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Private Best Of English Countryside & Pubs Tours From London

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Castle Coombe Village

Castle Coombe Village

Vehicles, Driver/Guides + Scope Of Private Tours

A range of touring vehicles with capacities ranging from 1 to 60 seats are available.

We charge a flat fee per vehicle, (not person) for the day, This includes the vehicle and services of the driver guide or guide. You have the option of just having a driver with no professional guiding provided which will save you some money. Admissions to attractions are not included in the core fee, but can be arranged.

All tours are customised around your individual needs.

We have outlined some more of our most popular private tour itineraries further down the page.

Example Best Of English Countryside & Pubs Private Tour Template

This is a great day out enjoying some of the best of the English countryside and villages outside of London.


As with all our example custom tours, this is just an idea to build upon. The great thing about a custom tour is that you choose when you want to go and how long you spend at each destination.

This particular tour has great scope for flexibility in terms of departure time, especially in the summer months.

You'll want to see the countryside in daylight, so it makes logistical sense to leave your hotel around 08:00 for this tour. (We'll assume this departure time in this example).

It is also possible to work in a very late morning departure, returning to London in the evening.


Avebury

After leaving London behind we take the old coach road to Bath, through Hungerford, Marlborough, along the Kennet valley and through the Savernake Forest. Evidence of this once important route lies all around us, historic coaching inns, chalk hill figures cut into the downland, obscure monuments to long forgotten characters and a subtle change in the landscape as we head into the golden stone villages of the Cotswold and Mendip hills.

Avebury Henge

Avebury Henge


We arrive at Avebury about 2 hours after leaving London. Avebury vied with Stonehenge at the time of the Neolithic in terms of importance. We pass Silbury Hill, Europe's largest man made mound and Neolithic burial mounds before travelling down the 'Avenue of Stones' to Avebury itself.

The Marlborough Downs here are the source of the largest stones at Stonehenge, about 20 miles south. Avebury is a larger henge than Stonehenge. Relatively unvisited, you can walk among and touch the stones here, unlike Stonehenge.

Avebury also has a worthwhile Saxon village within it, complete with Dovecote, thatched cottages and pubs, Manor House, historic church and much else besides including entry into a neolithic burial mound.

Our driver/guide again will offer a walking tour.

We leave Avebury late morning for the very scenic 30 minute drive to Lacock.

Unlike the scheduled coach tours, you will have an hour in Windsor before the castle opens, there are several options, including having an extra hour in bed for a later departure time.

Avebury - More Details


Lacock via Devizes

We take a scenic route to Lacock our lunch stop, At Devizes the first town along the way is the impressive sight of Caen Hill Locks. Built in the early 19th century, before the railways, the Kennet and Avon canal links the Thames and Avon rivers, enabling coast to coast river travel from London to Bristol.

Perhaps we'll see a narrowboat using the locks that climb Caen Hill on the 3 hour ascent/descent. Many will want to take a closer look.

Then on towards Lacock we may make photo stops at a photogenic thatched cottage complete with gardens lovingly sculptured by the resident gardener and a great viewpoint over the Avon valley with Lacock in the valley below.

Lacock Village Typical Street Scene

Lacock Village Typical Street Scene

Lacock is an old wool town where all the buildings in the village are more than 200 years old, much of it much older. It is not a museum piece, but a living working village with school, post office, church, tithe barn, bakery and several pubs.

Lacock village is owned by the National Trust, all the occupants including the pubs rent from the National Trust. The National Trust controls strictly the village environment, apart from vehicles it could be back a few hundred years ago, no streetlights, no aerials, only approved 'authentic' colour schemes.

With this olde worlde feel, Jane Austen and some Harry Potter films are just examples of films shot here.

We heartily recommend you take lunch in the George Inn, a 13th century pub, the oldest licensed pub in England. Its refreshingly free of the tourist trail, many of the customers will be locals. Apart from the excellent home cooked food chalked up on the boards at reasonable prices, the pub itself has much of interest.

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Castle Coombe

Castle Coombe is an idyllic South Cotswold village just 20 minutes from Lacock.

There is no longer a castle at Castle Coombe, but down in the coombe (steep river valley) is the lovely Cotswold village, Castle Coombe. The single track road we use to access the village means the big bus tours can't come here, as a result its a relatively unspoilt gem - much quieter and authentic than the more famous Cotswold villages further north.

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Optional Stonehenge or Bath

If you would like to combine some English countryside with a major sightseeing location then Stonehenge or Bath are easily integrated into an itinerary, (see below).

Typical Tour Schedules

Pure Countryside Tour

08:00 - Leave London hotel

10:00 - 11:15 Avebury

12:45 - 14:30 Lacock

15:00 - 15:45 Castle Coombe     

18:00 Arrive back London     

Countryside & Bath

08:00 - Leave London hotel

10:00 - 11:00 Avebury

11:30 - 13:00 Lacock (direct)

13:30 - 15:45 Bath     

18:00 Arrive back London     

Countryside & Stonehenge

08:00 - Leave London hotel

10:00 - 11:15 Avebury

11:45 - 13:15 Lacock (direct)

14:15 - 16:00 Stonehenge     

18:00 Arrive back London     


Map Of Tour Options From London

Driver & Guiding Options

Everybodies requirements are different! - You may just need a professional driver to transport your group to where you want to go or you may need a level of guiding and commentary.

  • Driver Only - If you prefer an experienced driver who is familiar with our touring routes but does not offer tour guiding, please select “Driver only” as your tariff.

  • Driver/Guide - If you would like an experienced driver who can also guide from the vehicle, please select “Driver/guide” as your tariff.

  • Driver with additional guide - For larger groups a separate guide may be appropriate. Particularly at some of the large cities and towns where parking is a problem in the centre.

  • Touring Coaches For Large Groups - Full size coaches that can accommodate the largest groups in comfort are also available with guides. By their nature these tours are very different from each other so just outline your requirements on the enquiry form at the bottom of the page to start a dialogue.

Private Day Tour Rates From London

A day tour is a tour of around 9-10 hours at a time of your choosing. Drivers have very strict legal limits on the time they are allowed to drive each day and there are rules also on the frequency of driver breaks too. These are not normally an issue, but if they are the matter will be raised at the quotation stage.

Prices includes all fees except for food/drink and admissions to attractions which can be quoted for separately.

Full Size Touring Coaches For Large Groups

Cruise Shuttle Bus From London

If you have a large group then that is not a problem either.

The largest coaches are 50-72 seat coaches but we also have access to vehicles half that size.


With large groups on cruise tour transfers the capacity issue is not normally passenger numbers but luggage.

UK coaches are built to European traveller requirements, where one large case is perfectly adequate. A typical 50 seat coach will be able to accommodate around 60 large cases in the luggage hold.

For a group travelling with North American flight allowances a 50 seat coach will typically only be able to accommodate the luggage of 35 such passengers maximum.


With large groups just as small groups multi- drop and pick-ups from hotels is routine and if required we can arrange a guide.

Tour Planning & Formal Quotations

Some people have a tight specification of exactly what they want, others just have a broad idea of what they like and want to see and let us plan something that meets that need. We are comfortable with either type of request.

Tours are customised for each individual group. Go where you want to go at a pace you decide. Use the form below to outline your requirements and start a dialogue.


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