Spanning nearly 800 square miles of some of the most beautiful countryside in England, the Cotswolds have a timeless appeal. With its delightfully picturesque limestone villages, it looks as if time has stood still in the Cotswolds. The gentle hillsides (‘wolds’) ooze tranquility and the iconic image of a sheep grazing amidst the lush green hills can easily be seen while rambling from village to village.
Arrive at Charingworth Manor Hotel for the first of four nights. Lunch will be available at the hotel if you choose. Your group will rendezvous at approximately 1:30 to take a short walk to enjoy your first experience of the peace and tranquillity of the area. Dinner awaits you on your return to the hotel. (D) 4 miles
Walk via the lovely village of Ebrington to Hidcote Manor, one of England’s world renowned gardens. Designed and created by the horticulturist Major Lawrence Johnston in the Arts & Crafts style, it is made up of exquisite garden rooms, each possessing its own special character. Walk on to perhaps the loveliest of all Cotswold villages, Chipping Campden. Time to enjoy this gorgeous village before transferring back to your hotel. (B, L, D) 6 miles
Transfer to Moreton-in-the-Marsh. Pass by Sezincote, a unique example of Mughal architecture, then walk through Longborough and Donnington to arrive at pretty Broadwell, with its huge green, ford, and interesting churchyard. Continue to Stow-on-the-Wold, the highest village in the Cotswolds, and unusually, built on a square, for free time. (B, L, D) 6 miles
Transfer to Stanway with its beautiful Manor House and walk across the estate to Stanton, which is generally agreed to be a perfect Cotswold village, frozen in time. The main street is lined with beautiful golden limestone houses and it is no surprise that Stanton is frequently used as a movie location. Walk via Buckland along the Cotswold Way to beautiful Broadway for lunch. Free time in Broadway before returning to your hotel for overnight. (B, L, D) 6 miles
After breakfast we leave Charingworth Manor to head south. We stop at Bourton-on-the-Water and then continue to the top of the wolds, from where we walk down to the villages of The Barringtons (Little and Great Barrington), ending with a charming stroll along the river into Burford, where we spend the final two nights. (B, L, D) 5 miles
After a short transfer to Bibury, time to walk around this village, considered by William Morris to be “the most beautiful village in England”, and an example of perfect local architecture. Arlington Row is one of the most photographed group of buildings in the Cotswolds. Across country to Coln St. Alwyns and back to Bibury. Return to Burford for dinner and overnight.
(B, L, D) 7 miles
Departure after breakfast. (B)
- 6 scenic guided walks and hikes
- 6 nights’ lodging in charming country hotels
- Double-occupancy room with private bath
- 6 sumptuous breakfasts and 6 dinners
- 5 packed or pub lunches
- Sightseeing visits and admission fees
- Ground transportation during tour where applicable