Enjoy a stay in a holiday cottage in Bourton-on-the-Water. You may not know that Bourton-on-the-Water is nicknamed the Venice of the Cotswolds thanks to its long winding river, shaded by overhanging trees, which twists and turns through the town. Famed for its honey-coloured houses and idyllic village scenery, you’ll be surrounded by beauty – and water, of course. Straddling the bubbling River Windrush, Bourton has many lovely local bistros and cafes, as well as quaint independent Cotswold based farm shops and brands such as Bourton Basket, Cotswold Pottery and most famously Cotswold Sheepskin.Read More
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In the town you can feel like a giant on a family friendly visit to the Model Village. This tiny replica of the town was constructed by builders and is packed full of incredible details. From here you should look to get lost in the Dragonfly Maze where you will find (if you’re lucky) the classic garden maze which features 14 hidden clues and a golden dragonfly in its centre.
Directly across from the Dragonfly Maze is the 9 acre Birdland Park and Gardens home to over 500 birds. Younger visitors will have a great time trying their hand at looking after the flamingos, pelicans, storks and cranes before feeding the penguins as they learn how to be a zookeeper for the day. The onsite Flamingo Point Café is a great lunch stop, or visitors are welcome to pack their own lunch and relax in one of the park’s many picnic areas.
If sweet treats are your thing then most definitely stop off at the Bakery on the Water and sample the family run café’s scrumptious afternoon tea, as well as breakfast and lunch. They are famous for the scones which are baked throughout the day and served still warm, fresh from the oven. If you can’t find a seat then grab a takeaway and enjoy a picnic on the green lawn along the River Windrush. After a lazy lunch, take time to wander along the waterside path and admire all the pretty buildings and cottages lining the river.
If you are feeling slightly more energetic you can set off on a walk across the rolling hills surrounding the village, where you can take in some spectacular views whilst following a trail with the family or on a dog walk. And, if you’re in Bourton over Bank Holiday Weekend in August watch out for the traditional local football match that happens in the River Windrush itself!
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