About CJP Cotswold Tours
Having lived in the area for over 45 years, we have become very familiar with those ‘off-the-beaten-track’ and easily missed locations. Our tour guides live in the Cotswolds and are knowledgeable about the region and familiar with the best locations to shop, eat, drink and stay. We know the Cotswolds intimately and work with you to ensure you get what you want from your tour, so we encourage you to share your interests with us.
Who We Are
CJP Cotswold Tours is a family-owned and operated Cotswold-based tour business based in the north Cotswolds. We aim to ensure that our visitors to the Cotswolds experience the best of the region during an enjoyable day out from the comfort of our executive private tour vehicles, and with the reassurance of our experienced tour guides. Leaving the driving to us gives you more time to take in your surroundings and explore.
Owned and operated by Chris and Ruth who are married with two daughters, Charlotte and Hannah, they run their Cotswold touring business from just outside the woollen-market town of Chipping Campden, situated in the northern Cotswolds.
CJP Cotswold Tours was first established in 2002 and has now become well recognised as being safe, professional, friendly and reliable.
Take a look at some of our TripAdvisor reviews to find out what others are saying about our tours.
Why Choose CJP?
We’ve lived in the Cotswolds for 45+ years and know the region inside-out.
2. HIGHLY RATED
Internationally recognised, and highly rated by our previous clients – we’ve won the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence award for 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 & 2017.
3. FAMILY COMPANY
CJP Cotswold Tours is built on honest family-values with integrity.
4. DEDICATED PRIVATE TOUR GUIDES
With in-depth local and specialist regional knowledge.
5. TAILORED TO YOU
All of our tours can be tailored to your interests and can accommodate for most requests you may have.
We’re a reliable and faithful business, with over 15 years experience [established in 2002].
7. FRIENDLY & PERSONAL
We’ve been told our private guided tours are like taking a holiday or day-trip with old friends, which we think sounds rather lovely and couldn’t put it better ourselves.
8. EXECUTIVE VEHICLES
Seating up to 7 passengers for travelling in style, comfort and safety.
9. RELAXED ITINERARIES
Our tours are leisurely paced, with flexibility on the day should you change your mind.
10. BOOK WITH CONFIDENCE
We offer a range of payment options and have security measures in place for safe transactions through our online payment system.
11. FULLY LICENSED
Our vehicles and tour guides are fully licensed for private hire, issued by Cotswold District Council. Our guides have also been fully DBS (formerly CRB) checked, for your peace of mind.
12. LOCAL CONNECTIONS
We work with local businesses to bring you the best the region has to offer, all whilst supporting our local economy.
All of CJP Cotswold Tours’ Driver-Guides are experienced, professional and love to travel. We have carefully selected our team for their affable personality, being natural born story-tellers as well as great drivers, too.
To make sure that you get the most from your visit, our tours are provided by local guides who present engaging and entertaining commentaries throughout the day, sharing comprehensive and interesting local facts and knowledge, whilst ensuring that there’s plenty of time to travel between locations and see a variety of sights.
On days off, our guides can often be found out-and-about in the village locations they frequently take their passengers to, continually developing their knowledge and talking to anyone who will listen about the wonder of the Cotswolds.
Each of our guides also has their own special interests and favourite locations throughout the UK, which they’ve travelled extensively. For tours of other regions of the UK, where possible, we will always assign the most appropriate guide based on their experience.
Our Tour Guides
Owner & Tour Driver/Guide
During his time off he enjoys walking Boris, his Golden Retriever, motorcycle touring throughout the countryside, cooking and spending time with friends and family.
Chris’s claim to fame (other than having presented on BBC’s Escape to the Country!) is that he once won the title ‘Champion of the Hill’ in the Robert Dover’s Olympick Games – an annual event held at the original site of the English Olympic Games.
“This is my 3rd trip with Chris but this time, I brought my 23 year old daughter and her friend, which is their first time to England and the Cotswolds. Chris has so much knowledge about this region as he lives here as well. He is so much fun to travel with and has the greatest stories. You could spend several days and never get bored. There’s so much to do and breathtaking views to see and he gives you a good amount of time to linger over the beauty. If there is something specific you want to see, he’s more than happy to accommodate. But, we always just let him pick the agenda and go along for the ride. Its great to sit back and enjoy your time in this beautiful countryside. His knowledge allows you to visit great pubs, shopping and historical areas. He’s just so fun to be with that I very highly recommend him for a lovely Cotswold tour. We all truly love Chris!!!”
Melissa T, Mississipi, USA
His favourite place in the Cotswolds is the Coln Valley which he loves for its quiet and peaceful atmosphere, unspoilt by tourism. In his opinion, it’s the Cotswold’s best-kept secret!
As well his excellent knowledge of the Cotswolds, Tony also has in-depth knowledge of Wales, the Lake District and Northumberland. When possible he enjoys taking time out to do a range of activities including motorcycling, mountain biking, road cycling, diving and mountaineering.
“Look no further — Tony is the Bomb!!!
What an absolutely super vacation! From the start, Chris and Ruth were wonderful and patient with my many emails, listing the various things that I wanted to do and see once I arrived.
And then there was Tony. There he was when we landed (even though we had been hours delayed by our flight), a twinkle in his eye and welcoming smile. He made even getting stuck in traffic a supreme pleasure — discussing the local areas – history and such. Immediately upbeat and cordial. He showed us the best of the Cotswolds during our 3 day tour and was really entertaining about the deviations we had wanted to see. I cant tell you how wonderful he was, pointing out the breathtaking sights and adding marvelous anecdotes as our days moved along.
We were blown away with his style, humor and caring attitude. I assure you I will come back one day to the Cotswolds for another visit and CJP Tours will be the first thing I book. Wonderful company, terrific service and worth every penny!!”
Mariann DeMarco DFW, Texas, USA
Upon retirement, the decision to remain here in this beautiful part of the world was a very simple one. Ian feels privileged to live in such an attractive area and loves the opportunity to show visitors some of the wonderful attractions of this region.
When not driving for CJP Tours, Ian house sits all over the country with his wife Sue, allowing owners to leave their dogs, cats and other adored pets in their home environment. A unique way to explore other areas of the United Kingdom.
Ian is a regular cyclist, taking on the local hills and views with pleasure. He also spends quite a lot of time hunting golf balls in the local courses, with differing levels of success!
His early career as an officer in the Royal Air Force included a tour on a fast-jet fighter squadron in (then) West Germany during the Cold War. During his off-duty time he also worked as an announcer and DJ on local radio stations, including the BBC. His RAF career was followed by 30 years in the Prison Service, including being governor-in-charge of two prisons, before retiring from public service in 2004.
When not enjoying guiding, Neil spends most of his time on the golf course, researching history, playing the guitar – a devotee of 1950s rock-and-roll music – and walking Finley, he and his wife’s lovely Shetland sheepdog.
“My husband and I did a one-day tour with Simon as our guide. He was great — very friendly and filled with facts and interesting tidbits about the area, the villages, buildings and history. It was an incredible day. I highly recommend using CJP Cotswold Tours.“
In the Office
Office Manager & Accounts
In her spare time, Ruth enjoys working on the interior design of their house renovation, spending time with friends and indulging in a spot of shopping in Cheltenham – having always thought that one day, she’d love to make the regency spa town her home.
When not working for CJP, Charli also has her own Brand Identity & Communication Design consultancy working for a range of other clients. Her hobbies and passions include discovering new places to eat and drink and walking across the Cotswold countryside with her Siberian Husky – foraging for wild food and herbal medicine – as well as growing organic fruit and vegetables in her garden.
Our Private Tour Vehicles
We currently have 4 private touring vehicles, fully-licensed by Cotswold District Council for Private Hire, which can accommodate from 4 to 7 passengers to travel in both safety and comfort.
Here are the vehicles we offer;
Mercedes V Class AMG 250 (Extra Long)
2017 (up to 7 passengers)
Mercedes Viano Ambient (Long)
2015 (up to 7 passengers)
VW Touareg R Line 4 x 4
2015 (up to 4 passengers)
A6 S-Line Saloon
2017 (up to 4 passengers)
How We Work
As every tour is tailored to your personal interests and is not an ‘off-the-shelf’ service, it is not possible to book one of our tours online. Please contact us for a quote and to discuss a possible itinerary which works for you.
Here’s how our enquiry and booking process works:
Send us an enquiry for the dates you’d like your tour, with any additional information you can provide, such as your interests or any extras you’d like included. Visit our ‘Contact Us’ page to fill out our tour enquiry form.
We’ll let you know our availability and get a quote to you. We aim to respond to all enquiries within 24 hours.
If you’d like to go ahead, we’ll send a booking form for you to complete along with a secure payment link for you to reserve your tour with a deposit.
We’ll then work with you on your chosen tour to determine some of the finer details. This includes us creating a personalised itinerary for the day tailored to your interests (we’ll also discuss whether you’d like to book any experiences or tickets for entry to any of the many Cotswold attractions)
Wait with excitement… we look forward to meeting you!
For full booking Terms & Conditions please see HERE.
Frequently Asked Questions
We regularly work with local hotels, inns and b&b’s to book our clients into their rooms. Please take a look at our Recommended Accommodation page for information and links to hotel, B&B and self-catering accommodation options.
This varies from tour-to-tour. Please view individual tour pages to find out more and request a quote. The fee quoted for our private-guided tours is per vehicle and your guide. We do not charge per-seat.
Our tour start points are flexible and can work with your travel plans. We can collect and return you at a location convenient for you. This could be a local hotel, or other accommodation in the Cotswolds, one of the local train stations such as Honeybourne or Moreton-in-Marsh (we are happy to help advise on train times), or a UK airport, seaport, or other UK city or accommodation location.
A typical full-day tour of the northern Cotswold region is 8-hours. Our tours are tailored to you; relaxed and at your pace, with plenty of time to stop for a stroll. During the Winter months (November-February), we are able to offer ½-day tours, which typically last between 4-6 hours. Just let us know if you would like to spend more time in a particular location and we will do our best to oblige.
Yes, we are fully private-hire licensed and offer transfers from any UK location including central London and all UK airports.
Yes, as we are private hire licensed, we can collect from any UK airport or inbound location. Just ask us for a quote or let us know when booking your tour.
Yes, our private-guided tour vehicles can accommodate for a generous amount of luggage. Please let us know how many pieces of luggage you anticipate bringing with you when booking your tour. If necessary, we can install one of our secure-locking roof boxes to create more storage space.
Yes, please let us know if your child needs a baby car seat or booster seat, which we would be happy to provide and ensure it is fitted correctly into the vehicle before starting your tour.
Yes, although this can be dependent on your group size and our vehicle availability. We have found on many occasions that those with limited mobility have no problems entering and exiting our vehicles and there is plenty of space in the rear compartments to store mobility equipment. Our guides are always happy to provide assistance, too. We ask that we be informed of any large items you wish to bring on-board before your tour date to ensure that we can accommodate for extra baggage if necessary.
CJP COTSWOLD TOURS BOOKING CONDITIONS
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
CJP Cotswold Tours (also referred to in these booking conditions as “we”, “us” and “our”) accepts you (also referred to in these booking conditions as “the Client”) booking under the following terms and conditions.
When confirming a tour with CJP Cotswold Tours you (and any other person(s) including children accompanying them on the tour) agrees to be bound by these terms and conditions. No agent, servant, representative or client of CJP Cotswold Tours has the right to make any oral promises, claims or offers or to alter or vary or waive any of these terms and conditions.
DEPOSIT AND PAYMENT
In order to secure any booking a deposit of 25% – unless stated otherwise – of the agreed total fee must be sent to CJP Cotswold Tours. We will provide payment instructions for you to make a secure payment. The balance of the total fee is payable in full, at least seven days before your tour start date if payment is by card. Cash may also be chosen as an alternative method of payment, where by the outstanding balance will be payable to your driver guide, at the end of the tour prior to departure. Once full payment is received, a confirmation will be issued to the Client. If a booking is made 28 days or less before the departure date, then the full fee shall be immediately payable.
If the full balance of the total fee is not paid by the due date, CJP Cotswold Tours reserves the right to cancel the booking and retain the deposit.
REFUNDS AND CANCELLATIONS
You have the right to a refund of any monies paid to CJP Cotswold Tours, minus any deposit received, subject to us receiving notification within seven days of receipt of your deposit payment.
All notifications of cancellation must be advised in writing, signed by the signatory of the booking form and either sent by email to email@example.com or to CJP Cotswold Tours, 49 Meon Road, Mickleton, Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire, GL55 6TB. Cancellations are effective on the day they are received by CJP Cotswold Tours. Receipt of cancellation will be confirmed in writing to the provided method of contact, drawn from the original completed booking form. Recorded delivery for postal methods of communication is strongly recommended. If you wish to cancel via email, it would be considered wise to also call our office on +44 (0) 1386 833 365 to ensure we have received your cancellation.
We try to be as fair as possible should a cancellation need to be made. Since we incur costs in cancelling your booking, the following charges will be payable, dependent upon the number of days prior to departure left when we receive your notice of cancellation.
- Up to 3 months before tour start date – No charge
- Up to 2 months before tour start date – 25% of the total may be charged
- Up to 1 month before tour start date – 50% of the total may be charged
- Up to 1 week before the tour start date – 75% of the total may be charged
CJP Cotswold Tours reserves the right to cancel any tour if a specified minimum number of passengers are not booked on the tour, or for any other reason beyond the control of CJP Cotswold Tours.
In the event of a tour being cancelled by CJP Cotswold Tours for any reason, the client may choose a full refund of all monies paid including the deposit, or alternatively choose to be booked on any other tour that CJP Cotswold Tours may offer. No further liability by CJP Cotswold Tours to the client with regard to the cancellation will arise. In the event of a passenger selecting an alternative tour offered by CJP Cotswold Tours which is lower in price than the original tour, then the client will be entitled to the difference or alternatively, if the tour is more expensive, then the client will be liable for the additional cost.
In the event of us having to cancel a tour we will use the lead contact details taken at the point of booking, or from our existing email communications with you, and take no responsibility if these are inaccurate.
SUSTENANCE, ENTRY FEES AND OTHER INCURRED COSTS
Entry fees to any attractions you may wish to visit during your tour, lunch and refreshments are not included in your tour booking. CJP Cotswold Tours are happy to help with external bookings such as hotel recommendations, dinner reservations, tour activities and other enhancements on behalf of the Client on request. Payments for any fee due as a result of CJP Cotswold Tours acting on behalf of the Client will be agreed prior to placing any such booking.
For parties of 8 passengers or more, we are able to offer a minibus to accommodate for your group. In the event of such an occurrence, the Client acknowledges and accepts that the vehicle will not be licensed for Private Hire or taxi, and that any monies paid to CJP Cotswold Tours under this provision are purely for our tour guide services. No charges will be made for the driving of the hired vehicle.
BOOKING AND ITINERARY CHANGES
In case of any change instructed or requested by the Client, to any previously agreed and approved tour program or itinerary, before or during the service being provided, the client will be liable to pay any charges incurred for cancellations both internally and through third parties such as but by no means restricted to; entry ticket charges, travel costs such as toll roads or congestion charges, or additional mileage incurred through change of route. CJP Cotswold Tours has the right to refuse any changes that would affect the tour program substantially or to its detriment.
It is the responsibility of the client to ensure that they are in possession of valid travel documents, including passports, visas, health certificates etc. CJP Cotswold Tours cannot accept any liability for incorrect documentation. In the event of any client being unable to embark upon, or complete a tour for default of any of these pre-requisites, CJP Cotswold Tours will bear no liability for the client, or for his return to the embarkation or disembarkation point or for any other costs or expenses.
Clients are advised to obtain personal travel insurance, and are urged to ensure that it is adequate for the full duration of the arrangements, particularly in respect to accident, medical and repatriation expenses. If the client has dependents, insurance to cover these responsibilities is also recommended.
Neither CJP Cotswold Tours, nor its agents can be held liable for any injury, damage to property or loss of life caused. You agree to indemnify CJP Cotswold Tours in respect of any accident, personal injury, loss of life, or damage to property caused by the client during the course of the trip.
The Client agrees to comply with the laws and regulations of the country visited on the trip and comply with all reasonable instruction, issued by CJP Cotswold Tours and/or their assigned driver guide, relating to safety and organisation of the trip.
Passengers must allow plenty of time to return in time to connect with any other form of transport. We do not accept responsibility for any delays caused by circumstances beyond our control and will not be liable for onward transport costs due to late return.
Passengers must also look after their personal belongings at all times whilst at the pick up point, at the stops and in the vehicle.
Stops are made throughout the tour for sightseeing and refreshments. We ask that you return to the vehicle promptly within the time allowed for those stops. If your return is overdue, we can not guarantee that there will be time to visit each location detailed in your itinerary, or reach any pre-booked entry to venues or tourist attractions otherwise, or by any allocated time. If your driver guide is still waiting 90 minutes after the time requested that you and any additional party members return to the vehicle, and no contact to either your driver guide or the CJP Cotswold Tours office is made to notify us as to your whereabouts, your vehicle may have to leave without you and neither we nor your assigned driver guide shall be liable for the consequence.
Passengers wishing to bring luggage on board during your tour should notify us in advance. We will endeavor to accommodate as much luggage as possible without detriment to your travel experience or risk to health and safety for all passengers and their driver guide, including restriction of vision and access to entrances, exits and escape routes. We may be able to fit a roof box to your allocated vehicle on request, subject to availability and additional charges, but cannot guarantee that we will be able to accommodate all luggage you bring with you. Any items and personal belongings you choose to bring with you during your tour are carried at the passenger’s own risk.
PHOTOGRAPH AND VIDEO USAGE
CJP Cotswold Tours reserve the right to publish any photographs or videos taken by our employees of any passenger on tour with us, or any media sent to us by any tour attendee pre, during or post-tour for publication, exhibition, or other promotional purposes. Should any passenger wish for media where they are present not to be used for such purposes, notice must either be provided beforehand or at the time of the photograph being taken. We ask that if you do not wish to be in photographs published, please avoid standing in view of the camera so that the image can be usable for the aforementioned purposes. The Client indemnifies CJP Cotswold Tours for any consequence which may arise from any media we choose to publish, and are happy to remove any online media or comments published, where possible and within reason, if requested in writing via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Should you have a complaint during your tour, we ask that you raise the issue with your driver guide and they will do their best to rectify your problem. If they cannot resolve your complaint at the time, please send your complaint in writing either by email to email@example.com or to CJP Cotswold Tours, 3 Gainsborough House, Battlebrook Drive, Chipping Campden Business Park, Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire, GL55 6JX. Recorded delivery for postal methods of communication is strongly recommended.
CJP Cotswold Tours does not accept any liability for any loss, inconvenience or damage caused by war, threat of war, riot or civil commotion, terrorist or criminal activity, industrial disputes, natural disasters, fires, sickness, weather conditions, road or traffic conditions, temporary technical, mechanical or electrical breakdown within booked accommodation, explosion of, or radioactive contamination from, any nuclear facility or other events beyond the control of CJP Cotswold Tours.
We are proud to work with a range of travel partners and agents across the UK and overseas. On a number of occasions this has also included providing location visits and hotel inspection tours for company directors and CEOs looking to review the region for their holiday packages.
For travel agents and specialists looking to co-ordinate client holiday and tour packages please do not hesitate to contact us to see how we can help you in your endeavours and match your clients to their perfect tour guide.
If you would like to discuss working with us, please get in touch with Chris Peake – firstname.lastname@example.org
Press, PR & Media
We’re proud to have worked closely with and provided our tour services for a range of publications, organisation and media outlets across the UK and internationally to promote the Cotswold region, including work with VisitBritain and the official Cotswolds Tourism.
If you would like to make an enquiry about a potential Press, PR or Media opportunity, please send an email to Charli Peake – email@example.com.
Here’s a few examples:
BBC Escape to the Country
Chris presented on the popular TV programme sharing information about the region whilst providing an on-camera tour to prospective home buyers in a vintage Morgan sports car, providing an insight into Worcestershire and the Malvern Hills. The episode aired 14th May 2015 [link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b05vmsc4]
To Europe and Beyond
Press and blogger visits to the Cotswolds for VisitBritain in collaboration with Cotswolds Tourism – most recently, we provided a tour to Marie-Eve Vallieres of To Europe and Beyond. See a post she tagged us in on Facebook HERE.