The Cotswolds are a wonderful place to visit and there are many historical sights, plenty of famous landmarks and a picturesque vision of quintessential life in England. North Cotswolds villages include The Slaughters, Bourton-on-the-Water, Chastleton, Great Tew, Churchill, Kingham and many, many more. The countryside in the Cotswolds has a stunning air of natural beauty surrounding it and the area has been noted as one of the largest areas of outstanding natural beauty in England which is no surprise when you visit. Driving through the area on Cotswold tours, you will see charming villages with grand stately homes, pretty small cottages made from Cotswold stone, lush green fields and meandering streams.
The Cotswolds is in the south-west of England and expands across several counties including Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and parts of North East Somerset. It is a huge area measuring 800 square miles with 139,000 people as the current population. Visiting the region on a tour will show you beautiful views of the surrounding countryside which is famously known as the Cotswold Hills, a vision of gentle sloping hills with lush green grass, vast expanses of fields in the spring, with charming market towns and villages dotted throughout the region. The Cotswold sheep once carpeted the area and were known as the ‘Cotswold Lions’ because of their golden fleeces. Since the industrial revolution, the Cotswolds have stayed unspoilt and peaceful. They have thankfully avoided overdevelopment and industrialisation. Visitors who come to the area are astounded at how stunning the Cotswolds are, considering it is just a short journey with one hour and 40 minutes on the train from London.
A visit to the local market towns will show you a mass of buildings that are hundreds of years old and focused around the market square in the centre of town. Market towns are a a picture-perfect vision of the Cotswolds and many are famous for being one of the largest suppliers to the European wool trade. Town market squares were used regularly for sheep markets where farmers traded sheep from their flocks every week. Now, the market square has local markets selling fresh produce, meat, household items, baskets, gifts and many other products. Since the cloth trade moved to the north of England after the industrial revolution, sheep farming in the area has hugely reduced.
If you want to see the Cotswolds in its true sense, make sure that you drive through the local villages that can be found down winding lanes, where clusters of houses nestle amongst the beautiful rolling Cotswold Hills and dense woodland.
Private Daytrips & Cotswold Tours
A driving tour through the Cotswolds will take you through the beautiful countryside of the region, showing you charming villages that are perfectly positioned around the green, charming market towns and large stately homes on the edge of villages. If you want to discover the hidden beauty of the Cotswolds, then a private driving daytrip with The Secret Cottage Tour would be the best experience for those wishing to visit the area on a Cotswold tour. Private Cotswold tours take you past enormous stately homes with masses of history, through pretty villages where locals say hello and through pretty market towns. The local market towns in the north of the Cotswolds include Moreton-in-Marsh, Stow-on-the-Wold, Chipping Norton, Burford and Woodstock.
The Secret Cottage Tour
The Secret Cottage Tour is a private family-run company that offers unique daytrip Cotswold tours in the north Cotswolds. We pick our guests up in our 7-seater minibus from our local train station in Moreton-in-Marsh where you can get a direct train from London taking only 1hr and 40 minutes. We take you on a special 6-hour tour of the area, showing you the most beautiful villages and quintessential market towns, Cotswold attractions and majestic stately homes will take your breath away. We make sure our guests don’t go hungry so we stop at our home The Secret Cottage for a hot drink and pastry, then bring you back for a delicious homemade buffet lunch. We also provide a tasty traditional Cotswold cream tea in the afternoon. You will be returned to the train station so that you can be back in London in time for the evening.