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Bourton-on-the-Water

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The Little Venice of the Cotswolds is a storybook village famous for its stone houses, riverside cafés, museums and welcoming pubs.

Bourton-on-the-Water is a pretty village of striking honey-colored stone architecture set within a glorious countryside. With a tranquil river, craft shops and waterfront cafés, it’s the epitome of a Cotswold village. Developed by the Saxons and once a Roman outpost, Bourton-on-the-Water became an important wool trading center during the Industrial Revolution.

The village straddles the River Windrush, a slowly rippling waterway crossed by several elegant footbridges. Admire the grand 15th- and 16th-century stone houses that frame the river and double as bakeries, banks, boutiques, restaurants and museums. Stroll along the water’s edge and relax beneath the shade of majestic trees while enjoying the beautiful scenery.

Visit notable historical landmarks, including Victoria Hall from the late 19th century. St. Lawrence’s Church replaced a Norman structure and has a chancel built in 1328. Experience 350 years of ecclesiastical history at the Bourton-on-the-Water Baptist Church.

Be sure to explore the Model Village, a miniature replica of the village center made from locally sourced stone and real trees. See an impressive collection of over 40 working model trains at Bourton Model Railway Exhibition and Toy Shop. Admire the exhibits of vintage cars and antique toys at the Cotswold Motor Museum and Toy Collection.

See wildlife at Cotswold Birdland Park and Gardens, which houses about 500 exotic and rare birds in a natural woodland environment. Find the clues to solve a puzzle and reach the center of a hedge labyrinth at the Dragonfly Maze.

After a day of activities, enjoy the welcoming charm of 18th-century pubs such as the Mousetrap Inn and the Old New Inn. Take a guided tour of the Cotswold Brewing Company, located a short drive from the village center.

Bourton-on-the-Water is about 15 miles (24 kilometers) east of Cheltenham and 33 miles (53 kilometers) west of Oxford. Great for daytrips, Cheltenham is also an ideal base for exploring other scenic towns and villages in the Cotswolds. Broadway, Moreton-in-Marsh and Winchcombe are all less than a 30-minute drive away.

Broadlands Hotel
Broadlands Hotel
4 out of 5
The price is £120 per night from 15 Aug to 15 Aug
Situated in Cheltenham, this guesthouse is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from The Model Village, and within 12 mi (20 km) of Cotswold Countryside Collection and Chedworth ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (835 reviews)
"A lovely, family run hotel. The family are very welcoming and friendly. Excellent location."

Reviewed on 6 Jun 2021

Broadlands Hotel
Coombe House
Coombe House
3.5 out of 5
Rissington Road, Cheltenham, England
Situated in Cheltenham, this property is within a 5-minute walk of Dragonfly Maze and Birdland Park and Gardens. The Model Village and Bourton Model Railway ...
5/5Exceptional! (28 reviews)
A warm welcome at Coombe House....
"My Mother and I spent three nights at Coombe House under the superb care of David and Dawn, nothing was too much trouble! The house, garden and rooms are immaculate and very comfortable. The breakfasts are very filling, wholesome and tasty with a wide selection and beautifully cooked. Bourton on ..."

Reviewed on 20 Oct 2020

Coombe House
The Lansdowne
The Lansdowne
4 out of 5
The price is £135 per night from 1 Aug to 1 Aug
Situated in Cheltenham, this guesthouse is within a 10-minute walk of Bourton Model Railway Exhibition, Cotswold Motoring Museum and The Model Village. Birdland ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (421 reviews)
"Amazing service, breakfast and location! Would definitely recommend to all."

Reviewed on 4 Jul 2021

The Lansdowne
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Hotel Apartments ByDesign
Hotel Apartments ByDesign
4 out of 5
Beckhampton street, Swindon, England
The price is £86 per night from 1 Aug to 1 Aug
Located in the heart of Swindon, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Museum of the Great Western Railway and Swindon Designer Outlet. ATBShop Skate ...
3.9/5Good! (9 reviews)
Stay was ok
"Bar finding ants in the kitchen the stay was ok."

Reviewed on 25 Apr 2021

Hotel Apartments ByDesign
Burkhardt Hall By Flying Butler
Burkhardt Hall By Flying Butler
3.5 out of 5
175 Victoria Road, Swindon, England
Situated in the entertainment district, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Museum of the Great Western Railway and Swindon Designer Outlet. ATBShop ...
3/5 (3 reviews)
Relocation nightmare !
"Relocated by Hotels.com . ESA run apartment, communications were very poor by them, not giving us a confirmed check in time until I called them four times. Advertised car park space, which should have been £5 per night was not available ! The car park next door was £38 per night, as were the local ..."

Reviewed on 23 Jul 2019

Burkhardt Hall By Flying Butler
Swan Place By Flying Butler
Swan Place By Flying Butler
3.5 out of 5
77 Godwin Court, Swindon, England
Situated in Swindon, this apartment building is 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Coate Water Country Park and 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Swindon Designer Outlet. Museum of the ...
Swan Place By Flying Butler
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