Richard Bartelot

Richard Bartelot

Regional Qualification(s):

London, South West, South / South East

Language(s):

English, French

Phone Number(s):

07766-087472, 0-333-444-1066, 0-333-444-1966

Email:

richard@southernguide.co.uk

Introduction:

I drive private tours from my base in Bristol in the South West. Many of my tours cover the heritage "must" of Bath, the unspoilt countryside of the Cotswolds, the spectacular landscapes of Devon and Cornwall, and the history and mystery of Stonehenge and Avebury. I show you contemporary life as well as history, business and politics, and I guide in galleries and museums. Introducing my country to visitors is a pleasure after a 30-year career talking for Britain in government jobs in London, Brussels and abroad. You will find me especially passionate about our countryside, coastlines, wildlife, gardens and sports. With me as your guide, you see Bath with someone who grew up there; you see Oxford with a graduate of the University; and you see Salisbury Cathedral with a former in-house volunteer guide. I also guide in French, and I am fully licensed and insured to tour with you in my own car - more details at my http://websitewww.southernguide.co.uk

Personal Interests:

Business, political, sporting and Olympic London
Palaces and castles - Hampton Court, Windsor
Private car tours - Bath, Bristol, Stonehenge, Oxford, touring Devon and Cornwall
Stonehenge, Avebury, Tintagel and ancient England
Dorset's Jurassic Coast, and Thomas Hardy
Media visits, film location and production support
Cruise shore excursions, private car tours
Oxford, Winchester, Southampton, Portsmouth, IOW
Palaces and castles - Blenheim, Arundel, Windsor
Media visits, film location and production support

Special Interests:

Regional Tours

Tours by private car to the attractions of south and south west England - Bath, Bristol, the Cotswolds, Devon and Cornwall, cruise shore excursions

Britain Today

My guests get a full picture of what contemporary life is like in Britain today, and all that is distinctive and unique about it

History & Prehistory

There is always a story to tell about a street scene, building or character from the past! At little-known prehistoric sites, as well as Stonehenge, I show how early man moulded the landscape. For 2015, visit the best preserved copy of Magna Carta at Salisbury, and its birthplace near Windsor Castle.

Gardens

One of the chief creative passions of the English! I tour to the great landscape gardens of the 18th century, as well as to special gardens that may only be open to the public one day a year.

Castles & Palaces

From Royal Palaces to romantic ruins, there are amazing artistry and lifestyles to discover!

Countryside

You only begin to understand the English when you get out of London and discover the charm of the country lanes and villages. I regularly tour in well-known areas like the Cotswolds, and lesser known spots in the south west where I grew up.

Sports & Pastimes

Tour with me to the famous homes of football, rugby, cricket and tennis, and the sites where Olympic events were held in 2012.

International Links

Touring in France and Belgium, especially to the WWI and WWII battlefields, and - in 2015 - the anniversary celebrations at Azincourt and Waterloo. Help for Members o fthe European Parliament to bring groups to Brussels and Strasbourg.

Endorsements:

2012 Venues, Salisbury Cathedral

Additional Qualifications:

MA (Oxon) MITG

Driver Guide:

Yes

Vehicles:

Type Make / Model Passengers Air Conditioning Disabled Access
Car Ford Galaxy 6 Yes No