Quintessential Cotswolds Culinary Tour
The Cotswolds are one of England’s poshest and most picturesque destinations. We have the ultimate in English countryside getaways on this 6-night, all-inclusive itinerary, and it is offered at a special rate exclusive to clients of The International Kitchen!
You will stay at a gorgeous countryside Manor house and enjoy fabulous food and drink prepared by your private, highly awarded chefs. Meals will be prepared with organic, locally sourced ingredients, and served with top European wines. Imagine delicious breakfasts, fresh and varied lunches, exquisite 5-course dinners, and nightly cheese boards. You will also experience lunch at a Michelin-star restaurant in Bath.
The Cotswolds are rife with green valleys and rolling hills, as well as quaint limestone villages that will make you feel like you’ve stepped back in time – or onto the set of a British period drama! Experience English country living at its best on this perfect tour.
Your hosts for the week will be a charming Welsh couple, Joe & Ang, who worked on luxury barges in France for many years before deciding to bring their own brand of luxury travel back home to England.
During their time on the luxury barges they recognized the unique charm of “unpacking once” and feeling completely at home, while enjoying all the amenities of a five-star hotel. They have created just such an experience at a 16th-century Manor House in one of the most picturesque regions of Great Britain: The Cotswolds. They will oversee every part of the trip, and are on site to make sure your week is the stuff dreams are made of!
Quintessential Cotswolds Culinary Tour Itinerary
Day One – Sunday
- You will meet your host at a central meeting point in London and transfer by luxury service directly to the Manor house in the Cotswolds.
- A Champagne reception will welcome you, followed by time to settle in to your luxury bedroom.
- This evening, enjoy a cocktail on the terrace overlooking the resplendent hills.
- Five-course dinner to follow in the dining room.
Day Two – Monday
- Breakfast at the Manor – a selection of hot and cold items, as you desire.
- Next, depart with your hosts on a short drive to Cirencester, one of Britain’s oldest towns. You will enjoy a walk through its center, see its architectural landmarks, and stop in the Corinium Museum, which houses a large collection of Romano-British antiquities.
- Visit the antiques and craft market for some shopping before returning to the manor house for lunch.
- Afternoon at leisure to enjoy the grounds. (If you prefer, and optional tour can be arranged to a local brewery to learn about English craft ales.)
- Evening cocktails and another superb dinner.
Day Three – Tuesday
- After breakfast, spend time in the kitchen with your private chef while he leads a demonstration class focusing on your delicious lunch.
- After lunch, head out for a quintessentially British excursion – to the polo field!
- You will visit one of England’s premier polo parks, where Prince Harry & Prince William regularly play. Meet the beautiful horses and see some of the extensive parklands before watching a match.
- Evening cocktails followed by dinner.
Day Four – Wednesday
- Breakfast, then depart for a day exploring the well-known city of Bath, made famous by Jane Austen. Visit the town’s iconic landmarks such as the Circus, the Royal Crescent, and Bath Abbey.
- Lunch in Bath at a Michelin-star restaurant.
- After lunch, head to the Roman Baths. You will have free time to explore and shop before returning to the Manor house in the late afternoon.
- Cocktails and dinner this evening, as usual!
Day Five – Thursday
- Breakfast, followed by a free morning.
- Lunch at the Manor house.
- After lunch, set off for a tour of one of England’s most beautiful villages, medieval Burford. Discover the village’s hidden alleyways and courtyards, see the seventeenth and eighteenth-century buildings and the splendid parish church built from proceeds from the wool trade. Head next to the Cotswolds Woolen Weavers to learn about the textile history of the area, which was the source of the region’s fabulous wealth.
- On the way home, stop briefly at Bibury, home to Arlington Row, which was built in 1380 as a place to store wool and then converted to weavers’ cottages in the 17th century.
- Return to the Manor house for cocktails and your five-course dinner.
Day Six – Friday
- After your breakfast this morning depart for a visit to the 15th-century Sudeley Castle and Gardens, one of the few castles in England still in residence. The castle contains many beautiful treasures from ancient days to modern times. Visit also the award-winning gardens of this large estate. This is also the only private castle in England to have a queen buried within its grounds – the last of Henry VIII’s wives, Katherine Parr.
- Return to the manor for lunch and an afternoon at leisure.
- Enjoy a game of croquet on the lawn before your cocktails and gala farewell dinner.
Day Seven – Saturday
- A final breakfast and return transfer to London. Until next time!