Famed for the neat low bridges that crown the village’s river and lend the locale its “Little Venice of the Cotswolds” alias, Bourton-on-the-Water is a must-visit holiday destination for families and couples alike.
With a tiny perfumery admired by the Queen, picture box golden Cotswolds cottages and a pick and mix of gift emporiums and tea shops, there is a selection of year-round allures at this little treasure trove. The star-attraction is Bourton’s diminutive yet stunningly accurate grade II listed Model Village. This depicts a slice of 1937 local life and landscapes using traditional building materials and includes everything from a miniature choir to miniscule bonsais.
Did you know some scenes from Die Another Day were filmed here? Engine enthusiasts and Bond wannabes are sure to love the Cotswold Motoring Museum & Toy Collection. As well as being home to TV’s “Brum” who’s a hit with the kids, here you’ll find a delightful display of 20th century marvels – from heritage to high-speed. A stop at Bourton’s Model Railway Exhibition of tiny trains and magnificent memorabilia will also keep your getaway gratification on track.
If you like to wonder at wildlife, there’s all sorts of nature inspired sight-seeing to do in the local surrounds. You’re sure to delight in nearby Birdland – home to perky penguins, flamboyant flamingos and a fun filled dinosaur-tracking Jurassic Journey. Then, why not skip along to the Dragonfly Maze and take on the challenges among the beautiful traditional yew hedges?
You could also meander down one of the countless stunning countryside footpaths and find yourself at Salmonsbury Meadows. This luscious grasslands is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and part of the Greystones Farm nature reserve, which is flooded with the colour of native orchids come summer.
Looking for something with a little edge? An historical and ghostly jaunt around the village with Bloody Bourton Walking Tours could be just the job. Then, wash down any blood-curdling tales with a brewery trip and tasting at the Cotswold Brewing Company.
There’s always fun and frivolity going on in this village, from the celebrated August Bank Holiday football game to the innovative placement of the magical Christmas tree (both in the River Windrush!). Make sure you experience all that Bourton-on-the-Water has to offer by booking a charming holiday-let though Love Cottages.