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4, 5 or 8 Days / 3, 4 or 7 Nights
Availability : Year Round
Start: Harrington House, Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire, England
End: Harrington House, Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire, England
Cotswolds Self-Guided Walking Tour: 3, 4 or 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.

Running through five different counties, the heart of the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty epitomises the stereotypical image of the England of yesteryear. Historic honey-coloured stone cottages create picture-postcard villages which nestle in the pastoral countryside. Harrington House – our historic 4-star country house accommodation – is located in picturesque Bourton-on-the-Water. It’s geared to the needs of walkers and outdoor enthusiasts and comes complete with a drying room and boot room. The area boasts several national trails and long-distance footpaths – great for both gentle strolls and hilly hikes to make the most of this rural idyll. Enjoy hearty local food, plan your self-guided walks using our detailed route notes and make the most of this fantastic location.

Cotswolds Walking Grade: 1 & 2

Tour Details

Highlights:

  • Explore the beautiful countryside and rich history of the Cotswolds
  • Gentle hills, picture-postcard villages and tempting tea shops make this quintessentially English countryside perfect for walking
  • Use our fully-stocked Discovery Point, stocked with all the best local walks for all abilities
  • Let your choice of route bring the picturesque countryside and history of the Cotswolds to life
  • Visit Chipping Campden or Broadway
  • Head further afield to Oxford or Stratford-upon-Avon
  • In the evenings relax and enjoy the period features and historic interest of Harrington House

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 updated accommodation at Harrington House
  • Excellent food in our country house, full board (B,L,D daily)
  • Use of Discovery Point Library at the country house - stocked with maps, walks and local area information
  • Free time to explore the area

Meals

All meals from dinner on arrival day, to breakfast on departure day
  • Daily breakfast
  • Daily lunch
  • Daily dinner
  • 0 teas

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. £10 per day for entrances)
  • Local expenses such as transportation
  • Travel Insurance
What to Expect

Unpack Once!

Go where you want, when you want. Take a relaxing stroll or try something more challenging. All our country houses have a Discovery Point with maps, guidebooks and local walks directions to help you tailor your stay.

  • Accommodation at a country house hotel
  • Full Board Meals – from dinner on arrival day to breakfast on departure day
Cotswolds Walking Grade: 1 & 2

Walking Grades Explained:

  • Grades 1 & 2 – Leisurely walking grades
  • Grades 3 & 4 – Moderate walking grades
  • Grades 5 & 6 – Challenging walking grades
What to Bring

“There’s no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong type of clothing!” goes the adage. Come prepared for all eventualities and you’ll walk in comfort as well as safety. Britain’s famous for its changeable weather, so here’s our advice on what to wear and bring.

Essentials

  • Waterproof walking boots providing ankle support and good grip.
  • A waterproof jacket and over-trousers
  • Gloves and a warm hat (it can be chilly at any time of the year)
  • Rucksack
  • Water bottle (at least 1 litre capacity)
  • A small torch (everywhere in winter, year round in mountains)
  • Sun hat and sunscreen
    Denim jeans and waterproof capes are not suitable on any walks.

Recommended

  • Several layers of clothing, which can be added or removed
  • Specialist walking socks to avoid blisters.
  • A first aid kit inc plasters– your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication
  • Sit mat (insulated pad to sit on when you stop for a break)

You might also want

  • Walking poles, particularly useful for descents.
  • Insect repellent
  • Flask for hot drinks
  • Rigid lunch box
  • Gaiters
  • Blister kit (eg Compeed) just in case
  • Waterproof rucksack liner
Itinerary

Arrival Day

You’re welcome to check in from 4pm onwards. 

Accommodation: Harrington House (D)

Free Days

Check out the Discovery Point Library at the country house – stocked with maps, walks and local area information.

For stays of 3 nights, you will have 2 days at your choice.

For stays of 4 nights, you will have 3 days at your choice.

For stays of 7 nights, you will have 6 days at your choice.

Accommodation: Harrington House (B, L, D)

Departure Day

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

Local Area

CotswoldsHarrington House

Bourton-on-the-Water is situated at the heart of the Cotswolds, a beautiful area of rolling green hills and attractive stone towns and villages. Harrington House is located in a quiet street, just 100 metres from the centre of Bourton. This is one of the most popular villages in the Cotswolds, frequently busy with visitors. The River Windrush winds its way through the central village green and is crossed by a series of attractive stone bridges. Bourton-on-the-Water is a popular destination in its own right with its specialist shops and attractive village green. Local attractions include the Cotswold Motoring Museum, Model Village and Birdland Wildlife Park, all within easy walking distance. The village has a good range of facilities including a small supermarket, post office, newsagent, pubs and bank. 

Chipping Campden

The mellow market town of Chipping Campden, about 30 minutes’ drive north of Bourton-on-the-Water, is one of the most visited towns in the Cotswolds.

Hidcote Manor Gardens

Owned by the National Trust, Hidcote is a small manor house with an exceptional garden designed in the Arts and Crafts style. Around 35 minutes’ north from Bourton-on-the-Water.

Bibury

William Morris – one of the key figures in the Arts & Craft Movement – once described Bibury as ‘the most beautiful village in England’. Its most famous part is the row of stone weavers’ cottages in Arlington Row next to the River Coln which date back to 1380; a more attractive set of buildings is hard to imagine. Bibury is 12 miles from Harrington House.

Broadway

Considered as one of the most beautiful villages in Britain, it is easy to see why so many visitors are attracted to Broadway. Take a walk to Broadway Tower for stunning views of the Vale of Evesham. Around 30 minutes’ drive from Bourton.

Cotswold Farm Park - Adam Henson's Farm

Cotswold Farm Park was set up in 1971 by Joe Henson – father of Adam Henson, one of the presenters of the BBC’s Countryfile programme. The park is a centre for rare breeds which can be seen in the animal barns and on the rare breed trail. The park is about 5 miles from Harrington House – a ten-minute drive by car.

Stratford-upon-Avon

Famous for its Shakespeare connections, Stratford is an attractive town spanning the River Avon. Of particular interest are the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and the Shakespeare’s Birthplace Museum. Around 40 minutes’ drive from Bourton.

Blenheim Palace

Blenheim Palace is one of the grandest and best-known stately homes in Britain. It sits in extensive parkland and is also famous as being the ancestral home of Winston Churchill.

Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens

Set in 160 acres of beautiful parklands, the Cotswold Wildlife Park is home to an astonishing array of animals from large mammals and primates to birds and reptiles. It is one of the UK’s largest zoological collections. The park is divided into four sections, each with its own team of keepers. The park is about 12 miles from Harrington House and can be reached in about 22 minutes by car.

Cheltenham

The fine Regency spa town of Cheltenham has an excellent range of shops and facilities. Cheltenham is around 25 minutes’ drive from Bourton, and can also be reached by an hourly local bus.

Gloucester

The Cathedral city of Gloucester is about 35 minutes’ drive to the west of Bourton. The fine Norman cathedral is well worth visiting, as is the National Waterways Museum.

Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway

Ride the GWSR steam railway through attractive Cotswold countryside from Cheltenham to Toddington about 30 minutes’ drive from Bourton. Now restored, this was once the Great Western main line to Birmingham.

Oxford

The famous university city of Oxford is about an hour’s drive from Bourton-on-the-Water. You may wish to stroll through the historic colleges or visit the Ashmolean Museum, the University of Oxford’s museum of art and archaeology founded in 1683.

Dates and Prices
3 night package
Departure Dates
Per person (single or twin) Single in a double room
2022: January 7, 14, 21, 28 $800 $920
2022: February 4, 11, 18 $800 $920
2022: March 11, 18, 25 $800 $920
2022: April 8, 19, 22 $890 $1,010
2022: June 3 $930 $1,050
2022: August 26 $930 $1,050
2022: September 30 $930 $1,050
2022: October 14 $890 $1,010
2022: October 28 $800 $920
2022: November 4, 11, 18, 25 $800 $920
2022: December 2, 9, 16 $800 $920
4 night package
Departure Dates
Per person (single or twin) Single in a double room
2022: January 10, 17, 24, 31 $1,000 $1,160
2022: February 7, 14, 21 $1,000 $1,160
2022: March 14, 28 $1,000 $1,160
2022: April 11, 15, 25 $1,150 $1,270
2022: May 2, 16 $1,240 $1,360
2022: June 6, 13 $1,240 $1,360
2022: August 29 $1,240 $1,360
2022: October 3 $1,240 $1,360
2022: October 10, 17 $1,150 $1,270
2022: October 31 $1,000 $1,160
2022: November 7, 21, 28 $1,000 $1,160
2022: December 5, 12 $1,000 $1,160
7 night package
Departure Dates
Per person (single or twin) Single in a double room
2022: January 7, 14, 21, 28 $1,700 $1,980
2022: February 4, 11, 18, 25 $1,700 $1,980
2022: March 11, 18, 25 $1,700 $1,980
2022: April 8, 15, 22 $1,900 $2,180
2022: May 6, 27 $2,100 $2,380
2022: June 3, 17, 24 $2,100 $2,380
2022: July 8, 15, 22, 29 $2,100 $2,380
2022: August 5, 12, 19, 26 $2,100 $2,380
2022: September 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 $2,100 $2,380
2022: October 14 $1,900 $2,180
2022: October 28 $1,700 $1,980
2022: November 4, 18, 25 $1,700 $1,980
2022: December 2, 9 $1,700 $1,980

Pricing

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

Supplement applied for single in a double room.

Rates are in $ CAD. Rates include room upgrade (better) and membership fees. 


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.

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 Good, Better and Best 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.

All ‘Good’ rooms are ensuite and furnished to a high standard. There are also several ‘Better’ and ‘Best’ Rooms that are either larger or have a desirable view, a more luxurious mattress, larger television, enhanced toiletries and a fluffy bathrobe & slippers.

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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