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Hidden Cotswolds & Poldark's Chavenage

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  • Duration: 5 days
  • Board Basis: Half Board
  • Tour Ref: D2TJUS8605

Holiday Summary

  • Travel Type: Coach

5 days

Heritage 2019

PRICE FROM ? £615 per person
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Itinerary

Description

The largest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in England and Wales, the Cotswolds is a pastoral landscape of gently rolling hills, idyllic views and quintessentially English villages of honey-coloured stone where time seems to have stood still. It is also home to the Elizabethan Chavenage House and the extraordinary and exotic Sezincote, both of which featured in the hit TV series Poldark.

Coach Itinerary

Excursion One – Hidcote Manor Garden*, Broadway & Sezincote*

At Hidcote Manor Garden we enjoy an introductory talk before exploring this exquisite Arts and Crafts garden. Created by the reclusive American horticulturist, Major Lawrence Johnston, the garden is laid out as a series of colourful and intricately designed ‘rooms’ and features many plants that were collected on Johnston’s trips to far flung places.

We continue on to the quintessential Cotswold village of Broadway with its picturesque High Street lined with honey-coloured Cotswold stone buildings.

From here we head to Sezincote, where we enjoy a guided tour of this unique and exotic palace. In the early 1800s, Charles Cockerell, who had worked for the East India Company, commissioned his architect brother, Samuel, to design and build an Indian house in the Mogul style of Rajasthan. Assisted by the artist Thomas Daniell, the result is a unique combination of Hindu and Muslim architecture with a weathered-copper onion dome, minarets and curving orangery while outside is a romantic landscape of temples, grottoes and waterfalls designed by Humphry Repton.

Excursion Two – Bourton-on-the-Water, Sudeley Castle & Gloucester Cathedral

We start the day in one of the prettiest, most picturesque villages in the Cotswolds; Bourton-on-the-Water, with its elegant low bridges and tree-shaded river banks.

Afterwards, we make our way to Sudeley Castle. With royal connections spanning a thousand years, this Tudor castle played an important role in England’s turbulent past. The castle rooms contain many fascinating treasures, from ancient Roman times to the present day while outside are award-winning gardens. The castle was once home to Katherine Parr, the last of King Henry VIII’s six wives, and she is buried in the 15th-century church within the grounds.


Our final visit is to Gloucester Cathedral where we enjoy a guided tour. With centuries of craftsmanship on display, the architecture, stained glass and artefacts are some of the best examples of their kind in the country. Highlights include the 15th-century Lady Chapel, the crypt, the medieval library, the tomb of King Edward II and the Great East Window. Installed in the early 1350s, it is one of the greatest landmarks of European stained glass. The medieval monastic cloisters are famous for their breathtaking fan vaulting as well as their appearance in the Harry Potter films.  

Excursion Three – Bibury, Rodmarton Manor, Tetbury & Chavenage House

We start the day in the charming Cotswold village of Bibury, once described by William Morris as ‘the most beautiful village in England’. A picturesque row of National Trust owned weavers’ cottages built in local stone lie next to the River Coln and a water meadow provides an important habitat for water-loving plants and birds.

Next, we enjoy a guided tour of Rodmarton Manor, one of the last country houses to be built and furnished according to the ideals of the Arts and Crafts Movement. Ernest Barnsley and the Cotswold group of Craftsmen took over 20 years to build and furnish the house and most of the wonderful furniture on display was made especially for the house.

After free time in the historic town of Tetbury for lunch (not included), we travel to Chavenage House. This Elizabethan era manor house has remained largely unchanged for 400 years. The house has a rich history and many Civil War associations including the rooms where Cromwell stayed and an interior packed with stunning period furniture, historic tapestries and fascinating relics from the Cromwellian era, all of which we discover on our guided tour, followed by afternoon tea. Chavenage has also been used as a film location including Poldark.

Coach Bullets

  • 4 nights dinner, bed and breakfast at the Mercure Bowden Hall Hotel, Gloucester
  • Porterage
  • Welcome drink
  • After dinner tea and coffee at the hotel
  • Coach transfers to and from your excursions
  • Visits to Hidcote Manor Garden*, Broadway, Sezincote*, Bourton-on-the-Water, Sudeley Castle, Gloucester Cathedral, Bibury, Rodmarton Manor, Tetbury & Chavenage House
  • Introductory talk at Hidcote Manor Garden*
  • Guided tour of Sezincote*
  • Guided tour of Gloucester Cathedral
  • Guided tour of Rodmarton Manor
  • Guided tour and afternoon tea at Chavenage House
  • Services of a Tour Manager

Search Bullets

  • 4 nights dinner, bed and breakfast at the Mercure Bowden Hall Hotel, Gloucester
  • Porterage
  • Welcome drink
  • After dinner tea and coffee at the hotel
  • Coach transfers to and from your excursions
  • Visits to Hidcote Manor Garden*, Broadway, Sezincote*, Bourton-on-the-Water, Sudeley Castle, Gloucester Cathedral, Bibury, Rodmarton Manor, Tetbury & Chavenage House
  • Introductory talk at Hidcote Manor Garden*
  • Guided tour of Sezincote*
  • Guided tour of Gloucester Cathedral
  • Guided tour of Rodmarton Manor
  • Guided tour and afternoon tea at Chavenage House
  • Services of a Tour Manager

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Helpful Information

*Please note: On the May and August Bank Holidays, Hidcote Manor Garden and Sezincote are unavailable. These will be replaced by visits to Batsford Arboretum and Chipping Campden.

Self Drive Itinerary

Excursion One – Hidcote Manor Garden*, Broadway & Sezincote*

At Hidcote Manor Garden we enjoy an introductory talk before exploring this exquisite Arts and Crafts garden. Created by the reclusive American horticulturist, Major Lawrence Johnston, the garden is laid out as a series of colourful and intricately designed ‘rooms’ and features many plants that were collected on Johnston’s trips to far flung places.

We continue on to the quintessential Cotswold village of Broadway with its picturesque High Street lined with honey-coloured Cotswold stone buildings.

From here we head to Sezincote, where we enjoy a guided tour of this unique and exotic palace. In the early 1800s, Charles Cockerell, who had worked for the East India Company, commissioned his architect brother, Samuel, to design and build an Indian house in the Mogul style of Rajasthan. Assisted by the artist Thomas Daniell, the result is a unique combination of Hindu and Muslim architecture with a weathered-copper onion dome, minarets and curving orangery while outside is a romantic landscape of temples, grottoes and waterfalls designed by Humphry Repton.

Excursion Two – Bourton-on-the-Water, Sudeley Castle & Gloucester Cathedral

We start the day in one of the prettiest, most picturesque villages in the Cotswolds; Bourton-on-the-Water, with its elegant low bridges and tree-shaded river banks.

Afterwards, we make our way to Sudeley Castle. With royal connections spanning a thousand years, this Tudor castle played an important role in England’s turbulent past. The castle rooms contain many fascinating treasures, from ancient Roman times to the present day while outside are award-winning gardens. The castle was once home to Katherine Parr, the last of King Henry VIII’s six wives, and she is buried in the 15th-century church within the grounds.


Our final visit is to Gloucester Cathedral where we enjoy a guided tour. With centuries of craftsmanship on display, the architecture, stained glass and artefacts are some of the best examples of their kind in the country. Highlights include the 15th-century Lady Chapel, the crypt, the medieval library, the tomb of King Edward II and the Great East Window. Installed in the early 1350s, it is one of the greatest landmarks of European stained glass. The medieval monastic cloisters are famous for their breathtaking fan vaulting as well as their appearance in the Harry Potter films.  

Excursion Three – Bibury, Rodmarton Manor, Tetbury & Chavenage House

We start the day in the charming Cotswold village of Bibury, once described by William Morris as ‘the most beautiful village in England’. A picturesque row of National Trust owned weavers’ cottages built in local stone lie next to the River Coln and a water meadow provides an important habitat for water-loving plants and birds.

Next, we enjoy a guided tour of Rodmarton Manor, one of the last country houses to be built and furnished according to the ideals of the Arts and Crafts Movement. Ernest Barnsley and the Cotswold group of Craftsmen took over 20 years to build and furnish the house and most of the wonderful furniture on display was made especially for the house.

After free time in the historic town of Tetbury for lunch (not included), we travel to Chavenage House. This Elizabethan era manor house has remained largely unchanged for 400 years. The house has a rich history and many Civil War associations including the rooms where Cromwell stayed and an interior packed with stunning period furniture, historic tapestries and fascinating relics from the Cromwellian era, all of which we discover on our guided tour, followed by afternoon tea. Chavenage has also been used as a film location including Poldark.

Self Drive Bullets

  • 4 nights dinner, bed and breakfast at the Mercure Bowden Hall Hotel, Gloucester
  • Porterage
  • Welcome drink
  • After dinner tea and coffee at the hotel
  • Visits to Hidcote Manor Garden*, Broadway, Sezincote*, Bourton-on-the-Water, Sudeley Castle, Gloucester Cathedral, Bibury, Rodmarton Manor, Tetbury & Chavenage House
  • Introductory talk at Hidcote Manor Garden*
  • Guided tour of Sezincote*
  • Guided tour of Gloucester Cathedral
  • Guided tour of Rodmarton Manor
  • Guided tour and afternoon tea at Chavenage House
  • Services of a Tour Manager

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