Spring & Winter Walking at Bourton-on-the-Water

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Holiday overview

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Bourton-on-the-Water is set up so beautifully for spring & winter walking, why not join us on a walking holiday in February, March or November.

This seasonal walking comes with a choice of two walks, specially adapted to highlight the best of the season, and includes a hot lunch in a cosy pub or tearoom. Perfect for warming up after your morning walk, before lacing back up and heading out again!

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Accommodation

HF Holidays' Harrington House in Bourton-on-the-Water, Cheltenham

Dating from the Tudor period and of, considerable historic interest, Harrington House mirrors the mellow architectural style of the Cotswolds. Its peaceful atmosphere and proximity to the charming centre of Bourton-on-the-Water make it ideal for those who prefer a less active holiday.

Harrington House has 29 bedrooms. Most are located in the main house, with others in the adjacent cottages. 

Choose your room

Classic Rooms
• Check-in from 2:30pm
• Comfortable accommodation
• En-suite bathroom with bath or shower
• TV
• Hairdryer
• Tea and coffee-making facilities
• Single rooms are available at no extra charge
Premium Rooms
• Check-in from 1:30pm
• Enjoy extra space or exceptional views
• Toweling robe Complimentary slippers 
• Same facilities as our classic rooms
• Available from an extra £10 per person per night
Family Rooms
• Check-in from 2:30pm
• 3 or 4 beds
• Same facilities as our classic rooms
• Full sized twin or double beds for adults and bunk or occasional beds for children

Facilities

• Excellent boot and drying rooms 
• Main house there is a lounge, dining room and a bar
• Ballroom
• At the very top of the house is the observatory 
• Free WiFi in public rooms
• Range of board games and books
• At the rear of the house there is an attractive walled garden with a large croquet lawn

Dining

All holidays at our Country Houses are full board accommodation including evening meal on arrival to breakfast on the day of your departure. All of our Country Houses have a well-stocked bar serving local beers, wine and spirits.

Start your day with our extensive breakfast.
 Take your fill from our famous self-service picnic lunches
A relaxed social dinner is a highlight of any stay at our Country Houses

An example of Bourton-on-the-water evening meal

Your evenings

Make the most of your evening or join us at the bar


Just relax and take it easy, or if you'd like to continue to chat with our guides and fellow guests then why not grab a drink or take part in one of our optional evening activities.

All of our bars are stocked with locally sourced drinks so you can really soak up your surroundings.

Accessibility

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

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

More details on Bourton accessibility

Additional information

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

Itinerary

Discover the Cotswolds on Foot

Explore the beautiful countryside and rich history of the Cotswolds on our guided walks. Gentle hills, picture-postcard villages and pastoral countryside make this quintessentially English landscape perfect for walking. Join our friendly and knowledgeable guides who will bring this beautiful landscape to life.

  • Our experienced guides offer the choice of up two different walks each day
  • Choose the option which best suits your interests and fitness
  • On these breaks we include a hot lunch at a pub or tearoom
  • We provide flexible holidays. Join our guided walks, explore independently, or relax at Harrington Hall

Select the date of your holiday to see which walks are running during your stay.

Snowshill & Broadway - Spring & Winter Walks

Available on: 17 Mar 2018, 24 Mar 2018, 3 Nov 2018, 17 Nov 2018, 24 Nov 2018

Enjoy the choice of two guided walks, specially selected for the season, including a hot lunch at the Snowshill Arms.

Option 1: Snowshill & Broadway

Cotswold Tourism

Distance: 7 miles (11½km)

Total ascent: 650 feet (200m) of ascent.

The walk in a nutshell: Walk through rolling Cotswold countryside from Ford to the village of Snowshill, where we'll eat at the Snowshill Arms. Its then on through the fields to Broadway.

Don’t miss: Our walk ends in the ever-popular showpiece village of Broadway, with its beautiful cottages of mellow Cotswold stone. 

Option 2: Temple Guiting to Broadway

Wooded slopes of the Cotswolds and Broadway Church

Distance: 9 miles (14½km)

Total ascent: 750 feet (220m) 

The walk in a nutshell: Follow the River Windrush north from Temple Guiting towards its source, then continue on past our pub stop at Snowshill to Broadway.

Don’t miss: Take time to explore delightful Snowshill  with its timeless church and National Trust manor house.

Image 1: credit VisitEngland/Nick Turner/Cotswolds Tourism


The Monarch's Way - Spring & Winter Walks

Available on: 18 Mar 2018, 25 Mar 2018, 4 Nov 2018, 18 Nov 2018, 25 Nov 2018

Enjoy the choice of two guided walks, specially selected for the season, including a hot lunch in a local pub.

Option 1: Broadwell to Bourton

Lower Slaughter bridge

Distance: 6½ miles (10½km)

Total ascent: 550 feet (160m)

The walk in a nutshell: A countryside walk along the Monarch's Way from the village to Broadwell to Bourton-on-the-Water. We'll stop to explore Stow-on-the-Wold and the delightful village of Lower Slaughter.

Don’t miss: Timeless Lower Slaughter was voted the 'most romantic street in Britain'. With its idyllic cottages and watermill lining the River Eye, this is delightful spot to stop and relax.

Option 2: Longborough to Bourton

Countryside near Stow-on-the-Wold

Distance: 9 miles (14km)

Total ascent: 700 feet (220m) 

The walk in a nutshell: This walk starts further north in the village of Longborough. We'll head first to Stow-on-the-Wold, then on through the fields to Lower Slaughter and Bourton-on-the-Water.

Don’t miss: Stow-on-the-Wold is the highest town in the Cotswolds. Explore the large market square, once the site of the town's annual sheep fairs, that is surrounded by elegant houses and shops. 


The Diamond Way - Spring & Winter Walks

Available on: 20 Mar 2018, 27 Mar 2018, 6 Nov 2018, 20 Nov 2018, 27 Nov 2018

Enjoy the choice of two guided walks, specially selected for the season, including a hot lunch at The Plough pub in Cold Aston.

Option 1: Notgrove to Bourton

Two walkers

Distance: 6½ miles (10½km)

Total ascent: 500 feet (160m)

The walk in a nutshell: Follow the Diamond Way and the Macmillan Way to a tasty lunch at The Plough at Cold Aston. Our third trail of the day – the Gloucestershire Way, then leads us back to Bourton on the Water.

Don’t miss: The village church at Hampnett is quite unusual, with remarkable Victorian stenciling.

Option 2: Salperton to Bourton

Walking in the Windrush Valley

Distance: 9 miles (14km)

Total ascent: 550 feet (160m) 

The walk in a nutshell: Follow the Gloucestershire Way and Diamond Way through rolling countryside to the villages of Notgrove and Cold Aston for lunch, then continue to Bourton-on-the-Water.

Don’t miss: Discover the legend of the Notgrove Long Barrow, said to contain a golden coffin.

Image 2 credit VisitEngland/Nick Turner/Cotswolds Tourism


The Slaughters - Spring & Winter Walks

Available on: 21 Mar 2018, 28 Mar 2018, 7 Nov 2018, 21 Nov 2018, 28 Nov 2018

Enjoy the choice of two guided walks, specially selected for the season, including a hot lunch at Lower Slaughter.

Option 1: Upper and Lower Slaughter

Cottages and bridge in village of Lower Slaughter

Distance: 6½ miles (10½km)

Total ascent: 300 feet (100m)

The walk in a nutshell: On this circular walk from Bourton we visit the pretty villages of Lower and Upper Slaughter following the river Eye.

Don’t miss: At the end of your walk there is plenty of time to explore Bourton-on-the-Water. Enjoy a pint in one of the pubs, visit the shops, or find a bench beside the River Windrush and soak up this charming rural village.

Option 2: Bourton Circuit

Upper Slaughter

Distance: 7½ miles (12km)

Total ascent: 550 feet (180m) 

The walk in a nutshell: Follow a clockwise loop from Bourton along the River Windrush to Lower Harford before walking back along quiet lanes to the incomparable villages of both Upper and Lower Slaughter. 

Don’t miss: 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.


Chedworth Roman Villa & Northleach - Spring & Winter Walks

Available on: 22 Mar 2018, 29 Mar 2018, 8 Nov 2018, 22 Nov 2018, 29 Nov 2018

Enjoy the choice of two guided walks, specially selected for the season, including a hot lunch in a local pub or cafe.

Option 1: Roman Villa to Northleach

Mosaic at Chedworth Roman Villa

Distance: 5½ miles (8½km)

Total ascent: 450 feet (140m) of ascent.

The walk in a nutshell: We'll walk from the Roman villa beside the River Coln, then later through the fields, following the Monarch's Way to Northleach.

Don’t miss: Our walk starts at the Chedworth Roman Villa. Now managed by the National Trust, this is one of England's best preserved Roman sites, with fine mosaics dating from AD120-400.

Option 2: Chedworth to Northleach

Hampnett village

Distance: 6½ miles (11km)

Total ascent: 600 feet (180m) 

The walk in a nutshell: Walk from Chedworth village through the woods to the Roman villa. We'll continue along the Monarch's Way, following riverside and field paths to Northleach.

Don’t miss: Northleach is modest in size, but full of historic interest, including an impressive 14th Century church and a prison dating from 1791.

Local area

Discover the Cotswolds

Bourton-on-the-Water is situated at the heart of the Cotswolds, a beautiful area of rolling green hills and attractive stone towns and villages.

Harrington House is located in a quiet street, just 100 metres from the centre of Bourton. This is one of the most popular villages in the Cotswolds, frequently busy with visitors. The River Windrush winds its way through the central village green and is crossed by a series of attractive stone bridges.

Bourton-on-the-Water is a popular destination in its own right with its specialist shops and attractive village  green. Local attractions include the motor museum, model village and Birdland wildlife park, all within easy walking distance.

The village has a good range of facilities including a small supermarket, post office, newsagent, pubs and bank.

During your stay at Harrington House you may enjoy visiting the following places of interest:

Chipping Campden
The mellow market town of Chipping Campden, about 30 minutes' drive north of Bourton-on-the-Water, is one of the most visited towns in the Cotswolds.

Pathway through elegant gardensHidcote Manor Gardens
Owned by the National Trust, Hidcote is a small manor house with an exceptional garden designed in the Arts and Crafts style. Around 35 minutes' north from Bourton-on-the-Water. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hidcote 

 

 

Rolling hills and Broadway TowerBroadway
Considered as one of the most beautiful villages in Britain it is easy to see why so many visitors are attracted to Broadway. Don’t let this put you off; Broadway is still worth a visit. To get away from the crowds, consider a walk to Broadway Tower for stunning views of the Vale of Evesham. Around 30 minutes' drive from Bourton.

 

Inside the Royal Shakespeare TheatreStratford-upon-Avon
Famous for its Shakespeare connections, Stratford is an attractive town spanning the River Avon. Of particular interest are the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and the Shakespeare Birthplace Museum. Around 40 minutes' drive from Bourton. www.rsc.org.uk or www.shakespeare.org.uk

 

 

Exterior and gardens of Blenheim PalaceBlenheim Palace
Blenheim Palace is one of the grandest and best-known stately homes in Britain. It sits in extensive parkland and is also famous as the ancestral home of Winston Churchill. www.blenheimpalace.com

 

 

Cheltenham
The fine Regency spa town of Cheltenham has an excellent range of shops and facilities. Cheltenham is around 25 minutes' drive from Bourton, and can also be reached by an hourly local bus.

Gloucester
The Cathedral city of Gloucester is about 35 minutes' drive to the west of Bourton. The fine Norman cathedral is well worth visiting, as is the National Waterways Museum. www.gloucestercathedral.org.uk or www.canalrivertrust.org.uk

Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway
Ride the steam railway through attractive Cotswold countryside from Cheltenham to Toddington about 30 minutes' drive from Bourton. Now restored, this was once the Great Western main line to Birmingham. www.gwsr.com

Oxford
The famous university city of Oxford is about an hour’s drive from Bourton-on-the-Water. You may wish to stroll through the historic colleges or visit the Ashmolean Museum. www.ashmolean.org

 

Hidcote Gardens image ©National Trust Images/Jonathan Buckley

Travel

Travel to Bourton-on-the-Water

Our address is: Harrington House, Sherborne Street, Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire, GL54 2BY

How to get to us by train

By train:

The nearest railway station is Moreton-in-Marsh. However, the nearest mainline station is at Cheltenham Spa which may be more convenient. For train times and general rail enquiries visit www.nationalrail.co.uk or call 03457 484950 (from outside the UK call +44 20 7278 5240).

Get to us by Taxi

By taxi:

From Moreton-in-Marsh station a taxi takes approximately 20 minutes and costs £21 if pre-booked. From Cheltenham Spa station a taxi takes around 30 minutes and costs £42 if pre-booked. Details of our current recommended taxi company and rates will be sent to you with your booking. The return taxi journey can be arranged on your behalf by the Harrington House Manager.

Bus

By bus:

From Moreton-in-Marsh station catch the 801 bus to Bourton-on-the-Water,from where it is a short walk to our Country House. Alight next to the Edinburgh Woollen Mill Shop. Cross the road to the war memorial and continue across the bridge. Follow this road for 150 metres until the road forks. Harrington House is on the left.

Driving to us

By car:

From the A429 take the road into the centre of Bourton-on-the-Water.  At the war memorial by the village green, turn into Sherborne Street. Follow this road for 150yds, crossing the river and passing the motor museum until the road forks. Harrington House is on the left before the fork.  Look out for our sign. A car park is available in the grounds with free parking.

 Travel by plane

Travelling from overseas

For most guests, travelling to London Heathrow airport is the most convenient option.

From Heathrow first take the train to London Paddington station. From here there are direct trains to Moreton-in-Marsh. It's a relatively straightforward journey - just over 2 hours. See www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times.

From Moreton-in-Marsh you can travel on to Bourton-on-the-Water by bus or taxi (see above).

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