The Cotswolds

Officially an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Cotswolds encapsulates England at its most romantic; rolling hills, ancient forests, meandering streams alongside beautiful villages and market towns.


Frequently called the Venice of the Costwolds, Bourton-on-the-Water is situated on the banks of the picturesque River Windrush; which runs along the back of Strathspey.

Bourton is a very popular destination for both English and International visitors. Offering easy access to the rest of the Cotswolds, it is a great base from which to explore the area. The town itself has a wide selection of delightful pubs, coffee shops and restaurants. Protected by Conservation Area status the town has a number of beautfiful buildings; almost caught in a timewarp.


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  • The Cotswolds is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
  • The area is also a Ramblers paradise with the Cotswold, Donnington, Monarch and Windrush Way all close by


  • Birdland

    See penguins, flamingos or become a keeper for the day.

  • Cotswold Motoring Museum

    Located in Bourton-on-the-Water the Cotswold Motoring Museum is a truly fascinating journey through the 20th Century. Overflowing with vintage and classic cars and caravans, precarious looking motorcycles, original enamel signs and an intriguing collection of motoring curiosities, it is a genuinely captivating experience for all the family and the home of Brum.

  • Gloucester Warwickshire Steam Railway

    The Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway runs steam trains along a part of the former Great Western Railway. The trains run between Toddington and Cheltenham.

  • Blenheim Palace

    The home to the 11th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough and the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. Set in 2100 acres of beautiful parkland landscaped by ?Capability? Brown, the magnificent Palace is surrounded by sweeping lawns, award-winning formal gardens and the great Lake, offering a unforgettable day out for all.

  • Broadway Tower

    Broadway Tower is one of England's outstanding viewpoints and at 1024 (312m) above sea level, it is the second highest point on the Cotswold ridge.

  • Adam Henson's Cotswold Farm Park

    The Cotswold Farm Park is the ?Home of Rare Breed Conservation? set high up on the Cotswold Hills near Guiting Power; GL54 5UG.

  • National Trust

    Plenty of sites are to be found in the Cotswolds including Chedworth Roman Villa, Hailes Abbley, Lodge Park and the Sherborne Estate

The River Windrush
The centre of Bourton-on-the-Water
Down by the river in the village...
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