TOTALLY NEW – This hasn’t been done before
A day tour of Cotswold villages that includes an invitation into this private home
….for morning coffee, a buffet lunch and a traditional cream tea served inside Secret Cottage.
Every day throughout the Year. A six hour guided day tour of Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire north Cotswold villages, combined with intervals at a private thatched cottage.
Becky the tour guide drives a minibus to outstanding hidden villages that are inaccessible by public transport. The unspoilt villages that she has carefully selected are made up of thatched cottages, clipped lawns and dusty lanes, which perfectly illustrate what life was like in the 16th century. Having lived in the area for twenty five years, her local knowledge is invaluable to visitors.
What gave Becky the idea for starting the tour was that every tourist yearns to see inside these cottages and to see how the English conduct their daily lives. . Suddenly she thought….“I live in a pretty thatched cottage and I’d love to show people what I experience every day”.
Becky’s home is called ‘Secret Cottage’ and is quintessentially perfect for guests to explore and experience how the English live in the Cotswolds. Inside everything is old and quaint, there are three inglenook fireplaces which are open log fires used to heat the cottage, the winding stairs and floors are made from original elm planks and the heavily beamed listed cottage is nearly 500 years old!
During the tour of villages, Becky periodically returns to Secret Cottage to serve morning coffee and pastries, a buffet lunch and in the afternoon you can see the scones being baked in the Aga, which are essential for the traditional English Cotswold cream tea.
All of the tourists are overwhelmed by the experience of being invited into a private home with many of them describing it as fairyland.
Becky excels when it comes to deciding which route to take for the day, she’s brilliant at assessing what the different nationalities would like to see and consistently delivers a bespoke memorable tour that is guaranteed to please everybody with plenty of surprises.
With only seven passenger seats in the Mercedes minibus, guests are guaranteed that their tour is personal and can choose when they’d like to stop and take their pictures.
Already, TripAdvisor has Ranked Secret Cottage #1 of 18 ‘Best Attractions in Moreton-in-Marsh’ and #2 of 90 ‘Best Activities in the Cotswolds’
Most tourists arrive by train at Moreton-in-Marsh railway station from Oxford or London-Paddington in time for the tour which starts at 10.15 and ends at 16.30. The cost is £85 which is inclusive of all food and drink served at Secret Cottage.
We’ve recently been part of a television series with a whole episode dedicated to Secret Cottage, this was organised by Visit Britain, Virgin Atlantic and Cotswold Tourism.
The Cotswolds are visited and appreciated all year round. Great day trip from LONDON-Paddington.