As England’s most iconic Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), ‘The Cotswolds’ immediately brings certain images to mind. Crumbling limestone buildings, rolling pastoral countryside, comfy village pubs, historic walking trails, slap-up meals and luxury spa escapes. It’s a gloriously beautiful area but it’s also pretty large, covering nearly 800 square miles. We’re here to make sure you see the best of The Cotswolds, whatever the weather.
On our luxury Cotswolds tour, we focus on the historic North Cotswolds. We’ll take you from Birmingham in the heart of the midlands, through to charming Stratford-Upon-Avon (The Birthplace of William Shakespeare). That’s followed by two full days to explore the Cotswolds while staying in luxury Spa accommodation. Lastly, we’ll transfer you to The Cotswolds’ most vibrant town of Cheltenham. Cheltenham town has some lovely areas if you wish to extend your stay (ideally for 1-3 nights) and is also well connected by train to the rest of the country.
For an experience of the quintessential English countryside relax into our 4-day Cotswolds Tour. There is an element of adventure here but the focus is on treating yourself. Countryside rambles and small-town strolls are supplemented by stays in exquisite hotels, spa treatments, fine meals and good times.
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DAY 1 - Arrive into Birmingham. Transfer to Stratford-Upon-Avon
DAY 2 - Explore the Cotswolds and Rural Spa Stay
DAY 3 - Historic Cotswolds and Luxury Country Estate
DAY 4 - Awake in the Cotswolds. Transfer to Cheltenham included
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Arrive into Birmingham by flight or train for your collection from Birmingham Airport (BHX) or Birmingham New Street Station. From there a member of the Prime team will welcome you for the drive to Stratford-Upon-Avon (1 hour).
This afternoon you have a tour of Stratford’s key sights followed by time to do as you please. Enjoy your evening meal as you get to know your new travel companions and your guide tonight.
HOTEL - Hotel Du Vin or similar
Heading South from Stratford you’ll reach The Cotswolds in just 15 minutes. We’ll start early to make the most of the morning. Depending on the time of year (and weather) we’ll visit the likes of Hidcote Gardens (National Trust), the villages and pubs of Ilmington and Ebrington, Chipping Campden town and Batsford Arboretum.
Check into your country spa hotel this afternoon. How you spend your afternoon is up to you. You could treat yourself to a spa treatment, walk in the local countryside or visit close by Broadway Village and Broadway Tower*. The evening meal at your hotel is included.
* Local touring is included in the cost, spa treatments are payable directly to the hotel. We will be happy to book treatments in advance for you.
HOTEL - The Dormy House or similar
After breakfast, set off to explore The Cotswolds’ most historic and iconic villages. We’ll travel through the iconic villages of Stow-on-the-Wold, Bibury and Bourton-on-the-Water. However, we like to avoid the crowds and spend more time in the beautiful villages of Burford, the Rissingtons, the Slaughters, Nether Westcote or the Barringtons.
This afternoon is free to do as you please. You may like to relax and enjoy a spa treatment, walk in the local area, pop into Cheltenham and peruse Montpellier Streets’ boutiques or pull on a pair of Dubarry’s and hike up Cleeve Hill. Dinner at the hotel included this evening.
HOTEL - Ellenborough Park Hotel or similar
Breakfast is included this morning, then we’ll transfer you into Cheltenham town or to Cheltenham train station for your onward travel. If you’re extending your stay then we would recommend staying on at your last hotel or staying in central Cheltenham near Montpellier Street. We’re happy to help you with any further travel arrangements.
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CENTRALLY LOCATED CHIC BOUTIQUE HOTEL WITH FRENCH BISTRO AND EXTENSIVE WINE CELLAR.
Hotel Du Vin is nestled in the heart of historic Stratford-upon-Avon. Originally built in 1798 the hotel has been renovated into a contemporary hotel with wonderfully comfortable rooms. The friendly, professional service, dreamy rooms and the excellent food and drink options make this an ideal spot to base a stay around. Famous local sights such as Mary Arden's House, the Swan Theatre and Anne Hathaway's Cottage are all close-by and easily walkable.
Our Opinion: A great little crowd-pleaser of a hotel brilliantly located in central Stratford-Upon-Avon.
RURAL RETREAT PERCHED HIGH ABOVE THE VILLAGE OF BROADWAY. THINK COSY CORNERS, LOG FIRES AND SUMPTUOUS INTERIORS.
The Dormy House started out as a 17th century farmhouse. The iconic, yellow Jurassic limestone exteriors remain but everything inside has had a remarkable spruce up. The masterfully worked decor sees rustic comfort meet scandinavian chic with clean lines and neutral hues. There’s a sleek indoor pool, a top-class spa, a highly rated restaurant and a gorgeous bar. Simply put, The Dormy House is one of the Cotswolds’ best luxury spa hotels.
Our Opinion: Consistently featured in ‘Best Spa Hotels in the Cotswolds’ lists for a good reason. The Dormy House offers homely farmhouse luxury in the Cotswolds countryside.
MAGNIFICENT 15TH CENTURY COUNTRY ESTATE AND LUXURY SPA HOTEL SET IN 90 ACRES OF NATIONAL TRUST LAND
Ellenborough Park Hotel is a English Country Estate with a luxury spa, fine dining and extensive grounds. The bedrooms feature luxury bathrooms with fluffy gowns and artisan toiletries. The Indian-themed spa offers mood showers and a juice bar. Guests can unwind in the sauna, hydro pool or relaxation area. There is also an outdoor heated pool and fitness suite. The historic dining room features a fine-dining restaurant while ‘The Horse Box’ serves more casual fare and atmosphere.
Our Opinion: This grand estate exudes a sense of history and certainly has the wow factor. With excellent walks, exquisite spa treatments and Cheltenham town all at hand it’s an ideal place to finish off an incredible tour.
Not included - International flights, meals not mentioned above, visas, travel insurance and tips.
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