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Bourton-on-the-Water, Bolthole Retreats

Cottages near Bourton-on-the-Water

Discover Bourton-on-the-Water, the Venice of the Cotswolds

Bourton-on-the-Water is one of the most photographed and visited villages in the Cotswolds. It lies in a small valley, surrounded by gently rolling hills and thanks to the River Windrush, which runs through its heart has gained the title ‘Venice of the Cotswolds’. Five, low arched bridges span the river, and it truly is a photographer’s dream. The Windrush is the natural centre point for many local events. From the eccentric tradition of bank holiday football in the water to the sparkling Christmas tree that takes centre stage in the middle of the river each festive season.

This lovely village is regularly voted as one of the prettiest in England and can get busy, particularly on summer weekends. This is easily counteracted by staying in one of our charming cottages. You can explore the peaceful lanes at your leisure and meander along the riverbank during the early evening when all the day trippers have left. Browse the boutiques and interesting array of shops and stop for coffee and cake in the pretty tearooms. There are also some excellent pubs.

When it comes to visitor attractions, Bourton-on-the-Water has several. These include Birdland Park & Gardens, home to an array of exotic birdlife including flamingos, birds of prey, emus, and penguins. The model village is a  1/9th scale replica of the village. Whilst the Cotswold Motoring Museum has seven galleries dedicated to vintage cars and toys. Nearby Greystones Nature Reserve is where you’ll find Iron Age ramparts, wildflower meadows and an interactive discovery barn. All are just a few minutes walk from one of the main car parks in the village.

We have several lovely holiday homes and cottages in and around Bourton-on-the-Water. Many have a dedicated parking space, which is a rarity here. This is a lovely part of the Cotswolds to explore, with highlights such as Stow-on-the-Wold, Moreton-in-Marsh, and Burford all within easy reach. Plus, its location just off the Fosse Way, an old Roman Road ensures everything is close to hand.

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