V2 Markou Cotswolds Explorations

Thursday 5th September – Monday 9th September 2024

Number of Travellers: 4
Duration: 5 Days / 4 Nights

Day by Day

Day 1 - Thursday 5th September - London to the Cotswolds

This morning, meet your private driver and leave the bustling metropolis of London behind and head west into the Cotswolds – a region cherished for its pastoral charm, pretty villages, flower-rich limestone grassland and deep incised valleys. The inspiration for many works of art and literature, including Beatrix Potter, J.R.R Tolkien and Laurie Lee, it’s a pretty and interesting place to explore.

Pause en route at Avebury Henge, where you’ll be greeted by an awe-inspiring expanse of ancient stones arranged in a vast circle, their silent presence a testament to millennia of history. Your local expert guide will meet you here and will begin to weave the fascinating stories and mysteries of the henge, providing insight into the lives of those who built it. As you journey closer to your countryside retreat, explore the picturesque village of Bourton-on-the-Water, where charming stone bridges and tranquil waterways offer a delightful contrast and a perfect place to unwind.

Arrive at your beautiful retreat hotel tucked in the heat of the countryside and take some time to settle in, before enjoying dinner and a good night’s sleep.

Overnight: Broadway | Dormy House Hotel & Spa
Room Type: 1x Courtyard Suite & 1x Farmhouse Suite
Meals Included: Lunch

Day 2 - Friday 6th September - The Gallery at Aynho

Enjoy a day at Aynho HM Gallery, a delightful immersion into contemporary art and cultural expression. Upon arrival, the gallery’s sleek, modern architecture immediately sets a sophisticated tone. As you wander through the spacious, well-lit rooms, you’re captivated by an eclectic mix of paintings, sculptures, and multimedia installations from both established and emerging artists. Each exhibit offers a unique perspective, provoking thought and sparking conversation. After a few hours of exploration, enjoy lunch, reflecting on the vibrant creativity you’ve witnessed.

Choose to spend the rest of the afternoon browsing the gallery further, take a stroll around the extensive estate grounds or perhaps return to the hotel spa to indulge in rejuvenating treatments, surrounded by soothing aromas and gentle, calming music.

Overnight: Broadway | Dormy House Hotel & Spa
Room Type: 1x Courtyard Suite & 1x Farmhouse Suite
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 3 - Saturday 7th September - Broadway Tower and Chipping Campden

This morning, visit the iconic Broadway Tower, offering a captivating blend of history, nature, and panoramic views. Originally built as a folly in the 18th century, the tower’s rich past includes roles as a residence, artist’s retreat, and wartime signalling station. Take a chance and climb to the rooftop and admire breathtaking vistas of patchwork fields, meandering rivers, and distant landmarks like the Malvern Hills.

Embark on a picturesque walk, traversing rolling hills, from the tower to Chipping Campden. As you approach, its distinctive honey-coloured stone buildings come into view, welcoming you to this charming market town. Meander through its quaint streets lined with historic cottages, exploring artisan shops and enjoy lunch in a cozy pub. Visit the iconic Market Hall, immersing yourself in the town’s rich history and vibrant atmosphere.

Overnight: Broadway | Dormy House Hotel & Spa
Room Type: 1x Courtyard Suite & 1x Farmhouse Suite
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 4 - Sunday 8th September - Exploring Cotswolds Villages and Blenheim Palace

This morning, meet your private driver guide for a day visiting Blenheim Palace and exploring the charming villages of the Cotswolds, offering a perfect blend of grandeur and quaint English countryside.

Begin at Blenheim Palace, the magnificent birthplace of Winston Churchill. Marvel at its baroque architecture, wander through opulent state rooms, and stroll in its beautifully landscaped gardens, taking in the serene vistas of the lake and parkland. After a leisurely lunch, take a short journey to explore Stow-on-the-Wold. Meander through its charming streets lined with historic stone buildings, each telling stories of centuries past. The bustling market square, surrounded by cosy tea rooms and unique boutiques, invites you to pause and soak in the local atmosphere. As you visit medieval landmarks like St. Edward’s Church, with its enchanting tree-framed door, the town’s rich heritage and picturesque beauty captivate you at every turn.

Make another stop at Moreton-in-Marsh, a bustling market town. Here, you explore antique shops, cozy cafes, and the historic market square, enjoying the town’s vibrant yet relaxed atmosphere. The day’s adventures leave you with a deep appreciation for both the majestic and the quaint aspects of England’s rich heritage.

Overnight: Broadway | Dormy House Hotel & Spa
Room Type: 1x Courtyard Suite & 1x Farmhouse Suite
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 5 - Monday 9th September - Depart

A private transfer will collect you from your accommodation and take you to the airport to make your onward connections. Waving farewell for now but taking with you special memories and wonderful stories of your explorations.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Trip Details

Inclusions Read More
  • 4 nights accommodation, as stated in the itinerary above
  • Most meals, as stated in the itinerary above
  • The services of a qualified and experienced guide from Day 1 to Day 4 inclusive
  • All transfers in a private vehicle driven by your guide on guided days
  • Private transfer from London to Avebury Stones
  • Private Airport Transfer on Departure Day
  • All guided hikes mentioned in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees and activities mentioned in the itinerary, specifically:
    • Private Walking Tour of Avebury Stones with Expert Guide
    • Entry to RH England, The Gallery at the Historic Aynho Park
    • 3 course lunch in The Orangery Restaurant or The Palm Court at the RH Gallery
    • Entry to Broadway Tower, Park and the Nuclear Bunker
    • Entry to Blenheim Palace
    • Entry to the Model Village
    • Privately guided explorations of The Cotswolds
  • Personalised trip design and delivery
  • 24/7 In-Country Support from the Wilderness Team
Exclusions Read More
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not mentioned in the inclusions
  • Activities and entrance fees not mentioned in the inclusions
  • Gratuities for the main driver guide
Notes Read More
  • All suggested accommodations and services are subject to availability at the time of booking.
  • A 20% deposit is required before any accommodation and services will be confirmed.
  • This quote is valid for 14 days from the date quoted, after this time pricing may be subject to revision.
  • Activities are only private if so specified
Optional Upgrades Read More
  • Room Upgrades are available in some locations, subject to availability. Pricing on request.
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