What better way to see this wonderful part of England than in the company of a guide who lives right at its heart?
As a passionate photographer, join me on a personal sightseeing tour with just your family and friends, to discover an English landscape that you may have thought was lost for ever. You'll discover quaint villages, stone houses, thatched cottages, country homes and formal gardens, all surrounded by an endless scenic landscape that stays green all year round!
You'll be driven by your own Cotswold Tour Guide in a luxuriously appointed Van that seats up to eight, suitably elevated to see over all but the tallest of hedges! There is plenty of room in the back for luggage and, perhaps, a traditional picnic lunch if that is your preference? We can visit Tetbury, Malmesbury, Cirencester, the beautiful Bibury, Burford, Bourton-on-the-Water, Stow-on-the-Wold, Upper and Lower Slaughter, Stanton, Broadway, Chipping Camden, Castle Combe, the Coln Valley - the list is endless and can include lunch in a Country Pub, a comfortable bistro or a picnic in a quiet countryside location.
The Cotswolds are an area of scenic countryside, two hours west of London – beautiful hills and valleys, pretty villages, small towns, ancient houses and cottages with traditional stone roofs and the famous dry stone walls. The Cotswolds were all about “sheep” farming and it follows that wool and sheep meat manufacturing were important. Today farming remains important but manufacturing has all but disappeared.
The name "Cotswolds" is derived from "Wold" being the olde English name for "Hills”", while "Cot" – is like a child's crib…..but in this case referring to the wooden or stone shelters that the shepherds used, that once dotted the landscape !
Getting here - If travelling by rail from London, take a train from Paddington Railway Station to Kemble (www.thetrainline.com) – arriving just after 9am, where we pick you up and drop you after the tour ! Otherwise we will meet at your hotel.
The Cotswolds is west of London, 80 minutes by train, half the driving time by road. You join the train in Paddington, one of the largest railway stations in the UK and stay in your seat until you get off at Kemble, one of the smallest !
This is the "real" England outside of London and tours can be customised to include exactly what you want to see from photography tours to country walks and from historic manor houses, churches and castles to antiques shopping.
Your time here is totally flexible and our tours last from one day to as many days as you wish.
One Day Private Cotswold Tour – many like to experience a one day Cotswold Tour as part of their visit to England.
We pick you up at your hotel or railway station and you enjoy a day of scenic delight – rolling landscape, formal gardens, small towns, quaint villages.
We usually enjoy lunch in a typical “local” pub before setting off for an afternoon of more sight seeing ...read more
Oxford and Blenheim Palace – Blenheim has been described as the “British Versailles” – home of the Duke of Marlbough and birthplace of Winston Church – his grave is in the nearby churchyard in Bladon.
Nearby Oxford is home to one of the oldest seats of leaning in the world….bicycles everywhere, nice stores, stunning College architecture and even connections with Harry Potter ! We can arrange for a specialist city guide as part of your private day tour. You can even join an excellent cycling tour of the city.
Stonehenge, Salisbury and Avebury via Lacock and Wiltshire White Horse country – a private day tour to explore historic and scenic Wiltshire – the unspoilt village of Lacock, Stonehenge, Salisbury Cathedral with its original copy of the Magna Carta, Saxon Church at Alton Barnes, the market town of Marlborough, Avebury Standing Stones, Silbury Hill, West Kennet Long Barrow and...read more
A day in Bath and the Southern Cotswolds – starting our private day tour in Malmesbury we visit the famous Abbey House Gardens, possibly the most stunning garden in England followed by a trip to the “movie set” village of Castle Coombe famous for “Doctor Dolittle” and, more recently, “War Horse”. Then on to Bath, first settled by the Romans and rejuvenated in the Georgian period with its “Romanesque” architecture. Perhaps a guided walking tour of the city followed by visits to the Roman Baths and the Abbey Church. Jane Austen wrote many of ner novels while living in Bath.
Stratford-upon-Avon – is a great day trip for Shakespeare enthusiasts who want to see where the Bard was born and where he lived, died and was buried. There are also other sites close to Stratford that you can visit that are associated with Shakespeare. And to complement the private day tour, how about a visit to the exquisite Hidcote Manor Gardens in the Northern Cotswolds?
The nearby city of Bristol is a great day out with its many associations with the New World, historic waterfront, cobbled streets – you can even visit the church where John Wesley first preached and his home. And it is home to the world famous graffiti artist "Banksey" !. Bristol was the port that John Cabot left when he discovered Newfoundland in 1487 and you can see the replica of his ship “The Matthew” in the photo alongside the first Iron Steamship – the “SS Great Britain”.
And just across the River Severn to Wales we can easily visit the amazing Chepstow Castle, the ethereal ruined Abbey at Tintern, Roman remains at Caerleon and the gloriously scenic “Black Mountains” and on to Hay-on-Wye – a literary town specialising in book stores.
All of these locations can be visited either from a base in the Cotswolds or from a pickup at a local railway station.
Our Charges – we can take from one to eight passengers and the minimum charge is 300GBP (for one to up to five passengers) for the day from a base in the Cotswolds. For six passengers or more, the charge is 55GBP per person. Charge includes driver, van and fuel only.
Payment can be made by card, wire (bank transfer) or cash.
We can collect and drop off at different locations – please ask us to quote you for that.
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