Spring in the Cotswolds
7th May 2018
Price per person:
Restricted availability of no single supplement. £5 per person per night Signature Room upgrade.
Littlecote House on the borders of the Cotswolds is a superb Grade 1 listed 16th century Tudor mansion in a spectacular setting. Hosting Tudor monarchs, Civil War captains and Regency nobles, it was here that Henry VIII courted Jane Seymour.
It has an awe inspiring Great Hall, Cromwellian chapel and spiral Jerusalem stairs leading to the troops' quarters and Long Gallery. There is 113 acres of land, 40 of which are gardens, which includes the Lime Tree Avenue and a spectacular topiaried yew avenue. There is also a unique Roman Orpheus mosaic and remains of the villa in its grounds.
Day 1 After our local pick-ups, we commence our journey to Littlecote House making a suitable stop for a leisurely lunch before reaching our 3 star Warner hotel in the late afternoon.
Day 2 Today we enjoy a scenic drive through the Cotswolds. The rolling hillsides of the area are full of dry stonewalls from the 18th and 19th centuries, framing what can only be described as quintessential England. We visit the area bounded by Bourton-on-the Water, Stow-on-the-Wold, Moreton-in-the-Marsh and Broadway, the 'jewel of the Cotswolds'.
After lunch, we make our way to Toddington, where we join the Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway for a train ride through the beautiful Gloucestershire countryside to Cheltenham, before returning to our hotel by coach.
Day 3 We spend the day at the hotel today and make the most of all the hotel has to offer. Alternatively, why not join us on an optional boat cruise (not included in the tour price). After dinner, another great evening of Warner entertainment follows.
Day 4 After a leisurely breakfast we travel to the 500 year old Avebury Manor which recently re-opened after a make-over by the BBC & National Trust following the successful TV series 'The Manor Reborn' which was filmed here. There are plenty of options to enable you to purchase lunch.
Day 5 After a leisurely breakfast we depart our hotel and travel to Henley-on-Thames. After free time to purchase lunch, we then continue our journey back to Essex.