Often called the “walking capital of England,” the Cotswolds are home to undulating hills, honey-hued stone villages, and vibrant country gardens. Trek through this storybook landscape on a walking tour of the Cotswolds, hiking trails through lush farmland and strolling the cobblestone streets of historic villages. From the Regency city of Cheltenham you’ll journey to charming Bibury, all the while taking in the breathtaking views and warm hospitality of the Cotswolds. Your comfortable accommodations include country manor houses and renovated historic properties, perfect for relaxing at the end of the day. Along your journey sample savory cuisine from traditional pubs and upscale dining establishments with meals made from fresh, local ingredients. Discover a walkers’ paradise on this self-guided Cotswolds walking tour.
The majestic white building of Malmaison’s hotel in Cheltenham looks right at home just around the corner from the serene Montpellier Gardens, with the restaurant boasting a glass conservatory ‘Garden Room’ and beautiful terrace. Although the hotel rests in the very heart of Cheltenham, you’ll instantly feel the calm and privacy of this sensitively converted and utterly modern villa and surrounding grounds. Enjoy Malmaison’s famous menus in the Brasserie, or cocktails and spirits in the unique ambience of the bar. Underneath the charm and calm of this Cheltenham hotel bubbles a restrained energy, with modern bedrooms featuring monsoon showers, robes, and REN toiletries. Rooms are naturally cooled without air conditioning. A Nespresso machine, minibar, tea and coffee making facilities, and indulgent snacks provide the finishing touches. Please note: this accommodation is available on limited departures.
At once elegant and rustic, the Dormy House is bathed in soothing neutral palettes and farmhouse chic. This rural retreat rests near the top of the Cotswold escarpment, high above the village of Broadway, and provides sweeping views of spellbinding landscapes. Inspired by the furnishings and warmth of a stylish home, its guest rooms are naturally cooled without air conditioning, and its streamlined interiors evoke Scandinavian designs. The outstanding spa offers a lavender sauna, salt-infusion steam room, and infinity pool. Exposed stone walls and beams round out the historic character of this gorgeous property. At mealtime, choose from three venues: The Garden Room provides exquisite meals and al fresco dining; The Potting Shed offers brasserie classics; and The Greenhouse is your choice for lighter fare. At breakfast, savor a feast of fresh fruits, cereals, meats, pastries, and hot options.
The Lords of the Manor
A rambling 17th-century luxury manor house, Lords of the Manor blends classic contemporary interiors with country charm and attentive service. Grand public rooms, snug corners, and un-air conditioned guest rooms—both in the main house and in the converted granary and barn—are decorated with country-house floral patterns, a muted color scheme, and antiques honoring the property’s heritage. Luxury skin care and bath lotions, along with slippers and fluffy robes and complimentary sparkling elderflower water, complete your stay. There’s also an acclaimed restaurant offering upscale French-inspired cuisine and afternoon teas. Occupying eight acres of landscaped grounds featuring sweeping lawns and espaliered walled gardens, the manor is just a 35-minute stroll along country paths to Bourton-on-the-Water, the Cotswolds’ best-known village for its picturesque streets, series of bridges over the Windrush River, and bird habitat. Please note: this accommodation is available on limited departures.
Manor House Hotel
On the main street of Moreton-in-Marsh sits the Manor House Hotel, a 16th-century golden-stone manor converted into a classic country-house luxury hotel. Bedrooms are un-air conditioned and stylishly decorated with modern furnishings and warm colors, and feature views of the surrounding town and countryside. Common rooms include a library, inviting sofas, and striking artwork. A terrace on the ground floor opens onto a tranquil garden with herbaceous borders, pathways, and a 300-year-old mulberry tree. Moreton-in-Marsh has been a market town since the 1200s and a travelers’ stop for 1,700 years; its main street has many 18th-century inns and houses. Please note: this accommodation is available on limited departures.
The Swan Hotel
A former Cotswold coaching Inn, The Swan Hotel is a tranquil retreat nestled in the picturesque Cotswolds beside the River Coln. Each of its 22 rooms are individually decorated and offer modern amenities such as in-room WiFi and Nespresso machines. Comfortable and stylish, the hotel’s common areas boast bold colors paired with flamboyant prints and wallpapers. Rooms blend antique and modern styles while staying true to the hotel’s historic roots with rooms that are naturally cooled without air conditioning. The on-site restaurant serves meals in an elegant setting and features a lavish afternoon tea. Relax in the lush garden or stroll by the riverbank gazing out over the rolling hills and pastoral scenes that encapsulate the natural beauty of the Cotswolds.
|10 meals: 6 breakfasts, 1 lunch, and 3 dinners|
|Detailed water- and tear-resistant Route Notes and maps|
|Orientation meeting with a Country Walkers representative|
|Local representative available 24/7|
|Entrance fees and special events as noted in the itinerary: Entrance to Sudeley Castle & Gardens|
|Scheduled taxi and luggage transfers (Please note: If unable to walk, it is possible to transfer with your luggage from one accommodation to the next at no additional charge.)|
|Emergency travel assistance hotline available 24/7|
|Access to Self-Guided Flight Concierge—Ask our knowledgeable team to find flights that sync perfectly with your planned trip.|
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