The truth is that Cotswold Stone has no colour that can be described. Even when the sun is obscured, and the light is cold, these walls are still faintly warm and luminous, as if they knew the trick of keeping the lost sunlight of centuries glimmering about them.
We are a Japanese wife and English Husband team who between us have travelled and lived in many places all over the world. We met in Japan where we lived together for 7 years until we returned to the UK to settle in the Cotswolds. We are both Japanese and English speakers so can provide tour information and assistance in both languages, which our Japanese customers find particularly helpful!
Cotswolds Adventures was born from our enjoyment of travelling the world and realising that there is no better way to experience a place than by seeing it through the eyes of a local. Our tours and breaks try to give you a taste of what the Cotswolds area is really like and all our guides are locals who live and work in the area. Tour the Cotswolds with us you get to see and experience a lot more than you would by using an operator based outside the area. All our Cotswolds tours are fully bespoke and can be adapted to suit our customers needs and preferences. If it isn’t on the website, just ask and we will try to make it happen!
Jamie is originally from the UK but also has lived and travelled in many countries all over the world. Most recently he spent 9 years working as a teacher in Japan. Jamie loves cooking, running, cycling and playing the guitar. His love for the English countryside and history brought him back to the UK to start Cotswolds Adventures.
Haruko is originally from Osaka in Japan. She helps with the Japanese bookings and enquiries and sometimes does some of the shorter cycling tours. She fell in love with the UK when she visited as a language exchange student. She is very friendly and is into good food, country pubs, yoga, painting and exploring the secrets of the Cotswolds.
Our Private Cotswolds Tours are the perfect way to enjoy the Cotswolds with your family and friends. Avoid the crowded bus tours, inconvenient public transport and experience the real beauty of the Cotswolds countryside. We use quality vehicles with a local driver-guide who knows the area intimately and this allows us to get off-the-beaten-track and see the places the other tours cannot go to. Our main tour vehicle is an 9 seater Mercedes Vito MPV which can hold upto 8 clients plus loads of luggage.
All our private tours of the Cotswolds are fully bespoke and the itineraries can be adjusted to suit your own individual needs. You may want to visit specific villages, take a hike in the countryside, enjoy a pub lunch, have afternoon tea in a manor house or even a spot of horse riding. We will endeavour to create your perfect day out in the Cotswolds. All tours include pick up and drop at your hotel in the area or a local train station for those coming in from London. Pick ups outside the area also available at an extra charge. Just get in touch with your requirements.
A quick look at a Cotswolds map can tell you a lot about English history. Covering an area of roughly 800 square miles (1280 km2) and stretching across six counties (Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire and Somerset), the Cotswolds truly are a special place. Roughly spanning Oxford and Stratford in the North and the East to Bath and Cheltenham in the south and the West, the Cotswolds first became prominent with the rise of the Wool and textile trade from the 12th to 18th enturies. Many cottages and manor houses remain from this period made from the trademark oolitic honey-tinted Cotswold stone that has become synonymous with the area. In the 19th century, William Morris and his Arts and Crafts Movement drew inspiration from the Cotswolds and to this day a strong arts and crafts tradition can be felt all over the area.
Nowadays more than 38 million people from all over the world visit the Cotswolds every year to experience the beauty that the area has to offer. Farmers markets, picture-postcard villages, stunning scenery, quirky festivals and traditions, honey-stone cottages, friendly locals, celebrity spotting, traditional country pubs, locally sourced food and drink. The Cotswolds has something for everyone. Get out of the city and experience the real England on a tour of the Cotswolds with Cotswolds Adventures.