Thanks to all who helped us in planning our trip! Everything went very well, pretty smooth, and very busy. This trip was me, hubby, adult daughter who is has a physical disability (we brought a wheelchair for her), my sister, her two adult boys, and 90 year old dad.
We arrived, rented a 9 person van and headed to the Cotswolds, yes, even jet lagged from California! We rented a fabulous cottage which was perfect for our group near Burton-on-the-Water. We took day trips and did Blenheim Palace, went to Downton Abby film sites in Bampton, Bourton-on-the-Water, Broadway, Snowshill, lavendar fields nearby, Sudeley Castle, Chipping Campdon, Great Rissington, Wyck Rissington, Lower Slaughter, Great Rollright and Hook Norton. Didn't get in as much as I was hoping, but we loved the area!
The driving was a bit crazy, but we did ok. There were about 3 times that we came to a stop where cars couldn't pass, but we worked it out. We were lucky that parking was not an issue and villages were not busy. We loved the area, the weather was good, a bit cool and windy and a couple drops, but very good overall.
We then returned our van, got a pre-booked taxi (Just airports was fabulous!) and checked into the Travelodge in Southwark. The hotel was clean and simple and one block from the tube. It worked just fine with us traveling as a group and then splitting up at a site to see what we each wanted to see. It wasn't long before we realized we needed to take dad by the arm. He is very hard of hearing even with hearing aids and blind in one eye, but he out walked us all! The problem was he would set out and just go, not really looking closely at the crosswalks. Monte grabbed him once when he walked out into traffic when a bus was coming. Also, with all the walking we did we ended up getting a couple taxi's for him after walking all day.
We found that moving with 7 people was really difficult, very slow, and we just couldn't get as much done as we had hoped. Plus, we really enjoyed all the wonderful sites so we spent much more time there than anticipated.