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The Art and Houses of The Cotswolds

5 days from £429 per person*

*based on sharing on a twin/double basis and a minimum of 40 paying passengers

  • Chavenage House - © James Kerr Photography

Overview

Known for being ‘typically English’ the Cotswolds never fails anyone’s expectations. From the rolling hillsides to the traditional honey coloured stone seen on the houses and drystone walls, the Cotswolds have a serene beauty. Our suggested itinerary includes a selection of the area’s beautiful historic houses including Sezincote, Kelmscott Manor, Blenheim Palace, Westonbirt House and Chavenage.

Itinerary

Day 1 – We depart our local area for the journey to the Cotswolds. A visit to a property / attraction of interest could be arranged en-route. Dinner will be served at our hotel this evening.

Day 2 – This morning we visit Snowshill Manor, a NT property, home to extraordinary treasures and an eclectic collection by an Edwardian gentleman, Charles Wade. From tiny toys to fine clocks, the manor is packed with over 22,000 unusual objects which were originally purchased because of their craftsmanship, colour and design. In the afternoon we visit Sezincote, a 200-year-old Mogul Indian palace, set in a romantic landscape of temples, grottos, waterfalls and canals reminiscent of the Taj Mahal. Located in the Cotswold countryside, the landscape has remained unchanged since the mid-19th century. Here we take a guided tour of the house and enjoy free time to explore the garden. Dinner at the hotel.

Day 3 – Our first visit today is to Kelmscott Manor, once the Cotswold retreat of William Morris and his family. The fascinating and important collections span more than 300 years and reflect the history, ideas and creative legacy of those who lived and worked here. After the visit we continue to Blenheim Palace, a World Heritage Site with over 300 years of history and the home of the 12th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough and birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. There will be a private guided tour of the Great Hall and Saloon and State Rooms to view the stunning portraits, tapestries and furniture collection. There will be time to enjoy some of the Capability Brown landscaped parkland and formal gardens. Time permitting, there will be a short stop at St Martin’s Church in Bladon, where Churchill’s grave can be found, before returning to the hotel in time for dinner.

Day 4 – After breakfast we travel to Chavenage House near Tetbury for a guided tour conducted by a member of the family who still reside there. Chavenage is a 16th C. grey Cotswold stone manor house with many Civil War associations including the tapestry-lined rooms stayed in by Cromwell and his second-in-command, General Ireton, in 1648. It has been used as a set in several films and television dramas. The second visit today is to Westonbirt House and Gardens, a stunning example of Victorian architecture which was built by RS Holford between 1862-1875 to house his art and literature. A guided tour will include the old Masters, rare books, manuscripts, porcelain and silver. The visit will also include afternoon tea. Dinner at the hotel.

Day 5 – After checking out of our hotel we visit a town or property before continuing the homeward journey.

The exact order of excursions may be subject to change.

Hotel

Cheltenham Chase Hotel
The 4* Cheltenham Chase Hotel is a modern hotel with a stylish and contemporary interior, located between Cheltenham & Gloucester. Bedrooms are en-suite with free WiFi, tea / coffee making facilities, television, air-conditioning, safe & fridge. The hotel has a restaurant and lounge bar, indoor pool & spa. There is a lift to all bedrooms.

Inclusions

What’s included

• Executive coach travel
• 4 nights half board accommodation
• 1 Afternoon Tea
• Itinerary as described

What’s not included

• Single supplement
• Travel insurance
• Entrance to NT properties for non NT members

To Book

Any of our tours can be tailored to suit your particular groups requirements.

For further details please contact one of the team on 01225 764205 or sales@successtours.com