The Lovely English Village of Bibury

The Cotswolds region is undoubtedly one of the most picturesque areas in England. Aside from the surrounding lush countryside, river valley, gorgeous gardens and historic properties, the region captivates you with its beautiful old limestone villages.

Spring is the probably the best time to be at this rolling countryside that exudes the classic look of England. During this period, you can pursue more outdoor activities like hiking, fishing, horseback riding, golfing, camping and visiting outdoor markets and gardens. The Cotswold region is composed of six counties, which are Worcestershire, Bath, Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire, North East Somerset and Warwickshire. Within each counties are absolutely charming villages waiting to be explored and appreciated for their outstanding architecture and uniqueness.

Among these impressive villages, Bibury manages to still stand out. In fact, the village is often considered the most beautiful village in England. It is located within the Gloucestershire County, about 9 miles from the town of Burford. Set in an idyllic location and surrounded by dramatic meadows, the village mesmerizes visitors with its ancient stone cottages marked by steep pitched roofs.

The best set of these cottages are found in Arlington Row. This lane is lined with 17th century cottages that are an absolute treat to the eyes due to their distinct layout and sepia color. The River Col, which flows into the village, makes the perfect scenic backdrop for these cottages. So the most important thing you should do before visiting Arlington Row is to get your camera fully charged and ready; as you won’t be able to resist trying to capture its beauty.

The Arlington Row homes were originally built by weavers who worked in the Arlington Mill. And even though the Mill ceased operation, it was transformed into a museum as an excellent reminder of the rich and colorful lives of weavers, centuries ago. After having a relaxing stroll along this lane of homes, head out to the other nearby attractions like the Church of St. Mary and the Bibury Trout Farm.

The Church of St. Mary is a Saxon Church and home to a famous stained glass window designed by Karl Parsons in 1927. Some of the original Saxon artefacts, which once belonged to the church were relocated to the British Museum for preservation. You can still see the replicas of these artefacts in the chutch today. You can find the Church of St. Mary near the main square which marks as the center of the village.

The Bibury Trout Farm is a must-visit in the village especially for families. River Coln is known for its abundance of high quality trout, and thus, this lovely farm was built. While here, the prime activity is to catch your own trout. So if you have not gone trout fishing before, you will learn some valuable tricks and techniques here. But you don’t just stop at fishing, you can also get to eat fresh trout meals at the farm’s restaurant.

It is possible to make Bibury a day trip destination but spending a night or two in the village is a wonderful experience and gives you the luxury of marveling at the village at different times. If you decide to stay longer, Bibury has lovely lodging facilities, including hotels, self-catering holiday cottages and bed and breakfast, to choose from.