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Larks Nest - your gateway to the CotswoldsLarks Nest is situated at the edge of the famous village Bourton-on-the-Water one of the most popular and beautiful villages in the Cotswolds with a good selection of shops, restaurants and pubs. The location is the ideal base to explore the Cotswolds with its many attractions.
Cotswolds studio apartment with breathtaking viewsA spacious, light & airy ground floor studio apartment with separate shower room & underfloor heating, set in beautiful surroundings. The apartment is close to the Cotswold Farm Park, located in the grounds of a 48 acre livery business, the apartment has fantastic views across the lawns, to the horses in the paddocks and beyond. This apartment has a fully equipped kitchen and is decorated to give it a Cotswold farmhouse feel, it has it's own entrance, with off street parking & is dog friendly.
England is not short of pretty, historic villages full of ancient houses, but nowhere do they seem more prolific than the Cotswolds. The region has become a byword for quaintness, full of cute villages where no garden has a petal out of place, and bunting seems to flutter outside every little store.
Bourton-on-the-Water is one of the real darlings, whose low stone bridges crossing the River Windrush at its heart form one of the classic Cotswolds images, and have earned it the moniker of “Venice of the Cotswolds.” Certainly the thronging crowds can be comparable, but rather than cicchetti and Renaissance art you’ll find smart tea shops, dolled-up pubs, and artisan stores specialising in perfumery, pottery, or sheepskins amid streets of butterscotch-coloured stone cottages. Among the handful of attractions is a miniature village, a perfect replica of Bourton-on-the-Water (there’s even a tiny model village). You can almost believe the toy-sized version came first — an idyllic, idealised vision of England.
Situated in the central west of England, with Oxford to the east and Gloucester to the west, the arterial motorways of the M4, M5, and M40 make a triangle around the Cotswolds. The nearest railway station is Moreton-in-Marsh, connected by bus, as are nearby villages; cycle hire is available in Bourton. From Birmingham Airport (BHX) it’s about a 2.5-hour journey on public transport, using trains via Worcester or Oxford, then a bus. Almost equidistant is Bristol Airport (BRS), three hours by train and bus. From both it’s an hour by road, using taxis or car hire from either airport. National Express coaches run direct to Bourton from London’s Victoria Station.
It’s true you might not want to linger long in the height of the summer, when queues at ice cream shops are somewhat ridiculous, but there’s no denying that sunshine makes the village even more delightful. Spring is awesome, with explosions of flowers colouring gardens and meadows every shade of the paint chart, while in frosty, fairy-lit December, you’ll feel like you’ve leapt into the picture on a Christmas card. A festival of motoring in September is one of the village’s few annual events; most happenings of note are in nearby cities: Cheltenham’s April jazz festival, the demonstrations of traditional country pursuits at Cirencester’s Cotswold Show, and Cornbury Music Festival at Chipping Norton, both in July.
You don’t have to be a gearhead to enjoy this wonderful and nostalgia-inducing museum and its wide-ranging collection of rare vehicles and memorabilia. See everything from 1970s caravans to early motorised scooters, and a charming array of childhood toy vehicles.
Mazes are like the analogue version of modern-day escape rooms, and this one is just as enjoyably dumbfounding. Finding your way through half a mile of yew hedge passages to the centre is tricky enough, but then there are clues to solve along the way to complete a puzzle. Even unrolling a ball of string as you go to help you find your way out, like Theseus in the story of the Minotaur, won’t help with that.
Operated by the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust, the nature reserve of Greystones Farm is a lovely place to spend an afternoon outdoors, with wildflower meadows and Iron Age ramparts to explore. Flowing through the site is the River Eye, where you can listen for the distinctive “plop” of endangered water voles entering the water, and look for otters and kingfishers. Childrens’ play areas, a cafe, and a replica Iron Age roundhouse help make the most of the site.