longest in the UK
  • Step back in time at the Crofton Beam Engines
  • Enjoy a trip on the Stoke Bruene Boats to the Blisworth Tunnel

What’s included

  • High-quality Full Board en-suite accommodation and excellent food in our country house
  • The guidance and services of our knowledgeable HF Holidays Leader, ensuring you get the most from your holiday
  • All transport on touring days on a comfortable, good-quality mini-coach
  • All admissions to venues/attractions that form part of your holiday itinerary

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.


We’ll enjoy a horse-drawn boat trip along the Kennet & Avon Canal before continuing to the Crofton Beam engine, now restored to working order, lifting water to this thirsty canal. We'll also be there in time to see the Archimedes Screw restoration and speak with the professionals. 


At Stroud, we visit a restored section of one of the Cotswolds Canals and then travel on to Saul Junction where it meets the Gloucester & Sharpness Ship Canal. En route to Gloucester, we see the mighty River Severn. At Gloucester Docks we visit the National Waterway Museum and take a boat trip on the Ship Canal.


On our final day, we will head to Northamptonshire to meet the Grand Union Canal and its canal museum at Stoke Bruerne. We'll start with a short walk from Braunston Junction before making our way to Stoke Bruerne. We shall enjoy a relaxing boat trip on the Stoke Bruerne boats before making our way back to Harrington House for the evening.


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

To enjoy your holiday comfortably and safely, it’s essential that your clothing and footwear are 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 Heritage Tours involve active sightseeing and you should, therefore, be prepared for walking between the sights and wear flat, comfortable shoes. You will be spending most of the day on your feet. 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 during the day.

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
20 Jun - 24 Jun 2022
4 Heritage Tour £695 Unavailable to Book Unavailable Trip Notes
05 Sep - 09 Sep 2022
4 Heritage Tour £695 Unavailable to Book Unavailable Trip Notes
Duration:
4 nights
Interests:
Heritage Tours

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