If you’re looking for exciting Cotswold tours, then it’s worth researching private Cotswold tours that are run by Cotswold people who know the area. A day tour to the Cotswolds will be a fantastic experience, showing you the most breath-taking scenery and giving you a strong sense of outdoor life in the Cotswolds. A trip to all the interesting major attractions is worth the experience, but often you can miss out on small winding lanes, pretty Cotswold villages, quaint hillside hamlets and stunning dense woodland with some of England’s rarest wildlife. Riverside locations, Cotswold meadows and the rolling green Cotswold hills is the true spirit of this region which has been noted as the second largest area of outstanding natural beauty in England. If you’re travelling here from outside the UK, then make sure you book private Cotswold tours to give you the most incredible day out with stunning photo opportunities and a day tour that you will always remember.
Many Cotswold tours are conducted by coach tour companies that leave central London and take you on a long tour around the Cotswolds, showing you stunning sights and various locations in the area. Visitors who experience these tours, enjoy seeing the Cotswold countryside, where they drive through towns and villages and skim attractions in the area. However, some Cotswold tours do not give visitors a true sense of Cotswold life, the English heritage and the historical information is sparse.
The Royal Family in The Cotswolds
The Princess Royal, Princess Anne has a private country family home called Gatcombe Estate near Minchinhampton. Her daughter Zara Phillips moved with her husband Mike Tindall to Gatcombe Park in 2013. HRH Prince Charles resides at Highgrove near Tetbury, a beautiful estate that is famous for stunning gardens which can be visited in the summer by the public. Cirencester, known as ‘the capital of the Cotswolds’ has had many royal connections over the years and the Cirencester Park Polo Club is where Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince Harry have been members and played there regularly. The Cotswolds is an area that is well-known for several royal connections. Not only is the area steeped in royal history with Berkeley Castle, Blenheim Palace and Sudeley Castle, but some of the royal family live here now.
Stately Homes of The Cotswolds
There are plenty of stately homes in the Cotswolds area. There is the beautiful medieval manor house of Broughton Castle near Banbury. Hidcote has beautiful gardens that are well worth a trip to see in the summer, Chastleton House has a wealth of history behind it and is believed to be a perfect example of a Jacobean House, now owned by the National Trust. Batsford Arboretum near Moreton-in-Marsh and the pretty Bourton House nearby with 3 acres of breath-taking land. Blenheim Palace was home to the Churchill family and was the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill and still belongs to the late Duke of Marlborough. Kelmscott Manor near Lechlade belonged to the English artist, textile designer and writer William Morris between 1871 and 1896. It is a Grade I listed farmhouse that was built around 1600 and resides next to the River Thames.
Secret Cottage Cotswold Tours
Visiting the Cotswolds can rarely be done in a day unless you have experienced guides that know the area. If you want to take a trip in the Cotswolds, then book a day tour with the Secret Cottage Tour. We take you around the beautiful sights of the Cotswolds, also welcoming you into our charming home ‘The Secret Cottage’ to give you a taste of quaint village cottages and some fine homemade food. The Cotswolds is not far from London, taking only one hour and 40 minutes on the train. The train from London Paddington comes directly to our nearest train station in Moreton-in-Marsh where we can pick you up. Relax in our seven-seater luxury minibus on a wonderful six-hour tour to see the beautiful places of the Cotswolds, through charming Cotswold villages, pretty market towns and see some of the best Cotswold attractions around. We give you a delicious homemade buffet lunch in The Secret Cottage, also stopping here in the morning for a hot drink and pastry. We give our guests a traditional Cotswold cream tea in the afternoon to make sure you get a true taste of Cotswold life! Once the tour is over, we can return you to the train station so that you can be back in London in time for your evening meal. Book your place now to avoid disappointment!