Are you searching for the perfect day trip away from London? Look no further. The Secret Cottage Tour in the Cotswolds is a wonderful getaway. I recently took this day trip, which was easily accessible by train from London from the Paddington Station to the Moreton-in-Marsh station. While relaxing on the train, I saw the landscape slowly change from the hustle and bustle of the city, to the picturesque landscape of the country. Our guides for the day, Becky and Ian, picked up our group from the Moreton-in-Marsh station. We toured a few spots in the country and then went to Becky and Robin’s beautiful thatched cottage for pastries with tea or coffee. What a wonderful home they live in which they have opened up to host guests!
After our morning snack, we saw another area in the Cotswolds. With the size of this group and the two comfortable vans, we were able to go to cities that larger tour buses are not allowed into. Plus it is a more personal tour, which I loved. With a larger tour I am just a number, will they miss count and leave me behind? Not to worry here. They will not be doing more than two vans in one day, so the group will always be a smaller size. Becky and Ian were extremely knowledgeable about the area and details within the towns. They welcomed questions and were more than happy to elaborate. It didn’t feel like a tour, it felt like an afternoon with friends. You definitely wouldn’t get that in a large group.
The lunch that was provided when we arrived back at the Cottage was amazing! We were all taking pictures and commenting on the lavish, delicious meal that was prepared by Phil. Our lunch was enjoyed in the living room and kitchen while we chatted with our hosts and fellow guests. Pictures were taken of the food, the beautiful fireplace and the blooming flowers in the garden. A very relaxing day!
After feeling like we had come home, more sight seeing and shopping were on the list. We visited St. Mary Magdalene Church and shopped in Lower Slaughter. On the day we were there, a dog decided to cool off in the shallow stream near the old mill, and sheep were in the distance. Such a peaceful afternoon. They do vary the towns they stop at if needed, so not every tour may be the same.
Afternoon cream tea is a British tradition, which is tea served with clotted cream on scones. Obviously Phil had prepared more than just the scones! Another wonderful spread of treats.
If you are looking for a relaxing day away from the city, consider the Secret Cottage Cotswold Tour, you won’t be disappointed! Your tour can be easily booked on their website, navigating the train is very easy and you are back in London in time for dinner! They are listed first in Visit Britain’s Official Magazine article “Five of the best Cotswolds tours“, and they have many great reviews on TripAdvisor. Go on the Secret Cottage Tour and you will see that so many people can’t be wrong!