Many happy memories will stay with me always - country villages, gardens, the Thames, marvellous food prepared by Sue, fine weather and the warm hospitality of Sue, Bob, Ellie, Angus, Oscar and their neighbors.
I don't want to leave.
Lynette, California, USA
Sue and her family have made our first, long looked for, visit to England totally delightful. Our week has been full of the England we wanted to see - the gardens, the quaint villages we have read about in novels, the country markets, the warmth of the people and the ancient sites and buildings rich with history. One word summarises our stay: Superb. Superb hospitality in a superb surrounding with superb meals.
Clio and Susan Dixon. Idaho. USA
We are so grateful and thankful to our daughter for finding such a gorgeous place, beyond our expectations, a very warm and gracious Sue who is always there to help us and oh! - what delicious food - the best chef I know. We truly and sincerely enjoyed our stay and hope some day we can come back and see you again.
Larry, Amy and Letty. Los Angeles, USA
Told you I'd return and here I am. It's hard to believe a whole year has really gone by as Hope Cottage and England are nearly always on my mind. I've enjoyed every single second. Once again your sumptuous meals, your tour leader expertise, your cheery disposition, your hospitality leave nothing more to be desired. You offer it all right here in your little slice of heaven - Hope Cottage, thanks for sharing - till next year.
Donna. Massachusetts, USA
Thanks to all the residents of Hope Cottage for a wonderful three weeks. We saw great things, places and flowers, had great meals and stupendous shopping. I do so appreciate your 'weather arranging' as two days using our umbrellas in twenty one days was super.
Faye. Alberta, Canada
Three weeks has passed so quickly and in such a satisfactory fashion! I so appreciate having the opportunity to share in village life. Thank you for indulging my passion for the Cotswolds and making time for 'photo ops' whenever. I'll always remember the warmth of your family's welcome and the beauty of the setting.
Iris, Alberta, Canada
My husband and I were thrilled to learn that Sue Robson of Hope Cottage Tours is resuming her business after a few years running the local pub. Our trip with her in 2006 was a never to be forgotten joy from start to finish. If you want to see the English countryside, old castles, steam railways and so much more, without having to drive or take a bus, AND come home at night to a lovely meal and a great bedroom, look no further!
Erica, NY, USA.
My experience at Hope Cottage Tours was one of the top highlights of my vacation (the other being Paris, so that should tell you something!). Sue could not have been warmer or more gracious, and from the first moment I felt like my happiness was her number one priority.The cottage is beautifully cozy, with a gorgeous big kitchen where something delicious is always happening, a conservatory that makes it possible to eat all these wonderful meals with a lovely view of the gardens and meadows whether it be rain or shine, and the garden itself with so many little treasures tucked around every corner, including Sue's egg-laying chickens, one of which I made personal friends with I'm proud to say. I won't go into too much detail but I'd like to stress that I'm a bit of a foodie - and Sue knocked my socks off! Her perfectly balanced touch to every meal gave Paris a run for its money I'll tell you what. And so very generous with variety and choices, as well as dealing wonderfully with my various weird food allergies. Sue gladly drove us to many lovely sites and wonderful little towns, ancient churches, lavender fields, wherever we wanted to go. The entire area is picturesquely beautiful, and there are so many things to see and fun places to shop. The best part for me though was the relaxing atmosphere of the cottage itself. By the way, I found it laden with all the amenities I could think of, plus a few that'd never crossed my mind but was extremely thankful for (Towel-warming rack after a shower on a cold morning? Thank you very much indeed!). In retrospect, if I knew then what I know now, I really think I may have forgone London to have a few extra days at Hope Cottage. I left rejuvenated, inspired, and very, very happy. Don't miss out, Sue is the absolute BEST.
My sister and I stayed at Hope Cottage in Oxfordshire for three lovely days in June of 2007. We had just spent a week in Paris and several days in London and were very much looking forward to a few relaxing days in the “picturesque English countryside” away for the hustle and bustle of the city.
We couldn’t have found a more perfect place to stay than Hope Cottage. And, as seems to be the case with most of proprietor, Sue Robson’s guests, once we arrived, we really didn’t want to leave. I cannot speak highly enough of Sue and her hospitality. The lovely cottage radiates character. Sue and her husband have created a very comfortable and relaxed atmosphere for their guests.
I stayed in one of the upstairs bedrooms, which had all the comforts of home. It had an ensuite bathroom with shower, and the view to the fields beside the property was very tranquil. My sister stayed in a one bedroom with ensuite downstairs that was actually a separate cottage attached to the sunroom side of the house surrounded by flowers. We both loved our new home away from home.
We planned our outings with Sue based on what we were interested in seeing, and the time we had available. We thoroughly enjoyed each excursion, as well as the countryside drives between stops.
So, the accommodation is lovely, the sight seeing very pleasant and personable, not something you would ever be able to duplicate on a typical tourist tour, and to top it all off, Sue’s cooking is wonderful. We found each meal very enjoyable, made with fresh and varied local ingredients, and we especially raved over her lemon tart. I have nothing but praise for Sue’s cooking skills, and we even managed to get a copy of that lemon tart recipe before we left!
One other thing I wanted to be sure and mention was that on our last day we were supposed to travel back to London to catch a train to Edinburgh. But there were reports of a lot of flooding in the lowlands where these trains would be travelling, and there was a good chance our train would not be there to take us on the next leg of our journey once we arrived back in London. So Sue suggested we look into the trains departing from Oxford instead. We took her advice and rebooked with an Oxford departure, and Sue was kind enough to drive us to the train station there to see us off. Everything worked out perfectly thanks to her.
I really can’t say enough about how much we enjoyed our stay at Hope Cottage. It was one of the highlights of our trip and one of the special places I’ve regularly thought about returning to, the next time I plan a vacation over to the UK. I strongly recommend a stay at Hope Cottage to anyone looking to submerse themselves in a bit of English country living. Trust me, you won’t want to leave either.