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Bourton on the Water, Cotswolds, England

The Cotswolds are a famously beautiful part of England, and the village of Bourton on the Water is no exception. (It’s even an official “Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty”.) I was lucky enough to travel there a few weeks ago. I happened to arrive in the town just as they were starting their Remembrance Day ceremony.

The area is also famous for it’s predominantly stone homes. These beautiful villages were built in the time when English wool was king and they were racking in the big bucks. Bourton on the Water has about 4,000 inhabitants and is therefore considered a “larger” village for the area. It has a really picturesque High Street with the River Windrush running alongside it. Maybe I wouldn’t have loved living there as a teenager, but I’d certainly love to live there now!

Also if you are obsessed with “Buffy” or “Angel” like I am, you might recognise the area from an episode of “Angel” called “A Hole in the World” where Spike and Angel are looking for, predictably, an ancient demon in order to save Fred.
Bourton on the Water clockcotswolds in the fallchurch tower remembrancechurch guardmemorialleafy carstone and waterducksRiver

Have you traveled through the Cotswolds before?


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  • Proper beautiful ‘chocolate box England’!
    Super extra kudos for the Buffy reference – epic!

  • What a delightful place! Am loving these posts taking us on a tour around the uk! I’ve been to the Cotswolds before, and loved it, but not to this part. Must try to go back!

  • Love that first photo, so beautiful!

  • Beautiful pictures, Amanda. You’ve capture the quintessential English charm of the Cotswolds perfectly! 🙂 x

  • Looks absolutely gorgeous! ~I’ve been to the ‘Black & White’ villages in Herefordshire, which have the same protected status but one can never visit too many pretty villages!

    • I’ll definitely have to add the ‘Black & White’ villages in Herefordshire to my future travels list! x

  • I have been to this village on several trips and I love it each time.

  • I’ve heard so much about The Cotswolds but have never been. Yet! It’s on my list and I’m working on it!

  • I LOVE Bourton-on-the-water. Also, I had no idea about the Buffy scene here!

  • Kate Mitchell

    Looks beautiful!

  • That is the cutest little thing! I’ll add it to my list 🙂

  • Julie @ Artwork by JM

    So beautiful!! And I LOVED Buffy/Angel so I definitely remember that episode! haha! How cool!

  • When I hear “Cotswolds” I think of Cameron Diaz looking for places to do her home exchange in The Holiday, haha. This place looks so serene and lovely! I’d probably want to lie on the ground by the water for hours.

  • The village of Bourton looks so peaceful and beautiful. I love reading your posts about the places in England. Your blog helps me broaden my knowledge about England. Reading your blog is much more interesting than the textbooks. ^^

  • Must. Go. To. The cotswolds!! So picturesque! Love the last shot of the river 🙂

  • Amy @ the tide that left

    I visited Bourton on the water as a kid, but barely remember it other than knowing I had a good time. If/when we move back to the UK we definitely need to start revisiting these places. Especially now we have a nipper!

    • If you did move back would you go live in Bristol, do you think? x

      • Amy @ the tide that left

        I’d really like to, but I’m not sure we can afford it. The areas we like we can’t afford, and the areas we can afford we don’t like! We’ll see.

  • looks like such a beautiful place! and even though i (still!) haven’t watched angel, that made me so excited and increased my wish to visit the place so much, haha! my housemate has all of angel on dvd so i’ll need to get on it:-) xx

    • It’s not as good as Buffy, but it’s nice to see some of the old characters trickle in and out. xx

  • Lovely pictures, Amanda!! I’ve never been to the Cotswolds, but I definitely want to now 🙂

  • Beautiful pictures – I’ve never been to the Cotswalds before but I desperately want to now.

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  • Such lovely photos it looks like a lovely place

  • Every year Cory and I take a “just us” trip somewhere in England. We had already decided on the Cotswolds for next year, but weren’t sure what to see. I’ll make sure to stop by Bourton on the Water, but I’m also looking for something very pastoral. I love the English countryside!

    • Hurray! How exciting! Do you know where most of your trip will be? xx

      • Not a clue! We won’t take that one until next September, so we probably won’t start really planning it until August!

  • I loved burton-on-the-water. Stopped there a few time, always seemed to have a cream tea there. Did you visit the miniature village at all?

  • Hopefully you do! I recommend stopping in somewhere for a cream tea! xx

  • Ala

    I don’t know how I missed this post. Did we speak about the cotswolds when I saw you last? Coz we are going to Stow over Christmas – cannot wait, everywhere looks like a picture it’s so lovely! Fab photos x