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:
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
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.