Architectural Treasures of the Cotswolds

The Cotswolds is a pastoral landscape of gently rolling hills, idyllic views and quintessentially English towns and villages of honey-coloured stone where time seems to have stood still. These picture postcard scenes are complemented by some fine architectural treasures, including romantic Owlpen Manor, the Elizabethan masterpiece of Chavenage House and exotic Sezincote.


Travel Options


5 Days from just £

5 Days from just £

Holiday Highlights

  • 4 nights dinner, bed and breakfast
  • Porterage
  • Welcome drink
  • After dinner tea and coffee at the hotel
  • Coach transfers to and from your excursions
  • Visits to Stanway, Sezincote, Owlpen Manor, Frampton Court Estate, Rodmarton Manor & Chavenage House
  • Private guided tour and morning refreshments at Stanway
  • Private guided tour of Sezincote
  • Exclusive guided tour and light lunch* at Owlpen Manor
  • Private guided tour of Frampton Court Estate
  • Exclusive private guided tour of Rodmarton Manor
  • Exclusive guided tour and afternoon tea at Chavenage House
  • Themed evening talk from a guest speaker
  • Services of a Tour Manager

    *Please inform us at the time of booking of any special dietary requirements
  • 4 nights dinner, bed and breakfast
  • Porterage
  • Welcome drink
  • After dinner tea and coffee at the hotel
  • Coach transfers to and from your excursions
  • Visits to Stanway, Sezincote, Owlpen Manor, Frampton Court Estate, Rodmarton Manor & Chavenage House
  • Private guided tour and morning refreshments at Stanway
  • Private guided tour of Sezincote
  • Exclusive guided tour and light lunch* at Owlpen Manor
  • Private guided tour of Frampton Court Estate
  • Exclusive private guided tour of Rodmarton Manor
  • Exclusive guided tour and afternoon tea at Chavenage House
  • Themed evening talk from a guest speaker
  • Services of a Tour Manager

    *Please inform us at the time of booking of any special dietary requirements

Mercure Bowden Hall Hotel

Set in 12 acres of sweeping parkland, the Mercure Bowden Hall Hotel is an elegant Regency country house hotel situated three miles from the city of Gloucester. All bedrooms feature flat-screen TV and complimentary high speed Wi-Fi and other facilities include a brasserie restaurant with views across the lawns and lake, and an elegant lounge and bar.

Single Supplements Apply

Sunday: Arrival
We check in to the Mercure Bowden Hall Hotel in the afternoon. Later, we enjoy a welcome drinks reception hosted by our tour manager followed by a three-course evening meal.

Monday: Scenic drive through the Cotswolds, Stanway & Sezincote
We enjoy a scenic drive through the Cotswolds, passing through the picturesque village of Bourton-on-the-Water and the beautiful market town of Stow-on-the-Wold.

We continue on to Stanway, a fine example of a Jacobean manor house built from mellow Cotswold stone, where we enjoy morning refreshments and a private guided tour. Home to the Earls of Wemyss, the house is noted for its beautiful architecture including Jacobean mullions and gables, and its furniture, much of which has been in the house since it was made. The house is surrounded by ancient parkland and an 18th-century water garden, one of the finest in England, with a cascade and pyramid folly, a single-jet fountain (at 300ft the highest fountain in Britain), and the tallest gravity fountain in the world.   

Afterwards we visit Sezincote, where we enjoy a private guided tour of this unique and exotic palace, set at the heart of a traditional, family-run estate. In the early 1800s, Charles Cockerell, who had worked for the East India Company, commissioned his architect brother, Samuel, to design and build an Indian house in the Mogul style of Rajasthan. Assisted by the artist Thomas Daniell, the result is a unique combination of Hindu and Muslim architecture with a weathered-copper onion dome, minarets and curving orangery while outside is a romantic landscape of temples, grottoes and waterfalls designed by Humphry Repton.

In the evening we enjoy a three-course dinner and an interesting themed talk from a guest speaker.

Tuesday: Owlpen Manor & Frampton Court Estate
Home to the Mander family, Owlpen Manor is widely recognised as one of England’s most romantic Tudor manor houses. Dating back to the 15th and 16th centuries, the manor was saved from ruin in 1926 by the Cotswold Arts and Crafts architect Norman Jewson. The manor contains a series of unique painted textiles, Mander family portraits and a representative collection of Cotswold Arts and Crafts furniture, all of which we discover on our exclusive guided tour. The formal terraced gardens boast magnificent yew topiary, old roses and box parterres. We follow our tour with a light lunch.

please note for the tour departing August 12th, the visit to Owlpen Manor will be replaced with a private guided tour and lunch at Berkeley Castle.

We continue on to Frampton Court Estate, owned by the Clifford family since the 11th century. We have free time to wander through the manor garden with its mature herbaceous borders, topiary, wild flower garden and magnificent kitchen garden and orchard, before enjoying a private guided tour of Frampton Court. Built of fine Bath stone between 1730 and 1733, the house displays a magnificent mixture of Baroque and Palladian architectural styles while the lavish interiors are home to exquisite wood panelling and a fine collection of period furniture and china.

This evening, we enjoy a three-course dinner back at the hotel.

Wednesday: Rodmarton Manor & Chavenage House
We take a scenic drive via the charming Cotswold town of Painswick to Rodmarton Manor, one of the last country houses to be built and furnished according to the ideals of the Arts and Crafts Movement. Ernest Barnsley and the Cotswold group of Craftsmen took over 20 years to build and furnish the house and were responsible for the revival of many traditional crafts in the Cotswolds which were in danger of dying out. Most of the wonderful furniture on display was made especially for the house which we discover on our exclusive private guided tour.  

In the afternoon we travel to Chavenage House, an Elizabethan era manor house constructed of grey Cotswold stone and largely unchanged for 400 years, where we are treated to an exclusive guided tour by a member of the family. The house has a rich history and many Civil War associations including the rooms where Cromwell stayed and an interior packed with stunning period furniture, historic tapestries and fascinating relics from the Cromwellian era. Chavenage has also been used as a film location including for the hugely successful Poldark TV series. After our tour, we enjoy afternoon tea.

We return to our hotel for a three-course dinner.

Thursday: Departure
After breakfast, we check out of the hotel for our journey home.

Club Class Home Collection

Door to Door Service from just £99 per person

Take advantage of our brand new, stress free departure option of "Club Class Home Collection Service". With this luxury service, a uniformed chauffeur will collect you from home and transfer you to the hotel, airport or cruise port in top specification cars or MPV's then at the end of your holiday they will be waiting to whisk you home again.

Please note: On some journeys we may collect other customers en-route who are travelling on the same holiday as yourself. The maximum number of pickups would be your plus two more with a maximum of six people in the vehicle. Journeys over 2.5 hours will include comfort breaks and complimentary bottles water is provided. All vehicles are fitted with satellite navigation and tracking devices. Service available from addresses in mainland England only, one pickup per booking. Service operating in partnership with Club Class Chauffeurs.
Round Trip Mileage Price (pp)
Up to 150 miles £99
151 - 200 £170
201 - 250 £195
251 - 300 £220
301 - 350 £250
351 - 400 £280
400 + Call for a quote
Single Traveller Supplement Additional 75%

Group Travel

Discounted Rail Travel Available

If you’d prefer to take the train, we offer discounted rail fares throughout the UK on this selected tour.
Please call us if you require further details.

Sunday: Arrival
We check in to the Mercure Bowden Hall Hotel in the afternoon. Later, we enjoy a welcome drinks reception hosted by our tour manager followed by a three-course evening meal.

Monday: Scenic drive through the Cotswolds, Stanway & Sezincote
We enjoy a scenic drive through the Cotswolds, passing through the picturesque village of Bourton-on-the-Water and the beautiful market town of Stow-on-the-Wold.

We continue on to Stanway, a fine example of a Jacobean manor house built from mellow Cotswold stone, where we enjoy morning refreshments and a private guided tour. Home to the Earls of Wemyss, the house is noted for its beautiful architecture including Jacobean mullions and gables, and its furniture, much of which has been in the house since it was made. The house is surrounded by ancient parkland and an 18th-century water garden, one of the finest in England, with a cascade and pyramid folly, a single-jet fountain (at 300ft the highest fountain in Britain), and the tallest gravity fountain in the world.   

Afterwards we visit Sezincote, where we enjoy a private guided tour of this unique and exotic palace, set at the heart of a traditional, family-run estate. In the early 1800s, Charles Cockerell, who had worked for the East India Company, commissioned his architect brother, Samuel, to design and build an Indian house in the Mogul style of Rajasthan. Assisted by the artist Thomas Daniell, the result is a unique combination of Hindu and Muslim architecture with a weathered-copper onion dome, minarets and curving orangery while outside is a romantic landscape of temples, grottoes and waterfalls designed by Humphry Repton.

In the evening we enjoy a three-course dinner and an interesting themed talk from a guest speaker.

Tuesday: Owlpen Manor & Frampton Court Estate
Home to the Mander family, Owlpen Manor is widely recognised as one of England’s most romantic Tudor manor houses. Dating back to the 15th and 16th centuries, the manor was saved from ruin in 1926 by the Cotswold Arts and Crafts architect Norman Jewson. The manor contains a series of unique painted textiles, Mander family portraits and a representative collection of Cotswold Arts and Crafts furniture, all of which we discover on our exclusive guided tour. The formal terraced gardens boast magnificent yew topiary, old roses and box parterres. We follow our tour with a light lunch.

please note for the tour departing August 12th, the visit to Owlpen Manor will be replaced with a private guided tour and lunch at Berkeley Castle.

We continue on to Frampton Court Estate, owned by the Clifford family since the 11th century. We have free time to wander through the manor garden with its mature herbaceous borders, topiary, wild flower garden and magnificent kitchen garden and orchard, before enjoying a private guided tour of Frampton Court. Built of fine Bath stone between 1730 and 1733, the house displays a magnificent mixture of Baroque and Palladian architectural styles while the lavish interiors are home to exquisite wood panelling and a fine collection of period furniture and china.

This evening, we enjoy a three-course dinner back at the hotel.

Wednesday: Rodmarton Manor & Chavenage House
We take a scenic drive via the charming Cotswold town of Painswick to Rodmarton Manor, one of the last country houses to be built and furnished according to the ideals of the Arts and Crafts Movement. Ernest Barnsley and the Cotswold group of Craftsmen took over 20 years to build and furnish the house and were responsible for the revival of many traditional crafts in the Cotswolds which were in danger of dying out. Most of the wonderful furniture on display was made especially for the house which we discover on our exclusive private guided tour.  

In the afternoon we travel to Chavenage House, an Elizabethan era manor house constructed of grey Cotswold stone and largely unchanged for 400 years, where we are treated to an exclusive guided tour by a member of the family. The house has a rich history and many Civil War associations including the rooms where Cromwell stayed and an interior packed with stunning period furniture, historic tapestries and fascinating relics from the Cromwellian era. Chavenage has also been used as a film location including for the hugely successful Poldark TV series. After our tour, we enjoy afternoon tea.

We return to our hotel for a three-course dinner.

Thursday: Departure
After breakfast, we check out of the hotel for our journey home.

Club Class Home Collection

Door to Door Service from just £99 per person

Take advantage of our brand new, stress free departure option of "Club Class Home Collection Service". With this luxury service, a uniformed chauffeur will collect you from home and transfer you to the hotel, airport or cruise port in top specification cars or MPV's then at the end of your holiday they will be waiting to whisk you home again.

Please note: On some journeys we may collect other customers en-route who are travelling on the same holiday as yourself. The maximum number of pickups would be your plus two more with a maximum of six people in the vehicle. Journeys over 2.5 hours will include comfort breaks and complimentary bottles water is provided. All vehicles are fitted with satellite navigation and tracking devices. Service available from addresses in mainland England only, one pickup per booking. Service operating in partnership with Club Class Chauffeurs.
Round Trip Mileage Price (pp)
Up to 150 miles £99
151 - 200 £170
201 - 250 £195
251 - 300 £220
301 - 350 £250
351 - 400 £280
400 + Call for a quote
Single Traveller Supplement Additional 75%

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Date Hotel Price Availability
22/07/2018 Mercure Bowden Hall £ Please Call
12/08/2018 Mercure Bowden Hall £ Please Call
Departure Date Pickup Points Hotel Price  
22/07/2018 Mercure Bowden Hall £680.00 Please Call
12/08/2018 Mercure Bowden Hall £680.00 Please Call