A few weeks ago, on the same weekend that I went to Oxford, I also went through the Cotswolds for work, stopping in the gorgeous town of Bourton-on-the-Water. Aka the Venice of the Cotswolds. I adore this little village in Gloucestershire with all its glorious bridges and the River Windrush running through the centre of town alongside the High Street.
You couldn’t hope to stumble across a more idyllic village. It’s so quintessentially English, you almost have to rub your eyes in amazement. And that lovely stone that all the buildings use! It was literally voted one of the prettiest villages in England and I can completely endorse this win. 117 buildings are Grade II or higher listed by English Heritage which is mind boggling in a village of under 4,000.
One of the things that definitely makes me giggle about Bourton-on-the-Water is the plethora of tea rooms. I swear that almost every other business is a tea room! If you are in the area for a quick bite, I personally recommend the charming Bakery On the Water.
Have you ever been to the Cotswolds? Where to?