For the first time in history, the team at Around & About Bath are completely lost for words… We are incredibly proud to announce that we feature on the front cover of the travel section, in the most recent issue of the UK’s most popular periodical, The Sun.
The feedback we receive from our guests and the press is so valuable to us as what goes on behind the scenes is a daily mission of communicating what we do, why it is different and how that translates into an experience like no other…
We want to change the way people travel, immersing guests in intimate & in-depth experiences that are extraordinary, unhurried, in-depth and completely unique & utterly compelling…
Being featured in a periodical like The Sun brings us one step closer to allowing more people to explore the England we love and adore… (still speechless!!!)
We had the pleasure of guiding Alison Maloney around some of the most stunning hidden locations in the Cotswolds on our Hidden Cotswolds: Past Glories & Forgotten Stories full-day tour experience. Alison shared her experience with Sun readers in the article seen below:
The full text reads:
‘FAMED for its Roman spa, yellow stone buildings and association with Jane Austen, Bath has long been a favourite destination.
But while there’s so much going on in the city itself, visitors could easily miss out on the stunning countryside, chocolate-box villages and wealth of history in the surrounding area.
Step forward Jules Mittra, founder of Around And About Bath. The former history teacher has applied his considerable knowledge to tourism, taking small groups on bespoke tours of the areas around Bath.
Choices include Stonehenge and Secret Somerset, Medieval Marvels and Movie Locations, Historic Pubs Mining And Dining, and the one I chose, Hidden Cotswolds: Past Glories And Forgotten Stories.
And yes, Bath is in the Cotswolds – which was news to me.
After collecting us from the door of our hotel in his nine-seater car, Jules explained that he wasn’t going to tell us where we were going – which was all part of the fun.
It was, he explained, his mission to avoid the spots where coach loads of tourists spoil the experience, and instead reveal the hidden gems of this beautiful part of the world.
As we drove along, Jules provided fascinating nuggets of history and local knowledge. His chatty commentary jumped from standing stones to locations of Harry Potter films and into the realms of gossip – touching on Marvin Gaye’s affair with “Disco Dowager” Lady Foxwell, which saw him become a frequent visitor to the tiny village of Sherston.
Our first stop was over coffee in The Old Bell in the shadow of Malmesbury Abbey. It dates back to 1220 and claims to be England’s oldest Inn. It has recently undergone a £1.1 million refurbishment whilst retaining original features.
The result is a luxurious but cosy retreat, steeped in history.
Over coffee, Jules rattled through 1,000 years of medieval history without once sounding dull.
We moved on to explore some of the most breathtakingly beautiful villages I have come across.
There was also a brief stop at a hidden church that harbours a surprising secret (which I won’t spoil for future visitors).
The tour included a tasty lunch in a beautiful country pub, The Bell at Sapperton, and coffee at our final stop, Westonbirt House.
It is now a girls’ boarding school but the grounds – featuring a renowned arboretum and Italian gardens – are open to the public at certain times and are well worth viewing.
Jules dropped us back to our hotel just after 5 pm – leaving us plenty of time to explore Bath and its thriving city centre.
Our base, the family-run Three Abbey Green, is in a quiet cobbled square just a stone’s throw from the famous Roman Baths and Pump Rooms.
The spacious and elegant rooms – our had a four-poster bed, a sofa and two chairs – were the perfect place to relax for a while before heading our for dinner.
The boutique hotel only serves breakfast, including home-made compote and specials such as avocado and feta on sourdough toast, but there are countless restaurants within a few minutes’ walk.
We ate at the lively independent, Ole Tapas, which serves tasty tapas dished and mouth-watering paella at very reasonable prices, in the heart of the city.
The owner, Lina, has recently opened her second restaurant in Saw Close, after the demand for her authentic Spanish food outgrew her original, tiny premises above a shop in a nearby street.
They are particularly well known for their rare Iberian pork dishes.
As a vegetarian sadly that wasn’t my cup of tea, but I can thoroughly recommend the battered vegetables and veggie paella, which was simply delicious’ – Alison Maloney