England's West Country in 11 Days
11 DAYS, 10 NIGHTS | Cotswolds, Bath, Glastonbury, Cornwall, Devon, Stonehenge, Oxford & Windsor Castle
Included with this private tour:
10 nights of hotel accommodation
Daily English breakfast
8 three-course gourmet dinners
Your very own professional chauffeur-guide and luxury vehicle
Airport meet and greet
Private guided walking tours
Entrance fees, tolls & taxes
Just a few tour highlights:
Spectacular Cornish coast
St. Michael's Mount
Dartmoor National Park
Agatha Christie's Greenway
Oxford & Blenheim Palace
PRIVATE TOUR ITINERARY
England's West Country in 11 days — offers a delightful mix of historic cities, village charm and dramatic coastal scenery. With your chauffeur-guide explore flower-boxed Cotswold villages, the elegant Georgian town of Bath, myth and legend in Glastonbury, the wave-swept coast and charming villages of Cornwall, the sweeping moorlands of Devon, the ancient stone circle of Stonehenge, the magnificent cathedral city of Salisbury, exuberant English gardens, the spires of Oxford, and Windsor Palace, the largest occupied castle in the world.
Day 1: Depart London
Depart London or London Airport for the immaculately preserved village of Lacock, favorite of film producers and settings of Downton Abbey and Pride and Prejudice. Explore the picturesque streets, historic cottages, untouched by modern times, including the fine Romanesque Cloisters and Chapter House of Lacock Abbey. Continue your journey to Bath, just an hour away. Arrive at The Francis Hotel for a 3-night stay. The Francis occupies a side of Queen Square, originally townhouses and now converted to one building as a luxury hotel, and is situated right in the city center, a short stroll from the Roman Baths and Royal Crescent.
Day 2: Bath
This morning visit the incredibly preserved Roman Baths including refreshments in the elegant interiors of the Pump Room. You'll then enjoy a private guided walking tour through Bath’s exquisite Palladian architecture, inspired by its Roman heritage - including Bath Abbey, You'll visit No.1 Royal Crescent (featuring historic furniture, pictures and objects that reveal what life was like for Bath’s fashionable residents), and the Assembly Rooms, built for the evening assemblies of high society: ‘By nine o’clock my Uncle, Aunt and I entered the rooms,’ wrote Jane Austen to her sister in 1801, recording one of many balls she attended at the Bath Assembly Rooms. Late afternoon, enjoy an evening excursion to the picturesque village of Castle Combe, setting of the film War Horse. Arrive in time to explore the village prior to dinner at The Castle Inn.
Day 3: Glastonbury
Enjoy a whole-day excursion to Glastonbury, rich in myth and folklore, for a tour with a local guide. Glastonbury was a religious site as far back as the Bronze Age — about 1500 BC. It's considered the birthplace of Christianity in England, and the legendary burial site of King Arthur. For thousands of years, pilgrims have climbed Glastonbury Tor, a hill now capped by the ruins of a church dedicated to St. Michael. As St. Michael was the Christian antidote to paganism, this church most likely sits upon a pre-Christian religious site. Your tour will guide you through the pre-Christian myth, as well as later history, and includes a visit to the Chalice Well, a place of healing linked to the Holy Grail, Gog and Magog, the ancient Oaks thought to be part of an ancient processional route to Glastonbury Tor, and Glastonbury Abbey, an extremely early Christian place of worship, with probable Pagan antecedents.
Day 4: Montacute House & Cornwall
Today, depart Bath for Montacute House, a fine Elizabethan manor with landscaped gardens, where you’ll also be able to enjoy lunch. This afternoon, continue to Bedruthan Steps on the beautiful Cornish Coast, where there will be an opportunity to walk along the cliffs and admire the dramatic pirate coves below. Then, head to the charming historic port of Padstow for a stroll and casual supper at Rick Stein’s Fish & Chips shop. Rick Stein is an English celebrity chef and restaurateur. This evening, continue to Marazion for a 2-night stay at the Godolphin Arms Hotel. The Godolphin Arms is on the water’s edge of Mount’s Bay along a two-mile stretch of beach in the historic market town of Marazion, West Cornwall. It overlooks the beautiful St Michael’s Mount, and showcases one of the most magnificent beachside views in the country.
Day 5: Cornwall
This morning, cross by boat to St. Michael's Mount to explore this dramatic rock island first inhabited by monks more than 1,500 years ago. You'll then be driven via Penzance, and the pretty fishing village of Mousehole, to the Merry Maidens, a unique Neolithic Stone Circle created thousands of years ago, and to the Minack Theater, an open-air theater perched on the cliffs high above the Atlantic with spectacular views. Continue along scenic backroads to the famed Penwith Peninsula from St. Just to Zennor, with magnificent sweeping views across the North Cornish coast. View the Levant Mines, high-up on the exposed cliffs of the “Tin Coast,” for centuries the world’s most important source of tin and copper, and Botallack, setting of Poldark. Stop at the Tinners Arms in Zennor for supper, a Cornish pub with over 700 years of history.
Day 6: Trelissick Gardens, St. Mawes & Dartmoor
Depart Marazion for Trelissick House & Gardens, a welcoming country house and garden set on an estate with stunning maritime views and lovely woodland walks. You’ll then cross the nearby estuary on the King Harry Ferry and continue to St. Mawes, where you’ll first visit the castle, among the best-preserved of Henry VIII's artillery fortresses with spectacular views out to the English Channel. Stop for lunch in the pretty harbor town of St. Mawes This afternoon, depart for Devon and a one-night stay at Lewtrenchard Manor, a family-run historic hotel nestled in a secluded valley beneath Dartmoor’s wild tors. After settling into your accommodation, take an excursion to the wilds of Dartmoor, home to wild ponies, sheep, and stone bridges. Walk on to the moor at Merrivale to explore some Bronze Age and Neolithic burial grounds, and stop for a drink at England’s highest most remote pub, located on an ancient road across the moor. Gourmet candlelight dinner at Lewtrenchard Manor.
Day 7: Agatha Christie's Greenway
Today, depart Lewtrenchard Manor for Agatha Christie’s country home, Greenway. On the wooded banks of the River Dart in Devon, Greenway is the setting for some of her most famous stories. You can inspect some of her very own treasures and see the famous boathouse, where in Dead Man’s Folly, Poirot’s case takes an unexpected twist. This afternoon, arrive in Shrewton for a 2-night stay at Rollestone Manor, a beautiful historic house located 2 miles from Stonehenge.
Day 8: Stonehenge & Salisbury
Depart for Stonehenge — a World Heritage Site and the best-known prehistoric monument in Europe — where you will walk in the footsteps of your Neolithic ancestors. Explore the ancient landscape on foot and step inside the Neolithic Houses to discover the tools and objects of everyday Neolithic life. Visit the world-class exhibition and visitor center with 250 ancient objects and come face-to-face with a 5,500- year-old man. Continue to the Cathedral City of Salisbury for lunch, where in the afternoon, you will enjoy a private-guided tour, including the mediaeval quarter, Cathedral Close and the Cathedral itself. The Cathedral is famous for its rich lore and towering Gothic spire, and includes one of four original copies of the Magna Carta, the 1215 document that first established that everyone was subject to the law. Return to Rollestone Manor for dinner.
Day 9: Oxford & Blenheim Palace
This morning, continue to Oxford for a morning in this famous university city. Enjoy a private-guided walking tour including visits to the Bodleian Library, the Eagle and Child Pub where C.S. Lewis and Tolkein met, and exclusive access to two colleges. In the afternoon, visit Blenheim Palace, a magnificent estate set on 2,100 acres of beautiful parkland, landscaped by Lancelot “Capability” Brown, and home of the 12th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough and birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. You'll then arrive in the pretty village of Stow-on-the-Wold for a 2-night stay. Stow is an attractive Cotswold village and includes a mixture of quaint shops, tea rooms, local pubs and restaurants set amongst period houses, and picturesque honey-colored Cotswold stone cottages.
Day 10: Cotswolds
This morning, visit Sudeley Castle, a 15th-century country house where Henry VIII, King Edward VI, Queen Elizabeth 1, amongst others, all have connections. The centerpiece is the Queens Garden, so named because four of England’s queens — Anne Boleyn, Katherine Parr, Lady Jane Grey and Elizabeth I — all admired the hundreds of varieties of roses found here. Continue to Chastleton House, a fine unaltered Jacobean manor house with gardens laid out the same way for 400 years, also setting of the costume drama Wolf Hall. This afternoon, a full luxury afternoon English tea will be waiting for you at an award-winning restaurant with spectacular views across the peaceful Cotswold valleys. After tea, return to Stow via Bourton-on-the Water, one of the most picturesque Cotswold villages famous for its river setting with beautiful low bridges.
Day 11: Windsor Castle & London
This morning, depart Stow for Windsor Castle, the largest occupied castle in the world, and the Queen's favorite residence. Explore the interiors of this famous palace. Enjoy lunch in the town of Windsor before leaving for nearby London Heathrow Airport or central London.
CHOOSE YOUR ACCOMMODATION
In this category we have hand-picked five-star guest houses or smaller luxury hotels. These lodgings are often family owned and offer a truly unique, authentic and welcome atmosphere where you are more likely to engage with local people than in a higher-end hotel. Some tours involve a mixture of both Superior and Luxury Boutique.
Through years of experience we have hand-picked luxury boutique hotels which are not only very comfortable in the traditional sense, but as importantly offer gourmet food, and an ambience of lasting memory. All our hotel choices are of unique character, range from 4-star to 5-star, and are either downtown, or enjoy a spectacular rural or village setting.
Our detailed offer to you will specify the hotels recommended.
Prices & Dates
Choose any dates. Price is determined by season, accommodation, and the number of people in your group. Prices below are a guideline, and may change in accordance with your individual preferences.
All prices are per person (USD) based on your group size, and sharing a double room.
Luxury & Superior Boutique
From $4590 per person (group of 6 people)
From $5590 per person (group of 4 people)
From $6590 per person (group of 2 people)
Any tour can be customized to your wishes. Simply email us with your specifics.
England's West Country, 2019
Thank you so much for a truly wonderful trip in England's West Country. The Cornish coast was more beautiful and magical than I could have imagined, and the variety of experiences you provided gave this vacation dimensions we could never have found on our own. Thank you, too, for your patience with us, and all your insights, I will always treasure memories of this trip,
Kathy - Ohio
England's West County, 2019
Thank you so very for the most unforgettable holiday of a life. Each experience was perfect and your guidance and expertise exceptional.
Karen - Halifax, Canada
England's West Country, 2017
It is rare in this life to encounter "a stranger" who enters your life and provides a remarkable period of complete enjoyment and pleasure over more than a week's time....But, indeed, you have done so for Susan and me. Your dedication to our needs, your expert knowledge and your calm, pleasant personality all combined to make our "SW England" tour an unmitigated delight - and provided a series of memories we will long cherish.
Don I., Susan I. - Virginia