A two-day tour winding through the pretty and scenic roads of the Cotswolds. This route includes small country towns, chocolate box villages and typically English countryside which covers the counties of Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, northern Wiltshire, southern Warwickshire and Worcestershire.
“The most English and the least spoiled of all our countrysides” wrote JB Priestly in 1933.
The honey-yellow stone towns and villages of the Cotswolds have enchanted visitors for generations and it is a perfect touring area with quiet, meandering roads and quaint architecture. This region has been designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and our suggested route will take you along the most scenic drives, and offers plenty to do and see, from rolling hills and sweeping meadows to bucolic villages and stately homes.
The glorious towns and villages look as if they have strayed into the 21st century from another era. The sheep-shaped past here is appealingly evident in striking wool churches and manor houses built by wealthy textile merchants. Flourishes of later heritage include a fine legacy of the Arts and Crafts movement. The tour is based in one of England’s most beautiful villages, Lower Slaughter, with a choice of two fabulous hotels.
Highlights of the Cotswolds
- Visit the amazing and enormous Blenheim Palace
- Explore one of England’s most beautiful areas
- Discover picture-perfect honey-stone villages
- See the haunting ruins of Hailes Abbey
- Visit the fascinating Snowshill Manor (National Trust)
- Stroll around the charming village of Broadway
- See Chedworth Roman Villa
- Enjoy visits to stunning gardens such as Hidcote