Feast your eyes and fill your camera roll with postcard-perfect English countryside on this private tour of the Cotswolds’ most adorable villages. There’s no need to stress about left-side driving or worry about parking, which can be challenging, especially in high season. Simply meet your private driver/guide at the pickup point of your choice and soak up delights such as Bourton on the Water, Chipping Campden and Stow-on-the-Wold.
Snap charming villages and stately homes on a private Cotswolds tour
Capture gorgeous photos amid the lavender fields in season
Wide choice of departure times let you pick the slot that works for you
Easy train connections from both London Paddington and Oxford
Meeting And Pickup
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What To Expect
Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
Not wheelchair accessible
Near public transportation
Infant seats available
Most travelers can participate
This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
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Reviews by Viator travelers.
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Lovely day in the Cotswolds
Nicole_C, Oct 2022
We had a lovely day touring the Cotswolds with Mal and Pete. We had never been there before and their knowledge and beautiful tour made us fall in love with the area - and with them.
This is the BEST way to do Cotswolds!!!
Nicole_T, Sep 2022
Book this trip if you're looking to hit the best spots in Cotswold! It was an AMAZING day! We got very lucky that Mal was so flexible with our scheduling and even let us bring our luggage with us to be dropped at train at the end of the tour. While we drove around to each town, not only did we get to see some beautiful sites but both Mal and Peter were so knowledgeable about the history of everywhere we visited (Mal also works in a tourism office in her spare time!). We learned so much throughout these few hours, ate some good bites that they recommended and was the right way to fall in love with the Cotswolds. Mal even walked us by the oldest inn in England and let us grab a quick drink inside (which was so cool to check out!). They took us to several areas that were some of their favorite picks and a bit off the beaten path and less touristy but just as beautiful and we couldn't have been more grateful. It was also so nice to have the van to ourselves and have it be private, we were able to leave our belongings in there each time we got out to walk around. The entire experience was wonderful and I highly recommend, even if it's just a day trip from London - the train is short enough and it was TOTALLY worth it. Thank you Mal & Peter!!!
Response from Host, Oct 2022
So pleased you enjoyed your day with us. Thank you for your review. Regards and stay safe. Mal
Like Being with Friends!
Leslie_B, Sep 2022
Mal and Peter showed us the Cotswolds as only residents can. From the more well-known villages (Broadway, Bourton-on-the-Water, etc.) to lesser known or hidden gems - it was a delightful day that went by too quickly. They are extremely personable, very engaging and bring the history of the area to life. We made new friends. Highly recommend them. Thanks Mal and Peter! Lisa and Leslie
Response from Host, Sep 2022
Hi to both of you. It was a pleasure to meet you and a delight to spend time with you and sensing your appreciation of the beauty of our Cotswolds. Stay safe. Sincere regards. Mal
Robert_K, Sep 2022
Amazing Cotswold. Thank you Mal and Peter!! Our favorite village is Lower Slaughter. We will return!
Response from Host, Sep 2022
We are delighted you enjoyed your tour, as you know Lower Slaughter is my favourite too. Safe journey home. Regards Mal
Best Cotswold tour is with Mel and Peter!
Maureen_S, Jun 2022
Mel and Peter were wonderful guides. They are very knowledgeable and knew all the best sights and photo opportunities. In addition they were very personable and a pleasure to drive around with. By the end of the tour we were very pleased that they were our guides. Best viator ever!
Response from Host, Jun 2022
Hi Maureen. So glad you enjoyed your day in the Cotswolds and thank you for your kind words. Regards Mal
Julie_R, Jun 2022
We had a lovely time with Mal and Pete. My husband especially enjoyed having a break from driving so that he could just relax and be a spectator. Highly recommend!
Response from Host, Jun 2022
Thank you for your kind words. We hope you were reunited with your lost luggage. Regards Mal
Helen_C, May 2022
We thoroughly enjoyed our tour of the Cotswolds with Mal and Pete. It was like spending an afternoon with good friends. They took us to both the “must see” spots that tourists love as well as little villages off the beaten path. They will personalize the tour to whatever your individual interest might be whether it’s history, shopping, architecture, or in my case it was gardening. The tour was definitely the highlight of our trip to England.
Response from Host, May 2022
Hi Helen. Sincere thanks for your kind words. It was our pleasure to have you as guests. We obtain great satisfaction in introducing nice people like yourself and Wally who appreciate the picturesque beauty of the Cotswolds. Kind regards and stay safe, Mal
Very enjoyable day
fongarthur, Apr 2022
Mal is very knowledgeable and helpful. Gave us a lot of information and interesting stories about Cotswold. We enjoyed visiting all the charming and unique villages. Thanks much!
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Lisa_L, Apr 2022
We took several tours while we were in England, and this was by far my favorite. The scenery was just beautiful! The villages looked like they came right out of a Jane Austen novel. Our tour guides were amazing! They were friendly, knowledgeable, and flexible. They even took the time to backtrack to a place we’d already been to find my daughter’s lost iPhone.
Response from Host, Apr 2022
Hi. Thank you for your kind words. We regret we were not able to locate your daughter’s mobile. Regards and stay safe. Mal
Like traveling with old friends
Awilda_R, Oct 2021
My husband and I took the train from Oxford into Moreton-in-Marsh, where we were greeted warmly by Mal almost literally as we got off. We instantly felt comfortable with her and Pete, who acted as our driver. They were not only warm and engaging but incredibly knowledgeable about the Cotswolds. Their affection for the area was also obvious. Could you do it on your own? Maybe but you wouldn’t know what you were looking at or be privy to any of the local lore, which is more than half the fun. We visited quite a few villages, a number of which lend themselves to a dedicated weekend away. For us, it was just enough. A perfect day.
Response from Host, Oct 2021
Hi Awilda & David. Thank you for your kind words. It was a delight to be in your company. Regards and stay safe. Mal
Always Private Tour
Kate_C, Aug 2021
Reasonable Price. Fruitful and well plan Tour. Very friendly and Their English are easy to understand.
Response from Host, Aug 2021
Thank you for your kind words. We hope to see you again in the near future back in the beautiful Cotswolds. Regards Mal
rvague, Jan 2020
One of the best tour guides we've ever had. Upbeat, informative, cheerful. They know the Cotswold inside and out, and were easily able to customize the tour to our needs and interests.
Response from Host, Jan 2020
Thank you for your kind review
We enjoyed our day with you.
Please come back again
Gustavo V, Sep 2019
This does not gets any more exclusive than what it is. You will enjoy bucolic scenery, great stunning views, idyllic cotswolds stone made cottages all over. It is almost a fairy tale. The best was enjoying this with the help of the hosts Mal and pete, they are so nive you would not believe it, besides being locals they have decades of experience in the hospitality business, so they sure know how to treat people and also their way around, not only the history of each plce, but the amazing stories behind each and every one of them. Can´t wait to go back, we alreday miss them, it was like visiting old firends!