Where can you go to see grown men kicking each other’s shins in the name of sport?
And where might you see a stone that marks the only point in Britain where four counties once met?
And did you know there are 125,000 miles of dry stone wall in Britain?
These are some of the fascinating things you might discover on a unique day tour of the Cotswolds. You may have heard the word ‘unique’ before and become a bit sceptical, but the Secret Cottage tour, run by Becky Simpson really IS unique.
Because not only do you get to enjoy a bespoke tour of hidden Cotswold villages, picturesque scenery and stunning views, but throughout the day, Becky takes you back to her 500 year old listed thatched cottage for morning coffee, buffet lunch and traditional cream tea.
It’s your chance to see how a real English family lives. And come on, admit it – you’ve driven past those pretty cottages and been dying to look inside. You’re probably full of questions like “Isn’t it dark with those small windows and thatched roof?” or “Is it draughty, even when the inglenook fireplace has a roaring fire in it?” Perhaps you’re wondering whether you need to duck your head to go through the doors or maybe you’ve never seen an AGA before.
Better than seeing the AGA, you’ll be treated to warm scones, freshly baked from the oven, served with lashings of cream and jam! And you can find out for yourself how it feels to step back in time, sit by one of the three inglenook fireplaces, enjoy the wild English country garden and explore the winding stairs inside the cottage.
The tour lasts six hours and Becky will pick you up and drop you off at Moreton-In-Marsh station. From there you’ll drive through unspoilt countryside, quaint villages and points of interest – many of which are inaccessible by public transport. Having lived in the area for 25 years, Becky has a wealth of knowledge at her fingertips. Interspersed through the day are the memorable trips back to her (house) where a warm welcome awaits you.
Visitors are overwhelmed by the experience of being invited into a private home and many describe it as ‘fairyland’. Already ranked by Trip Advisor as #1 of 18 ‘Best Attractions in Moreton-in-Marsh’ and #2 of 91 ‘Best Activities in the Cotswolds’, Becky delivers a bespoke, memorable tour guaranteed to please and with plenty of surprises. People take the tour to discover hidden and secret picturesque villages, they want to be catered for and pampered and they want to take in the breath-taking English countryside without the hassle of driving.
Although Becky welcomes tourists from all over the world, even locals love to take the Secret Cottage tour. “They don’t have to drive down narrow, winding lanes; they can discover places they might now have known about (or can miss when driving) AND we serve delicious food throughout the day; so they can treat themselves and fully relax.” explains Becky.
Here are a few facts and figures about the Secret Cottage Tour:
Pick up from Moreton-In-Marsh at 10:15
Drop off to Moreton-In-Marsh at 16:30
Cost - £85 to include all food and drinks served at Secret Cottage
Open – every day throughout the year