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After your tour with me you too will be satisfied, as were my previous guests!

Trip Advisor       Institute of Tourist Guiding
Travelingfool57 North Houston, Texas
"Great Guide"
Reviewed 13 December 2011
We spent two days with Peter during our visit to London. Our first day with him we went out to Stratford on Avon. We would never been able to do such a comprehensive tour of the area without Peter's expertise. Our second day was a tour of London which was also great and again we would never have been able to fit so much into one day without his knowledge of the city. Peter has a great wit and is very personable.

Ben C Marshallville, GA
"The only way to see everything in a short time. Money well spent"
Reviewed 14 November 2011
My wife and I booked Peter as a guide to see as many sites as we could see in southern England in a week with our three girls ages 12, 10, and 6. The only way to see everything we wanted to see is to hire a guide with a car. Peter fit the bill perfectly. He was a very knowledgeable guide who took our to do list and crafted it into a wonderful vacation with great advice on where to stay and what to see. I cannot say this strongly enough, this is the best investment you can make (the best use of your time and stress free traveling). We saw it all London, Windsor, Stonehenge, Bath, the Cotswolds, Oxford, Canterbury, and Leeds Castle, try doing that with out a guide! And we never felt hurried. Peter's local knowledge even got our girls in position to see Prince William.

Ed L Middlefield, Connecticut
"Significantly enhanced our visit"
Reviewed 4 November 2011
Peter guided us on a 5 day tour from London to Bath, the Cotswolds, and York. He helped select hotels (all excellent), was informative, flexible, and very concerned that our expectations were being fulfilled. On one day, we arrived at one of the attractions after the official closing. Peter was able to talk them into allowing us to have late entry. The pubs and restaurants where we stopped for lunch while travelling between cities had great ambiance and excellent meals. Overall, this was an excellent experience and good value for the cost.

Ncrupi
"Fantastic private tour with Peter"
Reviewed 25 October 2011 via mobile
Peter knew everything about London and the sights. Having a private tour meant we could make changes at any time and stop for great photo opportunities. We got to see everything we wanted to and even more. Thank you Peter for a great tour, highly recommended. Thanks for emailing great photos to us as well.

skcombs Santa Barbara County
"Perfect Blend of History and a Modern Perspective"
Reviewed 24 October 2011
This is probably my fifth or sixth visit to London. Most often we do not obtain a guide as we typically rent a car ourselves and use travel guides as a reference. However this trip was just to London and we decided to find a private tour to Windsor and Hampton Court. I must say that we got very lucky with Peter at Private Tours UK. Not only was Peter a fantastic tour guide, but also a great teacher of history along with giving a modern day perspective on current events. His passionate and enthusiastic approach not only captured our interest, but left us wanting to learn a lot more. I would highly recommend Peter for any visit to London and England as he makes an already great city and country come alive to a whole different level! We most definitely will contact Private Tours UK and Peter on our next visit to London!

Lisa B Ithaca, New York
"Brilliant! The very best touring experience I have ever had. EVER."
Reviewed 18 October 2011
My partner and I traveled to the UK and were so lucky to have found Peter West. The ease of travel in London was welcome after a long flight over to the UK and once the touring started it become quite clear that we had stumbled onto a gem in Peter. Peter's expertise, certification, and deep knowledge of England's long and elegant history made this the very best travel experience we have ever had. Peter's 30 years of passion came through at every site. Highly, highly recomend.

Christopher H New York City, New York
"Terrific and educational day that was well-organized."
Reviewed 26 September 2011
Our family (including 2 girls and 1 boy, ages 14, 11, and 7) enjoyed a wonderful day of touring key sites in London. Peter West is a very friendly and knowledgeable host who continually pointed out key sites, history and fun trivia. My wife and I plus our children experienced a fun and action-packed day. Many thanks!!!

minyamaSSC Sunshine Coast Senior Reviewer
"Olympic site tour"
Reviewed 11 August 2011
I found this tour to be very informative not only about the sites themselves but what they intended to do with them after the games. This tour also took you past the 3 mills and I found the history of the area well worth the tour by itself. It is quite a walk so if going on a sunny day be sure to take a hat. Tour is good value for money.

docsuf Wayne, New Jersey
"Wonderful Tour of London"
Reviewed 6 August 2011
We had a wonderful tour of London. Peter West was a great guide. He was very courteous, knowledgeable and of course, charming. We would highly recommend this experience to anyone who may visit London.

annmarierost Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas Senior Reviewer
"the best man in the business"
Reviewed 28 July 2011
My husband and I do a great deal of traveling, both solo and guided. We have, over the years, made use of many, many types of guides - including several of the UK's "Blue Badge" guides. In my opinion, Mr. West is outstanding in this field. He has a very rare combination of qualities: he is extrememly knowledgeable about the sites visited and the relevant history, he is able to communicate his extensive knowledge in an informative, interesting and amusing manner, he plans ahead so there are no glitches - AND, he is just plain good company. Moreover, he ALSO knows when to stop talking. If you're in this part of the world, we'd highly recommend him. AMR

cvkevents Washington DC, District of Columbia
"Peter was GREAT!"
Reviewed 28 July 2011
My husband and I scheduled a private tour to visit Stonehenge (Early Access), Bath and a quick stop to Windsor. Peter picked us up right on time in a very nice and clean car. We were whisked away and entertained with Peter's knowledge about London and England.

UK Private Tours scheduled and booked a private access visit to Stonehenge and we absolutely LOVED it! We arrived right on time to Stonehenge and were able to visit inside the stones. We paid for Peter to enter with us and he provided great knowledge about the stones, the stories behind them and was even our photographer! After he gave us a ton of info, he returned to the car in order to let us explore on our own.

After Stonehenge, we headed to Bath. It was very early, so we bought Peter a cup of coffee and had breakfast in town while he gave us the layout of the land. He was very professional and easy to talk to. We toured in Bath, visited the Roman Baths and then met Peter at our chosen location.

We wanted to sneak in a quick visit to Windsor, so Peter dropped us off right by the gate! I don't think that is usually allowed, but it saved us a ton of time! He then picked us up right at the gate at the time we agreed upon.

Overall, he was a fabulous driver. He had so much knowledge and even some great stories. He truly loves what he does and it shows. If we are ever back to London, he will be our driver.

Word of caution: In American dollars, it is EXPENSIVE, but well worth it!

TexasTravelin_Pat Texas
"Most knowledgeable tour guide with a great sense of humor"
Reviewed 26 July 2011
We have toured with Peter at least five or six times. He has picked my husband and I and friends up at cruise ships docked in both Dover and Southampton as well as at hotels in London. We have toured the city and much of southern England with Peter. We have even taken our children and grandchildren to London and Peter has arranged for a mini-bus for transport for all of us together. If not extremely well pleased with Peter’s service as a registered and certified tour guide, we definitely would not have used him a half dozen times and would not have taken our children and grandchildren to spend their first trip to London touring with Peter! We recommend him highly!

Additionally, I have always been extremely impressed with Peter’s timely responses to questions prior to meeting him for touring and his suggestions for scheduling and maximizing our time. And he usually manages to show us more than just the sights on our wish list!

He is extremely knowledgeable about all things Britain as well as world culture and politics. He has a great sense of humor. A day with Peter is never dull! He has helped us experience, and has educated us about, the diversities of London’s history, architecture, customs, and culture. He has a great ability to maximize one’s time in any particular area and at the same time, maximizes the value of one’s travel dollar.

Peter holds Blue Badge certification, the highest credentials of a London tour guide.

pinkpinkbeach Jupiter, Florida
"London & England Guide.........PETER WEST ....THE BEST"
Reviewed 25 July 2011
Peter was one of the BEST guides we've had as a family. We toured with him on our last day of an 18 day journey and when the cruise train didn't work and we were late in starting our tour he went above and beyond to make sure our day was perfect. Peter even took us through London again (to make sure we hadn't missed anything earlier in our trip) on our way to Stonehenge and Bath. Along the way he even helped us by stopping at our airport hotel to unload our luggage. Our communication before the tour was also exceptional. Peter is extremely knowledgeable and brings history and attractions "to life" with his personal stories. My entire family so enjoyed our day together and that is saying a LOT since we were exhausted by the time we took Peter's tour after a 12 day Baltics cruise. We all highly recommend Peter West of Private Tours UK

Eric68__11 Providence, Rhode Island
"Peter West's incredible Private Tours UK made my wife Virginia and my honeymoon in January 2008 %1000 AMAZING!"
Reviewed 25 July 2011
Peter's personalized style, fantastic sense of humor, encyclopedic knowledge of the sites we visited (which included Windsor Castle, Warwick Castle, Shakespeare's Birth/Family Home in Stratford upon Avon, AND a very generous extra special afternoon bonus of lunch and a stroll through a London park with his brilliant dog 'Charlie') and very obvious true love for doing what he does made my wife Virginia and my honeymoon in January 2008 to London one of the most amazing and memorable experiences of our lives. Peter should be the "model template" for all Official Blue Badge Tour Guide trainees! The three of us hit it off right away and became fast friends , and we cannot wait to visit again, with Peter West's Private Tours UK being the ONLY way to go! -Eric and Virginia Fontana Providence, RI USA

mitchinam Kearney, Nebraska Senior Reviewer
"The history and charm of England, with the personal touch.$$well spent"
Reviewed 21 July 2011
When planning our England trip for the summer of 2010, I looked into the standard bus tours out of London for Windsor, Stonehenge, etc. Frankly, the thought of having to leave our hotel at 6am, meet up at a designated area and ride with 40 other folks for the day, sounded exhausting.

I then looked into the more private tours. There is no doubt they are significantly more expensive. I contacted about 4 sites. One of the reasons I settled on Peter West and Private Tours UK, other than his rates being just a tad less than others..was his personal coomunications to me from the beginning via email.

When the big day for our tour day came, Peter himself picked us up at a reasonable time at our London hotel. With our first handshake, and our entrance into our own private Mercedes Benz van, stocked with fluid refreshments...I' knew I had made the right decision.

One flat rate got us 13 hours to for our own private tour to Windsor, Stonehenge, and "on the fly" we decided to stop by the village of LaCock, where a famous former Abbey is located (and scenes from Harry Potter movies were filmed). Not only did Peter's encyclopedic knowledge of English history bowl these yanks over, it was his cordiality and flexibility that made us feel special. Along the way we would ask him to stop for us to get a picture, and he would be more than happy to oblige. When we requested lunch in a quitessential small village English pub, he found the perfect spot (two actually, we LOVE the English pubs). In the early evening Peter returned us right back to our London hotel, after running a little later than the agreed upon time...but that was no problem and no extra charge from Peter. After an incredible day, we not only felt we had made a life experience highlight; we had made a friend.

Was the extra expense of a private tour worth it? Without a doubt. I'm sure there are other fine operators to choose from, but for my money...Peter West exceeded our expectations.
Mitch Cooley/Beth White Nebraska, USA

mariettad55 New Hyde Park, New York
"Great Value"
Reviewed 21 July 2011
Peter is terrific, he is an endless source of information. We were overwhelmed with his grasp of history, culture, arts, England, the exhibits, the museums - times for marches, just amazing. Our trip was so enhanced because of him. Definetly a must for those visiting Great Britain. Great value for the price and services that we received.

Peter West, Mike Starling and Ed Miller at Forbes Brasserie.

"Many , many, thanks for a super holiday. Sharing your incredible knowledge, enjoying your guiding technique and driving expertise, made it all a fantastic experience"
Alice & Ed Miller
Peter West, Mike Starling and Ed Miller at Forbes Brasserie.
The Bardsleys at Shakespeares birth place.
The Bardsleys at Shakespeares birth place.

Here is the Bardsley family at the end of their five day tour which started in the beautiful city of York. In this classic tour we covered all the major sites of York on foot. Then we moved on down south to Warwickshire countryside and visited wonderful Warwick Castle with all its interesting and attractive interpretations of history.

The Tadlocks at Shakspeares birth place.

This clever family rented a house in Chelsea and so really lived the London life for a week. We went touring for four days including well and truly exploring the fundamentals of the London experience and history. Here we are just outside Shakespeare's Birth Place at the heart of Stratford Upon Avon. After discovering the life and times of the Shakespeare family in a wonderful exhibition we then go onto to see thievery bedroom where the Bard was born. After leaving Shakespeare's Birthplace it was time to walk through the town and past New Place, Nash's House, Harvard House and onto Halls Croft. This is most magnificent of the Stratford timber framed houses and was owned by Shakespeare's Son in Law the eminent Dr Hall.
The Tadlocks at Shakspeares birth place.
The Topper family on the London Eye.
The Topper family on the London Eye

"Peter, We've finally returned from our trip to Europe, and I wanted to take a moment to write and thank you for the wonderful time we spent touring with you in London. You were ever so helpful and accommodating before we arrived and during the time we spent together. Your knowledge of all things London, and British, is amazing. You are truly a wealth of information. You really helped us learn, and enjoy, a great many things. We will remember the time we spent with you as one of the highlights of our trip. Thank you too, for being so flexible in the scheduling. I hope your daughter recovered. Thank you,"
Joe Topper

The Bardsleys at Warick Castle
The Bardsley family went on a five day tour with me. This day it was also possible to discover the Bards territory in and around Stratford Upon Avon starting with Shakespeare's. Birth Place. The overnight stop gave us the perfect opportunity to enjoy one of Stratford's quality hotels. Here we are on the edge of the picturesque Cotswold area as we moved on down to Oxford and Blenheim Palace. This party loved the Cotswolds so much that the next night was spent in an ancient and classic Cotswold Hotel. Now we were well positioned to move back to London via Stonehenge whose heritage we still only partially understand. The perfect opportunity for amateur and professional historians to speculate on the whys and wherefores of this 5,000 year old monument and World Heritage Site.
The Bardsleys at Warick Castle
Bardsleys at the Savoy.
Bardsleys at the Savoy.

Finally our last day together in London where the Bardsleys enjoyed an overview of London's history and major Landmarks from the Tower in the East, through the Cities of London & Westminster and lastly to the Western central area of the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea with Kensington Palace. This five day classic tour never fails to satisfy aesthetically and historically.

The Young family enjoyed the traditional Gilbert Scott designed London red Telephone box.

Here we are just by the glamorous Regents Park Road area, having come down off top of Primrose Hill which is a pretty special place (ask me why on your tour). After this picture I took the party to a very lovely Gastro Pub whilst we watched the local gentry and the occasional film star go by.
Gilbert Scott designed London red Telephone box.
Harry Potter sites
These visits were part of a London Tour with special emphasis on Harry Potter sites. And we did all this on a pretty miserable and cold January day but as you can see this sporty Australian family were fully out to enjoy themselves.

This party are standing just beyond the Middle Tower at the Tower of London where they discovered stories and sights behind the most dramatic episodes of English history. Also not to be missed is the opportunity to see the Crown Jewels including the Worlds largest cut diamond at 530 Carats. Our Crown Jewels are more than just decorative items being also symbolic religious Coronation regalia uniquely used by our Monarchy.
Tower of London
Imperial War Museum
Peter West with his clients outside the Imperial War Museum The picture is dominated by these amazing WWI 15 inch naval guns. The clients point of interest at the museum was actually the Holocaust Exhibition. There is an equally interesting WWI trench warfare exhibit. This is an example of tour crafted to suit the particular interests of a visitor.

Peter West and his happy party are in the garden of a very special pub in the southern Cotswolds. The pubs history and licence goes back to Cromwellian times and the whole village two the thirteenth century. Its unspoilt character is thanks to its ownership by the National Trust. Although part of a Stonehenge and Bath tour a visit to this village is quite a surprising delight in itself making for a wonderful lunch stop.
Happy clients
The Pokorney party in Oxford
The party are in the heart of Oxford enjoying the Walk from the Broad Street area to Christchurch College, one of the highlights of an Oxford visit. Within Christchurch we find the Oxford City Cathedral and the wonderful dining Hall with its amazing portraits and the stairs where Harry Potter scenes were filmed. Characters such as Lewis Carroll (Alice's Adventures in Wonderland), John Ruskin, John & Charles Wesley went to Christchurch. Charles I lived at Christchurch during our Civil War (1642-1647) Christ Church was originally founded by Cardinal Wolsey as Cardinal's College in 1524.

The college buildings took over the site of St. Frideswide's Monastery, which was suppressed by Wolsey to fund his college. The monastery dated back to the earliest days of Oxford as a settlement in the 9th Century AD. When Wolsey fell from power in 1529 the College became property of King Henry VIII. Henry re-founded the College in 1546 and appointed the old monastery church as cathedral of the new diocese of Oxford. The new institution of cathedral and university college was named Aedes Christi, which is rendered in English as Christ Church. It is due to its ecclesiastical function that Christ Church's principal, the Dean, is always a clergyman.

Peter West with the Pokorney family in The Formal Gardens of Blenheim Palace which owe much to the 9th Duke of Marlborough who, in the 1920's, with the help of the French landscape architect Achille Duchêne, redesigned the previously uninspiring gardens to provide the Palace with the formal majestic setting that visitors see today. A trip to Blenheim Palace would not be complete without visiting the Water Terraces, Rose Garden, Arboretum, Cascades or the Secret Garden.
the Pokorney family in The Formal Gardens of Blenheim Palace
Tower Bridge
This sporty family covered a lot of ground with Peter West. Here we are with Tower Bridge in the Background which was built in 1894 to ease the river congestion in the Pool of London. Hard to imagine such a situation nowadays. The Victorian steam engines that power the hydraulics to lift the bascules in 90 seconds are still in working order though not used nowadays due to the expense of keepings the boilers at the ready for the occasional lift. Nearby we have one of Britain's greatest WWII cruisers that operated from 1937 right through to and past the Korean War only retiring in the early 70's . We are standing on the gun emplacements where the HAC fire gun salutes just by the Tower.

The Derricksons are among Peter Wests favourite and most loyal customers. Here we are at St Michaels mount having firstly toured around London from a cruise ship based at Dover and then the Lands End area from the same cruise ship that went to Falmouth. These are fun people they really know how to enjoy life ! St Michael's Mount is truly unique; a tiny, rocky island filled with astonishing history and natural beauty, yet still a living, working community of people. This is no dusty old museum - St Michael's Mount is full of life, a place where ancient and modern sit side by side, and where nothing is quite as it seems. An island - which you can walk to when the tide is low. A medieval castle - that is still home to a modern family. A tranquil, beautiful location - that has played its part in many furious battles.
The Derricksons at St Michaels mount
outside the Henry VII Chapel
Here is that same sporty family that was by the Tower now outside the Henry VII Chapel. As you can see Peter West is pointing out the glories of this finest and latest example of the English Perpendicular Style, Inside the outstanding feature of the chapel is the spectacular fan-vaulted roof with its carved pendants. Around the walls are 95 statues of saints. Behind the altar is the tomb of Henry VII and his queen Elizabeth of York. The bronze screen around it is by Thomas Dutchman and the gilt bronze effigies and Renaissance tomb were designed by Italian Pietro Torrigiano. James I is also buried in the vault beneath the monument. In 1725 the chapel was first used for installations of Knights of the Order of the Bath and the heraldic banners of living knights hang above the oak stalls. Beneath the hinged seats of the stalls are beautifully carved misericords.

This truly adorable and wonderful family enjoyed a seven day tour starting in London ending in York. Here they are with Peter West outside York Minster. York Minster acts as a beacon welcoming all visitors to the City of York. Built over 250 years, and renowned worldwide as an artistic and architectural masterpiece, it offers a wealth of things to see for people of all ages, and offers thrilling memories for all who visit. The Minster is much more than a superb building. It is a site where history has been made over the centuries. The Emperor Constantine began his progress to greatness here, and the Roman buildings in which he lived still stand beneath the central tower. St Paulinus baptised the local Saxon king here, and here are buried many of the Archbishops of York, including St William of York. You know York is a wonderful City to visit with many and diverse places to visit. It even has the NRM (ask me what this is ) . On top of all this the people are warm and helpful. And I know a couple of really smashing hotels that I will tell you all about if you book a tour with Peter West Tours !
Outside York Minster
the Imperial War Museum
Peter West with his clients outside the Imperial War Museum The picture is dominated by these amazing WWI 15 inch naval guns. The clients point of interest at the museum was actually the Holocaust Exhibition. There is an equally interesting WWI trench warfare exhibit. This is an example of tour crafted to suit the particular interests of a visitor.

Another successful London tour ends This one at the Royal National Hotel. The client was an American Professor of English History and so quite a test for Peter West
Imperial War Museum
Royal National Hotel
Peter West with his clients outside the Imperial War Museum an example of tour crafted to suit the particular interests of a visitor.

Peter West and his party are standing just in front of Friary Court, St James Palace where fateful Proclamations of the decease of the Monarch but also hopes for the next Monarch are read out. This is also the place where the Old Guard forms up with the Guards Band and the Colours then marching proudly off to Buckingham Palace. As you can see a wheelchair is no problem and we had two full half days together.
Friary Court, St James Palace
Imperial War Museum
Everybody looks very happy enjoying WWI Trench Warfare re-enactments at the Imperial War Museum !!

This brilliant group which are known as the Woltman party in the annals of Peter West Tours are having a celebration dinner with Peter West at a very special Victorian Style Restaurant near Primrose Hill. They look happy here and they stayed happy as we covered all the major sites in Southern England from London to Hampton Court and on to Stonehenge, Bath, Stratford Upon Avon, Oxford and so on.
celebration dinner with Peter West
Hampton Court
Here is the Woltman Party outside the Main gate at Hampton Court. Once upon Cardinal Woolsey’s Palace which was finally ceded to Henry VIII in an attempt to save Wolsey from yet another of Henrys famous Treason Trials. Do you know that before the Victorians decided to try to ‘restore’ this Gate House it was twice as high and truly impressive. Exactly what you would expect from the likes of Wolsey and Henry VIII !

Peter West explains the significance of the ancient Market Cross to the Woltman Party. This set in another dreamy Southern Cotswold village near to Bath. A quite amazing and unspoilt place constructed almost entirely out of Oolithic Limestone. Limestone is a sedimentary rock formed from the remains of skeletons of sea creatures. Shelly limestone and gastopod limestone contain sea shells. Oolithic limestone is made from rounded grains called ooliths. The rounded grains are formed from calcite (calcium carbonate) contained in skeletons being deposited on sand as the sand is rolled about by the action of the waves. The rock is grey in colour. Limestone is a very useful mineral. When heated it is turned to lime which is used in agriculture. it is used in making Portland cement and in smelting iron and lead. This village also has its Manor House, one that nowadays is set right in the 21st century as a five star Hotel. As you might expect there have been many film sets here and in the local Inn you can see the pictures relating to them. A great place for a last drink after a long Stonehenge and Bath day and before the long journey home to London
Southern Cotswold village near to Bath
Hadrian's Wall
The Ayers family are enjoying Hadrian’s wall on their two week tours starting with four days in London and ending in Edinburgh. Hadrian's Wall was constructed over a period of six years by order of the Emperor Hadrian, who came to Britain in AD 122. According to one of Hadrian's Roman biographers it was built to 'separate the Romans from the Barbarians' a feat it achieved for over 250 years. Today, the area between South Shields and Ravenglass is studded with forts, milecastles, temples and turrets. These 2000 year-old remains are brought brilliantly to life by museums, reconstructions and fascinating visitor centres, all with something different and all waiting to be discovered.

This young couple were given a tour with Peter West as a gift by one of my best clients. They have just finished a long days tour and are standing in the driveway of the Gloucester Hotel which is often plays a part in the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Club
The Gloucester Hotel
Wheelchair access normally not a problem
This couple were able to visit all the normal sites with the wheel chair. Even Westminster Abbey which is not disabled access friendly.

The Picture Postcard Cottage in the background is more than just a pretty place. Its where Shakespeare’s wife’s family farmhouse ! And the Shakespeare Trust has cleverly only planted flowers in the garden that were prominent in the Elizabethan age. Inside you will find out how people lived in those days and the origins of English words and phrases.
Picture postcard cottage
Large private tour group
Peter West sometimes takes the larger ‘Private Tour’ group and these people have just completed a day in the Kent Countryside looking at a Outstanding 14th-century moated manor house owned by the National Trust. If you want to see timber frame and charm par excellence this is the place to go. There are also a Tudor chapel with hand-painted ceiling, a Grade I listed dog kennel and Lovely gardens, with lakeside and woodland walks, in a secluded valley. We then moved onto another rather grander house with 650 years of historical drama behind it.

The House and Gardens has changed little over the centuries. This mediaeval masterpiece has been the seat of the Sidney family since 1552 and retains the warmth and character of a much-loved family home. Today, Philip Sidney, Viscount De L'Isle, continues the family guardianship of this wonderful old house and garden with his wife Isobel and their two children, Philip and Sophia. At the heart of the mediaeval manor house lies the Barons Hall with its awe-inspiring 60 foot high chestnut roof, supported by satirical representations of peasants and estate workers at the time. A rare surviving central octagonal hearth in the centre of the hall, still lit on special occasions, formed the focal point of the household, where servants and estate workers slept, ate and lived out their lives, whilst the Lord of the Manor and his family resided upstairs in the Solar.
a day we will cherish forever
Trip Advisor       Institute of Tourist Guiding


"Beth and I were just discussing what a wonderful day it was when you guided us to Windsor, Stonehenge; and perhaps the most charming diversion Lacock and the Abbey.

Your knowledge and professionalism were only matched by your wit and warm conversation. It is a day we will cherish forever."
Mitch Cooley Nebraska USA
Geoff and Bob Geoff and Bob
The Slavin Family "Dear Peter - Once again, we had a great time on our tour with you. We saw so much of London and learned a lot from you! If anyone we know decides to visit London, we will definitely pass on your name. It was a pleasure getting to know you! Take care! Fondly," ~ The Slavin Family
"We loved our time with you and can't wait to come back to England. Thanks for giving so much of yourself to us... xoxo" ~ Marcie, Hunter, and Judy

Marcie, Hunter, and Judy
Marcie, Hunter, and Judy
"We are still sharing our wonderful pictures and stories of our trip. England was an awesome experience and one Joe and me will never forget. Thank you again for tour and we look forward to another one sometime in the future!" ~ Sincerely, Terry Beaty :) Terry Beaty and party
Thank you again for a lovely time "Thank you again for a lovely time, the best I've had seeing England so far. My parents and family want to extend our appreciation for your expertise and the care you took towards our enjoying London and the wonderful surrounding countryside. Perfectly memorable. Best regards and happy holidays!" ~ Amy
"We had a wonderful time. I have to say that I was a little concerned when I made the reservations. With my disability, I wasn't sure how it was going to work. You assured me it would be fine, and it was. You were outstanding. You took care of my every need. I know it was difficult for you handling my chair. I'm not a small guy and you handled it in stride. We were amazed at how easy you were able to get us into the castles and churches through places most people never see. Your knowledge of the sights was extraordinary.

Again, we could not have had a better time. I wish we had spent more time with you in England and less time on our river cruise. We are looking forward to our next private tour with you. Again thank you for everything. Karen and I wish you and your family a wonderful holiday."

~ John & Karen McNeill Canton, Georgia, USA
John & Karen McNeill Canton, Georgia, USA
Mrs MB  from New York  at Blue Boar Yard & attending the Guard Change.

Mrs MB  from New York  at Blue Boar Yard & attending the Guard Change.
From Mrs LC - "Hello Peter, We thoroughly enjoyed the tour and learned so much about London. I will certainly keep your business cards handy when I book my clients to London.. It was a lovely day all around"



From Mrs MB - "Dear Peter, Thank you for the email of the Kings. That is a great synopsis! I will keep it with my books on the Monarchs. Also, thank you for the wonderful tour. You were very thorough and interesting. We certainly learned a great deal and you helped put things into perspective for me."
"Thanks again for a terrific day in London. Your service and knowledge were exemplary. We would and will recommend to any friends visiting the area. " ~ Mr & Mrs JB from Canada Mr & Mrs JB from Canada
Thanks for the condensed tour of London! We saw so much in just a few hours!! Thanks for the photo!! ~ Jackie "Thanks for the condensed tour of London! We saw so much in just a few hours!! Thanks for the photo!!" ~ Jackie
"Many thanks again for the wonderful tour, and most recently for the photos of the changing of the Guard. You were the highlight of our London visit." Many thanks again for the wonderful tour, and most recently for the photos of the changing of the Guard. You were the highlight of our London visit.
PW showing BA & friend, from Florida, the locomotive that pulled the Royal Train in Queen Victoria’s reign. "I would love to see Chartwell in the future. Maybe my husband and I can return some time.
I am going to refer you to some friends that will be coming in Sept. Again the best to you and your loved ones"
~ BA

PW showing BA & friend, from Florida, the locomotive that pulled the Royal Train in Queen Victoria’s reign.
"Thanks for a great tour and for the pictures. We hope to see you again on the next trip. Thanks again" ~ GLP

The Partin Family at Leeds Castle with their guide Peter West
The Partin Family at Leeds Castle with their guide Peter West
Buckingham Palace "Peter, thanks so much for taking great care of them!! He sent me a message that they were having a great time. I truly appreciate all of your wonderful help throughout this process. If I’m ever in London I’ll make it a point to look you up. All the best," ~ Jennifer
The Keenan family with Peter West at Shakespeare's Grave and Windsor Castle. See testimonial below

Keenan Family testimonials
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Keenan sisters with Peter West at Shakespeare's Grave see testimonial below
Keenan Family Lower Ward Windsor Castle Keenan Family Windsor Lunch with Peter West
"Peter, We're back safe and sound in the US. We had a wonderful cruise and perfect weather the whole trip. Thanks again for your most outstanding service for our full-day London Tour. Your energy, enthusiasm, nowledge and expertise were most appreciated. I look forward to doing business with you again Not that you've seen pictures of London a million times, but here is a link to our photos from the trip. Please feel free to share with any prospects who are on the bubble about your services. Just click here.
Thanks again for taking care of the
Tukels, Caubles and Keens."
Tower Bridge
Linda and Peter Rapp "Peter, My wife and I had a marvelous time at both Warwick Castle and Stratford upon Avon.
Above and beyond just getting us to those places,
you provided us with insight and anecdotes that truly made us feel special and "in the know".
We will have to find you for our next trip and take your tour to Stonehenge and Windsor Castle.
Again thank you for the excellent tour"
~ Linda and Peter Rapp
"For my parents and myself, our journey was the trip of a lifetime, and you made every moment of it special and memorable. Ideally we would have done it ten years ago when both mobility and mental acuity was a bit sharper, but it was well worth the effort to do it now.

As I said in person, we quite literally could not have done it without you---and I think you were being a bit modest
in saying another registered guide could have provided the service. You went above and beyond the call off duty so
often and with such cheerfulness and energy that I truly doubt anyone else could or would have done it.
I know my parents are a special and difficult case, and I appreciated so much the patience and generosity you
showed to all three of us."
~ Patrick Page NY 10025"
Patrick Page
Roman Baths in Bath "Peter, thank you so much for your services and providing us with a wonderful experience. We enjoyed our tour an meeting you!"
"Thanks so much for a wonderful tour last Saturday. We all thoroughly enjoyed the day and the way you organized the tour. We were very impressed with your vast knowledge! Thanks also for looking after Fiona so well. My Mum thoroughly enjoyed her trip back down 'memory lane' and you made it a great success." Salute gun
I cant explain to you how happy I was that you were our Guide "Peter, I cant explain to you how happy I was that you were our Guide, you made our trip such a fun experience. Will try to never forget what you taught my family. You are a Great English man !"
"Peter Thanks for the tour, I learned a lot that I would not have on my own" Stonehenge
Buckingham Palace HSBC group at Buckingham Palace
"Dear Peter, Thanks very much for your mail with attached picture. Also thanks very much for your great tour and all of us are very enjoyable. Hope to see you again next time. Best Regards" ~ Wuye
The Fontana’s just outside the Lower Ward walls at Windsor Castle
" . . had an AMAZING honeymoon, much of it thanks to you - what a nice way to make new friends while seeing & learning so much. We'll leave a nice note on your website - thanks also for the great pics & your history of England timeline. Stay in touch" ~ Eric Fontana
The Fontana’s at Windsor Castle
PW with the CH family from Florida at the British Museum PW with the CH family from Florida at the British Museum
Larger tour vehicle Youghal International College
Youghal International College at Horse Guards Parade. The College Staff enjoyed a Private London tour with PW and transport was provided in this small Coach. As you can see larger vehicles can be arranged to accommodate your group which may be in excess of seven sightseers
Marcia Ontell - 11-13 August 2009 Warwick Castle, Shakespeare, Cotswolds & Stonehenge English country tour.
Peter, We look back to so many fine memories of our trip last summer. Hope to see you again soon. Regards and Happy Holidays, Marcia and Marty.
11-13 August 2009 Warwick Castle, Shakespeare, Cotswolds & Stonehenge English country tour
Mrs D from California with  her Children at Shakespeare's Grave in the Chancel of Holy Trinity Church Mrs D from California with her Children at Shakespeare's Grave in the Chancel of Holy Trinity Church
PW with the ME family from Florida at Anne Hathaway's Cottage PW with the ME family from Florida at Anne Hathaway's Cottage
The Fontana’s at Windsor Castle The Fontana’s in Engine Court Windsor Castle
The Fontana’s at the top of Primrose Hill, overlooking London The Fontana’s at the top of Primrose Hill, overlooking London
The Fontana’s outside Shakespeare’s Birthplace The Fontana’s outside Shakespeare’s Birthplace
The Fontana’s on the foot bridge over the Thames between Windsor and Eton The Fontana’s between Windsor and Eton
The Fontana’s at Anne Hathaway’s Cottage,  Stratford upon Avon The Fontana’s at Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, Stratford upon Avon
The Fontana’s re-enacting the Beetles Walk at Abbey Road. The Fontana’s at Abbey Road.
Windsor Castle PW with Mr MacLeod and his grandchildren on the lower ward at Windsor Castle
The Ron Phillips party with Westminster Abbey's West Towers in the background Ron PHILLIPS party with Westminster Abbeys West Towers in the farground
 St Stephens to House of Lords behind Richard I  & the  Kruegers in the foreground St Stephens and House of Lords behind Richard I & the Kruegers in the foreground
PW gesticulating at The High Table set up in the Great Hall, Hampton Court  PW gesticulating at The High Table set up in the Great Hall, Hampton Court
The Steixners at Chartwell with their Guide 27-04-09 The Steixners at Chartwell with their Guide
PW explains Old Sarum to the Devlin family from Canada Old Sarum
Warwick castle PW explains the ramparts at Warwick castle to the Cohens
PW explains the ramparts at Warwick castle to the Cohens Warwick castle
PW having fun with his clients at Warwick castle PW having fun with his clients at Warwick castle
Tom Lentz and family enjoy the Tower Tower Bridge
Relaxing after a lovely day Relaxing after a lovely day
Tower Bridge London Tower Bridge London
Peter West showing the Torgersons from Michigan The Great Bath at the Roman Baths Peter West showing the Torgersons from Michigan The Great Bath at the Roman Baths
The Matthew family at the Whitehall entrance to Horseguards Matthew family at the Whitehall entrance to Horseguards

Testimonials

"Dear Peter, We can't thank you enough for the wonderful tour you gave us this summer. It was one of the best days of our trip. Your exceptional knowledge of Stonehenge, Bath and the Cotswolds added meaning that a tour book could not provide. It was a very relaxing and comfortable way to see some terrific sites.

Your van was perfect for the seven of us! I don't think we could have accomplished it without you. We will highly recommend a tour to our friends. We look forward to returning and learning some more interesting history of your wonderful country. We hope your family is well. Sincerely"
~ Tom and Debbie Krzmarzick Cincinnati, Ohio


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"My wife and I had an opportunity to spend a weekend in London and hired Peter for a tour of the city. We enjoyed the day very much. Peter is extremely knowledgeable and professional. He kept up a good dialogue and put the history of the city into perspective.
As he was out of town on the following day, he arranged for another very experienced guide to tour several museums.
Peter was very flexible as we toured. He will change the schedule flawlessly to accommodate you and the interests that you have.
We wound up in a hotel off the beaten path that was certainly not ideal. When Peter dropped us off he suggested that he would gladly help us get situated in a hotel better located the centre of the city. We found it amazing that he was prepared to offer probably two hours of his time after the scheduled tour to do this.
We would highly recommend Peter to our friends and family and are starting to plan another trip to England in the spring and will use him for tours to Bath and other destinations outside the city of London.
If I can be of further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me."
~ John Bosschaert, Avenue Motor Works Inc.

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"Mr. West has guided another couple and my husband and myself on four occasions....twice in London proper, once in the south of England and once in the Cotswold area in the southwest of England. My husband and I have already engaged him for next summer when we will be bringing our children and grandchildren to England, six of them for their first time in that country. I think this is probably the best testimonial that one could give.....that our experience with him has been so good that we have chosen to use him not once, but five times. I owned two travel agencies for eleven years and I do have many resources at my disposal to find and hire another service if Mr. West were not so knowledgeable and professional in every respect.
Mr. West has, on a couple of occasions, arranged entire tours for us selecting the most important sights for us to see when we have had limited time. On other occasions, we have told him what we wanted to see and he has guided us to those sights and given us the history, not only of the destination sight(s) but also has been extremely informative about other sights along the way. Most frequently, he has also taken us to see attractions along or near the route that were places that we had not requested and perhaps were not even familiar with but that turned out to be most interesting and educational and well worth the time spent.
Mr. West is extremely knowledgeable about the history and sights of England and about British (and US) politics, which makes him a very interesting person to converse with and spend time with and yet he is casual enough that time with him is also very comfortable.
Have a great trip!"
~ Pat Derrickson Austin, Texas

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"I work in Nashville as a PA for a family that was in the process of planning a vacation to London last year. I was tasked with coordinating the entire trip and found Peter online. After several months worth of correspondence with Peter finalizing the private tour for this family it was well worth the efforts. They had a remarkable time that would not have been possible if not for Peter and his dedication to the details requested of him when they were in London.
This service was in fact paid for with a Mastercard prior to their arrival and I received a detailed invoice that matched the charge on the statement.
Peter’s service, I feel, saved this family valuable time and money considering when one travels to another country, they cannot begin to fully understand the customs and nuances of that country. With a reputable guide, your time will not be squandered leaving you wishing you had done and seen so many other things.
If you have any questions, please let me know as I will be happy to assist further."
~ Jennifer Bracy Marketstreet Enterprises

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"My name is Tom Krischke and I live in Austin, Texas, USA. We were in London last summer on vacation and we had the good fortune to hire Peter West for a day to take us around London. Our only regret is that we did not hire him for 2 days, in advance: we tried, after day one. However, he had a previous booking (to no surprise). We toured all of the sites and he customized the tour to accommodate our wishes and desires. He built into his tour the sites that were of most interest to us as U.S. citizens. His engineering background was evident in his engaging demeanor and his attention to detail. Peter was very accommodating and comfortable to be around. The time absolutely flew by. Be certain to ask him to take you to the places of specific interest to you. I promise you will be impressed and have a true lifetime learning experience.
The breadth of his knowledge is simply astounding. I'm a bit of a geography buff and historian, and the detailed conversations we had were fun and interesting. He's incredibly skilled at the architecture of the buildings. Peter had a constant commentary going on what we were passing, interesting stories about it, how they related to the history of the city, and made the whole journey engaging and funny. He's got that classic dry British humor. I don't want to make him sound like a running historical commentary, although I have no doubt he can certainly do that if you wish. The point is he will customize your tour to whatever you appreciate: be it history, architecture, British culture... I mean the guy's amazing. Really. He is well worth your time and money.
Lastly, Peter is amazingly helpful and willing to make sure you have a good time. (We were really would have loved to have him around for our whole vacation). Peter West is worth every penny. I fully plan on engaging him again when I get back to London again."
~ Kindest Regards, Tom Krischke. National Account Manager, DELL

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"My name is Jerry Conway and I live in Austin, Texas. My wife and I have used the services of Mr. Peter West and have also sent others to him on our recommendation and for a Honeymoon trip for my Niece we retained Mr. West's services so the honeymoon couple would have wonderful memories of England.
He has made our trips so much more informative and enjoyable than we could ever have done on our own. There certainly are other services we could have used but I can't imagine anyone else having been more knowledgeable and more customer oriented than Mr. West was.
I highly recommend his services without any hesitation and feel everyone he comes in contact with will have a lifetime of memories from the tour that he does for them."
~ Jerry Conway, Austin Sonic

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"My wife and I found Peter West by luck and it turned out to be the best part of our very short trip to the UK. My wife is an English teacher and wanted to do a tour of Stratford upon Avon. Peter West provided us with a day of great sights and many unique insights. He altered his basic trip to the needs of my wife, allowing her to focus on what truly interested her. We felt from the moment he picked us up until he dropped us off that we were in terrific hands, safe and always learning something new.
You will not go wrong with a Peter West Tour."
~ Testimonial kindly sent in by Peter Rapp

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"Peter, My wife and I had a marvelous time at both Warwick Castle and Stratford upon Avon. Above and beyond just getting us to those places, you provided us with insight and anecdotes that truly made us feel special and 'in the know'. We will have to find you for our next trip and take your tour to Stonehenge and Windsor Castle. Again thank you for the excellent tour." ~ Linda and Peter Rapp

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"For my parents and myself, our journey was the trip of a lifetime, and you made every moment of it special and memorable. Ideally we would have done it ten years ago when both mobility and mental acuity was a bit sharper, but it was well worth the effort to do it now.

As I said in person, we quite literally could not have done it without you---and I think you were being a bit modest in saying another registered guide could have provided the service. You went above and beyond the call off duty so often and with such cheerfulness and energy that I truly doubt anyone else could or would have done it. I know my parents are a special and difficult case, and I appreciated so much the patience and generosity you showed to all three of us."
~ Patrick Page NY 10025 www.patrickpageonline.com

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"Dear Peter We can't thank you enough for the wonderful week. Your knowledge of places to go and things to see is really amazing. The suggestions you made of places to have lunch, the order we saw things in, were always on the mark. A guide can make or break a vacation and you have made this of the best vacations ever. Sincerely" ~ Rich & Rose Woltman, St Louis Missouri, USA.

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"Hello Peter We want to thank you for the wonderful time we had while we toured with you. We will have long lasting memories of our trip to London. You made our sightseeing pleasurable, and your knowledge of the country and its history was invaluable. We will certainly recommend your services to anyone we know travelling to your country. Again, thank you. " ~ Earl Ishbia. Sherwood Food Distributors Detroit, USA.

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"Dear Peter Where do we begin ? As our first visit to London, words are not adequate to say thank you for a wonderful, wonderful week. You definitely made this a memorable time. To have you as our personal guide, historian, driver, daily planner and our congenial leader has given us the view of London and the surrounding area that we would not have attained on our own. Thank you for making our week special. Sincerely ~ Margaret & Dave Swartz. Chicago, USA.

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"Peter, We've finally returned from our trip to Europe, and I wanted to take a moment to write and thank you for the wonderful time we spent touring with you in London. You were ever so helpful and accommodating before we arrived and during the time we spent together. Your knowledge of all things London, and British, is amazing. You are trully a wealth of information. You really helped us learn, and enjoy, a great many things. We will remember the time we spent with you as one of the highlights of our trip. Thank you too, for being so flexible in the scheduling. I hope your daughter recovered. Thank you." ~ Joe Topper

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"Peter - Thank you for the excellent job. I have never had a tour of London and its adjacent areas. Done so well. Sincerely " ~ Mike Starling Virginia Beach VA 23451

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Editors comment : Heres a letter from Pat Derrickson one of our clients to a travel agent

"Dear Magali: I have received a copy of a proposal from Peter West to yourself concerning a tour to Stonehenge. As he reported, we just completed that tour on this past Friday. This is the third time we have used Peter (twice in 2006) and each and every time, he has given us an exceptional tour. He is very well versed in all aspects of the areas in which he conducts tours....historical, geographical and cultural. Additionally, he is most congenial and a very pleasant person with whom to spend a day (or more) touring. As he mentioned, he did pick us up at Southhampton and we went to Winchester where we had a very nice walk around town, stopping at the visitor's center, touring Winchester Cathedral and Winchester College campus and lunching at a wonderfully quaint pub. From there we went to Stonehenge and had a look around, before being dropped off at our hotel. It was a wonderful day. Please be assured that we would not have engaged Peter again this year, had we not been most satisfied with our 2006 tours. Happy travels." ~ Pat Derrickson

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"Dear Peter Many, many thanks for a super holiday ! Sharing your incredible knowledge, enjoying your guiding technique, and driving expertise, made it all a fantastic experience. Kudos to you for all of it. " ~ Alice & Ed Miller Miami, FL 33156, USA

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"Dear Peter - I often think of the pleasant tour I had of South Britain with your excellent guidance . . Good Cheer. Sincerely Yours " ~ Peter Clark La Jolla, California 92037, USA

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"Dear Peter It seems like a dream, that I was in London seeing old favourite places and new ones with my daughter and with you as our guide, you were wonderful, Peter. Your knowledge is unsurpassed and I know we would have missed a great deal if we had been on our own. Thank you for everything . . . Sincerely " ~ Louise SISK . USA

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"Peter, I just wanted to congratulate you on the excellent information you provided. Ira and very much enjoyed the time we spent together in London. Your knowledge and expertise are quite impressive. More importantly, however, you are quite a character and just fun to be with - we enjoyed teasing and laughing with you. The extra tie you spent with us on the second day speaks volumes about your kindness and genorisity . . . Warmest Regards " ~ Donna Burnett, Houston Texas 77005 , USA

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"They said that they enjoyed your company on the sightseeing tour and they are looking forward to seeing you again. Thanks for your help Peter." ~ Peter Jamieson Guide Services Streatham, London

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"Dear Peter thank you for sharing your knowledge and your beautiful country with Renee and myself. We truly enjoyed ourselves and hope that we will be able to return to England to view more outstanding sites and history . . . Again thank you for all you did while we were in England and thanks for the pictures you sent. Respectfully " ~ Mark Terschluse. Missouri 63011, USA

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"Dear Peter Thank you for making our trip to London so much fun. Jerry and I enjoyed our time with you and all the history you provided us, we would have missed so many things. Thanks Again " ~ Denise & Jerry Conway. Austin Texas, USA

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"Many , many, thanks for a super holiday. Sharing your incredible knowledge, enjoying your guiding technique and driving expertise, made it all a fantastic experience" ~ Alice & Ed Miller

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"Hello, Peter, I'm not sure if you remember us but we got acquainted with you a couple of years ago while we were in London for a couple of days. We are two couples from Oklahoma and Dr Allensworth, who travels with us, uses a wheelchair to get around. We enjoyed our stay in London, particularly your tour. We are again visiting London briefly in August this year before boarding a cruise. We would like a day trip to the Oxford area on 20th August and possibly transfers to Southampton on Tues August 21st. Best regards, " ~ Kaye Lair

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"Peter MANY THANKS FOR THE TOUR WHICH THE LADIES VERY MUCH ENJOYED. " ~ Royal Heritage, Earls of Pall Mall Ltd, Middlesex, EN2 7EJ, UK

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"Dear Peter Just a quick note to thank you for a great day in the British Country side Thanks again Regards " ~ Hector Botero Florida 33155, USA

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"Peter I want to thank you again for the wonderful tour you gave us. It was the highlight of our vacation ! Best Regards, " ~ Bill Erb NY , USA

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"Many, many, thanks for a super holiday. Sharing your incredible knowledge, enjoying your guiding technique and driving expertise, made it all a fantastic experience." ~ Alice & Ed Miller

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