Cotswold countryside

 This beautiful Cotswold countryside, boasts a wide variety of habitats and plants. The limestone grassland is extremely rich in plants, which in turn support a large variety of insects, especially butterflies. The Cotswolds is set in the heart of England, famous for its honey coloured stone architecture and idyllic village scenes. Regularly voted one of the prettiest villages in England, Bourton on the Water has a unique appeal to visitors and residents alike, there is plenty to see and do with a wealth of attractions and shops, restaurants and tea rooms, or simply for you to enjoy some tranquil time by the River Windrush with its beautiful bridges throughout. Bibury was once described by William Morris as “the most beautiful village in England”. In fact, Fox News says that Bibury is one of the world’s most picturesque villages!

Hidcote Bartrim is a tiny settlement that epitomize the Cotswolds region with their picture postcard appeal and rainbow coloured blooms. In Hidcote Bartrim you’ll find the world-famous Hidcote Manor Garden. This celebrated corner of the Cotswolds is one of the best known examples of a British ‘Arts and Crafts’ garden, featuring outdoor ‘rooms’ that follow various themes and moods. Box hedging, topiaries, yew and stone walls create natural partitioning, while the rooms themselves are graced by dazzling flower beds, tranquil ponds and gushing fountains. Look out for plants carrying the Hidcote name – such as the bushy Hidcote Lavender and the charismatic Hidcote Pink Penstemon.

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 being serviced by the many shops, cafe’s, and attractions. Bourton-on-the-Water Attractions Birdland – Is an authentic zoo for birds, with a remarkable collection of penguins, some of which have come from the owner’s islands in the South Atlantic. Established by the late Len Hill and is also home to a huge variety of exotic birds. Model Village – Excellent miniature of Bourton using authentic building materials depicting Bourton-on-the-Water as it was in 1937 at 1/9th scale.

Bibury – the village was once described by William Morris as ‘the most beautiful village in the Cotswolds’. The village centre clusters around a square near St. Mary’s, a Saxon church. Some of the Saxon remains inside the church are replicas as the originals are housed in the British Museum. One of the village’s main tourist spots and overlooking a water meadow and the river is Arlington Row, a group of ancient cottages with steeply pitched roofs dating back to the 16th Century. Henry Ford thought Arlington Row was an icon of England. On a trip to the Cotswolds he tried to buy the entire row of houses to ship back to Michigan so that he could include them in Greenfield Village. Bibury has provided the backdrop for blockbuster films including Stardust and Bridget Jones’s Diary.

Important information: 08:45am meeting near Novotel West Hammersmith Hotel, 1 Shortlands, London, W6 8DR (near Hammersmith Station), finishing at the same place about 8:00pm. Travel times may vary depending on traffic & weather conditions. All entry fees are not included. Group discount is possible and can be arranged via group leader. Please note consumption of alcohol on the bus is not permitted.

Itinerary: 08:45 meet at Novotel West Hotel Hammersmith; 09:00 departure from Shortlands St. (Novotel West Hotel); 11:30-12:30 Hidcote Batrim village or optional Hidcote Manor Gardens (£11.80); 13:30-16:00 Bourton­ on­ the ­Water; 16:30-17:30 Village Bibury or optional Bibury trout Farm (£4.50); 17:30 leaving to London; 20:00 finish at Hammersmith.

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