Guided Walking at Bourton-on-the-Water
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Gentle hills, picture-postcard villages and tempting tea shops make this quintessentially English countryside perfect for walking. On our Guided Walking holidays you'll discover glorious golden stone villages with thatched cottages, mansion houses, pastoral countryside and quiet country lanes.
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.
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 no extra charge.
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 £10 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
- 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 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
- 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
- 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
Easier Walks Medium Walks Harder Walks
Discover the best of the Cotswolds on our guided walks. 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.
Select the date of your holiday to see which walks are running during your stay.
M: The Diamond Way - with a hot lunch
Available on: 28 Feb 2017, 8 Mar 2017, 14 Mar 2017, 21 Mar 2017
Cross the rolling Cotswold Hills on our walks back to Bourton-on-the-Water, including a luch stop at The Plough pub in Cold Aston.
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 500 feet (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 500 feet (160m) of ascent
N: Hidcote & Chipping Campden
Available on: 1 Mar 2017, 6 Mar 2017, 15 Mar 2017, 22 Mar 2017
Today we head to the north-west corner of the Cotswolds for walks to the popular small market town of Chipping Campden. We stop for a hot lunch at the Ebrington Arms.
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 600 feet (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. 9 miles (14.5km) with 900 feet (280m) of ascent
O: Chedworth & Northleach
Available on: 2 Mar 2017, 9 Mar 2017, 16 Mar 2017, 23 Mar 2017
Discover the supurb mosaics at Chedworth Roman Villa before walking to Northleach via lunch at the Cotswold Lion Cafe.
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 750feet (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 600feet (180m) of ascent
L: The Slaughters - with a hot lunch
Available on: 7 Mar 2017, 19 Mar 2017
Choose from two guided walks, adapted for the season, that include a stop at a pub or tea shop in Stow-on-the-Wold for lunch.
Easier Walk: From near Broadwell, we follow the Monarch’s Way to picturesque Stow on the Wold. Lunch here before our walk continues through beautiful countryside, to picturesque Lower Slaughter, and then back to Bourton on the Water. 6.5miles (10.5km) with 550 feet (160m) of ascent
Medium Walk: The Monarch’s Way leads us through countryside and Costwold stone villages, to picturesque Stow on the Wold, where we enjoy lunch. Beautiful countryside then takes us to picturesque Lower Slaughter and then back to Bourton on the Water. 9miles (14km) with 700 feet (220m) of ascent
K: Snowshill & Broadway - with a hot lunch
Available on: 18 Mar 2017
Enjoy walks to the delightful village of Broadway, including a pub lunch at the Snowshill Arms.
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 650 feet (200m) of ascent
Medium Walk: We start our walk near to 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 750 feet (220m) of ascent
C: Chedworth Roman Villa and Bibury
Available on: 18 Apr 2017, 2 May 2017, 16 May 2017, 23 May 2017, 6 Jun 2017, 13 Jun 2017, 27 Jun 2017, 11 Jul 2017, 1 Aug 2017, 15 Aug 2017, 12 Sep 2017, 17 Oct 2017, 31 Oct 2017
Start the day with a visit to the remains of Chedworth Roman Villa with its fine mosaics. Our walks follow the valley of the River Colne to Bibury with its splendid Arlington Row cottages.
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 350 feet (100m) 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 (12.5km) with 600 feet (200m) 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 850 feet (260m) of ascent.
D: The Dunts and Cirencester
Available on: 19 Apr 2017, 3 May 2017, 17 May 2017, 24 May 2017, 7 Jun 2017, 14 Jun 2017, 28 Jun 2017, 12 Jul 2017, 2 Aug 2017, 16 Aug 2017, 13 Sep 2017, 18 Oct 2017, 1 Nov 2017
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 what was Roman Britain’s second largest city. 7 miles (11.5km) with 250 feet (80m) 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. 8½ miles (14km) with 300 feet (100m) of ascent.
Harder Walk: From Gloucester Beeches we go west to Brimpsfield before turning south east 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 ½ miles (18.5km) with 750 feet (220m) of ascent.
E: Parts of the Gloucestershire Way
Available on: 20 Apr 2017, 4 May 2017, 18 May 2017, 25 May 2017, 8 Jun 2017, 15 Jun 2017, 29 Jun 2017, 13 Jul 2017, 3 Aug 2017, 17 Aug 2017, 14 Sep 2017, 19 Oct 2017, 2 Nov 2017
Follow the Gloucestershire Way through the rolling countyside of the Cotswolds. We'll pass sleepy villages on our way back to Bourtom-on-the-Water.
Easier Walk: From Notgrove the route is through Cold Aston before joining the River Windrush back to Bourton. 6½ miles (11km) and 350 feet (100m) 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. 8½ miles (14 km) with 550 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. 10½ miles (17km) with 850 feet (260m) of ascent.
F: Around the Slaughters
Available on: 22 Apr 2017, 6 May 2017, 17 Jun 2017, 1 Jul 2017, 15 Jul 2017, 5 Aug 2017, 19 Aug 2017, 2 Sep 2017, 16 Sep 2017, 21 Oct 2017, 4 Nov 2017, 18 Nov 2017
The twin villages of Upper and Lower Slaughter are just a couple of miles' walk from Bourton-on-the-Water. The River Eye flows through these most picturesque of villages, creating a picture-postcard scene.
Easier Walk: On this circular walk from Bourton we visit the pretty villages of Lower and Upper Slaughter following the river Eye. We return via Salmondsbury Camp to Bourton. 6½ miles (10.5km) with 400 feet (120m) of ascent.
Medium Walk: We visit both Upper and Lower Slaughter and the medieval village of Lower Harford. 7 miles (11.5km) with 550 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. 10½ miles (16.5km) with 700 feet (220m) of ascent.
G: The Windrush Valley to Burford
Available on: 23 Apr 2017, 7 May 2017, 18 Jun 2017, 2 Jul 2017, 16 Jul 2017, 6 Aug 2017, 20 Aug 2017, 3 Sep 2017, 17 Sep 2017, 22 Oct 2017, 5 Nov 2017, 19 Nov 2017
Enjoy a choice of walks along the tranquil valley fo the River Windrush to the delightful small town of 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. 6½ miles (10.5km) with 350 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. 8½ miles (14km) with 550 feet (160m) 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. 11½ miles (19km) with 650 feet (200m) of ascent.
H: Chipping Campden and the Cotswolds
Available on: 25 Apr 2017, 9 May 2017, 20 Jun 2017, 4 Jul 2017, 18 Jul 2017, 8 Aug 2017, 22 Aug 2017, 5 Sep 2017, 19 Sep 2017, 24 Oct 2017, 7 Nov 2017, 21 Nov 2017
Today we head to the north-east corner of the Cotswolds for walks around Chpping Campden, another classic Cotswold market town.
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. 6½ miles (10.5km) 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 950 feet (280m) 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. 10½ miles (17.5km) with 1,300 feet (400m) of ascent.
I: The Cotswold Way to Painswick
Available on: 26 Apr 2017, 10 May 2017, 21 Jun 2017, 5 Jul 2017, 19 Jul 2017, 9 Aug 2017, 23 Aug 2017, 6 Sep 2017, 20 Sep 2017, 25 Oct 2017, 8 Nov 2017, 22 Nov 2017
Follow the Cotswold Way along the edge of the escarpment, enjoying sweeping views over the Gloucestershire countryside.
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. 6 miles (9.5km) 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. 7½ miles (12.5km) with 1,100 feet (340m) 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 1,650 feet (500m) of ascent.
J: Following the Monarch’s Way through the Cotswolds
Available on: 27 Apr 2017, 11 May 2017, 22 Jun 2017, 6 Jul 2017, 20 Jul 2017, 10 Aug 2017, 24 Aug 2017, 7 Sep 2017, 21 Sep 2017, 26 Oct 2017, 9 Nov 2017, 23 Nov 2017
Today's walks head back to Bourton-on-the Water via the market town of Stow-on-the-Wold and the delightful village of Lower Slaughter.
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. 6½ miles (10.5km) with 550 feet (160m) 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. 9 miles (14km) with 700 feet (220m) 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 (18 km) with 900 feet (280m) of ascent.
A: South along the Windrush Valley
Available on: 29 Apr 2017, 20 May 2017, 3 Jun 2017, 24 Jun 2017, 8 Jul 2017, 29 Jul 2017, 12 Aug 2017, 26 Aug 2017, 9 Sep 2017, 14 Oct 2017, 28 Oct 2017
Enjoy circular walks starting and finishing at Bourton-on-the-Water. We'll head south along the Windrush Valley; an ideal introduction to the rolling landscapes of the Cotswolds.
Easier Walk: A circular walk from Bourton starts out along the Monarch’s Way reaching the village of Clapton-on-the-Hill. Descending into the Windrush valley and visiting Salmonsbury camp before returning to Bourton. 6½ miles (10.5km) 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. 7½ miles (11.5km) with 560 feet (180m) of ascent.
Harder Walk: From Bourton to Clapton-on-the-Hill, we then track south to the attractive village of Sherborne before returning to Bourton via the Windrush valley. 10½ miles (17km) with 700 feet (220m) of ascent.
B: The Cotswold Way to Broadway
Available on: 30 Apr 2017, 21 May 2017, 4 Jun 2017, 25 Jun 2017, 9 Jul 2017, 30 Jul 2017, 13 Aug 2017, 27 Aug 2017, 10 Sep 2017, 15 Oct 2017, 29 Oct 2017
Follow the Cotswold Way to the charming village of Snowshill, then continue on to Broadway; one of the area's showpiece villages with its fine collection of stone buildings.
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 (11.5km) with 650 feet (200m) 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 750 feet (220m) 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.
11½ miles (18.5km) with 1,150 feet (340m) of ascent.
Which break for me
Our best-selling Guided Walking holidays run throughout the year - with their daily choice of up to 3 walks, these breaks are ideal for anyone who enjoys exploring the countryside on foot. Perhaps choose an Easier walk, then build up to something more challenging as your holiday progresses.
We also offer the following themed breaks that enable likeminded guests to holiday together:
Guided Walking - Classic Breaks
Our Classic Breaks are rich with the traditions of HF Holidays, making them particularly suited to our long-standing guests
During the day enjoy our usual choice of 3 guided walks. 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.
Classic Breaks at Bourton-on-the-Water start on Fri 17 and Mon 20 November 2017 - see the 'Dates & Prices' tab
See our full list of Classic Breaks
Guided Walking in February & March
Seasonal walks with a hot lunch included!
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 beautiful Cotswold scenery without the crowds!
We operate these walks in February, March and November 2017 - see the 'Dates & Prices' tab
Other Guided Walking holidays at Bourton-on-the-Water
Walking with Sightseeing - the perfect combination of guided walks, plus sightseeing visits
Christmas & New Year Walking - enjoy guided walks, fabulous food and a great atmosphere on these special festive breaks
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:
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
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.
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
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
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. 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
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 to Bourton-on-the-Water
Our address is: Harrington House, Sherborne Street, Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire, GL54 2BY
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).
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.
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.
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.
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).
|Date & Rating||Customer Review||HF Holidays says|
15 Dec 2016, 3:34 p.m.
Tiny room ,heavy condensation from window caused ai items left on deep window sill wet,shower lotions not replaced when empty, and charged extra for single room.
Meals not up to usual standard,a lack of green vegetables,some items not locally sauced.
The coach pick up time needs to be reviewed in winter.A 2 hour wait on Tuesday walk,and having to kill time in a pub OK for 30/40 mins OK if one likes a drink but 1.5 - 2 hours unacceptable.
Have been on over 10 walks,and this is first complaint !
Thank you for your feedback. I am pleased that , overall, you enjoyed your holiday but I was sorry to learn that you were disappointed with certain aspects of Harrington House and service. I have noted these and ensured that your comments are passed through to our Hotel Operations Team to improve where necessary for future holidays. Please note there will be no single room supplements on standard single rooms in the UK from 2017.
I have also noted your complaint about the coach pick up time and will pass your comments through to our Transport Manager to note and, if necessary, to change for future walks.
I do hope that we will be able to welcome you on another HF holiday in the future.
7 Dec 2016, 12:32 a.m.
I had a wonderful time; loved my room; great food choices; loved my lunches; loved my leaders; it was wonderful. And my walker friends were great company! I was one of two American walkers so wasn't familiar with HF but looking at going to Wales and Scotland with you!!!
Already told you - and I wanted you to use my name.....Jan Little!
5 Dec 2016, 3:03 p.m.
The booking was straightforward & correct. Everything was as ordered and expected!
A great week, with great people, excellent leaders and walks. Fine food and even the weather was dry & sunny for the whole time!
5 Dec 2016, 1:37 p.m.
Very well organized holidays in lovely houses.
A great walking experience with excellent walk leaders.
5 Dec 2016, 9:54 a.m.
I do think that the leaders should 'know' the walk they are leading, on two of the walks it was obvious that they didn't i.e. too many stops to consult map. Other than that the leaders were fine. The after-dinner talk on Wed. given by a local was far too long.
On arrival was informed it was the leaders day off. - this turned out not to be the case.
The holiday weather was very cold particularly so in the mornings - would have liked the breakfast room to be heated
5 Dec 2016, 9:21 a.m.
I find the HFH provide the ideal package for my current needs. The web site could be a bit better and the admin works well enough. The walks, food, company and entertainment are the highlight for me.
The leaders (Chris, Mike and Gary) made my stay very enjoyable. Only one guest grumbled to me, but I thought they had missed the point of what was being provided.
1 Dec 2016, 9:34 p.m.
No review provided
Very friendly booking staff and overall very good service.
1 Dec 2016, 4:53 p.m.
Clear information, good website and helpful telephone staff.
Glorious autumn colours in the walking in the Cotswolds, hotel very comfortable and staff friendly and made the stay pleasurable.
1 Dec 2016, 9:16 a.m.
Usual easy booking
Great leaders, lovely food and good weather, what more could you ask!
29 Nov 2016, 7:33 a.m.
No review provided
The organisation was done well, the accommodation and food was good
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Prices are per person
- Premium single room: £15 per night
- Premium twin/double room: £10 per person per night
- Non-member associate fee: £10 per person