Monday, 19 October 2015

Bourton-on-the-Water

 

Bourton-on-the-Water is such a major tourist attraction that during the peak times of the tourist season it often has more visitors than residents.




An overcast autumn day is the time to visit and this is what we did.




The village does not look as glorious




but it was quiet and we were able to enjoy ourselves without the crowds.






Most buildings are of 17th century origin. The houses and shops are constructed of the yellow linestone characteristic of the Cotswolds and they have the embellishments that make Cotswold architecture so picturesque:
 
 
 
 
 
projecting gables, windows with stone mullions and stone hoodmoulds over the doors.





The main attraction of this village is the extremely shallow river, the Windrush, that runs through it




 
and which is crossed by several low, arched stone bridges.
 

 

 
Two bridges next to each other here, one for pedestrians and one for cars
 

 
 


narrow alleyways





lovingly tended gardens




weeping willows dipping in the water




lots of hotels and eateries to cater for the tourist trade




 
the motor museum
 

 


and it's all so picturesque

 


As you can see, pretty deserted at this time of year - perfect





except for the water birds









love the geese!





Having wandered around for quite a while



we ended up at the model village which is attached to this pub, the Old New Inn.





The model village first opened to the public in 1937




 
The scale is one to nine
 
 

 

 
and it's an exact replica
 

 


the miniature gardens are landscaped to be as realistic as possible: alpines, miniature roses, tiny conifers and mature shrubs and trees have been used.





A replica of the shallow river runs through




 
the church has tiny pews and one can hear organ  music being played
 

 


the stone buildings are delightful





the gardens have been reproduced as faithfully as possible





and no model village would be complete without the model within the model and of course, the model within that model.
 
 


 

4 comments:

  1. An ideal place to take visitors, especially without the hordes!

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    1. We had a lovely day, Olga. The whole time has in fact been great, and it's been helped by the fact that we have had no rain at all - amazing. Tomorrow is their last full day with us, and we will be sad to see them go.

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  2. I like the way you write. Awesome, keep it up.
    bourton on the water

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    1. Thank you. Glad you enjoyed the post.

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