We have carefully crafted our Classic Itinerary to include the most quintessentially English excursions within the Cotswolds, from Roman history to Stately Homes and even a game of Polo at one of the country’s finest Polo parks – where the Princes William & Harry regularly play – this itinerary offers something for all ages and interests.
We can accommodate convivial parties of up to eight guests, either as a group booking or on an individual room basis. Excursions and meals will be shared with your fellow guests, however the extensive space within the grounds means that you will have ample time to enjoy your own company at The Manor.
This sociable way of travel has proven very popular, and can often result in lasting friendships; we have even witnessed guests returning together as a group after meeting on their trip!
Greeted by your host, you will depart London in our luxury private transfer service direct to The Manor house. A champagne reception will welcome you as you are introduced to the staff. After you settle in to your state rooms, enjoy a cocktail on the terrace overlooking the rolling hills of Bisley before indulging in a delicious five course dinner, prepared by your private chef.
After breakfast, depart for a short drive to Cirencester – one of Britain’s oldest cities, where you will take a guided stroll through the town, visiting its architectural landmarks which span over several centuries. You will then visit the award winning Corinium Museum, home to one of the largest collections of Romano-British antiquities. Enjoy some free time to roam Cirencester’s antique & craft market before returning to the manor for an exquisite lunch and a relaxing final afternoon at The Manor.
Optional afternoon tour: Visit a local brewery and learn the process of making English craft ales and beers, and of course taste them along the way!
Enjoy cocktails and another superb five course dinner at the manor.
After a leisurely breakfast, spend some time in the kitchen with your chef and share some of his culinary secrets as he performs a cooking demonstration as he prepares another wonderful meal for lunch.
This afternoon you will attend a quintessentially British sporting match – Polo! Established in 1894, amid 3000 acres of parkland and woodland on one of the country’s most beautiful parks, enjoy cream tea or a glass of champagne at a local Polo park, where Prince Harry & William regularly play. You will have an opportunity to meet the beautifully groomed horses before they play!
Return to the Manor for a relaxing cocktail on the terrace before enjoying your delicately prepared evening meal.
After breakfast today you will explore one of Britain’s most beautiful cities; the city of Bath, made famous by Jane Austen. Visit Bath’s iconic landmarks including the Royal Crescent, The Circus and Bath Abbey. Indulge in a magnificent lunch at a Michelin starred local restaurant in the heart of the city, before continuing to the Roman Baths – the most popular attraction in the city! Enjoy some free time browsing Bath’s exceptional boutique shopping before returning to the manor in the late afternoon ready for sipping cocktails on the terrace and enjoying another gourmet meal.
After a relaxing morning and delicious lunch, set off for your tour of medieval Burford, one of England’s prettiest villages. Discover the hidden treasures through intriguing alleyways and courtyards between the seventeenth and eighteenth century buildings and see the splendour of the parish church built from the wealth of the wool trade. From here, continue on to Cotswolds Woollen Weavers, where you will learn of the heritage of textiles in the area and how it was the source of the infamous wealth of the Cotswolds. On your homeward journey, stop briefly at Bibury, home to the famous Arlington Row; built in 1380 as a place to store wool for the monastery, which were then converted to Weavers cottages in the seventeenth century.
Return to the manor for cocktails and another wonderful five course dinner.
After breakfast, depart for a visit to the famous Sudeley Castle & Gardens; a fifteenth century castle in North Cotswolds which is one of the few castles in England which is still in residence. The castle contains many fascinating treasures from ancient Roman times to the present day. Outside, the castle is surrounded by award-winning gardens and a breathtaking 1,200 acre estate. Sudeley Castle & Gardens is also the only private castle in England to have a queen buried within its grounds; Katherine Parr, the last of Henry VIII’s six wives!
Return to the manor for lunch, followed by either a relaxing afternoon by our heated pool or a gentle stroll to the local village.
Before the cocktail hour is upon you, enjoy a traditionally English game of croquet on the lawn with your companions and staff, before indulging in a memorable five course gala dinner.
Enjoy your final breakfast at The Manor, before returning to London with your host via private transfer.
*Itineraries are subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances, in which case we will replace excursions with appropriate alternatives.