‘Most beautiful village in England’ is a ‘must-see’

British artist William Morris called Bibury “the most beautiful village in England” and this stunning quintessential chocolate box town could well be.

Most visitors who come to this perfect village, come for the one ‘street’, Arlington Row which epitomises traditional Cotswold life and architecture. 

Originally a wool store which was built in 1380,  it was converted into weavers houses in the 17th century. The workers would supply cloth to Arlington Mill and it would be hung out on nearby Rack Isle. 

This tiny narrow lane of cottages is now owned by The National Trust. Number nine is actually a holiday rental.

Bibury is actually split by the River Coln. On one side is Bibury itself while on the other you have Arlington, Rack Isle, and Awkward Hill. 

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Rack Isle is a little nature reserve and you reach it by a little path that leads over a small bridge and is brimming with birdlife including robins and kingfishers. 

When visiting many head to the Bibury Trout Farm. It’s over 100 years old and you can not only learn about the Trout they bread here but you can spend the day fishing on the lakes — and of course, buy some fresh trout to take home. 

Also owned by the National Trust, the beautiful Chedworth Roman Villa sits proudly in a valley and dates back to the 4th century.

Visitors have raved over the area on TripAdvisor. One wrote: “Walked through the Bilbury Village including Arlington Row of houses. The River Coln runs through Bilbury Village and provides a natural beautiful waterscape with greenery and gardens along it.”

Another said: “Visit the quintessential chocolate box town of Bibury, take a stroll along the river, and marvel at the picturesque cottages that line the streets.

“You can visit the trout farm or the Swan Hotel for a bite to eat. A must-see place!”

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It is one of the best preserved Romano-British villas with stunning mosaic floors and a bath house. 

Don’t miss the 12th C St Mary’s Church in the village centre either with its wonderful carved doorways and medieval windows. 

This being in the heart of the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), it is the gateway to the rolling hills which have not only an abundance of hiking trails but trails for mountain biking too. 

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