Hidden Cotswolds & Poldark's Chavenage

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 resplendent Regency town of Cheltenham, the Elizabethan Chavenage House which recently featured in the hit TV series Poldark, and the remains of one of the grandest Roman villas in Britain.


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Holiday Highlights

  • 4 nights dinner, bed and breakfast at the Mercure Bowden Hall Hotel, Gloucester
  • Porterage
  • After dinner tea and coffee at the hotel
  • Coach transfers to and from your excursions
  • Visits to Hidcote Manor Garden, Chipping Campden, Snowshill Manor, Cheltenham, Wilson Gallery, Chavenage House, Bibury, Chedworth Roman Villa & Bourton-on-the-Water
  • Introductory talk at Hidcote Manor Garden
  • Guided tour of Wilson Gallery
  • Guided tour and cream tea at Chavenage House
  • Services of a Tour Manager
  • 4 nights dinner, bed and breakfast at the Mercure Bowden Hall Hotel, Gloucester
  • Porterage
  • After dinner tea and coffee at the hotel
  • Coach transfers to and from your excursions
  • Visits to Hidcote Manor Garden, Chipping Campden, Snowshill Manor, Cheltenham, Wilson Gallery, Chavenage House, Bibury, Chedworth Roman Villa & Bourton-on-the-Water
  • Introductory talk at Hidcote Manor Garden
  • Guided tour of Wilson Gallery
  • Guided tour and cream tea at Chavenage House
  • Services of a Tour Manager

Mercure Bowden Hall Hotel

Set in 12 acres of sweeping parkland, the Mercure Bowden Hall Hotel is an elegant Regency country house hotel situated three miles from the city of Gloucester. All bedrooms feature flat-screen TV and complimentary high speed Wi-Fi and other facilities include a brasserie restaurant with views across the lawns and lake, and an elegant lounge and bar.

Single Supplements Apply

Excursion One - Hidcote Manor Garden, Chipping Campden & Snowshill Manor
We head to Hidcote Manor Garden, where 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 then explore the idyllic old wool merchants’ town of Chipping Campden. A gilded masterpiece of limestone and craftsmanship, it has a lovely main street complete with old pubs, antique shops and almshouses, a 17th-century Market Hall and one of the finest wool churches in England.

Our last visit of the day is to Snowshill Manor. This Cotswold manor house was bought by Charles Wade for just one purpose; to house the extraordinary treasures he collected over his lifetime. Every room is filled with hundreds of objects, from the everyday to the extraordinary including Japanese samurai armour, bicycles and in particular, musical instruments.

Excursion Two - Cheltenham, Wilson Gallery & Chavenage House
We spend time in Cheltenham this morning, with time to admire the Regency town houses, intricate ironwork balconies and painted stucco facades that line the historic promenade, squares and terraces. Afterwards, we take a guided tour of the Wilson Gallery, an outstanding museum and art gallery with a programme of temporary exhibitions and permanent galleries.

We continue on to Chavenage House. This Elizabethan era manor house, constructed of grey Cotswold stone, 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 a cream tea. Chavenage has also been used as a film location including the BBC’s hugely successful Poldark TV series.

Excursion Three - Bibury, Chedworth Roman Villa & Bourton-on-the-Water
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 visit one of the grandest and most complete roman villas in the country, Chedworth Roman Villa. Rediscovered by the Victorians over 150 years ago, it is set in glorious countryside and provides access to extensive, intricate mosaic floors, two bath houses, hypocaust systems and a large range of Roman finds and artefacts.

We finish 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.

Club Class Home Collection

Door to Door Service from just £90 per person

Take advantage of our brand new, stress free departure option of "Club Class Home Collection Service". With this luxury service, a uniformed chauffeur will collect you from home and transfer you to the hotel, airport or cruise port in top specification cars or MPV's then at the end of your holiday they will be waiting to whisk you home again.

Please note: On some journeys we may collect other customers en-route who are travelling on the same holiday as yourself. The maximum number of pickups would be your plus two more with a maximum of six people in the vehicle. Journeys over 2.5 hours will include comfort breaks and complimentary bottles water is provided. All vehicles are fitted with satellite navigation and tracking devices. Service available from addresses in mainland England only, one pickup per booking. Service operating in partnership with Club Class Chauffeurs.
Round Trip Mileage Price (pp)
Up to 150 miles £90
151 - 200 £150
201 - 250 £175
251 - 300 £200
301 - 350 £225
351 - 400 £250
400 + Call for a quote
Single Traveller Supplement Additional 75%

Excursion One - Hidcote Manor Garden, Chipping Campden & Snowshill Manor
We head to Hidcote Manor Garden, where 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 then explore the idyllic old wool merchants’ town of Chipping Campden. A gilded masterpiece of limestone and craftsmanship, it has a lovely main street complete with old pubs, antique shops and almshouses, a 17th-century Market Hall and one of the finest wool churches in England.

Our last visit of the day is to Snowshill Manor. This Cotswold manor house was bought by Charles Wade for just one purpose; to house the extraordinary treasures he collected over his lifetime. Every room is filled with hundreds of objects, from the everyday to the extraordinary including Japanese samurai armour, bicycles and in particular, musical instruments.

Excursion Two - Cheltenham, Wilson Gallery & Chavenage House
We spend time in Cheltenham this morning, with time to admire the Regency town houses, intricate ironwork balconies and painted stucco facades that line the historic promenade, squares and terraces. Afterwards, we take a guided tour of the Wilson Gallery, an outstanding museum and art gallery with a programme of temporary exhibitions and permanent galleries.

We continue on to Chavenage House. This Elizabethan era manor house, constructed of grey Cotswold stone, 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 a cream tea. Chavenage has also been used as a film location including the BBC’s hugely successful Poldark TV series.

Excursion Three - Bibury, Chedworth Roman Villa & Bourton-on-the-Water
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 visit one of the grandest and most complete roman villas in the country, Chedworth Roman Villa. Rediscovered by the Victorians over 150 years ago, it is set in glorious countryside and provides access to extensive, intricate mosaic floors, two bath houses, hypocaust systems and a large range of Roman finds and artefacts.

We finish 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.

Club Class Home Collection

Door to Door Service from just £90 per person

Take advantage of our brand new, stress free departure option of "Club Class Home Collection Service". With this luxury service, a uniformed chauffeur will collect you from home and transfer you to the hotel, airport or cruise port in top specification cars or MPV's then at the end of your holiday they will be waiting to whisk you home again.

Please note: On some journeys we may collect other customers en-route who are travelling on the same holiday as yourself. The maximum number of pickups would be your plus two more with a maximum of six people in the vehicle. Journeys over 2.5 hours will include comfort breaks and complimentary bottles water is provided. All vehicles are fitted with satellite navigation and tracking devices. Service available from addresses in mainland England only, one pickup per booking. Service operating in partnership with Club Class Chauffeurs.
Round Trip Mileage Price (pp)
Up to 150 miles £90
151 - 200 £150
201 - 250 £175
251 - 300 £200
301 - 350 £225
351 - 400 £250
400 + Call for a quote
Single Traveller Supplement Additional 75%

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