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



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Activity types:

  • Central location
  • History
  • Meadows & hills


  • Easier
  • Easy
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From £899.00 - 6 nights


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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

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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    4-star Visit Britain Guest Accommodationcentre 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.

Our classic bedrooms offer comfortable accommodation and an en-suite bathroom with bath or shower. They also have TV, hairdryer, and tea and coffee making facilities. Single rooms are available for an extra £8 per night.

You can enjoy extra space or exceptional views plus additional facilities including a towelling robe and complimentary slippers when you upgrade to a premium bedroom. Premium rooms are available at just £5 extra per person per night.    

If you are travelling with your family, we have a selection of 3 and 4-bedded family bedrooms. These have all the facilities of our classic rooms plus full sized twin or double beds for adults and bunk beds or occasional beds for children.

A limited number of value twin rooms are available at a discount of £8 per person per night and value single rooms with a £5 per night discount. Our value rooms have the same facilities as our classic rooms, but bathroom facilities are nearby rather than en-suite.

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All our Country Houses are tailored to the needs of walkers and outdoor enthusiasts and have excellent boot and drying rooms.

In the main house there is a small lounge, an attractive dining room and a cosy bar. The ballroom is a flexible space which can be used as a lounge, for dancing or for a variety of leisure activity holidays.

At the very top of the house is the fascinating observatory: an opportunity to try some star-gazing, or just enjoy the bird’s-eye view.

Free WiFi is available in the public rooms. There is also a range of board games and books.

At the rear of the house there is an attractive walled garden with a large croquet lawn. This is a particularly attractive spot to relax after a day’s walk or activity.

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All holidays at our Country Houses are Full Board with all meals included, from dinner on arrival to breakfast on the day of your departure.

Start your day with our extensive breakfast. Choose from a wide selection on the cold buffet and/or a full cooked breakfast. Maybe enjoy a lighter option of fruit and yoghurt followed by scrambled egg, go for porridge followed by a full English breakfast, or select something in between.

Choose from our famous self-select picnic lunches - everything you need to keep you going on a day outdoors. Your own choice of sandwiches is prepared to order, and you can add crisps and snacks, fruit, nuts, chocolate bars, sweets and biscuits as you wish.     

Our house-based Leisure Activities include an in-house lunch (generally soup, sandwiches etc).   

The relaxed dinner is a highlight of any stay at our Country Houses. With tables seating up to 10 and no seating plan, it offers a great opportunity to get to know your fellow guests. There is always a choice of dishes for every course, featuring good British cooking and often local specialities. A vegetarian option is always available.

All our Country Houses have a well-stocked bar serving local beers, wine and spirits.

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Guided Walking: enjoy a glass of wine or local beer in the bar before a talk about the next day's walks. After dinner there will be an activity or entertainment which you will be welcome to join. These vary from week to week but could include a talk on local history from a visiting speaker, a team quiz, or a stroll around Bourton-on-the-Water. Alternatively if you prefer, feel free to just relax in our lounge or bar.

Leisure Activities: many of our Leisure Activities holidays continue into the evening with programmed sessions. Other holidays will have the evenings free, and you will be welcome to join in other social activities that may be happening in the house.

Self-Guided Walking: there may be evening social activities happening in the house during your holiday, and you will be most welcome to join in. However, not all self-guided holidays will have evening activities available – if these are important to you, please check before booking.

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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. 

Arrival & car parking facilities

  • There is a small car park at the front of the house and a larger one at the rear
  • 2 disabled parking bays
  • The surface of the car park is tarmac, slightly uneven
  • Assistance with luggage provided upon request 

Main entrance & reception

  • The front entrance has 5 steps (each step is 15cm in height) up to it and the back entrance has 3 steps (each step is 4.5cm in height)
  • Ramp is available on request. Handrail at the front entrance (height 93cm)
  • The office is situated in the front hallway. The hallway is well lit and the width of it is 295cm 

Public areas - hall, stairs, landing, corridors etc

  • In general, due to the age and layout of the house, most of the rooms are accessed via carpeted hallways & corridors with firedoors and steps in them. Minimum width 73cm
  • Hallways and corridors are generally well lit. Staircase to the upper floors is steep and narrow in places
  • Portable ramp available 

Public areas - sitting room, lounges, lobbies etc

  • From the main hallway, there is level access to the lounge, dining room, and ballroom
  • The bar is accessed via 1 step of 16cm high, 85cm wide
  • The lounge has very good lighting, thick carpet and internet access
  • The entrance door into the lounge is a fire door and 93cm in width
  • The observatory in on top of the house. The stairs up are steep, each step is 18cm high and 81cm wide. The stairs have handrails and are well lit and thickly carpeted
  • The boot room is located near the main entrance and has a coded lock on the door. One step of 8cm in height into the boot room
  • The ballroom is located near the bar with one step down (14cm high). The entrance width is 93cm
  • Wooden floor, good lighting
  • Chairs are 45cm high with arm rests. Tables are 49cm high. Window seats 47cm high. All furniture easily movable
  • The painting room is located in the Windrush Cottage (accessed from outside). Minimum entrance width 79cm, minimum corridor width 70cm, one step down of 18cm.
  • The chairs are 44cm high, tables 49cm. All furniture is easily movable
  • Well lit room with a rug in the middle of vinyl tile floor 

Public WCs

  • The public toilets are located down the hallway, just off the main reception area. There are two steps up, each 19cm high
  • The width of the main door is 74cm, the cubicle doors are 58cm. Ladies toilet height is 38cm and the gents is 37cm. Both have a tiled floor. Sink is 90cm high 

Dining room & bar

  • The dining room is located off the main hallway. The door width is 96cm
  • Five movable tables, all 70cm high and all chairs are 46cm high with no arm rests
  • The dining room is well lit and has thick carpet
  • Breakfast service is self service cold buffet with assistance available, if required. Table service for hot meals
  • The bar is also located off the main hallway. The door width is 85cm. One step, 16cm high
  • The chairs are 47cm high, some with arms. The bar counter is 108cm high 

Bedrooms & sleeping areas           

Room 30

  • Room 30 is the room best suited for anyone requiring wheelchair access. The room is located on the ground floor of Jubilee Cottage
  • The entrance is 80cm wide
  • The room is carpeted and has 2 single beds (each 58cm high), 1 sofa bed, 2 bedside tables, a dresser, a wardrobe and 2 chairs
  • The room is 431cm wide
  • The entrance to the en-suite bathroom is 82cm. Non-slip flooring
  • Walk-in shower with a shower curtain
  • The sink is 79cm high with a lever tap. Mirror and shaver light
  • Height of the toilet is 40cm 

Other bedrooms

  • The rest of the rooms are a mixture of singles, twins and doubles. Bedrooms are located in the main house (1st and 2nd floor), the annex, Windrush (ground and 1st floor) and Jubilee Cottage (ground and 1st floor)
  • Most of the rooms are en-suite, three basic single bedrooms only have a sink in the rooms and they share two bathrooms along the corridor 

Grounds and gardens

The garden at the back of the house is flat and pebbled with seating available 

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


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. 



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. or



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.



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.

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. or

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.

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.


Hidcote Gardens image ©National Trust Images/Jonathan Buckley


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 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.



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.



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3 Feb 2016, 5:52 p.m.

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Only downside is the on-line booking, despite a recent update, is hard to navigate.

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The first time I have visited this house. Very well placed in Bourton and comfortable
7 Jan 2016, 12:41 p.m.

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Previously excellent. Office and website not so good this year.

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Brilliant New Year Holiday. Excellent house, especially in poorer weather. Ceilidh with live band on New Years Eve fantastic and other evening activities good. Enthusiastic leaders.
7 Jan 2016, 11:24 a.m.

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Felt corners being cut with regard to evening meals. Prefer vegetables served separately rather than ready plated.

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Leaders coped well with poor weather conditions. Felt that evening entertainment on 1st two nights was not up to standard for a "festive" holiday with two nights of slide shows! New Year's evening excellent.
7 Jan 2016, 11:21 a.m.

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I have always enjoyed my HF holidays either in UK or abroad

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I did not enjoy my dinners as much as usual as veg and potatoes were plated rather than being able to help myself. (I intend to send a separate email about this disappointment)
6 Jan 2016, 8:28 a.m.

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The organisation of walks and the evening entertainent by the leaders was excellent.

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I get the impression that the house is trying to save money on food as the quality was nowhere near as good as the last time we were at this house (4 years ago).
3 Jan 2016, 4:33 p.m.

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Always enjoy my H.F holidays

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Very enjoyable with good company and attentive staff
2 Jan 2016, 9:02 p.m.

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Good company and excellent service

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The staff were lovely and the food was good
1 Jan 2016, 5:19 p.m.

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Great pre-holiday communication from the company. Ease of booking.

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Very pleasant and helpful staff. Room comfortable. Would have appreciated having times of gatherings and description written and posted somewhere for those of us whose memory for spoken details is waning. Educators know people only remember 10% of what they hear ay best. One of the three leaders was exceptional at seeing to our needs/expectations. Two leaders led walks but did minimal commenting on things of interest in the area although I believe they are given informational material for the walks they lead. One leader broke my confidentiality by announcing a private piece of personal information to his entire group.
1 Jan 2016, 4:53 p.m.

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Well planned, run and enjoyed by all present.

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Everything was just right. Every day met my expectations.
11 Jan 2015, 8:49 p.m.

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Excellent service, the organisation is very good

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Wonderful holiday this house was excellent.
We're so pleased you enjoyed your stay in the Cotswolds, don't forget we've 18 other Country Houses just waiting to be discovered.

HF Holidays Ltd.

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Dates & Prices

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23 Dec 2017 BNXFW - Festive Walking - Bourton-on-the-Water 6 £899.00 Book Now

Prices are per person


  • Standard single room: (2016) £8 per night; (2017) no supplement
  • Premium single room: £15 per night (2017 only)
  • Premium twin/double room: (2016) £5 per person per night; (2017) £10 per person per night
  • Non-member associate fee: (2016) £5 per person; (2017) £10 per person

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