English Country Houses and Gardens

As featured in the Los Angeles Times.  With Foot Trails Walking and Touring style trip, visit the region’s most impressive country houses and gardens. Stay for several nights in multiple locations of up to 6 different counties of South West England.

The English love our country houses and our English gardens gardens and now you can enjoy them too and walk! From stately homes to wandering down long meandering driveways, see the South West’s greatest gardens with a memorable Foot Trail.

Pictures, with our thanks to the National Trust

We English simply adore our historic country houses and we love our gardens. From world renowned Stourhead Gardens in Wiltshire to Elizabethan Montacute in Somerset, if you go weak at the knees at the thought of stone cornicing, sweeping drives, Downton Abbey or Jane Austen, this popular Foot Trails tour is for you!

From 4 to 12 nights you will stay in country inns and country pubs personally chosen by our Founder and walk trails that have been originated by our own expert team.  Highlights include opportunities to see stunning properties, with medieval banqueting halls and kitchens, garden ponds and grand fountains, billowing gardens of flowers and roses and outstanding architecture from some of the South West of England’s greatest houses.

When you’ve walked, and explored, take the wonderful tradition of an English afternoon tea, with a pot of tea, warm scones and jam and clotted cream.

With so many variations possible with Foot Trails versatile approach to walking and rural travel, the best thing to do is request a detailed example itinerary (simply add your details to the form to your right) and browse leisurely with a cup of earl grey.

Honeysuckle at the National Trust's Hidcote Gardens

Custom made & crafted English walking

Your English Country Houses & Gardens Foot Trail will be completely custom made to suit you, your ability and the English season.

4 night to 12 night itineraries are available all year around. We strongly advise booking in advance as places each month on Foot Trails are limited.

Car free trips and holidays are available.

Trail Highlights include:

* Walk down sweeping drives to admire views of some of the South West’s greatest houses, including Stourhead in Wiltshire and Montacute in Somerset
* Experience the fashions, trends and stories of different periods of English history including Elizabethan, Georgian and the Arts and Crafts movement
* Smell the heady scent of beautiful flowers, roses, red campion and lavender
* Enjoy some pretty spectacular trees! Willows, oak and lime
* Take tea – with teapot and shortbread in a wonderful English setting
* Explore former kitchens, banqueting halls, kitchen gardens and topiaries
* Walk on trails through picturesque rural English countryside and villages
* Admire ponds, fountains, water features and water lilies

Ask us for a detailed example itinerary with photographs to learn more. Simply fill out the form to your right and press send.

The National Trust's Hidcote Gardens

Getting here…

Getting here is easy, Foot Trails Trail Consultants will advise you personally and fully.

As the trip can be so versatile and is custom made start locations vary. We will advise your nearest train station or we can arrange a chauffeured airport car with our trusted team of drivers.

For overseas guests the nearest airport is at London Heathrow. There is a regional airport at Exeter or Bristol.

Plant pots at the National Trust's Hidcote Gardens

One of the many reasons guests choose Foot Trails is for our choice and quality of accommodation.

Largely independently and privately owned, we enjoy a close and strong working partnership with our country inns. Small, personal and friendly the country inns are located in English villages. They have comfortable bedrooms and delicious local food and produce including real ales and a selection of wines to enjoy with dinner after your walk.

Every inn and bedroom is uniquely designed and all our bedrooms have en-suite private bathrooms with modern facilities.

As this tour is custom made to meet your requirements, your accommodation will be in booked once we have created your trail. On the English Country Houses & Gardens trip all of the accommodation is in personally chosen country pubs and country inns, many award winning, from 16th century former cider houses, to country pubs on village greens with a duck pond, to a riverside country inn.

Flowers at the National Trust's Hidcote Gardens

Prices & Availability

This tour is available year round for 4 to 12 nights. ‘Car-free’ options available.

Your holiday will be planned for you to your dates and for how long you wish to stay. There are no fixed scheduled dates. We strongly advise booking in advance as places each month are limited.

Example budgeting prices:

As a budgeting guide, 8 nights £1400 per person (based on two sharing) on a bed and breakfast basis.

Included:

• Foot Trails expertise, knowledge and Trail Consultant services to plan your Foot Trail, custom made to suit you and the English season. • Tailored and crafted Walk and Explore Box containing everything you need • Local Ordnance Survey™ map exerts (waterproof) • Trail guide cards (waterproof one for each day with easy to follow word instructions) • Local stories and histories • Recommended lunchtime stops at country pubs and cafes • Nature cards for identifying wild flowers, trees and animals • Seasonal nature guide book • Sweets (for a boost on route) • En-suite accommodation in a classic en-suite bedroom (superior upgrades available) • Breakfasts • Transport drop off service to the start of your trail when it makes a better walk with our trusted drivers.

How to book?

Contact us with your preferred dates and we will look after the rest. You can call us on +44 (0) 1747 820626 or use the form to your right to send a message or request an itinerary. We strongly advise booking in advance as places on our tours are limited each month.

We will provide you with a full detailed itinerary and price quote before you book.

Relaxing with a view of Bath

Foot Trails are featured in respected travel publications from around the globe, including National Geographic Traveller, The Los Angeles Times and Lonely Planet.

Read our reviews on Trip Advisor

“My wife and I found The Foot Trails website and sent an email inquiry to them. We
received an immediate and thorough answer and we were pleased with this company
from that point on. They were able to customize a very specific tour for our vacation in the Cotswolds. They made all our arrangements and provided everything we needed to make our stay fantastic. If you want to take a walking tour in England you should contact Foot Trails.”
Mark, USA

“We’ve used Foot trails 4 times now & would book with them again. Great
organisation which makes the holiday even more relaxing knowing all the planning
& research has been done for you. Foot trails is a company where you can just pick
your destination & that’s all you have to do. They have a standard & stick to it, keep up the good work!”
Fleur & friends, UK

“We picked Foot Trails because we could walk by ourselves, not in a group (no
marches for me!), with guided directions and without backpacking. Foot Trails
delivered exactly what they promised! I also like the company’s eco-consciousness;
our planet-friendly directions survived four days of rain and were less soggy than we were! Definitely hope to do this again in the future!”
Virginia,USA

The National Trust's Montactue House

How do I find my way?

Trails are devised using our local knowledge and rigorously tested and checked. Find your way using either the easy to follow trail cards if you prefer not to map read, or the local Ordnance survey maps provided. Or a combination of both. For peace of mind an on call service is provided every day including weekends between 8am and 6pm.

Where will I be walking?

Your walks are on public rights of way and a mixture of paths, tracks and trails through woodland, on farm land, village country lanes and countryside. Most walking is away from roads. Everything you need will be provided in your walk and explore pack.

For a more fully detailed example itinerary for this holiday, simply pop your details in the form to the right.

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