Cotswolds Discovery Tour 2024

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8 Days / 7 Nights
Availability : July 5 and August 23
Start: Harrington House, Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire, England
End: Harrington House, Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire, England
Cotswolds Discovery Tour: 7 nights based at Harrington House, Bourton-on-the-Water, Cotswolds

Contact DHTour at 1-888-597-3519 or 905-639-9954 or dhtour@dhtour.ca to book.

This Cotswolds Discovery Tour is a great way to tick-off all the must-sees. Visit classic towns, explore the Taj Mahal-inspired Sezincote House, and spend time at Blenheim Palace – birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. You’ll also get to relax at Hidcote Manor Gardens, ride on the Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Steam Railway, and learn about the royal history of Sudeley Castle – resting place of Catherine Parr, the only one of Henry VIII’s six wives to outlive him.

Tour Details

Highlights:

  • Taking a ride on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway
  • Uncovering the storied past of Sudeley Castle
  • Getting a taste of India in the Cotswolds at Sezincote House
  • Discovering gilded Blenheim Palace, birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill
  • Visiting Hidcote Manor Gardens

Pick Up Location & TIme

Harrington House, Sherborne Street, Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire, GL54 2BY (Google Map)
4:00pm – You’re welcome to check into the country house hotel from 4pm onwards.

Drop off Location & Time

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way onward.

Price Includes

  • High quality en-suite upgraded accommodation at Harrington House
  • Excellent food in our country house, full board (B,L,D daily)
  • The services of our knowledgeable leader, ensuring you get the most from your holiday
  • Full-day excursions with all transport on touring days in a good-quality, comfortable mini-coach

Meals

  • 7 breakfasts
  • 6 lunches
  • 7 dinners
  • 1 tea

Price Excludes

  • Airfare
  • Transfers
  • Pre / Post hotel nights
  • Travel to/from the Country Hotel (The nearest railway station is Moreton-in-Marsh. However, the nearest mainline station is at Cheltenham Spa which may be more convenient)
  • Admissions (please allow approx. £16 per day for entrances)
  • Driver / Tour Leader gratuity is at your discretion
  • Travel Insurance
What to Expect

Unpack Once!

Explore places of interest, beauty, heritage and wonder. Enjoy active guided sightseeing on relaxed-pace trips to revel in the history, landscapes, architecture and culture of your chosen destination. Our knowledgeable leaders will provide fascinating detail to bring it all to life. Travel between locations by mini-coach or public transport following a carefully planned itinerary.

  • Accommodation at a country house hotel
  • Full Board Meals – from dinner on arrival day to breakfast on departure day
  • Knowledgeable leader
  • Transport between locations

All our carefully-curated itineraries are designed by our experts. While we make every effort to adhere to the described itinerary, we may take alternative routes or adapt the running order for weather and/or operational reasons.

On each Discovery day, you will be walking roughly 3-5 miles (5-8km) throughout the course of the day as you explore the venues and locations we visit. You’ll also be hopping on and off the coach throughout – you should expect to spend the majority of the day on your feet. Most of this walking will be at attractions but some may be across country tracks or footpaths so be sure to bring sturdy shoes. There will also be stairs to climb in the majority of the venues you visit, though other more accessible options may be available. At some venues, there may also be uneven surfaces, such as cobbles or rocky paths.

Itinerary

Day 1Arrival Day

You’re welcome to check in from 4pm onwards where you’ll have a complimentary cream tea to tuck in to. (D, T)

Accommodation: Harrington House

Day 2Bibury & Cirencester

It all begins with a journey southward towards Bibury, the charming village famous for its flower-lined stretch of cottages known as Arlington Row. Next it’s on to Cirencester, the largest town in the Cotswolds. There’s over 2000 years of history here and you can spend time in the town’s museums or exploring at leisure. (B, L, D)

Accommodation: Harrington House

Day 2Broadway & Sudeley Castle

Our first visit of the day brings us to Broadway, a beautiful Cotswold village packed with honey-coloured shops and houses. From here, we’ll take a ride on the Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Steam Railway to Winchcombe before then exploring Sudeley Castle. This 11th century stronghold is one of the area’s showstopping attractions and boasts many a royal connection. (B, L, D)

Accommodation: Harrington House

Day 4Free day

A free day for you to explore the local area or to relax in the country house. Our Discovery Points help you make the most out of your free day. There’s plenty of maps and a selection of the best local walking routes, as well as weather forecasts and public transport options – plus details about other places to visit. (B, L, D)

Accommodation: Harrington House

Day 5Blenheim Palace

After a stop at the ancient Rollright Stones, we’ll spend much of the day at Blenheim Palace. The birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill and home to the Dukes and Duchesses of Marlborough, Blenheim is a UNESCO World Heritage Site packed with historical treasures. Don’t miss the famous Marlborough Tapestries (the ‘Victories Series’) in the Green Writing Room. (B, L, D)

Accommodation: Harrington House

Day 6Cotswold Villages & Sezincote House

Discover some of the prettiest towns and villages in the Cotswolds and experience a touch of India nestled amongst the rolling green of the Gloucestershire countryside. All Mughal-style minarets, onion domes, and lavish gardens layered with water features and Hindu sculptures, Sezincote House stirs the imagination for those interested in the history of the British Raj. (B, L, D)

Accommodation: Harrington House

Day 7Chipping Camden & Hidcote Manor

Our final day begins with a stop in Chipping Campden, the Cotswold town celebrated for its historic high street and marketplace. In the afternoon, we’ll continue to the National Trust-owned Hidcote Manor Gardens. Once at the heart of the Arts and Crafts Movement, this country estate spans over 10 acres of thoughtfully curated outdoor spaces. (B, L, D)

Accommodation: Harrington House

Day 8Departure Day

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home. (B)

Dates and Prices
Departure Dates Per person (single or twin) Single in a double room
2024: July 5 $2,870 $3,150
2024: August 23 Sold out Sold out

Pricing

Pricing is per person (pp) based on single/twin/double occupancy.

Supplement applied for single in a double room.

Rates include room upgrade (premium) and membership fees. 

Rates are in $ CAD.


Contact DHTour at 1-888-597-3519 or 905-639-9954 or dhtour@dhtour.ca to book.

Ask us for the best available pricing for your dates & choice of airline. We can assist in your travel to/from the Country House.

During your Discovery Tour you’ll have the opportunity to visit many fascinating places. The following is our provisional programme, and your leader may adjust it at their discretion, taking into account factors such as weather, local opening times, or other events. This holiday includes active sightseeing and you should expect to spend lots of time on your feet.

Most admissions to places of interest are not included. Please allow up to £16 per day for admissions to all the places of interest we will be visiting. The full adult price is given but there are usually good reductions for parties and seniors. If you are a member of the National Trust, English Heritage or similar, remember to bring your card for free admission to their properties. Please bring cash as card machines are not always available at all venues.

Sometimes things happen beyond our control – the weather, traffic jams or changes at the places we visit. If we need to adjust your holiday programme, for whatever reason, your leader will help smooth the way.

Travel Details:
Address is: Harrington House, Sherborne Street, Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire, GL54 2BY

By Rail:
The nearest railway station is Moreton-in-Marsh. However, the nearest mainline station is at Cheltenham Spa which may be more convenient.

By Taxi:
From Moreton-in-Marsh station a taxi takes approximately 20 minutes and costs £22 if pre-booked. From Cheltenham Spa station a taxi takes around 35 minutes and costs £42 if pre-booked. Please note these are 2020 prices relevant to a 4-seat taxi. 8-seater taxis will be more expensive.

Limozena, our current recommended taxi company, can confirm prices on booking and they will arrange shared taxis wherever possible. To book your taxi please phone or email at least 7-days in advance:

Limozena*
Tel: +44 (0) 1451 820972
Email: denwalmsley@yahoo.co.uk
The return taxi journey can be arranged on your behalf by the Harrington House Manager.
*Limozena is not owned or managed by us.

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.

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. Cross the narrow bridge and continue for approximately 100yds. Just before the road forks, Harrington House is on the left. Look out for our sign. A car park is available in the grounds with free parking.

Hotel Descriptions
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Harrington House

In one of the prettiest spots in the Cotswolds, Harrington House provides a stylish escape in the form of a traditional country retreat, with the trimmings and flourishes you’d expect. All set in a stately Georgian house that mirrors the mellow architectural styles of the Cotswolds and retains many of its original features; the most breathtaking is the sunny walled garden, surrounded by attractive landscaped gardens. As well as 29 bedrooms, two lounges, a cosy bar and pleasant dining room, there are further feathers in this handsome house’s hat. Quintessential English countryside, described by JB Priestly as, ‘the most English and least spoiled of all our countryside’, is just a short stroll away with pretty villages such as Chipping Campden and the Slaughters, rolling landscapes and classic trails from the Cotswold Way to the Gloucestershire Way and Monarch Way waiting for you to discover them.

Address: Harrington House, Sherborne Street, Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire, GL54 2BY

Room Amenities: Tea & coffee-making facilities, TV, Hairdryer, Toiletries, Wi-Fi

Stay in one of the main building’s beautifully presented rooms or in the adjacent cottages. With 26 bright and airy bedrooms, Harrington House has plenty of space and there’s a range of ‘Classic’, ‘Premium’ and ‘Superior’ Rooms to choose from: for a stylish stay opt for rooms 1 or 2, both large master bedrooms located on the first floor that come complete with some of the original Palladian features dating back to 1730, pretty feature wallpaper and views out of the front of the building of classic Cotswolds scenery. Alternatively, for a romantic hideaway, plump for Room 23 in the Windrush Cottage and toast your good taste in the private garden that adjoins this large twin room.

Premium Rooms are more spacious en-suite guest rooms. Amenities include free Wi-Fi, tea and coffee-making facilities, toiletries (hand wash, shampoo, body lotion, shower gel), and a 32-inch TV. Extras include bathrobes, slippers, and comfortable mattresses.

Hotel Amenities: Free Wi-Fi, boot room and drying room, attractive garden, multi-purpose activity room, lounge, library and board games to borrow

After a day ambling through the Cotswolds, come back to the house and its specially tailored walkers’ facilities. Relax by sitting in the gardens or having a game of croquet on the lawn. Retire to either of the two lounges or climb the sweeping stately staircase to the very top of the house where there’s an observatory looking out across the rooftops of the village. Then pop in to the snug bar for a pint of local ale and a chin wag with fellow guests about their discoveries.

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