Women's Tour in the Cotswolds - May 23-30, 2025 - SOLD OUT!

Women's Tour in the Cotswolds - May 23-30, 2025 - SOLD OUT!


Product Description

Join Keli and MaryPat in the beautiful Cotswolds for a fantastic week full of creativity, country walks, and cream teas.

Enjoy a week-long slumber party with girl friends in the magical Cotswolds. Together we will explore this area of exquisite natural beauty featuring the Cotswold Way, a network of scenic trails leading to impossibly charming villages where every view is worthy of a painting. Weekly markets, art galleries, shops, pubs, and gourmet eateries await us in the many towns on the itinerary.

This adventure includes four days of guided visits to chocolate-box villages such as Broadway, Bilbury, Chipping Campden, Blockley, the Slaughters, Bibury ... Arlington row, and many more. We'll ramble on the Cotwold Way from our home base in Painswick which is situated mid-way between Chipping Camden and Bath. On May 26 we'll walk to Cooper's Hill to witness the great Gloucester Cheese Rolling race; an extreme sport in which contestants race a wheel of Double Gloucester cheese down a steep hill ... first one to the bottom wins the cheese! Our group will imbibe in a tour and tasting at Cotswolds Distillery and be treated to a "royal experience" with a tour of the gardens and high tea at Highgrove, the country estate of King Charles. Also on the menu is a flower-crown making class, tea party cooking class, and a gin and tonic party (we'll experiment with "mocktails" too).

Our home for the week will be Cardynham House, a 15th century wool merchant's manor house nestled in the quaint village of Painswick. The house features 9 ensuite bedrooms, each super-king bed can be divided into twin beds, several living spaces, an outdoor courtyard and a pool.

Note: Guests should be prepared to walk 5+ miles per day. Sturdy walking shoes are recommended.

Tour includes ground transportation, all excursions, classes and all meals. 

Breakfast will be delivered each day, some meals will be group-prepared picnics in our kitchen and others will be at local pubs and eateries. We'll enjoy at least one High Tea on our excursions and sample scones, sausage rolls, and many British cakes along the way.


$3,950 per person twin bed, double occupancy, ensuite bathroom (1 double room available)

$4,450 per person private room with super-king bed and ensuite bathroom (single rooms are sold out!)

A $500 per person deposit holds your spot.* Balance is due February 1, 2025.*

Tour cost does not include airfare which can be purchased through Bob Kerr at Travel House (bob@travelhouse.com). Please purchase travel insurance to protect your deposit. This is inexpensive and can be purchased through Travel House or at travelinsurance.com

Tour is limited to 12 lucky ladies.

Tour Highlights ...

Friday, May 23

4:00pm Pick up at Stroud Station (There is a train from London Paddington Station leaving at 2:31 arriving Stroud at 3:55.).

The village of Painswick and our home for the week ... Cardynham House ... is only a short drive. 


We will visit Daylesford Farms for gourmet goodies to enjoy on a picnic dinner at our house, the town of Tetbury which is known as the antique capital of the Cotswolds, Burford Garden Co. a mecca for gardening supplies and home decor, and many more unique shops.

Charming Villages

Our group will spend four days touring charming Cotswold's villages with CJP Cotswold Tours.

Lunch will be in one of the villages along the way.

The Great Gloucester Cheese Roll

On Monday we'll walk to Cooper's Hill to witness the world-famous race for the Double Glouster cheese round ... we'll even sample some cheese while we watch the crazy fun!

The Cotswold Way

Bring your raincoat and surdy shoes because we'll become British ramblers as we walk along the famous Cotswold's Way. Painswick is uniquely situated mid-way between the two trail heads of Chipping Camden and Bath. Our walks will take us through Painswick to Stroud, Little Witcombe, Birdlip, among others.

High Tea at the King's Country Home

One day we will visit Highgrove, the country home of King Charles and Queen Camilla. After a tour of the gardens, we'll enjoy a champagne tea in the restaurant.

Friday, May 30

9:30 departure to Stroud station where you'll make your way back to London where you can continue your adventure or return home.

About hour host ...

Keli Sim DeRitis is an artist, entrepreneur, enthusiastic traveler, and cookbook author.

After many years working as a graphic designer, a life-changing trip to Italy in 2000 led to a new career. Keli founded Poggi Bonsi, an Italian-themed kitchen store in 2001. Owning the shop required extensive travel through Italy and France to source products and cultivate partnerships. Along the way Keli learned to prepare regional specialties from both home cooks and professional chefs. Keli has been teaching cooking classes and organizing tours to the European countryside since 2014. She closed her beloved kitchen business in 2017 to focus on leading tours and sharing the unique history and culinary traditions of areas off the tourist track.

Exploring new destinations and sharing unique experiences is the primary goal of Poggi Bonsi Tours. Organizing a retreat in the Cotswolds has been a dream for many years and Keli is excited to share this creative week with you!

Price does not include airfare which can be arranged through Bob Kerr at Travel House

Email keli@poggibonsigifts.com or call Keli at 206-714-8278 for more information.

*Deposits are non-refundable. Trip insurance is require so we are all protected if an emergency prevents travel. Trip insurance is reasonable and can be purchased from Travel House or through TravelInsurance.com.