For each of the day tours you will be collected by our uniformed chauffeur outside Oak House No.1 in the morning (at a time that suits you) and dropped off and collected as you wish throughout the day. Your driver will be flexible with the amount of time you wish to spend at each place and will advise you accordingly. You will arrive back at the end of the day to Tetbury and your luxury hotel in the Cotswolds no later than 6pm, unless you wish to stay out longer. The chauffeur is at your disposal at all times and you may return at whatever time you wish but additional hire charges apply after 6.00pm. The rates shown are for the car and driver all day but you will need to pay the small entrance charges at some of the museums,stately homes and gardens. In their own way these tours highlight all that is special in our wonderful region of the UK. The Cotswolds is a designated area of natural beauty and each tour takes in major sights and things of interest in the surrounding area.
Note . Our driver can also collect and return from any airport you wish, please ask for a quote on cost.
Chavenage House, Tetbury – Filming location for Poldark and much more
Before listing our recommended all day tours we are excited to highlight Chavenage House just minutes away from Oak House No.1. Chavenage House has recently found fame as the film location for Poldark and opened it’s doors to the public offering guided tours, The owner David Lowsley – Williams says … “We hope that when you visit us, you will feel that you are in the relaxed atmosphere of a family house. At Chavenage you can escape into the peaceful surroundings of a Cotswold manor, virtually unchanged for 400 years.” Guests that have stayed with us can’t praise the Chavenage Tour experience more highly. The home of the Lowsley – Williams family is not only the filming destination for Poldark but also hosts many other events including weddings and corporate days. Public openings are on Thursday & Sunday afternoons. The owners are delighted to open the house for visits on any day (not restricted to Thursday & Sundays, May through September), at any time to suit. There is no minimum or maximum number, though if it is to be a group numbering less than 18, financially it makes sense to come when we are already open. The rate for the House covering admission including the fully guided tours is £10 (inc VAT) for adults and £5 (inc VAT) for children. Please note there is a minimum charge for a bespoke tour outside the public opening hours with a member of the family guiding of £180 (inc Vat). Once the group exceeds 18 persons the charge then reverts to the standard charge of £10 per head.
Reviews are glowing indeed :
… “We visited on Bank Holiday Monday and were captivated by the atmosphere and warmth of Chavenage. I just wanted to extend my appreciation of the tour provided by (and I beg his pardon if I remember his name incorrectly!) David Lowsley-Williams as the tour he provided was such a refreshing change from the “average guided tours” provided by so many! We had the opportunity to exchange a few words with a very pleasant female family member after the tour and found her gracious and charming. How lovely that the family are so willing to ensure that their visitors feel a valued part of Chavenage. Thank You. I shall be enthusing the charms of Chavenage to friends and colleagues.” Laura-Jaine
… ” This is undoubtedly the best guided tour we have ever experienced. Caroline’s delivery of the potted history of both the family and the house is excellent and hugely entertaining. Although tours are between 2 and 5pm on both a Thursday and Sunday, one needs to arrive promptly in order to benefit from the full two hour tour. We will definitely return and would highly recommend a visit. Excellent value for money! ” Ashley C
Do visit the Chavenage website for more details :
Sightseeing Day Tours From Oak House No.1 – in our Chauffeur Driven Luxury Car
1) Tetbury – Lacock – Bath – Tetbury – £350.00
Your first stop is Lacock village, home to The Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla Parker Bowles (she still has a family home there) – only 25 minutes away.
Lacock Village – Film setting for Cranford and Harry Potter. We were in the local pub in Lacock one lunchtime and to our surprize sitting at the table next to us was Judi Dench in full period costume. From ‘M’ in the James Bond movies to the star of the period drama ‘Cranford’.
Bath – World Heritage Site and Georgian Masterpiece
Your driver will take you just 35 minutes on to the marvellous Georgian City of Bath, so beautiful and special that it has been designated a World Heritage site. You can visit the Roman Baths, the Jane Austen Museum or just wander around the wonderful Georgian streets. Bath is also a popular shopping destination offering an excellent mix of independent shops and fashionable high street brands. You can easily spend a whole day or just an afternoon here, just let your chauffeur know when you would like to return to Tetbury and Oak House No.1 your Cotswolds luxury hotel.
2) Tetbury – Cirencester – Bibury – Burford – Bicester Shopping Village – Tetbury – £350.00
Your first stop will be Cirencester, just 15 minutes drive from Tetbury and often referred to as the Capital of the Cotswolds, it was the second largest town in Britain during Roman times. There is the Corinium Museum hosting a collection of Roman objects found around the area.
From Cirencester you will be driven through lovely English countryside to Bibury (15 minutes), once described by William Morris (1834-96) as “the most beautiful village in England”. In fact, Fox News says that Bibury is one of the world’s most picturesque villages. Here you have a chance to wander and take some photographs or maybe visit the trout farm in the village before heading off to Burford. If you are dreaming of that traditional English country village this is it.
The beautiful town of Burford (15 minutes drive) on the river Windrush was the site of a fortified ford in Anglo-Saxon times. Burford is known to be one of the most picturesque towns in England.
Bicester Shopping Village
The final stop of the day is at Bicester Village (30 minutes drive). Many people come out of London to shop at this outlet centre, indeed there are coach tours specially designated to Bicester every day. With it’s luxury fashion shops, homeware boutiques & discounted designer stores including, Prada, Dolce & Gabbana , Gucci, Ralph Lauren you will be spoilt for choice. Enjoy outlet shopping with up to 60% off . Hopefully you will find some great bargains here before returning to Tetbury and your Cotswolds luxury hotel, Oak House No.1. https://www.bicestervillage.com/en/home/
3) Tetbury – Blenheim Palace – Oxford – Tetbury – £350.00
Your first stop will be Blenheim Palace,a true masterpiece of Baroque architecture and the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. You are welcome to walk through the Palace at your own pace – absorbing the atmosphere of its beautiful rooms in your own time. Blenheim Palace delivers an awe-inspiring experience for visitors. Try out the famous maze, you are sure to lose yourselves for some time. https://www.blenheimpalace.com/
Your driver will take you on to Oxford.
Oxford, the ‘city of dreaming spires’ is steeped in a rich and fascinating history. Famous for its prestigious Oxford University, the city is home to its 38 colleges whereby many notable scholars have emerged. . There are also many recognisable scenes from popular movies such as Harry Potter .
There are many fascinating Oxford tourism hotspots like; museums, many of which are free – so take advantage of everything Oxford has to offer. If it’s sunny then why not go punting or take a relaxing river cruise? Climb to the top of one of Oxford’s towers and witness the breath-taking views for yourself.
There is so much to do and see from discovering quaint cafés and tea rooms to exploring the famous Botanic Garden. You can arrange a time to return to Tetbury and your luxury hotel in the Cotswolds, Oak House No.1.
4) Tetbury – Bourton on the Water – Stow on the Wold – Chipping Campden & Hidcote Garden – Stratford on Avon – £350.00
This is one of the quintessential Cotswolds tours, taking in some of the most well known villages, and the wonderful Hidcote Garden.The tour ends in Stratford on Avon and the home of William Shakespeare before returning to Tetbury and Oak House No.1.
Bourton on the Water
Bourton-on-the-Water has been described as the ‘Little Venice’ of the Cotswolds and is one of the most popular tourist spots in the region.
Stow on the Wold
Stow-on-the-Wold is a delightful market town and along with Moreton in Marsh, perhaps the best known of the small Cotswolds towns.
Chipping Campden and Hidcote Gardens
One of the most beautiful destinations in the UK and together with nearby Hidcote Gardens you will get a great feel of classic English houses and stunning gardens.
The fabulous Hidcote Gardens , part of the National Trust estate was created by the talented American horticulturist, Major Lawrence Johnston. It’s colourful and intricately designed outdoor ‘rooms’ are always full of surprises. It’s a must-see if you’re on holiday in the Cotswolds. Remember that equally beautiful Kiftsgate Gardens is just opposite Hidecote, so you will need a long afternoon to see both.
Stratford Upon Avon – William Shakespeare
You will finish your day by visiting Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare, steeped in culture and history. Set in the beautiful rural Warwickshire countryside, on the banks of the river Avon, it is one of the most important tourist destinations in the UK. Return direct to Tetbury and your luxury hotel in the Cotswolds, Oak House No.1.
Tetbury – Malmesbury – Malmesbury Abbey & Abbey Gardens – The Gardens at Prince Charles’ Highgrove House – Tetbury – £250.00
Champagne tea tours are a very special way to experience Prince Charles’ gardens at Highgrove House. Joining a smaller group than standard tours, you will be one of 16 guests led by one of The Prince’s experienced guides on a two-hour tour of the gardens.Your tour will end in the Orchard Restaurant where, as the resident pianist plays, you will be served afternoon tea made from locally grown organic ingredients and a glass of Highgrove Champagne.
Malmesbury & Abbey Gardens
With 1300 years of history, the first King of England buried somewhere in the garden, two saints thrown down the well, and now one of the great gardens of the world. The spirit of the place shines through and could be the best garden visit you ever make.
Where the Cotswold meets the West Country, featured on many TV programmes, this truly spectacular 5 acre garden beside the 12th century Abbey Church in the centre of Medieval Malmesbury and straddling the River Avon has brought praise from around the world.
Prince Charles’ Highgrove House Champagne Garden Tour (The garden tour needs to be booked in advance)
Champagne Tea Tours are available to purchase throughout the year with the Tours themselves taking place between May and September each year. Tickets are £75 per person and £145 per couples ticket.
To book and choose your date at the same time please either book online or call 0207 766 7310 9AM – 5PM, seven days per week. ( on request, we can do this on your behalf ). https://www.highgrovegardens.com/