Picturesque village

The beautiful Cotswolds village, home to just 700 people, is named the ‘prettiest’ in the world

It goes without saying that living in London has its advantages, but when it comes to buying your forever home, it’s not the most realistic place to settle. For decades, those working in London have looked farther afield when buying property, aiming to find a location that is both reasonably priced and has a commute to the capital.

The Cotswolds are a great direction to take if you are looking for a new residence – with picturesque, traditional landscapes Properties and historic villages, you will not be disappointed. One such place is Bibury, a historic village with surprises around every corner.

Bibury has even been hailed as “the prettiest village in England” by artist William Morris, and has served as the backdrop for films like Stardust and Bridget Jones’ Diary. Unsurprisingly, it’s ranked as one of the most “instagrammable” villages in the UK.

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A parish garden in the village of Bibury

Skirting the banks of the River Coln, Bibury is only home to around 700 people but has plenty to discover with winding lanes, local cafes, colorful flower gardens and ivy covered cottages. It has even been named by the travel site Love Exploring as one of the “most beautiful small towns” in the world.

The village’s picturesque Arlington Row, a street of 14th-century cottages, is said to be one of the most photographed sites in the Cotswolds. People come from all over the world to see it, especially from Japan. This popularity among Japanese tourists is believed to have been established by Emperor Hirohito who stayed in the village during his European tour.

The Cotswolds are renowned for their beauty
The Cotswolds are renowned for their beauty

Another popular attraction is Bibury Trout Farm, one of England’s oldest working trout farms. Now a trout farm might not be everyone’s first choice for a fun day out, but if located in the idyllic village of Bibury it is well worth a visit. For longer stays it is worth visiting the nearby towns of Cirencester and Burford which are both a short drive from Bibury. There is of course also the Cotswolds, with its miles and miles of stunning scenery to enjoy.

There are plenty of lovely walks between Bibury and Coln St Aldwyns

The village also has an offering of village pubs including The Catherine Wheel with its quaint beer garden to enjoy in the summer and cozy fires to sit by in the winter. The Swan Hotel on the banks of the River Coln serves a range of afternoon teas and traditional meals and is popular with tourists.

You can reach Bibury from London in just over three hours. You will need to take a train from Paddington to Gloucester, before a local bus.

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