Guided Walking at Bourton-on-the-Water

Cotswolds

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Activity types:

  • Central location
  • History
  • Meadows & hills

Level

  • Easier
  • Easy
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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.

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From £162.50 - 3 to 7 nights

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Holiday overview

  • Visit Chipping Campden, Stow-on-the-Wold and Broadway, all built from golden Cotswold stone
  • Just two hours from London; an ideal getaway for a short break or longer holiday
  • Close to Blenheim Palace, ancestral home of Winston Churchill, the historic university city of Oxford and Stratford-upon-Avon, Shakespeare’s birthplace 

Holiday highlights

A Guided Walking holiday in charming Bourton-on-the-Water is the ideal way to explore the beautiful honey-coloured stone villages and enchanting landscape of the Cotswolds.

Great reasons to join us

  • Great value: all prices include Full Board en-suite accommodation, a full programme of walks with all transport to and from the walks, and light-hearted evening activities
  • Choice: choose from up to 3 guided walks each walking day, with expert guides
  • Accommodation: stay at historic 4-star Harrington House, full of charm and character, in the centre of Bourton-on-the-Water
  • Sociability: we pride ourselves on the social atmosphere of our holidays - walk together, eat together and relax together                               

Accommodation

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.
  

Bedrooms

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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Facilities

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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Food

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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Evening

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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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. 

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

NEW: Classic Breaks

NEW from HF HolidaysNEW for 2017: Our Classic Breaks are rich with the traditions of HF Holidays, making them particularly suited to our older holidaymakers.

During the day enjoy our usual choice of 3 guided walks (find details of which walks on the Guided Walking itinerary tab) . In the evening relax with likeminded guests during your evening meal, then enjoy a classic mix of evening activities arranged by your leaders. We'll include a great mix of quizzes, games and dancing, rounded off with a traditional party night on the final evening.

Look on our Dates & prices tab to find out which of our holidays are Classic Breaks.

February & March at Bourton

NEW from HF HolidaysNEW for 2017: Look out for selected dates on our ‘Dates & Prices’ tab, highlighting when you can join us on this new, specially tailored itinerary – complete with a choice of walks specially selected for the season plus a tasty hot lunch at handpicked local pubs or tea shops en route.

  • Enjoy a choice of two specially selected walks each day
  • Tuck into tasty hot lunches at handpicked local pubs and teashops en route
  • Experience the serenity of picture postcard Cotswold villages without the crowds!

Saturday: Snowshill & Broadway
Easier Walk: From Ford we walk to the pretty village of Snowshill to enjoy lunch at The Snowshill Arms. Tracks and field paths then make for gentle walking to Broadway with its beautiful cottages of mellow sandstone.
7 miles/11km with 650ft/200m of ascent

Medium Walk: We start our walk near the village of Temple Guiting where we join the Winchcombe Way, leading us through quiet Cotswold Countryside to the pretty village of Snowshill and our lunch stop at The Snowshill Arms. After lunch we follow the easier walking route to beautiful Broadway.
9 miles/14.5km with 750ft/220m of ascent

Sunday: The Slaughters
Easier Walk:
From near Broadwell, we follow the Monarch’s Way to picturesque Stow on the Wold. We lunch here and then continue our walk through beautiful countryside to picturesque Lower Slaughter and then back to Bourton on the Water.
6.5miles/10.5km with 550ft/160m of ascent

Medium Walk:
The Monarch’s Way leads us through countryside and Costwold stone villages, to picturesque Stow on the Wold for lunch. Beautiful countryside then takes us to charming Lower Slaughter and then back to Bourton on the Water.
9miles/14km with 700ft/220m of ascent

Tuesday: The Diamond Way
Easier Walk: Today we follow the famous Cotswold trails of The Diamond Way and the Macmillan Way to a tasty lunch at The Plough at Cold Aston. Our third national trail of the day – The Gloucestershire Way, then leads us back to Bourton on the Water.
6.5miles/10.5km with 500ft/160m of ascent

Medium Walk: From near Hazleton, the Gloucestershire Way and The Diamond Way, take us through Notgrove and to The Plough at Cold Aston for lunch. We then follow the same route as the Easier Walk, back to Bourton on the Water.
9miles/14km with 500ft/160m of ascent

Wednesday: Hidcote & Chipping Campden
Easier Walk: From Ilmington we cross the ridge of Pig Lane before descending past the 19th century Foxcote House, and on to lunch at the Ebrington Arms, then follow the Monarch’s Way to reach golden stone Chipping Campden, with plenty of time to explore.
6.5miles/10.5km with 600ft/200m of ascent

Medium Walk: Starting at the National Trust’s Hidcote Manor, with its spectacular gardens, we walk through countryside to Ilmington, where we pick up the route of the Easier Walk and join them for lunch in the Ebrington Arms, before continuing to Chipping Campden.
9miles/14.5km with 900ft/280m of ascent

Thursday: Chedworth & Northleach
Easier Walk: A chance to visit one of the best preserved Roman sites in the country, Chedworth Roman Villa (National Trust), dating from AD120-400. After time to explore, our walk winds its way alongside Chedworth Woods and follows the Macmillan Way to Northleach. We stop en route for a tasty lunch at The Cotswold Lion Cafe.
5.5miles/8.5km with 750ft/140m of ascent

Medium Walk: We begin our walk on the Macmillan Way near the village of Chedworth, and make our way to its famous Roman Villa (National Trust). There’s plenty of time to explore, before we follow the route of the Easier Walk, stopping at The Cotswold Lion Cafe for lunch and finishing our walk at Northleach.
6.5miles/11km with 600ft/180m of ascent

 

Itinerary

Our experienced guides offer the choice of up to three different walks each day – you can choose an Easier Walk one day and switch to a Harder Walk the next.

HF Holidays walks level 1 easier

 

Easier Walks      

HF Holidays walks level 1 easier

 

Medium Walks      

HF Holidays walks grade 2 easy

 

Harder Walks 


We’ve a fantastic selection of walks for 2016 - see below. Please check back here in November for any variations for our 2017 holidays.


Group A: South along the Windrush Valley

Easier Walk: A circular walk from Bourton starts out through the quarry lakes before ascending to the village of Clapton-on-the-Hill. We return to Bourton on the Monarch’s Way. 6 miles (9.5km) with 400 feet (120m) of ascent.

Medium Walk: We follow the Monarch’s Way to Clapton-on-the-Hill; we then take the route across the valley to Little Rissington with its ‘plague church’ and its memorial window to the Red Arrows. We will also see the graves of many men killed from the RAF Flying School which was based here. We return via the quarry lakes to Bourton. 7 miles (11km) with 600 feet (180m) of ascent.

Harder Walk: From Bourton to Claptonon-the-Hill, we then track south to the attractive village of Sherborne before returning to Bourton via the Windrush valley. 10 miles (16km) with 700 feet (210m) of ascent.


Group B: The Cotswold Way to Broadway

Easier Walk: From Ford we walk to the pretty village of Snowshill and then take field paths to Broadway with its beautiful cottages of mellow Cotswold stone.7 miles (11km) with 600 feet (180m) of ascent.

Medium Walk: After walking to Temple Guiting we walk north following the River Windrush near to its source. We then follow the same route as the Easier Walk from Ford. 9 miles (14.5km) with 700 feet (210m) of ascent.

Harder Walk: From Snowshill Road and Temple Guiting we see the site of the medieval village of Pinnock, abandoned in 1348 after its population was wiped out by the Black Death. After Ford and Cutsdean we head for Broadway via Snowshill.12 miles (19km) with 1,100 feet (330m) of ascent.


Group C: Chedworth Roman Villa and Bibury

Easier Walk: Today we have an option to visit one of the best preserved Roman sites in the country, Chedworth Roman Villa (National Trust), dating from AD120-400.We walk from Fosse Bridge to the attractive village of Bibury. 5 miles (8km) with 300 feet (90m) of ascent.

Medium Walk: After leaving Chedworth Roman Villa we walk up through Chedworth woods to Pancake Hill and the River Coln at Fosse Bridge, before heading downstream through Cotswold country and hamlets to Bibury. 8 miles (13km) with 600 feet (180m) of ascent.

Harder Walk: We head west past Yanworth Mill (an old corn mill) through the woods to the ruins of Chedworth Roman Villa. From there we follow the route of the Medium Walk to Bibury. 10 miles (16km) with 900 feet (270m) of ascent.


Group D: The Dunts and Cirencester

Easier Walk: From Winstone we take in the three villages all starting with ‘Dunts’ in their name. Finally arriving in the capital of the Cotswolds – Cirencester - with time to explore Roman Britain’s second largest city. 7 miles (11Km) with 300 feet (90m) of ascent.

Medium Walk: From Gloucester Beeches we go south east to take in several typical Cotswold villages with history going back over 2,000 years to Roman times, arriving in the Roman city of Cirencester. Here you can explore Abbey ground, the Corinium museum and 15th century church. 8 miles (13Km) with 300 feet (90m) of ascent.

Harder Walk: From Gloucester Beeches we go west to Brimpsfield before turning southeast to explore many Cotswold’s villages with churches dating back to Saxon times. In Cirencester you will pass through 2,000 years of history before well-earned refreshments in one of the many cafes.11 miles (17.5Km) with 700 feet (210m) of ascent.


Group E: Parts of the Gloucestershire Way

Easier Walk: From Notgrove the route is through Cold Aston before joining the River Windrush back to Bourton. 6 miles (9.5km) and 300 feet (90m) of ascent.

Medium Walk: Starting at the Neolithic burial site of Notgrove Long Barrow we walk west to Salperton and then on to Cold Aston and Bourton. 9 miles (14.5km) with 600 feet (180m) of ascent.

Harder Walk: We walk east from the Frog Mill Inn, once known as the most haunted pub in the Cotswolds, through Shipton Solers and Shipton Oliffe, then to Hampen and Salperton and back to Bourton via Cold Aston. 11 miles (17.5km) with 800 feet (240m) of ascent.


Group F: Around the Slaughters

Easier Walk: On this circular walk from Bourton we visit the pretty villages of Lower and Upper Slaughter via field paths and by the rivers Eye and Windrush. 6 miles (9.5km) with 300 feet (100m) of ascent.

Medium Walk: We visit both Upper and Lower Slaughter and the medieval village of Lower Harford. 7 miles (11km) with 600 feet (180m) of ascent.

Harder Walk: Following a clockwise loop from Bourton along the River Windrush to Lower Harford and Naunton, we cross country to the Warden’s Way and the Slaughters and back to Bourton. 10 miles (16km) with 700 feet (210m) of ascent.


Group G: The Windrush Valley to Burford

Easier Walk: From Little Barrington we follow a route through Westwell and Holwell into Burford, with its packhorse bridge and high street lined with 17th and 18th century houses and inns. 7 miles (11km) with 400 feet (120m) of ascent.

Medium Walk: Our start is a typical Cotswold village, Windrush, continuing to Great Barrington with its Norman church and Palladian mansion built in 1737. From here we continue on the same paths as the Easier Walk to Burford. 9 miles (14.5km) with 500 feet (150m) of ascent.

Harder Walk: Today’s starting point is Sherborne Park and Sherborne, a traditional agricultural estate and feudal village now owned by the National Trust. Heading east across water-meadows and through the Cotswold villages we follow the Medium Walk into Burford. 12 miles (19km) with 600 feet (180m) of ascent.


Group H: Chipping Campden and theCotswolds

Easier Walk: From Ilmington we cross the ridge of Pig Lane before descending past the 18th century Foxcote House, and through Ebrington to join the Monarch’s Way into Chipping Campden. 7 miles (11km) with 600 feet (180m) of ascent.

Medium Walk: Starting at the National Trust’s Hidcote Manor with its spectacular gardens, we walk across country to Ilmington and follow the route of the Easier Walk into Chipping Campden. 9 miles (14.5km) with 900 feet (270m) of ascent.

Harder Walk: Mickleton is the start of this walk which then heads to Hidcote Manor and the route of the Medium Walk to Chipping Campden, famous for affluent wool merchants in the 14th and 15th centuries. 11 miles (17.5km) with 1,300 feet (390m) of ascent.


Group I: The Cotswold Way to Painswick

Easier Walk: From Cranham we take in Buckholt Wood before picking up the Cotswold Way to Painswick, one of Gloucestershire’s many wool towns, with its 99 yew trees which were planted in its churchyard in 1692. 5 miles (8km) with 800 feet (240m) of ascent.

Medium Walk: Walking from Witcombe Wood we drop gradually into Cranham, take in Cooper’s Hill, and then follow the route of the Easier Walk into Painswick.8 miles (13km) with 1,100 feet (330m) of ascent.

Harder Walk: East of Gloucester is Ullen Wood where we start our walk, picking up the Cotswold Way as we head past Birdlip. Contouring round Cooper’s Hill, site of the Whit Monday cheese-rolling competitions, we continue over the Iron Age hill fort site of Painswick and into Painswick itself. 10 miles (16km) with 1,600 feet (480m) of ascent.


Group J: Following the Monarch’s Way through the Cotswolds

Easier Walk: Starting our walk from Broadwell, we pass Stow-on-the-Wold and Lower Slaughter on the banks of the River Eye on our way back to Bourton. 6 miles (9.5km) with 500 feet (150m) of ascent.

Medium Walk: From Longborough we visit Donnington, Broadwell, and Stow-on-the- Wold – the highest town in the Cotswolds– and Lower Slaughter on our return to Bourton. 8 miles (13km) with 700 feet (210m) of ascent.

Harder Walk: From Moreton-in-Marsh we follow the Monarch’s Way which tracks the escape route of Charles II to Shoreham and France after his defeat at the battle of Worcester in 1651. Walking to Longborough, we then follow the Medium Walk to Bourton. 11 miles (17.5km) with 900 feet (270m) of ascent. 


2016 Walking Programmes

7 night holidays: 5 days of walking and a free day on a Monday (unless otherwise stated)

Walks A-E: Fri 26 Feb; Fri 25 March; Fri 15, 29 April; Fri 3 June; Fri 1, 15 July; Fri 5 Aug; Fri 2, 16 Sept; Fri 14, 28 Oct; Fri 18 Nov

Walks F-J: Fri 11 March; Fri 13, 27 May; Fri 10, 24 June; Fri 29 July; Fri 12, 26 Aug; Fri 9, 23 Sept; Fri 21 Oct; Fri 4, 25 Nov

4 night holidays: 3 days of walking 

Walks C, D, E: Mon 29 Feb; Mon 18 April; Mon 2 May; Mon 6 June; Mon 4, 18 July; Mon 8 Aug; Mon 5, 19 Sept; Mon 17, 31 Oct; Mon 21 Nov

Walks H, I, J: Mon 14 March; Mon 25 April; Mon 16, 30 May; Mon 13, 27 June; Mon 1, 15, 29 Aug; Mon 26 Sept; Mon 24 Oct; Mon 7, 28 Nov

Walks A, B, C: Fri 25 March; Fri 20 May

3 night holidays: 2 days of walking

Walks A & B: Fri 26 Feb; Fri 15 April; Fri 3 June; Fri 1, 15 July; Fri 5 Aug; Fri 2, 16 Sept; Fri 14, 28 Oct; Fri 18 Nov

Walks F & G: Fri 11 March; Fri 22 April; Fri 13, 27 May; Fri 10, 24 June; Fri 29 July; Fri 12, 26 Aug; Fri 9, 23 Sept; Fri 21 Oct; Fri 4, 25 Nov

Walks D, E: Tues 29 March


Holiday information

Terrain and transport: Easier Walks have easy gradients. Medium Walks are on well-graded paths. Harder Walks have gently undulating gradients. Walks can be very muddy following heavy rain.

On some days the walks start or finish at Harrington House; on other days we use hired transport at the start and/or end of the walks. The cost of all transport to and from the walks is included in the price of your holiday.

Our guests: The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly. There is normally a good mix of ages, of new guests and 'regulars' from Britain and overseas, and of people travelling alone, with a partner or with friends.

Free day: Each seven night holiday has a day without any organised walks, so you can explore the Cotswolds independently.

In the evenings: Your leaders will inform you about the choice of walks for the next day and answer any questions you may have. After a sociable evening meal you could join in an organised activity such as a quiz or a talk about the local area, relax in the bar or use the Country House facilities.

Local area

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.

Hidcote 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

Broadway
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.

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.

Stratford-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

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.nwm.org.uk/gloucester

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

Blenheim 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

Travel

Harrington House, Sherborne Street, Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire, GL54 2BY

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).

By taxi: The 8 mile journey from Moreton-in-Marsh railway station takes approximately 20 minutes. Taxis cost approx £19 for 2 passengers. The 17 mile journey from Cheltenham Spa railway station takes approximately 30 minutes. Taxis cost approx £38 for 2 passengers. Every year we negotiate a pre-booked rate for these journeys. Details of our current recommended taxi company and rates will be sent to you with your booking. We recommend pre-booking your taxi and the taxi company will arrange shared taxis wherever possible. The return taxi journey can be arranged on your behalf by the Harrington House Manager.

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.

To help you plan your journey, use www.traveline.info

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To-day I posted a paper form to you. My long weekend at Harrington House was absolutely EXCELLENT. I do love HF so don't change anything - especially the packed lunches.
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Room 30 at BOW is humid and the smell is bad. I was glad the management could find a solution.

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Sometimes it was difficult to fond the way and I suggest that at the beginning of each season, a team of leaders walk the walks and put additional signs where necessary so that a leader who is not familiar with the area can lead without stress for him/her and for the HF walkers
28 Sep 2016, 8:38 a.m.

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Timely, helpful information. EAsy to book with helpful advice.

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Fantastic walking area. Extremely well organised with friendly and professional walking leaders. Accommodation was very good and food, plentiful and high quality.
22 Sep 2016, 2:13 p.m.

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Our second holiday with HF lived up to our expectations

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We loved the location in the village and enjoyed the walks very much
22 Sep 2016, 8:49 a.m.

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Reservation Staff professional and helpful.

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Well managed house, Good food , enjoyable walks and sunshine!
22 Sep 2016, 7:29 a.m.

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Excellent holiday organisation, food and leadership.

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More modernisation of the accommodation would enhance the overall experience - sharing a bathroom between 4 rooms was not pleasant
22 Sep 2016, 4:56 a.m.

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I was not familiar with HF Holidays it was my first time and I was very pleasantly surprised

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The only comment I would have that is was too short :-)
20 Sep 2016, 11:21 p.m.

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I don't understand why I had to pay a supplement for a single room as the room was meant for 1 person and couln't take a double bed!
19 Sep 2016, 6:40 p.m.

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I choose HF because they offer a choice of walks

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Very disappointed that there was no medium walk. At 82 I didn`t wish to do the harder walk. Most of the other guests were from overseas and were only interested in sightseeing and not walking so I had to join them. I really feel I should be offered another holiday. I have had many happy holidays with HF
15 Sep 2016, 1:18 p.m.

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Absolutely terrific!!!!
Food delicious, accommodation lovely, staff friendly, helpful.
Looking forward to 2017

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We plan on another HF Holiday in 2017
Rain or shine it was wonderful!
I have never been a walker and I thought the walks were great.
The leaders were informative, friendly and obviously enjoyed their walks.

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  • 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