3 daysUndulating gracefully across six counties, the Cotswolds region is a delightful tangle of golden villages, thatched cottages, evocative churches and honey-coloured mansions. One of the unspoilt regions of England, the lovely Cotswolds, an area of outstanding natural beauty. Renowned for its rolling meadows, meandering river valleys, pretty woodland, gentle hillsides and of course its sleepy ancient limestone villages and market towns, the area hasn't changed much for over 300 years. Steeped in history, growing up on the prosperity of the medieval wool trade in the 15th and 16th century, it has many fine churches and manor houses. The Cotswolds have always been looked upon as the heart of England, with unsurpassed idyllic charm and breath-taking scenery at every turn.
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ItineraryDay 1 - From your chosen joining point your feeder vehicle will take you to your designated interchange point where your holiday begins. After joining your holiday coach, its onto ChippingCamden Perched on the highest point in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds, Chipping Norton, affectionately known as 'Chippy' by locals, was once a centre for the Cotswold wool trade and was given a Royal charter by King John in 1205. The medieval Guildhall and St Mary's Church reflect the prosperity brought by the wool trade. Many of the original houses around the market place were rebuilt in the 18th century with fashionable Georgian frontages. A short drive to the hotel; near Banbury for your 2 night stay.
Day 2 - Best of the Cotswolds - A scenic drive today to show you the best of the Cotswolds villages. A stop in Shipston on Stour, situated on the northern edge of the Cotswolds, today a charming historic and thriving town which has become increasingly popular with tourists due to its wonderful mixture of shops, pubs, restaurants and hotels. Perhaps surprising for such a small and self-sufficient town (population 4,500) is Shipston's retail strength. As a focal point for the surrounding rural area, it has more than 50 small independent shops and has become something of a shopping heaven when many small towns have been virtually taken over by national chain stores. Onwards south to arrive at Moreton in Marsh- a long been a honeypot for travellers and was an important staging post before the opening of the railway in 1853. The charming high street is lined with elegant 17th and 18th century buildings which now house art galleries, antique emporiums and welcoming tea rooms and provide a graceful backdrop to the daily hustle and bustle.
Stow on the Wold cannot be missed today - its the quintessential English town boasting mellow Cotswold stone houses & shops surrounded by the world famous Cotswold's countryside. Sitting elegantly at the hub of the Cotswolds, Stow is a natural and historic meeting place with a fine selection of Cotswold shops and mixes chic bistros. Last port of call today will be Moreton in the Marsh a thriving market town, dating back 1000 years to the Saxon era. Its broad High Street is lined with elegant 17th and 18th century buildings, among them the White Hart Royal, a former manor house in which King Charles I sheltered during the Civil War. Your driver will advise a suitable stop for lunch depending on timings. Returning to the hotel late afternoon.
Day 3 - After a leisurely breakfast, check out heading south with a break in the journey in Woodstock. Woodstock is more than worthy of a visit in its own right. A medieval 'new town', founded to cater for visitors to a royal hunting lodge, Woodstock has a 900 year record of hospitality. The town's fine Georgian facades often disguise far older buildings that house all manner of fascinating hotels and cafes, shops and galleries. There are two excellent museums - The Oxfordshire Museum and the Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum - and don't miss the town's church with its fine collection of embroidered kneelers and a musical clock, which plays a different tune each day. Onwards to interchange in the afternoon. Back to top
AccommodationWroxton House Hotel - Signature Collection by Best Western - 3 Star
Pretty hotel offering a traditional charm in the delightful Cotswold village of Wroxton.
This is a rare opportunity to experience the appeal of this thatched manor house, dating in parts to 1649. Think cosy corners, log fires and sumptuous interiors where you can enjoy a truly professional service with relaxed style. Set in the beautiful honey stoned thatched village of Wroxton, this privately owned award-winning hotel is just 18 miles from the historic Stratford-upon-Avon. The new wing offers contemporary bedrooms and the original manor house has retained its character and quirky feel. All bedrooms have a flat-screen TV with Freeview, complimentary toiletries and complimentary mineral water. Free WiFi. The AA Rosette Restaurant 1649 offers a contemporary British menu in a romantic setting. No lift please ask for ground floor. Back to top