A personal tour of a beautiful region, with all you can eat and drink thrown in.
New Road Moreton-in-Marsh Gloucestershire GL56 0AS 01608 674 700
You know that idea that you always have a better time travelling when you know someone in the destination already? You get the inside track, and generally see and learn things that you wouldn't otherwise have done if you've got a connection with a local. Well, Becky of Secret Cottage Tours is your local friend in the Cotswolds, a resident of some 25 years who opens up her cottage to small groups of visitors and then by means of her 7-seater Mercedes minibus shows them the villages and landscapes of the region she loves so much. She punctuates this with delicious coffee and pastries, a buffet lunch and a cream tea with her own homemade scones, and in general lays on a personal, in-depth Cotswolds tour with a difference. It's the sort of thing that would work well in any region of the country, but the Cotswolds area – a place where it's easy to get sucked into the usual tourist honeypots – is especially well suited to this kind of bespoke tour, especially as it's also the sort of place it's hard to see properly without your own transport. Take a look also at their sister business, Cotswolds Mystery Tour.
Hello, I’m Becky and I run a day tour of picturesque hidden Cotswold villages that includes an invitation into my private home for tea or coffee with pastries, a buffet lunch, and a traditional Cotswold cream tea. I will take you to outstanding hidden villages that are inaccessible by public transport. The unspoilt villages that I’ve 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, my local knowledge is invaluable to visitors and you’ll discover something that isn’t in your tourist guide. You won’t find it listed in the tourist information centre and it doesn’t appear in books and maps. With only seven passenger seats in the Mercedes minibus, you’re guaranteed that you’ll be my personal guest and can choose when you’d like to stop and take your pictures.
TripAdvisor has Ranked Secret Cottage #1 of 18 ‘Best Attractions in Moreton-in-Marsh’ and #2 of 139 ‘Best Activities in the Cotswolds’ Our reviews can be seen under the heading ‘Secret Cottage Tour’.
Our Favourite Spot
The local area
During the tour you’ll see a selection of amazing honey coloured limestone houses and cottages, view landscapes and drive through parkland, see topiary, historic manor houses and stunning ancient churches. National Trust houses, farms, gardens, wells, streams, fords, ponds, barns, dovecotes, animals, wildlife and village greens. You’ll visit picturesque villages that most tourists never get to see – stopping off at some and driving through others. Depending on the time of year, you will be pleasantly surprised at what else we’ll show you too.
Best local places to eat and drink
During the tour of villages, we periodically return to Secret Cottage for tea or coffee with pastries, a generous buffet lunch and in the afternoon your tour wouldn’t be complete without seeing the home made scones coming out of the Aga. These are essential for the traditional English Cotswold cream tea which is served on the finest Spode bone china.
Why stay with us?
All in all you’ll spend six hours being my special guest. I guarantee you a fantastic day out with plenty of surprises. You’ll not go hungry and you’ll remember this day for ever!
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Places to stay nearby
The George Townhouse
8 High Street Shipston-on-Stour Warwickshire CV36 4AJ
A contemporary and very welcoming boutique Cotswolds hotel and restaurant.
The Sheep on Sheep St
Sheep St, Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire GL54 1AG
A boutique hotel and restaurant at the heart of the Cotswolds town of Stow on the Wold.
Becky will pick you up from Moreton-in-Marsh railway station.