Private Guided Tour England

Private tour to the Cotswolds 5 days.

Old Bell WiltshireThe Cotswolds Green rolling hills. Ancient tracks. Stately homes. Slow down. Golden-stone villages and market towns. The new Cotswold Way National Trail. Meadows and woodland. Famous cottage scenes. Whether its browsing the antique or craft shops or ambling along the cobbled pedestrian areas, there are many things to do in the romantic Cotswolds.

Karen Brown says: The Cotswolds ...covers famous attractions and idyllic countryside nooks and crannies. The Cotswolds is a region of one sleepy village after another clad in the local soft-gray limestone or creamy-golden ironstone, where mellow stone walls, manor houses, and churches cluster along river banks, perch on steep-sided hills, or scatter independently in a pocket of a pretty valley. In Shakespeare's day this was sheep country and the center of England's wool industry, and was the by-passed by the factories and cities of the Industrial Revolution. Now tourists flock to the Cotswolds and yet the region remains remarkably unspoiled: In fact, it appears to thrive on the attention.

Our tour covers some of our favorite Cotswolds spots. Experience quaint villages, stunning architecture, and delicious food and ales with our knowledgeable driver/guide.

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Day 1 Nearby are the mellow stone villages of Lacock (Hogwarts School in Harry Potter), Castle Combe and Bradford on Avon. Lacock Village - Charming rural village untouched by modern development. Lacock Village, dating back to the 13th-century, remains largely unchanged over the centuries and has many limewashed, half-timbered and stone houses. During the Middle Ages Lacock became a prosperous and thriving town through its wool industry. The village was well placed for communications, sited as it was on the 'cloth road' from London and the River Avon, which gave access to the sea at Avonmouth near Bristol.

StratfordCastle Combe has been called 'The Prettiest Village in England' and with good reason. Visitors have been coming to enjoy its charms for at least a century, and the small street leading from the Market Cross down to the By Brook is a picturesque today as is ever was. Originally it was a British hill fort which became occupied by the Romans due to its proximity to The Fosse Way. After the Romans, came the Normans, who built the fort up into a Castle. By the Middle Ages the village in the valley had become an important centre for the wool industry. The spinsters and weavers lived in the cottages (hence names such as "Weaver’s House") and the river, still known as By Brook, provided the power to run the mills. In more recent times the village has played host to many filming activities, the most famous of these being ‘Doctor Doolittle’ filmed in and around the village in 1966.

Day 2 Avebury
The ancient stone circles and long barrows of Avebury are not far away and there is great shopping within thirty minutes at Bath and Swindon Designer Outlet. Avebury is a world-famous stone circle at the heart of a prehistoric landscape. Archaeological finds are displayed in on-site museum. It is a World Heritage Site - One of Europe's largest prehistoric stone circles.

Day 3 The famous Abbey Gardens are adjacent to the hotel. and Westonbirt Gardens and Arboretum are close by. The Abbey Gardens are the home of ‘THE NAKED GARDENERS’ Ian & Barbara Pollard (dressed for visitors except on pre-arranged ‘clothes . optional days’ With over 10,000 different plants this is a ‘must see’ garden for ideas, yet a visit is calming and soothing. There is a special atmosphere, especially in the river gardens and probably the best flower display throughout the seasons that you could find. One visitor recently remarked that, “This is a garden that gives you a hug from the moment you enter and which you leave, slowly, with a smile on your face.” Westonbirt, The National Arboretum is one of the most spectacular tree gardens in the world. An historical collection of over 3,000 different trees and shrub species many of which are rare or endangered in their native lands. Covering six hundred acres, the arboretum is an inspiring place to relax, get back to nature and indulge your senses

StraftfordDay 4 Your choice of excursion: Stratford upon Avon would be our choice, but there are many other options. You'll enjoy a full day's sightseeing trip to William Shakespeare's home town, Stratford-upon-Avon, with its half-timbered Elizabethan architecture and rich tradition as a place of literary pilgrimage. We will also see his birthplace and Anne Hathaway's Cottage, a picturesque farmhouse in the nearby village of Shottery.

Day 5 Tour ends with a transfer.

Price Includes:

  • Deluxe private car/minicoach transportation
  • Driver/guide throughout
  • First-class accommodations for 4 nights; room with private bath
  • The Old Bell, Malmesbury
  • 4 breakfasts (B)
  • All taxes and service charges
  • Sightseeing admissions at added cost
  • Special Features: Scenic highlights
Daily departures, just for your party
USD 2017 RATE PER PERSON            3,793            2,037            1,545
Single supplement $517 when sharing car

NEW! We can accept payments in US dollars, euros and pounds sterling. Please ask for our wire transfer details.

Where you'll stay:

The Old Bell Inn was built in 1220 to accommodate scholars visiting Malmesbury Abbey, which at that time was the second most important place of learning in England, after Canterbury Cathedral. Now 787 years later the Inn is still providing food, alcohol and rooms albeit of a much higher standard. The wisteria covered Bell is a hidden gem of the Cotswolds ideally located on the edge of the Cotswolds in Malmesbury, a vibrant rural market town. There is much to explore in the area.

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