Hello, I’m Becky from Secret Cottage. I’m married and have two teenage children.
My fantastic team and I run a day tour of picturesque hidden Cotswold villages that includes an invitation into my private home for a traditional Cotswold cream tea served inside Secret Cottage.
Whether you’re looking for a Great Daytrip from London, are staying here on holiday or just a local who wants to explore more of the area, our Secret Cottage Cotswold Tour will exceed your expectations. The six hour guided tour of North Cotswold villages, combined with an invitation into my private thatched cottage, runs every day throughout the year.
One of the Secret Cottage team will take you in our 7 seater Mercedes minibus to some of the lesser known hidden villages that are inaccessible by public transport. The unspoilt villages that I’ve carefully selected are made up of thatched cottages, clipped lawns and dusty lanes, perfectly illustrating what life was like in the 16th century.
Having lived in the area for nearly thirty years, my local knowledge is invaluable to visitors and you’ll experience it as if you are a local.
I’m lucky to have travelled extensively throughout the world. However, I know what it’s like to get home, only to discover you’ve missed an amazing secret, all because you weren’t familiar with the area. I also know that we’re all fascinated to see inside an ancient cottage and see how people live their lives. It was these two things that gave me the idea for the Secret Cottage tour. I’m fortunate enough to live in one of these fairytale thatched cottages and I love showing people what I experience every day!
I’ll make sure you don’t miss anything in this unspoilt part of England. My team and I are here as your personal Cotswold Tourist Guide to take you on a unique and memorable day through hidden villages we know and love.
My cottage is called ‘Secret Cottage’ and is quintessentially perfect for guests to explore and experience how the English live in the Cotswolds. Inside everything is old and quaint. There are three inglenook fireplaces which are open log fires used to heat the cottage, the winding stairs and floors are made from original elm planks and the heavily beamed listed cottage is nearly 500 years old!
During the afternoon, you’ll visit Secret Cottage which is my private thatched home for a cream tea. You’ll enjoy eating homemade scones fresh from the Aga, served with thick delicious clotted cream. These are essential for the traditional English Cotswold cream tea which is served on the finest Spode bone china. The unique experience of having tea in the cottage is without doubt something that you will never forget.
All our guests are overwhelmed by the experience of actually being invited into a private home with many of them describing it as fairyland. Increasingly, many say Secret Cottage was the highlight of their trip to the UK.
Each tour is unique because of the different seasons and local events. We consistently deliver a bespoke memorable tour that is guaranteed to please everybody with plenty of surprises.
During the tour you’ll see a selection of amazing honey coloured limestone houses and cottages, view landscapes and drive through parkland, see topiary, historic manor houses and stunning ancient churches. You’ll see National Trust houses, farms, gardens, wells, streams, fords, ponds, barns, dovecotes, animals, wildlife and village greens. You’ll visit picturesque villages that most tourists never get to see – stopping off at some and driving through others.
But that’s not all…
You’ll discover something that isn’t in your tourism guide. You won’t find it listed in the tourist information centre and it doesn’t appear in books and maps…
With only seven passenger seats in the Mercedes minibus, you’re guaranteed that you can choose when you’d like to stop and take your pictures.
The pickup point is the ticket office of Moreton-in-Marsh railway station – we do not pick up or drop off anywhere else. Many arrive by train from Oxford or London-Paddington in time for the tour which starts at 10.00 and ends at 16.20.
The cost is £95 per person which includes a traditional Cotswolds cream tea served inside Secret Cottage (This does not include a £7 optional lunch at an historic 16th century pub).
You can take the tour on your own, as a couple, or a group, with a maximum of 7 seats.
This tour is a great day trip from LONDON-Paddington railway station, out at 08.21 and back to enjoy the evening at 18.28
We are No1 on TripAdvisor and have received a staggering 1700 five star reviews in a little over three years.
Some of you may have taken our other tour Cotswolds Mystery Tour and are wondering if we take the same route. The Secret Cottage tour is entirely different with no overlap or duplication. So if you enjoyed one tour, we’d encourage you to book the other to get the full benefit of both.
All in all you’ll spend six hours being our special guest. I guarantee you a fantastic day out with plenty of surprises and you’ll remember this day forever!
Children & Infants
- Accept children (Minimum age) - 6
- American Express accepted
- Delta accepted
- Euros accepted
- MasterCard accepted
- Visa accepted
|Year Round Attraction (1 Jan 2020 - 31 Dec 2020)|
* Tickets £95 per Person
Minimum age - 6