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A Balloon with a View

Enjoy an aerial view of the Cotswolds from our new A&K balloon!

Launched from Pittville Park in the Regency spa town of Cheltenham for the first time on 10th June, the new Abercrombie & Kent hot air balloon is now available for flights exclusively to A&K clients.

The balloon will be flown from the beautiful gardens of Barnsley House Hotel, in the heart of the Cotswolds. Enjoy stunning panoramic views of the peaceful English countryside as you glide across miles of green landscape and quaint villages dotted with honey-coloured cottages, the perfect way to capture the essence of this idyllic location.

To celebrate the launch of our eye-catching balloon, we have put together a Cotswold itinerary incorporating an exclusive flight as well as visits to some of the most famous and enchanting Cotswold gardens and quintessentially English villages.

We have teamed up with Barnsley House, a picturesque Cotswold stone house built in 1697, to offer you 4 nights for the price of 3 when booking our Aerial View of the Cotswolds itinerary before 23rd December 2011.

This is the perfect opportunity to experience the real English countryside.

Day 1Arrive in The Cotswolds
You will be met at the airport by your private representative and transferred to Barnsley House Hotel in the heart of the Cotswolds.

Your local representative will meet you at the hotel reception and assist with checking in. He/she will run through your itinerary with you and answer any questions you may have. Your representative is then available by telephone throughout your vacation to answer any queries.

Day 2 A&K Balloon Flight and Cotswold Gardens
An early start this morning, enjoy the calm tranquillity of the English countryside from the air with a special opportunity to fly in A&K’s own hot air balloon. The flight promises spectacular panoramic views of the Cotswolds with its quaint villages and acres of green land.

After coming back down to earth with a (small) bump, the rest of the day will be spent exploring some of the best loved gardens of the Cotswolds. Visit Buscot Park, a neo-classical country mansion, once home to Lord Faringdon and a fantastic series of murals painstakingly produced by the pre-raphaelite painter Edward Burne-Jones, and the enchanting gardens of Malmsbury, home to the intrepid ‘Naked Gardeners’. If booked sufficiently far in advance, you may also be able to secure an invitation to visit Highgrove, the private gardens of the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall.

Return to your hotel for an evening at leisure. Why not unwind in the extensive gardens of Barnsley House. Formal structures and planting styles, a herb garden, flower borders, and the ornamental vegetable garden make this an interesting and varied garden to explore.

Day 3North Cotswolds
Today you will head towards the north Cotswolds. Along the way, head to the chocolate box village of Bibury, one of the most photographed of all villages in England where quaint cottages date from the 14th century. Also, make a quick detour to Burford, voted the 6th most idyllic destination in Europe by Forbes in 2009. Burford High Street sweeps down the hill towards the River Windrush and is lined with many interesting shops, including antiques shops, where souvenirs can be purchased. One of the local pubs is a great spot to sample some local cuisine for your lunch prior to heading to the delightful gardens of Hidcote Manor and Kiftsgate Court.

The masterpiece of Hidcote Gardens consists of a series of outdoor ‘rooms’, each separated by walls and hedges of many different species and created by the horticulturist Major John Lawrence. Kiftsgate Court also offers a series of interconnecting gardens, each with a distinct character, and is home to the largest rose in England.

Day 4Explore Bath
This morning you will take a walking tour with a local guide to explore the beautiful Georgian city of Bath, often regarded as one of the loveliest cities in all of England.

From its beginnings as a Roman camp in the first century AD, Bath developed through troubled centuries to emerge in the 1700’s as a fashionable “spa” resort. Some of England’s best-preserved Georgian architecture is housed here, together with fascinating relics of earlier eras. Visit the Roman Baths that were discovered in an excellent state of preservation near to Bath Abbey church and also see the magnificent Palladian architecture for which the city is renowned, seen at its best in the Circus and the Royal Crescent.

Day 5Depart Cotswolds
Transfer to London this morning for your departure flight or alternatively your itinerary can be extended to include a tour of London and the surrounding area.


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