Explore the South Cotswold Towns and Villages
A South Cotswold Tour
To Burford The ancient town is a long a main street with a great variety of rooves
Cotswold Weavers This is a story of Wool and Stone. –
Wool was the great cash commodity in medieval times and sheep grazed the open fields. The towns grew up after the Norman conquest along the streams and rivers used for the buffing of the wool.
Stone – Limestone is the main building material giving the wonderful honey colour to the houses towns throughout the landscape.
Our journey will take us through Winchcombe once the Saxon capital of Mercia to Stanton and Stanway where John Wesley preached. 13thC Hayles Abbey and church, now a ruin, shows the simplicity of ancient worship.
We drive on to Broadway with its wide coach route we can visit quality shops in Tudor surroundings. If you are animal lovers we will see 2 packs of English fox hounds.
On to Snowshill with a chance to visit the fascinating hand crafted collection of Charles Wade at the Manor and see the village where Renee Zelweger filmed the first scenes of Bridget Jones Diary. The Lavender fields in July are a treat as the fields turn the most vivid blue at the Lavender farm. The oils are a great local souvenir.
To Broadway Tower and stroll along the road taking your photos of some of the finest thatched cottages in the Cotswolds, as we drive through to the market town of Chipping Campden. Tea rooms pubs and coffee houses are all on offer. This was the centre of the Art and Craft movement in the 19thC after many artists brought their crafts, escaping the chaos of East London, to the quite tranquillity and cheaper real estate of the Cotswolds.
To Stow on the Wold. You will want time here to explore the square with its antique shops and a great selection of interior design outlets. Charity shops should not be missed as they often throw up a hidden treasure.
The Slaughters can only be seen by small vehicle as we slowly drive through the quite country villages of Upper and Lower Slaughter. Not as brutal as it sounds – mean ‘A watery place’ – nothing to do with slaughtering animals. Artists often set up their easels capturing the scene.
Bourton on Water – The Venice of the Cotswolds ! We have to be careful not to visit at prime times in summer as it can also be the most beautiful town in the Cotswolds – spoilt by people. Your guide will time your visit to make sure you enjoy the town without the many large coach loads of people that come to this one place where they can park. The beginning or later in the day is the best time – Another reason to have your own driver.
Through Greater and Little Rissington to the town of Burford.
This pretty Cotswold Town is often regarded as being the gateway to the Cotwolds as it is the first town along the A40 from Oxford that visitors appreciate the limestone houses lined along the main High Street. Here, we often stop for lunch or coffee depending upon the time of day we arrive.