This pretty village lies in a gently sloping valley, amid green hills and pastures. It is located within the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and much of the village is a conservation area. On the doorstep of your holiday cottage in Bourton-on-the-Water, the high street is flanked by wide greens and the River Windrush. The five low, arched bridges across the river have led to the village’s nickname, the Venice of the Cotswolds. Every year, on the August bank holiday, the local football team has a kickaround in the river – an event that has taken place in the village for more than a century. Visitors on self-catering holidays in Bourton-on-the-Water at Christmas time will notice an extravagantly decorated tree standing in the river.
Boasting Cotswolds yellow stone and exposed beams, Nellie’s Barn is a blend of charm and sophistication. The pet-friendly cottage near Bourton-on-the-Water sits on a farm in the Windrush Valley and offers delightful gardens, on-site fishing, a summer house, a wood burner and walks from the door.
Le Manoir is a beautiful sandstone cottage in the heart of the Cotswolds near Stow-on-the-Wold. The elegant rural cottage in Oxfordshire rewards guests with vast grounds & furnished outdoor spaces, as well as a sophisticated interior boasting spacious rooms, an open fire, and light and airy design.
There’s plenty to do in and around the village, from Birdland Park and Gardens, which is home to emus, macaws and flamingos, to the Cotswolds Motoring Museum, where one of the country’s best collections of vintage cars can be explored. The Model Village is also a must-see, with a miniature replica of Bourton-on-the-Water. In and around the high street, a short stroll from holiday cottages in Bourton-on-the-Water, there are a variety of unique shops, including a jeweller, pottery, and the Cotswold Perfumery. There is a regular farmers’ market, where stallholders sell the best-quality produce from neighbouring farms.
Overlooking the river, the Kingsbridge Inn is an atmospheric spot for a pint of Gloucestershire ale, and also serves delicious food. Nearby, the Rose Tree is a popular restaurant with a reputation for using local, seasonal ingredients. Bourton-on-the-Water is known for its fine, historic architecture, including a pair of graceful churches – St Lawrence and the Baptist Church. On the village’s doorstep, the green, unspoiled countryside of the Cotswolds is crisscrossed by footpaths. Rare wildlife, wildflower meadows and spectacular views can be enjoyed in Salmonsbury Meadows, a short drive away. Oxford, Cheltenham and Gloucester can all be reached in less than an hour.