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This Cotswolds private tour with a local driver-guide takes in the best of the North Cotswolds stopping at many of the places you would wish to see if you only have one day in the area. Using quiet country lanes and passing through stunning countryside and off-the-beaten track Cotswold villages.
If you only have one day in the Cotswolds then this is the tour for you! Starting at your location of choice in the Cotswolds we focus on the North Cotswolds as this is where many of the most famous and beautiful villages and towns are. Driving through stunning countryside and using quiet country lanes you will visit or pass through a dozen or so quaint Cotswold villages, with options to visit a Manor House, an English Garden or maybe take a short hike in the countryside. All the major spots are easily covered in one day with plenty of time for getting out of the car off and enjoying the scenery and atmosphere.
You will be looked after by our knowledgeable local driver-guide and travel in one of our luxury vehicles that can hold up to 8 guests. Your guide will give you a background of the areas history and at each of the stops you are free to either explore the village with your guide or to have some free time to yourself to have a look around and maybe do a little spot of shopping. All tours are bespoke and the itinerary is totally flexible so let us know if you have specific places you wish to visit or have any custom requests.
Please make sure your read all tabs at the top of the page. If you have any questions about this tour or have a custom request please click the green ‘Enquire Now’ button above to send us your enquiry and we will get back to you ASAP with some answers.
The price of this tour starts from £450 for the day depending on group size and pickup/drop location. See the BOOK tab for more details or if you are ready to book.
As this is a custom tour we will try and build a fun day out based on your preferences and wishes. As a guide, some of the villages/landmarks in the North Cotswolds we may visit include the following. See the Options tab for more ideas for fun things you can do on your private tour.
Snowshill– one of the hidden gems of the Cotswolds that never fails to leave an impression on those who visit. Enchanting village famous for the nearby lavender fields and with nice manor house and stunning church.
The Slaughters– both Lower and Upper Slaughter are set in the most amazing countryside and offer a quieter take on the Cotswolds with their beautiful honey-stone cottages and picture postcard views.
Bourton-on-the-Water– Arguably the most famous Cotswolds town on the River Windrush with nice village green and high street full of interesting shops and restaurants.
Broadway– well preserved medieval town and believed by some to be the ‘Jewel of the Cotswolds’. Strong association with the arts and crafts movement and we often come here for our lunch stop as there are lots of options for food.
Chipping Campden–a picturesque Cotswolds town with many historical buildings and a wonderful church. The oldest buildings date back to the 14th century and it was once home to the Guild of Handicrafts.
Broadway Tower– built in 1798 and at over 1000 feet has become a landmark of the Cotswolds. Once the home of William Morris it has been featured in many historical TV programmes.
Stow-on-the-Wold– historical market town built by the Normans with a nice mixture of gardens, manor houses, quaint cottages, interesting shops and cosy tea rooms all surrounded by quintessential Cotswold countryside.
Stanton– one of the prettier villages in the Cotswolds and as it is not highly touristed it is often quiet and tranquil. Its 16th and 17th century cotswold stone cottages and comfortable pub make this an enjoyable stop.
Stanway– pretty cotswold village and Jacobean Manor House still owned by the Earl of Wemys- complete with water fountain that rises to over 300 feet making it the tallest gravity fed fountain in the world.
The following are some of the optional activities you may wish to consider during your day out in the North Cotswolds.
Attractions (entrance fees apply)
Hidcote Garden– Classic English gardens
Snowshill Manor House–quirky manor house with interesting collection of curios
Sudeley Castle– Classic manor house near Winchcombe where Catherine Parr is buried
Chastleton House– Jacobean mansion house that has changed little in 400 years
Hike- take a short stroll between villages or along part of the Cotswolds Way
Horse Riding– enjoy a short hack in the countryside
Clay Pigeon Shooting– have a go at this classic Cotswolds Country pursuits
Hot Air Balloon Ride– Enjoy a birds eye view of the stunning Cotswolds scenery
Pub Lunch– Lunch in a classic country pub such as the Mount Inn in Stanton
Afternoon Tea– Enjoy afternoon tea in a country manor house
Fine Dining– Experience high end dining at one of the Cotswolds more luxurious restaurants.
The tour starts at 10am and we can pick up anywhere in the North Cotswolds (e.g hotel or train station) including in the price. Pick ups and drops outside of the North Cotswolds available at an extra cost. See below for more details.
Local (North Cotswolds) pick up (including Moreton-in-Marsh and Kemble train stations)- FREE
Stratford-upon-Avon area- £30 each way
Oxford- £50 each way
Bath- £75 each way
London Heathrow- £180 each way
Central London- £250 each way
Please send us an enquiry if you have any questions about pickup spots and charges.
For those coming in from London for the day the most cost/time effective option is to take a direct train from London Paddington to Kemble or Moreton-in-Marsh. The train takes around 90 minutes and means you do not get stuck in London traffic.
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How much is the tour?
The price starts from £450 per group depending on the season and group size. Please get in touch for more details
How many people can join?
Our vehicles can accommodate up to 8 passengers plus luggage- bigger groups can be catered for on request- either using a bigger vehicle or two smaller ones
Is this a ‘guided’ tour
As they are driving your guide will give you a commentary about what you are seeing and the history of the area. At each stop they will give you a brief overview of its history and point out any places of interest and spots you may have missed and then you will be give free time to explore by yourself. At attractions such as manor houses and gardens you will be ‘orientated’ and then given time to explore at leisure. See more about what to expect here>>>
What vehicle do you use?
Our main tour vehicle is an executive Merecedes Vito 9 seater MPV- which is good for groups of upto 8 people with plenty of luggage space. See more details here>>>
Do you offer London pickups?
Yes, we do but there is an extra charge (see Access tab)- a more cost-effective option would be to take a train from London Paddington to Kemble or Moreton-in-Marsh. The train takes around 90 minutes and means you do not get stuck in London traffic.
Can I stop for photos?
Yes, as this is a private tour we can stop whenever you want, as long as it is safe to do so!
How long is this tour?
This tour lasts up to 7 hours, usually from 10am to 5pm, but this is flexible.
How do i get to the Cotswolds?
The easiest option would be to get a direct train from London Paddington to Kemble or Moreton-in-Marsh. Train times and prices can be seen at www.thetrainline.com.
Are you Licensed?
Yes, we are fully licensed with Stroud District Council as a Private Hire Operator (Number OP105). All our drivers carry the relevant insurance and license and are fully criminal record checked.
Where does this tour start and finish?
The tour can start from anywhere in the North Cotswolds and we will meet you and drop you off at the location of your choice (hotel, train station etc). Pick up/drop off outside the North Cotswolds is available at an extra cost.
Do you offer airport/city transfers?
Yes, we are a fully licensed Private Hire Operator and can arrange airport and city transfers during your stay. Please get in touch for a quote.
Prices start from £450 for a full day touring the North Cotswolds and we can accommodate groups of up to 8 people for your own custom Cotswolds experience.
We recommend first sending us an enquiry (use green button above) initially to let us know your group size, requested dates, pick up point and any special requests you may have and we will get back to you promptly with our availability and price.
Once you are ready to book the tour click the ‘Book This Tour’ button below and you will be taken through to our booking pages where you will be required to pay a deposit of £100 to confirm the tour, with the balance to be paid again via credit card 6 weeks before the tour date.
Please note all tours are subject to confirmation. In the unlikely event your requested dates are not available we will contact you and your deposit will be refunded.
Full terms and condition can be found here
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