Described as the “Little Venice” of the Cotswolds, Bourton-on-the-Water is a popular tourist spot in Gloucestershire, England.
It is known for its picturesque High Street, arched stone bridges over the River Windrush, and the Dragonfly Maze which always offers a fun game for visitors. And we shouldn’t forget to mention the most interesting thing that draw visitors to the village – the picturesque miniature Bourton-on-the-Water village.
The model was opened to the public in 1937 after the five-year construction effort by local builders and crafters. It was so intricate and detailed that you can see the piews and kneelers inside churches as well as blackboards, desks, and bulletin boards inside schools. As a matter of fact, both of the Bourton-on-the-Water’s churches, including the St. Lawrence, are reproduced in the model village to the detail. On your visit, try standing close to each church and you will hear the choir singing.
Another interesting feature of the Bourton-on-the-Water replica village is the stone bridges for which Bourton is famoos. Under it is the River Windrush with running water designed to look like a real running river.
In 2014, the village received a new addition. Seven historic English cottages were added in the area. Each was painstakingly designed in exquisite detail and in precise proportion using traditional materials and methods. Miniature bricks and stones, tiny rafters, windows and door were especially crafted for the cottages.
Just recently, the miniature gardens were a given a new touch. Oversized bedding plants were removed and tiny Alpines have been planted. Summer turns the village even more interesting as foliage grows and miniature greenhouses and garden furniture are added in the display. A large range of deciduous and evergreen miniature trees can be found across the villages too. They are carefully pruned to keep them to scale, leaving many visitors in awe with the realistic and picturesque scene they create. So, next time you visit Cotswold, don’t forget to drop by Bourton-on-the-Water.
Photos by: Márcio Cabral de Moura, PRO Karen Roe, Mark Ferbert and KotomiCreations