Day Four of UK Luxury Tour: Shakespeare's Stratford-upon-Avon and The Cotswolds
There is a choice at this stage in your tour, whether you wish to spend the morning in Stratford-upon-Avon - the birthplace of William Shakespeare, or whether instead to visit several magnificent buildings, along the route from Cambridge to the Cotswolds.
Stratford-upon-Avon - The option to visit Stratford-upon-Avon includes a visit to the traditional 800 year old market town, famed as the birthplace of playwright and poet William Shakespeare; here you may like to take the opportunity to walk around the century old streets, between the historical timber-framed Tudor houses and buildings. Within the town, and not too far away, take a tour of William Shakespeare's marital home New Place, and continue with a tour of Anne Hathaway's cottage.
Ely Cathedral, Anglesey Abbey and Broughton Castle - Three very different, yet equally as magnificent buildings, on the journey between Cambridge and the Cotswolds. Ely Cathedral is an 11th century architectural masterpiece; built from Northamptonshire quarried stone, the cathedral is known locally as "the ship of the Fens", because of its prominent position above the surrounding flat landscape.
Anglesey Abbey is a country house, formerly a priory, which was converted into a beautiful Jacobean-style Country House with gardens in 1926 by Lord Fairhaven. The house is an eccentric creation, which houses and celebrates his extensive collections; an eclectic mix of artworks, ornate furniture and timepieces. A working 200 year old mill is still in operation within the grounds, and a stroll around the beautiful gardens is reputed to be an extremely calming and relaxing experience.
Finally, and possibly most breathtaking, is Broughton Castle, a moated and fortified, medieval manor house located in the village of Broughton, Oxfordshire. The castle was built by Sir John de Broughton in 1300 at a location where the confluence of three streams created a natural site for a moated manor.
In the late afternoon we will take a drive through the picturesque villages of the Cotswolds.
Tonight your comfortable accommodation will be in a 15h Century Manor House, set in a charming Cotswold village. After your evening meal, why not enjoy a chat, and maybe a beer, with the locals in the village pub, or maybe take a quiet stroll just outside the village, where you will find yourself surrounded by beautiful countryside views, glorious evening birdsong, and the chance to relax and reflect on your day in tranquil surroundings.