A Day out at Bourton-on-the-Water

Bourton-on-the-Water Cotswold Bridge on River Windrush

One of my favourite places to visit in the Cotswolds is the charming chocolate box village of Bourton-on-the-Water. A cottage holiday in the UK is the perfect opportunity to explore Bourton-on-the-Water and many other delightful villages in the region.

Bourton-on-the-Water is a picturesque village in Gloucestershire, in the heart of England. It is a large village with a stunning High Street built in traditional yellow limestone. The eye-catching buildings, wide grassy borders and several low stone bridges are the reason the village attracts so many visitors every year. The earliest bridge dates back to 1654 and the number of bridges crossing the River Windrush on its way to meet the River Thames has led to Bourton-on-the-Water being nicknamed the Venice of the Cotswolds. It has also has been voted one of the prettiest villages in England and lies in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The village is so beautifully kept; even a satellite dish on a house in the village has been painted the same colour as the brick work to disguise it. This attention to detail and how immaculately looked after the village is truly stunning.

Model Village Bourton-on-thw-Water

There are many quaint shops to enjoy on a day out to Bourton-on-the-Water, including a shop selling lovely china tea cups, charming gift shops and places to buy unique antiques. Last time I visited I even picked up a traditional a wicker basket.

A personal favourite of mine is the model village. This replica village is built to one ninth the size of the village including a model of the model village itself! Work began on the model village in the 1930’s and it opened in 1937 and it has been really well looked after and updated over the years. The accuracy and craftsmanship of the work on display is very impressive, all the shop fronts are kept up to date and there is even the sound of hymns being sung from the churches.

High Street Cotswolds Bourton on the Water

There are lots of tea shops serving a yummy cream tea, with sandwiches, scones and cakes and a pot of tea as well as a traditional fish and chip shop on the High Street where you can enjoy mouth-watering fish and chips in the sunshine on the picnic benches outside.

A holiday to the Cotswolds is the perfect opportunity to bring your four legged friends along too. A dog friendly cottage means that even the pets can come on holiday and enjoy a well earned break. Visit http://www.sykescottages.co.uk/ for a great selection.

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