Envisage the green rolling Cotswold hills carpeted with cows and sheep, far-reaching views across the Vale of Evesham and along the Cotswold Way. Villages with tiny thatched cottages, friendly picturesque market towns and some of the most stunning scenery you will ever come across. The Cotswolds is a beautiful region in the south-west of England, near to London, Devon and Cornwall and the West Midlands.
If you’re travelling to the United Kingdom and want to see a picturesque part of English countryside, then book a Cotswolds tour with a private tour company. Based in the north Cotswolds and close to Moreton-in-Marsh train station, the Secret Cottage Tour invites guests to discover this beautiful area, taking you to hidden villages, stunning market towns and popular local attractions. The Secret Cottage private tour is exclusive to the north Cotswolds. We have a family-run daytrip which ensures guests are comfortable with luxury transport, informative local history and an exciting 6-hour tour around the Cotswolds. If you are visiting England or exploring the south-west, then a 6-hour tour will show you the best places to visit in the Cotswolds.
Why Are the Cotswolds Magical?
The Cotswolds are possibly most famous for incredible views and some of the most beautiful landmarks around. The region has been named as the second largest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in England and Wales making it a popular tourist attraction. The Cotswolds spread across several counties including Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire and Warwickshire, and is 800 square miles. Walking in the Cotswolds is extremely popular, with not only many famous interesting walks but paths that provide walkers with the most amazing views, some reaching as far as the Welsh Mountains on a clear day. The Cotswolds is steeped in history, well-known for Roman roads such as the Fosse Way and Medieval market towns that still boast most of the earliest buildings around. Buildings are constructed using the famous Cotswold Stone, a beautiful pale-yellow limestone that is prominent wherever you look.
Exclusive Cotswold Villages
A typical Cotswold village will have a perfectly manicured village green where children play, a cosy and inviting village pub, a local shop and often a small primary school or pre-school. Villages in the Cotswolds have a distinctive calmness and beauty about them. Village houses are built from Cotswold stone and old thatched cottages rest on country lanes or are hidden behind majestic old trees. In the winter months, the villages are quiet with cosy fires smoking from the chimneys and in summer there is a lively bustle as villagers gather to socialise or play cricket on the green. Neighbours and friends have drinks outside the local pub and dogwalkers ramble through nearby fields. Village life in the Cotswolds offers a strong community that has been founded through generations by tradition.
Famous Cotswold History
The region of the Cotswolds was once one of the largest suppliers of wool to the European wool trade. Once, the Cotswold hills were draped with Cotswold sheep and local farmers met weekly in the market squares of Cotswold market towns to trade their sheep. When the cloth trade moved to the north of England after the Industrial Revolution, sheep farming in the Cotswolds minimised, helping the Cotswolds to avoid major industrialisation, leaving the landscape peaceful and green. Cotswold sheep were distinctive for their golden, thick coat and were more commonly known as the ‘Cotswold Lions’.
Book a Secret Cottage Tour
If you’re coming to England or planning a trip to the Cotswolds, then make the time to see the beautiful English countryside at its best on a 6-hour daytrip. Book your private Cotswolds tour with the Secret Cottage Tour. We take guests to many stunning places in the area catering for families and small groups, taking you on a magical tour around the Cotswolds in our 7-seater luxury Mercedes minibus. If you’re staying in London, then there’s a direct train from London Paddington to our local train station at Moreton-in-Marsh only taking one hour and 40-minutes. Our Cotswolds tour picks guests up from the train station for an exclusive 6-hour tour around the north Cotswolds. There’s no need to bring food as we invite you to our home The Secret Cottage and provide a delicious homecooked buffet lunch, a hot drink and pastry in the morning and a traditional Cotswold cream tea in the afternoon. You will see beautiful Cotswold stately homes, chocolate box villages with Cotswold stone thatched cottages, pretty market towns and some of the most incredible views around. A Cotswolds tour is the best way to see this beautiful countryside, giving you a real taste of English heritage at its most charming. We are proud to have over 1,000 5-star reviews on Trip Advisor – book your Secret Cottage Tour today!