The Storybook Villages of the Cotswolds

Arlington Row

Arlington Row

When I think of England, I think of old villages and classic architecture as well as amazing pub food. A couple hours west of London England there are a number of old magical villages within the Cotswolds. The Cotswolds are an area of natural beauty with rolling hills and many trees. The villages are very well preserved and same with the environment.

Arlington Row in the Village of Bibury

Arlington Row in the Village of Bibury

When you visit Europe you really come to admire the respect they have for some of their historical buildings, they make every effort to preserve these sites. Sad to say here in Toronto, Canada we don’t share that same passion and instead tear many of our old buildings down and replace them with glass skyscrapers.

The two photos above are very well known and are from Arlington Row in the village of Bibury. Such a quaint little village and well worth the effort if you make it out this way.

Chipping Campden

Chipping Campden

We stayed in the village of Chipping Campden in this amazing Bed and Breakfast called Badger’s Hall. I will post about this on another occasion. Chipping Campden was a wool trading centre and I believe the village dates back to the 15th and 16th century. The food at the pub we went to was amazing and same with the B&B we stayed at. Outside our B&B was the old town market dating back to the 16th century and same with the church below. You can find more information about the town of Chipping Campden here http://www.chippingcampden.co.uk/

The Church in Chipping Campden

The Church in Chipping Campden

The Old Market in Chipping Campden

The Old Market in Chipping Campden

We stopped in quite a few of the villages and visited the small shops each village had to offer. This is a region I definitely plan on making a return visit to at some point. There is so much to discuss that I will have to do another post on the Cotswolds. But the architecture, the history, the food and the countryside were something to get excited about.

An old house we passed. I loved the stone.

An old house we passed. I loved the stone.

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