Christmas & New Year Walking at Bourton-on-the-Water

Cotswolds

Code: BNXFW

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Activity types:

  • Central location
  • History
  • Meadows & hills

Level

  • Easier
  • Easy
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Difficulty indicator

Difficulty is measured on many factors such as distance, ascent/descent, terrain, weather and more. There's no magic formula, but from our experience we use yellow for easy, orange for medium and red for hard. Challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.

More about difficulty levels

Holiday overview

  • Plenty of exercise to walk off the festive excesses
  • A choice of guided walks in spectacular winter scenery
  • Just relax, soak up the party atmosphere, enjoy wonderful festive fare and leave all the organising to us
  • Evening activities include dancing, quizzes and New Year celebrations 
  • Cosy Country House and a special festive cheer

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
  • A programme of organised walks and activities
  • The services of experienced HF Holidays’ guides
  • Any transport to and from the walks

In pictures...

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. 

 

Green tourism bronze award

 

HF Holidays Harrington House is awarded Bronze status by Green Tourism

 

Choose your room

Classic Rooms
• Check-in from 2:30pm
• 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
• Check-in from 1:30pm
• 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
• Check-in from 2:30pm
• 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 accommodation including evening meal on arrival to breakfast on the day of your departure. 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.

Accessibility

Due to the layout and age of Harrington House, it is not recommended for wheelchair users or anyone with restricted mobility.

Although one bedroom has wheelchair access, the access to the main house has some steps and internally there are some steps to negotiate.

More details on Bourton accessibility

Additional information

  • Fire procedure is displayed in each room and explained to guests on arrival. Guests requiring assistance at an evacuation are identified at this time and door hanger cards are issued
  • Mobile phone reception is generally good from the main building
  • Assistance dogs accompanying visually or hearing impaired guests are welcome; dogs must be kept on a lead or harness at all times
  • Information can be provided in large print
  • Staff have received disability awareness training
  • Special diets can be catered for. Specialist food can be obtained with prior notice
  • Fridge for medication can be supplied

Itinerary

Our House Manager and leaders have put together a unique programme of walks and social activities, and look forward to welcoming you on your holiday. 

The Walks programme

The walks are tailored to the time of year and will remain flexible to suit the weather conditions. Each day three grades of walk will be offered:
Easier: up to a maximum of 5 miles
Medium: up to a maximum of 7 miles
Harder: up to a maximum of 9 miles

Christmas – Festive Guided Walking 

Friday 23 December 2016

Enjoy a warm welcome over afternoon tea from 4 pm onwards.


Saturday 24 December 2016 – Christmas Eve

Today’s walks finish at Cirencester, called by the Romans “Corinium” and a vital hub of their road network. Walks start at, or within a few miles of, Gloucester Beeches on the Roman Ermin Way, and take in ‘all the Dunts’– Duntisbourne Leer, Middle Duntisbourne and Duntisbourne Rouse – all finishing in the grounds of the abbey.


Sunday 25 December 2016 – Christmas Day

We can build up an appetite for our Christmas dinner with walks starting and finishing at Harrington House. Each one visits the pretty villages of Lower and Upper Slaughter. Lower Slaughter has a well-preserved watermill, while Upper Slaughter is a ‘thankful village’ – one of very few in the country where all the men who went to fight in both world wars came back alive. The harder and medium walks also visit the site of the medieval village of Lower Harford.

When you return to Harrington House there will be presents under the Christmas tree before our Christmas lunch. Our celebration Christmas dinner is the highlight of the evening - enjoy traditional turkey with all the trimmings, or alternative options if you prefer.


Monday 26 December 2016 – Boxing Day

Today’s walks go by the river Windrush, the harder and medium walks finishing in Burford, with its packhorse bridge and high street lined with 17th and 18th century houses and inns. The easier walk takes in the beautiful Quarry Lakes of Bourton-on-the-Water on a gentle loop to and from Harrington House.


Tuesday 27 December 2016

Broadway is the epitome of ‘a show village’ because of its fine old cottages and gabled houses of mellow Cotswold stone. All walks finish here today, the harder reaching it via the village of Temple Guiting. The medium walk starts at Ford and the easier 5 miles from Stanway.


Wednesday 28 December 2016

The easier walk goes along part of the North Cotswold Diamond Way, crossing undulating farmland and woods, and dipping into valleys before reaching the butter and honey-coloured houses of Chipping Campden. The medium starts in Ilmington , passes through Ebrington and also finishes in Chipping Campden. The harder starts at Hidcote Manor, walks across country to Ilmington and follows the course of the easier route.


New Year – Festive Guided Walking

Thursday 29 December 2016

At 4pm we’ll offer afternoon tea and welcome you to Harrington House. An opportunity to meet your leaders and fellow guests.


Friday 30 December 2016

Today’s walks finish at Cirencester, called by the Romans “Corinium” and a vital hub of their road network. Walks start at, or within a few miles of, Gloucester Beeches on the Roman Ermin Way, and take in ‘all the Dunts’– Duntisbourne Leer, Middle Duntisbourne and Duntisbourne Rouse – all finishing in the grounds of the abbey.


Saturday 31 December 2016 – New Year’s Eve

Broadway is the epitome of a ‘show village’ because of its fine old cottages and gabled houses of mellow Cotswold stone. All walks finish here today, the harder reaching it via the village of Temple Guiting. The medium walk starts at Ford while the easier walks an easy 3 miles  along the Cotswold Way past the superb viewpoint of Broadway Tower.


In the evening join us for our celebration dinner – you are invited to ‘dress to impress’. Afterwards enjoy an evening of dancing with a live celidh band as we start the countdown to 2016.


Sunday 1 January 2017

We wish all our guests a Happy New Year. Today we’ll offer a slightly later breakfastWe see in the New Year with circular walks, all starting and finishing at Harrington House, and all visiting the pretty villages of Lower and Upper Slaughter. Lower Slaughter has a well-preserved water-mill (now a museum), while Upper Slaughter is a ‘thankful village’ – one of very few in the country where all the men who went to fight in both world wars came back alive. The harder and medium walks also visit the site of the medieval village of Lower Harford.


Monday 2 January 2017

Today’s walks go by the river Windrush, the harder and medium walks finishing in Burford, with its packhorse bridge and high street lined with 17th and 18th century houses and inns. The easier walk takes in the beautiful Quarry Lakes of Bourton-on-the-Water on a gentle loop to and from Harrington House.

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

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