Cottages near Bibury
Described by William Morris as ‘the most beautiful village in England’
The chocolate box village of Bibury is possibly one of the most recognisable places in the whole of England. And it’s all thanks to one tiny row of cottages. Arlington Row, a higgledy-piggledy jumble of Cotswold stone weavers’ cottages, dating to the late 1300s is one of the most photographed sites in the country. So iconic is this little row of cottages that it even featured on the pages of a British passport! Arlington Row is now owned by the National Trust, and all but one of the cottages is a private home. They are not open to the public but the view of them is timeless. Adjacent to the cottages are the Rack Isle water meadows. A name given as this was where wool was once hung out to dry, after being washed in Arlington Row. This is now an important habitat for birds and water-loving plants and mammals.
Situated by the River Coln, Bibury is a peaceful and tranquil spot where time has passed by, leaving the village largely unchanged. 17th-century architecture, a collection of honey-coloured stone cottages, a charmingly unspoilt village pub and the pretty water meadows create the picture-perfect Cotswold village. Alongside the Arlington Row cottages, the Bibury Trout Farm is a popular attraction. It’s England’s oldest working trout farm and was founded in 1902. You can catch your own trout, buy it from the shop or just wander the beautiful grounds.
Our collection of cottages near Bibury is the perfect location for a holiday in this pretty part of the Cotswolds. Cultural hubs such as the ancient Roman town of Cirencester and Regency Cheltenham Spa as within easy reach. Likewise, Burford, often referred to as the ‘gateway to the Cotswolds’, and the Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens are also within a short drive.