<div style="display:inline;"> <img height="1" width="1" style="border-style:none;" alt="" src="//googleads.g.doubleclick.net/pagead/viewthroughconversion/1028731116/?value=0&amp;guid=ON&amp;script=0">
CHRISTMAS OFFER Subscribe to Cotswold Life today click here

A visitor’s guide to Bourton-on-the-Water

PUBLISHED: 09:00 01 August 2016 | UPDATED: 12:41 01 August 2016

Bourton-on-the-Water © Arena Photo UK, Shutterstock

Bourton-on-the-Water © Arena Photo UK, Shutterstock

Archant

Perhaps one of the most famous locations in the Cotswolds, Bourton-on-the-Water is renowned for its pretty waterside views and quaint limestone buildings. We’ve assembled a guide to help you make the most of your time in this picture-perfect village.

Rest your head at...


The Chester House Hotel

With pitched roofs, honey-coloured walls and country-style décor, the Chester House Hotel epitomises everything Cotswolds and cosy. It is small in size so expect a personal and friendly welcome from the staff, and the bedrooms are decorated beautifully ensuring comfort without compromise for the guests. And it is right on the doorstep of Bourton-on-the-Water.

The Dial House Hotel

The hotel is one of the oldest buildings in the village as it dates back to 1608, so you’ll be staying in a piece of quintessential Cotswold history. Inside, you’ll find the perfect blend of traditional charm and stylish modern décor in each bedroom. On site is an award winning restaurant, ideal for both breakfast and dinner. Outside, the hotel is surrounded by beautiful gardens – perfect for unwinding in the summer months.

Get your foodie fix at...


Smiths of Bourton

For the quaint Cotswold tea room experience so many dream of, Smiths of Bourton is the most wonderful location. Expect top-notch lattes, delicious cream teas and home made cakes in a quirky yet cosy setting.

The Croft

Sister restaurant to the Chester House Hotel, The Croft has recently reopened following a refurbishment so it is nice and fresh for 2016. The staff are super friendly and the food is simply delicious – from the yummy breakfasts and light lunches, to the afternoon teas and mouth-watering suppers on the menu.

The Mousetrap Inn

If you’re on the hunt for cosy pub vibes The Mousetrap Inn is the perfect place to go. The traditional honey-coloured pub is great for huddling in a corner over freshly cooked pub grub and there are locally brewed ales behind the bar too.

Local watering holes...


Slaughters Country Inn

Located just a stone’s throw from Bourton-on-the-Water, this intimate and charming Cotswold pub can be found on the banks of the River Eye. It is the perfect place to while away the afternoon with a pint of ale after a busy day exploring the village.

The Duke of Wellington

Recently refurbished and under new ownership, this charming waterside pub overlooks the beautiful River Windrush. It’s dog friendly and pooches are welcomed with biscuits and fresh water, whilst owners can enjoy a classic British pub menu and an extensive range of ales and wine.


Coach and Horses

For a proper taste of the rural life, head to the Coach and Horses on the outskirts of Bourton-on-the-Water where there is a good selection of cask ales and draught beers, a range of quality wines, soft drinks and speciality coffees and teas on offer.

Entertain the family at...


The Model Village

What better way to entertain the children than at this one-ninth scale replica of beautiful Bourton-on-the-Water? It’s the perfect place for little ones to explore, whilst the grown ups can stand back and admire the carefully crafted model village. Admission is a very reasonable £3.60 for adults and £2.80 for children.

The Cotswold Motoring Museum

Take a trip down memory lane with an afternoon well spent at the Cotswold Motoring Museum with vintage car collections and plenty of motoring history from the 20th century. It’s also the home of childhood favourite, Brum. Admission is £5.50 for adults and £3.95 for children.

Nearby…

Stow-on-the-Wold

Upper & Lower Slaughter

Burford

For a visitor’s guide to Broadway, click here.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Cotswold Life visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Cotswold Life staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Cotswold Life account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More from Out & about

Monday, November 13, 2017

Home to some of the country’s most breathtaking architecture and picturesque gardens, the Cotswolds boasts plenty of beautiful stately homes you need to visit. We pick eight special locations that are made even more magical during Christmas time

Read more
Friday, November 10, 2017

Our peaceful patch has been a hotbed of fictional criminality, playing host to dozens of small-screen murders. Here are just some of the places where the lead pipe abounds

Read more
Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Home to some of the country’s most breathtaking architecture and picturesque gardens, the Cotswolds boasts plenty of beautiful stately homes you need to visit. We pick 8 special locations that are made even more magical as Christmas approaches

Read more
Tuesday, November 7, 2017

We never tire of pretty pictures of the Cotswolds. Here are ten of the best shared on Instagram this week…

Read more
Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Escaping into the peace of the woodlands is the perfect way to alleviate stress with landscapes boasting ancient beeches and oaks, stretches of pretty flowers and an abundance of wildlife awaiting you. In association with the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust, we bring you eight enchanting woodland walks to try...

Read more
Friday, October 27, 2017

Fifty years ago the first issue of Cotswold Life rolled off the press and Nigel Smith came kicking and screaming into the world...in the very same house his mother has been born in. Tracy Spiers reports

Read more
Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Walk in the childhood neck of the woods of Harry Potter author JK Rowling and enjoy forbidden forests, romantic ruins and stunning cliff-top scenery along the Wye Valley

Read more
Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Being a region so steeped in history, there are plenty of locations in the Cotswolds with spooky stories from over the years. From bloody executions, eerie apparitions and headless horsemen, we pick 23 of the most haunted locations throughout the Cotswolds to visit if you dare

Read more
Wednesday, October 11, 2017

On a sunny autumn afternoon we headed to the Forest of Dean to try our hand at finding edible, wildlife ingredients on one of the Tudor Farmhouse Hotel’s foraging courses. Here’s how we got on...

Read more
Tuesday, September 19, 2017

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Cotswold Life back in 2007, Candia McKormack, now our deputy editor but back then a designer, came up with this brilliant interpretation of the iconic Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club album cover. We liked it so much we thought we’d use it again on our 50th anniversary

Read more
Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Walk in the footsteps of the talented and controversial socialites, the Mitford Sisters, around stunning Asthall and sublime Swinbrook. The perfect pub walk for a summer’s day

Read more
Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Crunchy leaves under foot, bracing walks in beautiful countryside, mugs of hot chocolate in cosy tea rooms and charming pubs with roaring fireplaces – what’s not to love about autumn in the Cotswolds?

Read more
Monday, September 4, 2017

For 80 years now, Bourton-on-the-Water has been one of the country’s finest locations in which to catch sight of Gulliver-esque giants. Join us as we get on hands and knees to take a peek into the homes of Cotswolds’ own Lilliput...

Read more
Friday, September 1, 2017

We go behind the scenes of Oxfordshire’s largest sporting event

Read more
 
Great British Holidays advert link

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Topics of Interest

Food and Drink Directory
A+ Education

Subscribe or buy a mag today

subscription ad
Cotswold Life Application Link

Local Business Directory

Cotswold's trusted business finder

Job search in your local area



Property Search