British designer William Morris called it ‘the most beautiful village in England’, and when you visit you will have no choice but to agree.
Bibury has barely changed since the 18th century, making it a little corner of the UK that’s like stepping back in time, capturing the England of the romantic poets. Stone houses with sloping roofs are clad with flowers and ivy as narrow country lanes lead towards idyllic rivers and streams.
Highlights of Bibury include Arlington Row – originally built in 1380 as a monastic wool store and converted in the 17th century into a row of weaver’s cottages, the perfectly picturesque homes are the subject of a thousand postcards, and when American industrialist Henry Ford came to visit England, he fell so deeply in love that he tried to ship the houses back to America brick by brick! Thankfully he didn’t succeed; the cottages still stand and are now used as a popular filming location, featuring in both Stardust and Bridget Jones’s Diary.
Bibury is the perfect location for a relaxing day in any weather. It is a popular destination in the summer, where you will find tourists soaking up the English sun on the banks of the river Coln, which runs through the village alongside the main street. However, it’s just as lovely on crisp autumn days, and it has a unique frozen beauty on winter days.
The clean waters of the Coln also provide some of the best brown trout in the country, and the Bibury trout farm – right in the centre of the village – provides the freshest fish around. You can purchase fresh or smoked trout from the shop, alongside other fresh local farm goods such as bread, milk and eggs. The farm is also open to visitors, who watch the pools jolt into life during feeding times. It’s also a great spot for wildlife and is rife with kingfishers, ducks, swans and water voles. You can even catch your own trout in the beginners’ pool!
Bibury is also a great place for a relaxing pub lunch as the Catherine Wheel, a classic Cotswold pub complete with low ceilings, original beams, roaring log fires and a beautiful beer garden for summer al fresco dining. The Bibury Court Hotel also provides breakfast, lunch, dinner and the traditional afternoon tea inside a magnificent Jacobean mansion.
Bibury is also the perfect place to start a walk or a cycling trip, with surrounding copses, woods, ponds and even an ancient Roman road to discover nearby.
Bibury is the quintessential Cotswold village – unspoiled and bursting with beauty and colour, whilst in-keeping with a slower pace of life that many believe belongs in the past.