One of our most popular Christmas tours, we return to the Cotswolds and the excellent, family run, 4 star Blunsdon House Hotel, set in its own extensive grounds with stunning views over the beautiful Cotswolds. The hotel prides itself on a warm, friendly atmosphere where high standards come as standard.
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.
Monday From your front door to the waiting Club Class coach for the leisurely drive to the Cotswolds. We travel by way of Chipping Norton and pretty Burford where we make a comfort stop then continue on to reach our hotel, the Blunsdon House early afternoon where a welcome drink awaits. Tonight we will meet again for dinner before entertainment brings our evening to a close.
Tuesday – Christmas Eve A full English breakfast sets us up for the day before we join the coach for a relaxing gentle drive around the southern Cotswolds. We visit Roman Cirencester then along the Golden Valley to Stroud. Climbing over Minchinhampton Common with its many legends we continue to Avening before returning to the hotel in time for an included buffet lunch. This evening the hotel’s managers host a welcome drinks reception with a glass of bubbly followed by dinner and entertainment. This evening there will be midnight communion held at St Leonard’s Church, afterwards there will be coffee available on return to the hotel.
Wednesday – Christmas Day Merry Christmas everybody! A delightful breakfast to start the festivities which is followed by a visit from a special guest who comes bearing gifts! Then time to relax and unwrap presents, or perhaps take a stroll around the beautiful grounds before a Christmas lunch is served preceded by a complimentary drink. After lunch we have time to relax and perhaps enjoy the Queen’s Speech. A later dinner is followed by entertainment which brings our Christmas Day to a close.
Thursday – Boxing Day After breakfast we enjoy time at leisure. We have lunch in the hotel before making our way to the pantomime to see Sleeping Beauty. Back at Blunsdon House, we enjoy a festive afternoon tea which is followed by time at leisure before our final evening’s dinner, which again is followed by entertainment.
Friday Another hearty breakfast before we bid a fond farewell to our hosts and depart for home. We spend time in nearby Swindon at the beautifully restored Grade II railway building in the heart of the former Swindon railway works which today houses a massive modern shopping outlet offering huge discounts, lots of cafes and a wonderful steam Museum of the Great Western Railway, where visitors of all ages get to climb aboard famous locomotives, have a go at changing the signals, and be an engine driver. Mid afternoon we return to our home area and waiting taxis at the end of a memorable Christmas holiday.
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