The Cotswolds are full of hidden corners that we love to share. This is an opportunity to experience unspoilt cottages, villages and towns, stunning architecture and wonderful views in our small and personal minibus. Our guides have a wealth of historic and cultural information, offering a unique way to enjoy this stunning part of England.
Please scroll down for transfer options with luggage, between Bath and the Cotswolds.
Places we visit
We have two regular itineraries, one longer with an early start and the other starting mid morning (you will see details for the date of your booking).
Castle Combe, Malmesbury, Bibury & Arlington Row, Bourton-on-the-Water (optional, by request), Lower Slaughter (lunch stop), Tetbury (photostop).
Castle Combe, Malmesbury, Bibury & Arlington Row, the Coln Valley, Bourton-on-the-Water, Tetbury (photo stop).
Whenever possible we try to include seasonal specialties such as a visit to Badminton House for their garden open day or to a Cotswold lavender farm in bloom.
Castle Combe: ‘the most beautiful village in England’, where we give you a guided walk around the village and show you spots you’ll recognise from classic films such as Dr Dolittle, Stardust and Warhorse. We spend approximately an hour here, usually visiting a private garden
Bibury (and Arlington Row) Described by William Morris as the most beautiful village in England and the cottages of Arlington Row are often referred to as the most photographed and beautiful cottages in the country.
Lower Slaughter (usually our lunch stop). The name of the village of Lower Slaughter stems from the Old English name for a wet land ‘slough’ or ‘slothre’ (Old English for muddy place) upon which it lies. This quaint village sits beside the little Eye stream and is known for its unspoilt limestone cottages in the traditional Cotswold style. If time and weather allows we can do a country walk to Upper Slaughter or maybe visit the Lavender fields at Snowshill.
Moreton-in-Marsh, a traveller’s town for at least 1700 years and was used as a coaching station before the coming of the Oxford to Worcester railway in 1853. The high street has many elegant eighteenth-century inns and houses including the Redesdale Market Hall.
Malmesbury, our personal favourite known as the Queen of hilltop towns and the oldest continually inhabited town in England. There’s opportunity here to walk around the Benedictine Abbey where you can enjoy ´coffee with a conscience´.
Cirencester was the second largest town in Britain during Roman times. Cirencester’s market square is dominated by the cathedral-like Parish Church of St. John Baptist (one of the largest in England). The large south porch with its impressive fan vaulting was built about 1490.
Tetbury, famous for its Highgrove shop ( Prince Charles home of the same name is just outside the town), fabulous antique shops and cafes. In the Middle Ages, Tetbury was an important market town for the Cotswolds wool trade and the town centre is still dominated by the splendid pillared Market House built in 1655. The town is known as an ‘architectural gem’ as many of the wool merchants houses still look as they did 300 years ago. (we try to include a photo stop here on most of our tours)
*In order to make tours viable during winter months, the Itinerary is subject to change when there are only a small number of bookings on any given tour. This means that we may offer a shorter tour when numbers fall below 6 full paying adults.
Transfer to the Cotswolds with luggage
If you are going back to London after your tour you may want to look into catching the train from Kemble station as it saves approximately 1 1/2 hours journey time and the only thing you will miss is a quick stop in Tetbury.
On our full day tour, itinerary A we are able to offer transfer with luggage to several locations in the Cotswolds. On our shorter tour, itinerary B we offer transfer to Tetbury only, and from there you can get a taxi to Kemble station. Charges apply, payable in cash on boarding the bus. Please note your transfer request when booking a tour.
Kemble Station (for rail connections to Oxford or London) £2.50 per person (min £5). We drop you around 17.00 and recommend not booking tickets in advance in case we are delayed.
Bourton-on-the-Water £5 per person (minimum £10).
Stow-on-the-Wold £5 per person (minimum £10)
Moreton-in-Marsh £10 per person (minimum £20)
Chipping Campden £15 per person (minimum £30)
Tetbury (taxi from Tetbury to Kemble)
See http://www.thetrainline.com for train timetables.