The beautiful Cotswolds is an area of outstanding natural beauty, idyllic villages of honey coloured stone and thatch, gentle rolling hills, streams and lush valleys right in the heart of England. Our tour includes visits to Blenheim Palace, Sudeley Castle Gardens, Cirencester and Batsford Arboretum some of the many jewels that have made the region so popular. An added jewel is the superb Blunsdon House hotel our chosen base for the tour.
This super 4 star hotel began life as a hunting lodge at the beginning of the 19th century, since then it has undergone many changes to become the welcoming accommodation we find today. Each of the tastefully furnished en suite bedrooms have hairdryer, trouser press, TV, telephone and tea/coffee making facilities and served by a lift. Three bars, each individually named after a family member and with their own character ensure lots of comfortable seating.
Thursday From your front door to the waiting Club class coach then on to Moreton in Marsh and Batsford Arboretum, where we view an impressive collection of trees and shrubs creating an ever changing landscape. Later we continue to the picture postcard jewels of Chipping Campden and Broadway before reaching the Blunsdon House Hotel late afternoon.
Friday We view the famed Yew Trees of Painswick then visit elegant Cheltenham before spending the afternoon at Sudeley Castle Gardens. The nine award winning gardens sweep around the castle each with a unique style and design including the Queens Garden, a favourite of Henry V111 last wife Catherine Parr who is buried in the castle church.
Saturday This morning we visit delightful Bourton on the Water a picturesque village of golden coloured stone buildings built beside the gentle River Windrush. We drive on to the viewpoint at Birdlip before reaching Cirencester the ‘Capital of the Cotswolds’. The enormous wool church dominates the market square and the new Roman Museum is well worth a visit.
Sunday We discover historic Tetbury, Prince Charles lives at nearby Highgrove, and the southern Cotswold villages of the Frome Valley before spending time at the beautifully restored railway building in the heart of Swindon which today houses a massive modern shopping centre and a wonderful steam Museum of the Great Western Railway, where visitors of all ages get to climb aboard famous locomotives.
Monday Our route home takes us to the pretty Cotswold village of Burford then Blenheim Palace, home of the Duke of Marlborough and the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. The Palace is a unique example of English Baroque architecture with hand painted ceilings, amazing porcelain, tapestries and paintings displayed in each room. We have time to explore the Palace, Park and gardens before returning to our home area late afternoon.
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