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Cotswold Tours by Fowler Tours

Charlbury, United Kingdom
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About Cotswold Tours by Fowler Tours
My name is Ken Fowler and I was born and educated in the Cotswolds. I am passionate about my heritage and love to share it with visitors and friends. I am offering personal tours of the Cotswolds in my air conditioned VW Sharan which can take you where a tour bus might struggle. I am completely flexible and will be there to act as your driver, guide and friend. I can pick you up from a local hotel, or, if you are coming from London, I can pick you up from a local railway station such as Charlbury, which is just over an hour from London, so returning to London in time for dinner is quite feasible. I will of course return you to your hotel or railway station at the end of the day.
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Lisa R wrote a review 1 Dec
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I actually feel like I should leave two separate reviews for Ken, as he was an absolute pleasure to work with both times... As a 2019 Christmas gift, I had planned a surprise trip to England for my mom to take place in March 2020 to do all things Downton Abbey. One part of our trip was a tour of the Cotswolds, including Bampton the real life Downton "downtown," with Ken Fowler. Well, as we all know, the world shut down that March and we had to cancel our trip. Ken was so easy to work with and wonderful in refunding our money quickly. Fast forward to this October. My mom and I saw an opportunity to re-book our trip and my first email was to Ken. He immediately responded and confirmed we could do our half-day trip, including Bampton. We were both excited to finally meet each other. I should mention that paying for Ken's services was really simple (I used PayPal). On Tuesday, Nov. 16, mom and I hopped the train Ken recommended from London to Charlbury, where he was waiting for us as soon as we arrived. His car was very nice and clean and provided a comfortable ride for us all day. Ken's knowledge of the Cotswolds is vast and he was an absolute delight to converse with throughout our trip. We ate lunch at The Swan Inn, at Ken's recommendation, and it was absolutely delicious, warm and welcoming. We packed in several stops in our time together, with Ken allowing us to stop and take pictures whenever we wanted and always checking with us to make sure the tour was what we wanted. He even let us linger in Bampton, sharing behind-the-scenes stories about Downton, which we loved. At the end of the day, Ken took us back to the train station right on time and waited until we safely got onboard. Ken was so delightful and really added something special to our vacation. I will definitely book his services again...because we will be back!
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Date of experience: November 2021
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David C wrote a review Jan 2020
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Before the trip, Ken asked us if there were any particular things we would like to see. We told him that we were going to leave it up to him. We met Ken at the Charlbury Train Station and spent a delightful day with him seeing his favorite places and towns in the Cotswolds. At midday, we stopped at The Swan Inn, Swinbrook for a great lunch and enjoyed hearing about the history of the inn. The day was so interesting and went so quickly that we hated to return to the train station at the end of the day.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Response from Ken F, Owner at Cotswold Tours by Fowler Tours
Responded 5 Jan 2020
Thank you very much for this lovely review. With my very best wishes. Ken
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Amy H wrote a review Jan 2020
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My fiance and I took a day trip to the Cotswolds during the Christmas Holidays and could not have chosen a better way to see the countryside than with Ken. His tour was thorough and so enjoyable! We are still talking about how much we enjoyed lunch at the Swan Inn. Ken's train advice was perfect and he made the whole day a very enjoyable one. If you are considering a trip to London, make this a definite day trip.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Response from Ken F, Owner at Cotswold Tours by Fowler Tours
Responded 5 Jan 2020
Thank you so much for this lovely review. All the very best to you both for the future and congratulations again. With my very best wishes. Ken
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AZWesner wrote a review Nov 2019
Tucson, Arizona10 contributions9 helpful votes
My daughter and I had the best time on our Cotswolds tour with Ken. Ken knows the Cotswolds inside and out. We followed Ken’s instructions for purchasing our train tickets. It went very smoothly. After Ken picked us up at the train station, we drove by the home his father built. He had great stories to go along with the house he grew up in and everything to do with the Cotswolds. We then toured his friends’ house and garden. What a delight that was! Sue and Hugo were so gracious opening up their beautiful home and garden. The weather was perfect and so was our tour of the Cotswolds. Fall is a beautiful time to see this gorgeous part of England. We had tea at Tisanes Tearoom & Gardens in the village of Broadway. Ken was very flexible with us and made sure we saw everything we wanted. We were sad to see the tour end and can’t wait to visit the Cotswolds again. Thank you Ken for a delightful time. You will not be disappointed with a tour with Ken. Catherine and Jennifer USA
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Response from Ken F, Owner at Cotswold Tours by Fowler Tours
Responded 5 Jan 2020
Thank you both for this lovely review. I am delighted that you enjoyed it as much as I did. With my very best wishes. Ken
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wiskaway wrote a review Nov 2019
Phoenix, Arizona10 contributions
We had a wonderful day tour in the Cotswolds with Ken. We were staying in London and Ken picked us up at the train station in Charlbury. If you would like to get away from London for a day and see some beautiful countryside and fairy tale villages Ken's tour is perfect. Ken is very knowledgeable about the area and easy to talk to. He took us to his local pub, Swan Inn, for a wonderful lunch. A beautiful spot! Thank you, Ken, for a great day!
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Response from Ken F, Owner at Cotswold Tours by Fowler Tours
Responded 5 Jan 2020
Thank you very much for this lovely review. It means a great deal. With my very best wishes. Ken
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