Visit Bourton-on-the-Water and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire, lies 4 miles South West of Stow-on-the-Wold. The Windrush flows beside the lawn-bordered main street under low-arched bridges and good Cotswold stone houses abound. Behind the New Inn there is a stone model of the village which is a popular attraction for tourists. At the other end of the village is an old mill. The chancel of the parish church dates from 1328 but the church suffered badly from restoration at the end of the last century. The roof, however, has some good modern heraldic painting. West of the A429 unclassified roads lead to two pretty villages, Lower Slaughter and Upper Slaughter. The first village has a stream flowing under little stone bridges, a much painted scene. Both church and manor have charm; the former retains its l2th-century arcade but was much restored in the 1860s. The second village also has a tributary of the Windrush running through it. There are the usual picturesque Cotswold stone cottages and a good l7th-century parsonage. On a rise above the village is an Elizabethan manor house, perhaps one of the most visually satisfying in the Cotswold countryside. The church has many good Norman features and an unusual 14th-century sanctus bellcot. This church, too, suffered from l9th-century restoration, though the 15th-century chancel was left intact.
A short distance North along the same unclassified road are two more famous villages, Lower Swell and Upper Swell. Sheltered in the green hills the little River Dikler flows through both villages. When restoration work was being done on Lower Swell church during the last century considerable finds of Roman jewels and coins were made. The church has some of the finest Norman carving in this part of the county. Upper Swell is particularly appealing, partly because of the fine trees which line the course of the Dikier. By the bridge it still turns a great millwheel and the pool beyond has many waterfowl. The small manor house above the little river has a fine Renaissance doorway. The church has something of all periods to offer with a good Norman doorway and an untouched 15th-century porch. All these villages can best be enjoyed by leaving the car and strolling by the riverside.
Nearby towns: Burford, Cheltenham, Northleach, Stow-on-the-Wold, Winchcombe
Nearby villages: Adlestrop, Aldsworth, Bledington, Bourton-on-the-Hill, Broadwell, Burford, Chedworth, Clapton, Coln Rogers, Condicote, Cutsdean, Evenlode, Farmington, Great Barrington, Great Rissington, Guiting Power, Hampnett, Hawling, Kingham, Little Barrington, Little Compton, Little Rissington, Longborough, Lower Slaughter, Lower Swell, Moreton-in-Marsh, Naunton, Northleach, Notgrove, Salperton, Sherborne, Shipton-under-Wychwood, Stow-on-the-Wold, Swinbrook, Temple Guiting, Turkdean, Upper Slaughter, Upper Swell, Westcote, Windrush, Wyck Rissington, Yanworth
Have you decided to visit Bourton-on-the-Water or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Bourton-on-the-Water bed and breakfast (a Bourton-on-the-Water B&B or Bourton-on-the-Water b and b)
- a Bourton-on-the-Water guesthouse
- a Bourton-on-the-Water hotel (or motel)
- a Bourton-on-the-Water self-catering establishment, or
- other Bourton-on-the-Water accommodation