ITINERARIES

Sundays are always the same – no matter where you are staying we’ll meet you in London early afternoon and take a private transfer of around two hours to your chosen property. We’ll greet you with a champagne reception, introduce you to our team then show you to your room and let you settle in before inviting you down to the terrace for cocktails overlooking the gardens and landscape. This evening chef will prepare a five-course welcome dinner – bring your appetite!

Mondays we normally visit Shakespeare’s birthplace Stratford-upon-Avon driving through some lovely countryside that is known as ‘The Heart of England’. It’s a wonderful old town – after all Shakespeare lived between 1564 and 1616. Once we arrive, we take a walking tour to see the houses connected to Shakespeare and his family such as The Birthplace, New Place where he died and Hall’s Croft, the home of Shakespeare’s daughter.

The medieval town is lined with 15th century timber-framed buildings bursting with British history, as you’ll see at Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, the childhood home of Shakespeare’s sweetheart and wife. This charming 15th century thatched cottage features some original furniture and your guide will relate five centuries of stories from the 13 generations of the family who lived there.

We return home for lunch and a leisurely afternoon before pre dinner cocktails and another wonderful evening meal prepared by your private chef.

Since medieval times markets have been a major influence on the Cotswolds economy.  Originally wool markets, today they have become more general meeting places for mainstream produce. Every Tuesday Moreton in Marsh, said by many to be the most stunning market location in England, hosts the largest open-air street market in the Cotswolds. Most weeks we’ll bring you here to wander and wonder at your leisure and experience the quaint independent boutique shopping for which the Cotswolds is famed.

After returning for lunch we head out again for the short drive to the Cotswolds Gin Distillery, where you will enjoy a tour and tasting of one of the country’s finest boutique gins. Suitably refreshed, we return for cocktails and a superb four course dinner.

The Romans were a massive influence on our culture and there are few better introductions to Roman Britain than Cirencester, one of Britain’s oldest cities. We take a guided stroll through the town, visiting its architectural landmarks which span over several centuries, then visit the award winning Corinium Museum, home to one of the largest collections of Romano-British antiquities. We make sure you have some free time to roam Cirencester’s antique & craft market before indulging in a wonderful lunch at a local restaurant.

Typically, this afternoon is all about quintessentially sporting Britain at a polo match complete with afternoon tea at Cirencester Polo Park (subject to weather and the polo calendar). Established in 1894, amid 3000 acres of parkland and woodland on one of the country’s most beautiful parks, Cirencester is where Princes Harry & William regularly play! Don’t eat too many cucumber sandwiches – this evening is yet another tour de force dinner, following cocktails on the terrace.

We’ve been busy all week so today we have a lazy breakfast and chill morning taking lunch before we head out for the afternoon, normally to visit to medieval Burford, one of England’s prettiest villages. Here you’ll discover treasures hidden through intriguing alleyways and courtyards between seventeenth and eighteenth century buildings. The splendour of the parish church built from the wealth of the wool trade is a special highlight.

Leaving Burford, we continue on to Cotswolds Woollen Weavers where you will learn the heritage of textiles in this area and how they became the source of the wonderful wealth of the Cotswolds.

On our homeward journey, we stop at Bibury, home to famous Arlington Row, built in 1380 as a place to store wool for the monastery. These were converted to Weavers cottages in the seventeenth century. Then it’s another evening of cocktails followed by wonderful food and wine (well, all this sightseeing makes you hungry and thirsty!).

On your last full day we like to show you Medieval English history and royalty at its finest with a visit to the famous Sudeley Castle & Gardens. This fifteenth century fortification in North Cotswolds is one of the few castles in England which is still a residence. Uniquely it is also the only private castle in England to have a Queen buried within the grounds as Katherine Parr, the last of Henry VIII’s six wives, is interred here! Inside the castle contains many fascinating treasures from ancient Roman times to the present day. Outside you’ll find award-winning gardens in a breath-taking 1,200-acre estate. Lunch is taken back at home and the afternoon is at leisure with time to relax or work up an appetite before cocktails and a magnificent and memorable six course gala dinner.

Our last breakfast before we say goodbye and return you to London.

How to Book

Your custom is important to us and we run a personal service, so we don’t book online – we want you to talk to us. Our clients like it better this way – most have some bespoke element to their booking and we really want to tailor your elite gourmet escape to you.

That could involve people arriving in different places at different times, different dietary requirements or allergies, sleeping arrangements or the wish to see something specific in the local area – this is your private escape and we’re here for you.