Cotswolds Bike Hotel
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Cotswolds Bike Hotel

We are proud to offer the scenic and decadent Hotel Ormond as our Cotswolds Bike Hotel of choice. The Ormond in Tetbury is a 16th century coaching inn that oozes old-world charm but delivers 21st century facilities, and is the perfect base for your bikecation in the Cotswolds.

Lying at the southernmost end of The Cotswolds, Tetbury is one of Gloucestershire’s most attractive towns, known for its antique shops, boutiques and royal links. (Prince Charles Highgrove Estate is a couple of miles away.)

If being on your bike makes you happy, imagine the ear-to-ear grin you’d be wearing if you were exploring the quiet country lanes and ancient wool tracks of The Cotswolds, with its steeply wooded valleys, breathtaking viewpoints and idyllic villages.

This is a suitable cycling holiday for a road cyclist look to test themselves on quiet and sweeping UK roads but also that of a Leisure cyclist who is looking to explore an area of outstanding beauty.

The Cotswold the UK’s largest designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty offers rides to suit all levels, whether your idea of heaven is pumping up vertiginous slopes shouting Shut up legs or pedalling along leafy lanes anticipating the award-winning pub lunch we’ve booked for you en route.

All this and more makes our Cotswolds Bike Hotel holiday a fantastic UK cycling experience.

Cherington Village Sapperton Village Slad Valley The Woolpack for its Ales!
   Dates Adult(PP)
From 1 January 2017 to 31 December 2017
£250.00

What's included

  • Back up facility
  • Bed and Breakfast
  • Bike clean and oil each night
  • Hydration advice and refills for your ride
  • Overnight free laundry
  • Pub lunches booked
  • Route maps and use of Garmin
  • secure storage for your bike

Day 1 - arrival at The Ormond

After check-in comes the exciting bit: choosing your routes. There are lots of routes to choose from, offering brilliant rides at all levels. You might want to start off with an easy route and work your way up to one of the harder ones; jump straight in and head for the route with the steepest ascents (and fastest descents!); or find you hit your stride on day one, and spend your entire break on the moderate routes. It’s up to you. For each route, you can check out the distance, approximate ride-time and changes of elevation, and – because we've ridden every route ourselves – we’ll also give you the inside track on the roads and terrain you’ll be covering, as well as notes on places and things of special interest (great viewpoints and lunch spots included). Once you've made your choices we’ll load a state-of-the-art Garmin Edge 800™ with your routes, and all you’ll have to do is clip that onto your bike, then follow the navigation guidance and enjoy the ride.

Day 2 - Go riding

After a good nights rest it''s time to enjoy the Ormond breakfast, which will set you up for the day ahead. Hopefully you will have decided which routes to ride the previous evening, so it''s time to grab the garmin, get the bike out of the secure storage and head off into the glorious Cotswold countryside. You will be armed with the best places to stop for coffee or lunch, and if you encounter any problems we are just a phone call away. At the end of your ride, you can relax back at the hotel, feast on delicious local produce in the fantastic Ormond restaurant, and plan the next day..

Day 3 - Go riding again

Its a repeat of the previous day, except you will be able to visit some of those other beautiful places that you didn't get round to seeing yesterday.

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Frequently asked questions

1. How fit do I need to be for these holidays?

Our Bikecations are designed to attract people of all ages and levels of fitness. All the holidays can be enjoyed by anyone who is reasonably fit. Some holidays involve greater distances or frequency of cycling and some will cover hillier terrain than others. Our tour gradings and itinerary descriptions should help guide you towards the most suitable holiday options for you. If you are not sure, give us a call.

2. How many miles a day can I expect to cycle?

This depends on the Bikecation you choose. These have been graded so you know what to expect.

For a bikecation leisure cycling holiday a gentle pace is about 7-8 miles per hour, so, if you cycle for four hours, you can expect to cover 25-30 miles comfortably. This leaves plenty of time for sightseeing, picnics, visiting castles or churches, stopping for morning coffee or whatever you want to do. You have all day to get to your next stopover, so you can relax and enjoy the countryside. We can also include rest days when you can enjoy other activities if you require.

For our road cycling and bespoke tours for groups we will advise you what is best for the particular trip you wish to ride on. Usually we try to cover 60-100 miles at an average speed of 13.5 to 14.5 mph but this can be slower or faster depending on the group.

3. What do I wear for leisure cycling ?

It is important to be comfortable when cycling so we suggest wearing thin layers of clothing. Padded cycling shorts, a zipped top, windproof light jacket and trainers are standard fare. Fast drying and hardwearing synthetic fabrics are ideal as a base layer as these allow your skin to breathe and wick the moisture away from your skin to the next layer, avoiding the chill which cotton T-shirts can cause. In mid-summer you may just need shorts and a t-shirt. Safety helmets are strongly recommended on all Bikecation holidays and are a legal requirement in some countries so please bring your own helmet. We will send out a What to wear document to you well in advance of your Bikecation.

4. Are cycling holidays suitable for children?

Cycling can make an ideal family holiday, provided the right distances are chosen for the younger members of the party. We would suggest that you call us to discuss the most suitable tours for your children. In most places we are able to offer children’s bikes and child seats, if you have toddlers or babies.

5. How much luggage can I bring?

Your luggage is transported for you every day so bring what you need to make your holiday relaxing and comfortable. Please try and limit it to one item of luggage per person and that it is clearly labelled. On some tours there is a weight limit per item.

6. What happens to my luggage?

We want you to enjoy your Bikecation to the full so, for your comfort, we arrange the transportation of your luggage from one hotel to the next. The only thing we ask is that you leave your suitcases in reception on setting out each morning, and the hoteliers will ensure that it is waiting for you at your next hotel. We will provide luggage labels for you. All you need carry with you are drinks, a camera, waterproofs and sun cream.

7. Is my money safe if anything happens to Bikecation?

Your money is safe when you book your Bikecation. To protect your payments fully, all monies paid by you to us for your holiday are held in a separate Client’s Trust Account and are not released to Bikecation until your holiday has taken place. This practice fully satisfies the requirements of EC and UK law. Please call us if you would like to discuss this further.

Bikecation is also fully licensed by ATOL ( no. T7462) that is issued by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). for full details how how your payments are protected, please read our Your Financial Security page.

8. Do I need to bring my own bike? What type of bike should I bring?

We arrange for hire bikes to be provided for your holiday or tour. However, if you would prefer to bring your own bike then by all means bring it with you, but it must be in good working order. We recommend either a hybrid or a mountain bike fitted with road tyres for our leisure cycling holidays.

For our road cycling trips we can advise on what is best for your situation but we regularly transport bikes to the start destination.

If you do bring your own bike, you should insure it separately. Most household insurance policies can be extended to cover your bike whilst on holiday.

9. What happens if I have a problem with the bike or any other problem en route ?

If you are provided with a bike it will be well-maintained and serviced before being rented out so there should be no problems however, there are emergency numbers provided in the Route Notes for more complex problems.
If you have brought your own bike and you are unable to fix it, we will find you a replacement for the rest of your holiday.

Our road cycling trips will also have back up support with a mechanic unless requested otherwise with a possible spare bike for any major problems.

10. What should I do about holiday insurance?

If you choose a holiday abroad, you should have adequate insurance to cover you for medical expenses and for cancellation or curtailment of your holiday. For holidays in the UK we recommend everyone should have holiday travel insurance. Not all insurance policies cover cycling daily so we recommend Campbell Irvine. For full information, please read our ‘Trip Preparation’ page

11. Where will I leave my car for the duration of the leisure cycling holiday?

In most cases you can leave your car for the duration of your holiday in the car park of the hotel used for the first night’s accommodation. Where parking is not available at the first hotel, you will be advised of the alternative arrangements made for you.

12. I’m on my own – Which holidays are best for me ?

Nearly all our holidays are open to single travellers, but our Group guided holidays may be of most interest. Group holidays give you the opportunity to meet others of like mind and to enjoy cycling together. The group ‘vibe’ continues into the evening if you decide to eat together. A guide will help you appreciate the history and culture of the area you’re visiting.

13. What type of accommodation can I expect?

There is a variety of accommodation ranging from Castles and Chateaux to small boutique hotels and good quality B&Bs, thereby offering a range of different priced holidays. If you have any questions regarding which accommodation is used in the trip you are interested in riding please contact the office.

14. What are the routes like?

The descriptions of our Leisure Bikecations indicate the main types of routes we use on each holiday, such as provincial roads, country lanes, dedicated cycle ways, some tracks and Casa Verdes (disused railway tracks). While we try to use quiet routes wherever possible, you should be comfortable riding occasionally in traffic. Traffic volumes can vary even on minor roads, especially in more popular tourist areas; we sometimes have to use short sections of busier roads to cross rivers or connect scenic routes, and traffic will inevitably be heavier in and near towns.

Some routes include occasional sections on unsurfaced tracks, but these don’t require any specific technical riding skills. If you are unsure of your level, or would like to know more about the cycling on specific holidays, then please do not hesitate to contact our knowledgeable reservations team.

15. Do I need to bring money for food?

All the holidays include a hearty breakfast each day. Some also include lunch and an evening meal. Where they are not included, you are free to choose where and when to eat. Some hotels will provide you with a packed lunch on request, but most people like the freedom of stopping at the place of their choice to experience the local cuisine. Some routes have been designed to incorporate gastronomic delights and will include an evening meal. Details are given with each individual tour.

16. Is it possible to extend one of the holidays from a few days to a full week?

We have the resources to design a tour to suit your requirements, incorporating rest days if desired, taking in places that are of interest to you. Give us a call and we will try to accommodate your wishes. The only constraint may be the availability of the accommodation.

17. Can you arrange flights for the overseas tours?

Flights are not included in the tour price, however we can book flights for you. Holding an ATOL licence means that if you book a tour and flight together with us you will have the added piece of mind of the financial protection offered by ATOL. If you prefer to book your own, we recommend that you wait until your tour booking is confirmed before you book any flights and booking separately means you will not be covered by ATOL. For full information on our flight services please contact us on email@bikecation.co.uk

18. When are the tours available?

Departure dates are shown for all tours. Please be aware that the holidays are very dependent on the availability of the selected accommodation. These have been chosen carefully, looking for a high standard to ensure you are comfortable at all times. During busy periods this is not always available, so we advise that you should book as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

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