England's West Country
8 DAYS, 7 NIGHTS | Cotswolds, Bath, Cornwall, Devon, Oxford & Windsor Castle
PRIVATE TOUR ITINERARY
England's West Country offers a delightful mix of historic cities, village charm and dramatic coastal scenery. With your chauffeur-guide explore the dramatic pirate coves of Cornwall, the elegant Georgian interiors of Bath which inspired Jane Austen, the charming villages of Devon, the sweeping moorlands and ancient stone circles of Dartmoor, exuberant English gardens, the spires of Oxford, and Windsor Castle, the largest occupied castle in the world.
Day 1: Arrive London. Leave for Lacock & Bath
Depart 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 (National Trust). 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 main shopping streets, 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. Private guided walking tour through Bath’s exquisite Palladian architecture, inspired by its Roman heritage - including Bath Abbey, 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 followed by dinner at The Castle Inn.
Day 3: 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, restaurateur and television presenter. 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, with showcases one of the most magnificent beachside views in the country.
Day 4: 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. Continue to the pretty fishing village of Mousehole and the Merry Maidens, a unique Neolithic Stone Circle created thousands of years ago, admire the sea views from the Minack Theater, an open-air theater perched on the cliffs high above the Atlantic, and explore the Porthcurno Telegraph Museum, once the world’s largest submarine telegraph station of strategic secret communication for the allies during WWII, and hidden underground. Continue on a scenic backroad along 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 one of the world’s most important areas of tin and copper mining, and Botallack, filming location of Poldark. Stop at the Tinners Arms in Zennor for supper, a Cornish pub which has been at the heart of the village for over 700 years.
Day 5: 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 (Cornish pasties at harbor café recommended). 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 altitude and most remote pub, located on an ancient road across the moor. Gourmet 4-course dinner at Lewtrenchard Manor.
Day 6: Agatha Christie's Greenway & Malmesbury
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 Malmesbury, on the southern edge of the Cotswolds, for an overnight stay at the Old Bell Hotel, sitting proudly next to the 12th-Century Abbey in the center of this historic, vibrant and charming market town, which includes a Market Cross dating back to 1490. Tonight, dinner is reserved for you at the Old Bell Hotel.
Day 7: Oxford & Blenheim Palace
This morning, continue to Oxford for a morning in this famous university town. 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 enjoy 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. Overnight in central Oxford in a magnificently restored Victorian home, now a luxury bed and breakfast.
Day 8: Windsor Castle & tour ends in London
This morning, depart Oxford for Windsor Castle, the largest occupied castle in the world, and the Queen's favorite residence. Explore the interiors of this famous palace, and the setting of some recent Royal weddings. Enjoy lunch in the town of Windsor before leaving for nearby London Heathrow Airport for your return flight or central London.
Just a few tour highlights:
Blenheim and Windsor Palaces
St. Michael's Mount
Dartmoor National Park
Agatha Christie's Greenway
University city of Oxford
Merry Maiden Stone Circle
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.
Included with this tour:
Seven nights in Superior or Luxury Boutique Accommodation
Daily English breakfasts
Four gourmet 3-course Dinners
All transport in a luxury van or SUV
Professional Chauffeur-Guide each day
Airport meet and greet
All entrance fees
Entrance Fees, Tolls & Taxes
Each day customizable & flexible
2020 Guideline Prices & Dates
Choose any dates. Price is determined by your choice of dates, accommodation, and the number of people in your group. Prices
below are a guideline, and may change in accordance with your individual preferences.
Prices are in USD, per person, based on double occupancy.
Superior Boutique - per person:
$3690 (5-6 people)
$4190 (3-4 people)
$4790 (2-3 people)
Luxury Boutique - per person:
$3890 (5-6 people)
$4390 (4-5) people)
$4990 (2-3 people)
This tour can be customized to your wishes. Simply call, or email us with your specifics and we'll plan a program that's right for you.
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