A village in a Village – Bourton Model Village

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Want to see a village in a village? Why not head to Burton -on – the – water, another jewel in the district of Cotswold. It is another popular attraction among many in Burton.

The Model Village is a one-ninth scale replica of the heart of the beautiful Cotswold village of Bourton-on-the-Water, containing all the old buildings and the new one. Yes, the team who maintains this model village keep re-working on it time to time to reflect any changes in the village.

It is fascinating that a lot has not changed in this old quaint village in so many years. And how the local community and the people have kept the beauty as it is in the heart of the village.

The village was created by a previous landlord of the Old New Inn, taking local craftsmen five years to build, and it was officially opened on the Coronation Day of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth in 1937.

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Bourton On The Water – “Venice of Cotswold”

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Yet another visit to Cotswold and this time one of it’s another exotic but busy village of Bourton On the Water. Love this belt of Cotswold, filled with quaint & idyllic villages next to rivers, bestowed with bridges, honey coloured stones cottages/houses and a different kind of rustic beauty around.

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Bourton on the Water is another very famous village, also referred as Venice of the Cotswold, and very popular among tourists and day trippers. The river Windrush flows through the village and has a setting on stone banks. And I am must admit it was one of my favourite place during our visit.  We sat there for hours, watching families having a picnic, children running around the river bank, people enjoying the heat and having the PIMMS, great tea rooms near by, and I sat there with my feet soaked in the water.  What a relaxing day 🙂

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Another scene that got me awed on this idyllic setting was its low bridges beside the greens. And because of these bridges, Bourton on the Water has got its name of Venice.

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IMG_7572A lot of tea room, gift shops, antique shops, cafes to select from 🙂

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Amazing collection of perfumes. They have a factory tour open for visitors, but unfortunately because of the busy time of the year they had closed it down currently.

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Me & Ash enjoying the sun shine and cool water of Windrush 🙂 IMG_7586

Bibury- A Charming Village

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Bibury is a charming little village in the English countryside of Cotswold.  Bibury village has been featured at various places, particulary famous as one of the most beautiful village in the England. It has been also modelled in the Mini- Europe minitaure park at Atomimum in Brussels.

When you arrive at Bibury, the very first thought that struck you is are you watching a painting!! Believe me the setting of this place just takes you back in the 17th-18th century, because that era is still very intact in this place. With it’s 17th century weavers cottage, a walking bridge on the top of river and the meadow setting takes away your breath.

It is a small village that can be seen by walking all around it. While you are visiting this place, there are some must do/see things like

Walk to Arlington Row – a row of weavers cottages built of local stone next to the River. It is often reffered as one of the most photographed cottage row in the country. Infact it was in news recently that beauty of the arlington row has been bloomed by a yellow car, which still stands there 🙂 For a bit of history these cottages were actually built as a monastic wool store in 1380s and later converted into weavers’ cottages later.

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Walk around River Coln and find a spot for a nice picnic. Do not forget to carry duck food.

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Bibury Trout Farm- Love fishing and fancy catching live trout to take back home. This is the place. There is entry of around £4 pound to get on to the farm.

Church of St Mary – I did not visit the church, and I am actually wondering how did I miss it. But there is always a next time 🙂

Go to a Tea Room , sit back, relax and enjoy Bibury.

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Chipping Campden, Cotswold

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During my visit to Cotswold villages, I visited another village called Chipping Campden, a small market town in the Gloucestershire. Take a walk down the Chipping Campden street, you will see lined ancient houses each grafted next to each other with those limestones embellishments and different architectural styles.

As the name suggests Chipping” means market or market place. Chipping Campden was one of the most important of the medieval wool towns and famous throughout Europe. One will find the oldest houses in Chipping Campden, that can be dated back to 1380. Beauty of the village lies in its historic buildings and architectures.

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The ancient Market Hall was built in 1627 by Sir Baptist Hicks for a cost of £90.00. It was for the purpose of giving shelter to the local market selling cheese, butter and poultry.Each corner of the building has a pediment, and each gable had a window. Its a beautiful piece of stone craving.

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The Alms Houses were built in 1612 for £1000 by Sir Baptist Hicks in the form of a capital I They were and still are used as the homes of twelve pensioners. Sir Baptist Hicks’s coat of arms and motto “NONDVM METAM”, meaning ‘I shall not fear yet’ can be found on the Alms Houses.

Broadway, Cotswold

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Costwold!!! I have been planning and trying to visit Cotswold villages from last 2 years and finally we went along with my friends to visit this another beautiful english country side of Cotswold, an area of outstanding natural beauty. Cotswold area is made up of different counties like Warwickshire, Oxfordshire, Worcestershire, Gloucestershire and each of the counties have beautiful villages in it.

Our first stop was in a beautiful village Broadway, in the Worcestershire. It is referred to as the ‘Jewel of the Cotswolds’ and the ‘Show Village of England’ because of it’s elegance and grandeur . The Broadway street consist of ancient honey coloured limestone buildings dating back to the 16th century and earlier.

The village beauty can be described as a delightful mix of Tudor, Stuart and Georgian buildings. The village has one of the longest High Streets in England.

For romantic and dreamy people, it is a must place to visit. Those beautiful houses, alleys and traditional feeling all around, makes it more serene. A place you will fall in love with immediately.

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