This holiday journeys through the Great West Way® a touring route between London and Bristol, where you'll find a mesmerising mix of picture postcard villages, rolling hills and historic sites.
3 nights dinner, bed & breakfast
Welcome tea/coffee and cookie on arrival
3-course buffet menu with 4 choices per course
Tea/coffee after dinner
Glass of wine with dinner each night
Entrance to Westonbirt Arboretum
Guided Tour of Old Arboretum or Silk Wood
Entrance and guided tour of Miserden Park & Nursery
Single journey on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway
Image: GWSR - GreetTunnel02032013 - Photograph courtesy of Jack Boskett
We arrive at our hotel in time for a welcome tea/coffee and cookies, before dinner.
Westonbirt Arboretum & Bath
After breakfast, we visit Westonbirt, The National Arboretum, for a 90-minute walking tour. Home to 2500 different species from all corners of the globe, we witness the importance of the arboretum for both research and conservation. We have time for lunch in the friendly café, before jumping straight into a Jane Austen novel, with an afternoon in her most beloved city, Bath. We are spoilt for choice in this small, honey-coloured, city. From the famous Roman Baths to the Royal Crescent, there is so much to see and do.
The Garden at Miserden & Cheltenham & Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway
This morning, we travel to The Garden at Miserden for a guided tour. This 17th century house and garden are a hidden gem waiting to be discovered. Overlooking a deer park and the rolling hills beyond, our tour takes us through the carefully manicured gardens. Look out for extensive Yew, notable topiary and an ancient Mulberry Tree. We head into Cheltenham for lunch where there is a wide variety of dining options. The rest of the afternoon takes us to the famous Race Course to join the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway (GWSR). We enjoy a gentle 35-minute journey through glorious Cotswold countryside to Toddington, where there is a shop, museum and large tearoom.
Please note, GWSR events are held on some weekends, and the railway will be busier than usual.
After breakfast we make our way home.
4* Doubletree by Hilton Swindon, Swindon
Set in the beautiful Wiltshire countryside, just 3 miles from Swindon town centre, this hotel offers the contemporary 14Twelve Brasserie and Bar/lounge, along with a fitness centre. All en-suite bedrooms are equipped with TV, telephone and tea / coffee making facilities.
Ground floor rooms Bar Restaurant Tea/coffee in room Fitness Centre Free Wi-Fi Air Conditioning Telephone Safe HDTV 24-hour room service Starbucks Lounge