Example Tour - The Cotswolds

Starting from your hotel we drive out into the Cotswolds through the beautiful village of Woodstock, once famous for glove making and for the spectacular Blenheim Palace the ancestral home to 11th Duke of Marlborough and the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. Landscaped by 'Capability' Brown, it is surrounded by sweeping lawns with formal gardens and a magnificent Lake

 

 

 

 

The first stop of the morning is the beautiful town of Burford. The town is situated on the river Windrush at the site of an Anglo-Saxon fortified ford. Over the years the town grew to be an important crossroads and very wealthy wool town.

The broad main street slopes gently down to the river and is lined with dignified old houses and ancient cottages and many shops all of which appear little changed since Tudor times as witnessed by the precarious angles the buildings have come to rest at.

 

 

Leaving Burford we will travel the short distance of 9 miles to Bibury situated on the River Coln. The village was once described by William Morris as 'the most beautiful village in the Cotswolds'.

The village centre clusters on a square near St. Mary's, a Saxon church. Some of the Saxon remains inside the church are replicas, with the originals being housed in the British Museum.

 

 

One of the greatest tourist spots and overlooking a water meadow and the river are the ancient Arlington Row cottages, characterised by their steeply pitched roofs. Originally built in 1380 as a monastic wool store, this was converted into a row of weavers' cottages in the 17th century. When it was a mill, the cloth was sent to Arlington Mill on the other side of Rack Isle for fulling (degreasing).

You will be able to stretch your legs and wander along the river and take in the atmosphere of a bygone age.

 

 

Going on from Bibury we will take you across country driving through the charming Barringtons and the Slaughters.

 

And on to the delightful market town of Stow on the Wold which along with Moreton in Marsh are perhaps the best known of the small Cotswold towns

Stow-on the-Wold stands exposed on a 700 feet high hill at a junction of seven major roads, including the Roman Fosse Way.

At the height of the Cotswold wool industry the town was famous for its huge annual fairs where as many as 20,000 sheep were sold at one time.

The vast Market Square testifies to the town's former importance. At one end stands the ancient cross, and at the other the town stocks, shaded between an old elm trees. Around the square the visitor is faced with an elegant array of Cotswold town houses.

Stow is an important shopping centre and has many fine Antique shops, Art galleries, Gifts and Crafts shops. You will have time to wander around before taking lunch, in your choice of one of the numerous small pubs or hotels.

After a refreshing lunch we will then drive out through Morton in the Marsh and on to Chipping Campden which is one of the loveliest small towns in the Cotswold's and a gilded masterpiece of limestone and craftsmanship. The main street curves in a shallow arc, lined with a succession of ancient houses each gifted to the next, but each with its own distinctive embellishments.

 

As the name suggests (Chipping means market) and Chipping Campden was one of the most important of the medieval wool towns and famous throughout Europe. This legacy of fame and prosperity is everything that gives the town its character.

Chipping Campden's church at the north end of the town is, perhaps, the finest 'wool' church in the Cotswolds with a magnificent 120ft (36 metre) tower and a very spacious interior. The church is famed for having one of the oldest altar tapestries (pre-reformation) and largest brass in England.

Chipping Campden's 17th-century Market all (pictured) was built town's benefactor, Sir Baptist Hicks.

The leisurely drive back to your hotel will take in many more sights of historical and topical interest en route.

Throughout the tour your driver will be able to draw on his, or her, local knowledge to provide details about local history and show you some of the most beautiful buildings and countryside in the UK.

The Cotswold tour is just one example of our wide range of chauffeur driven tours. We can tailor the route and timings to suit any requirement or interest that you may have in order to create a truly bespoke and special day.