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Exploring Bourton-on-the-Water

Bourton-on-the-Water, may be one of the most popular and well-known villages in the Cotswolds but it still retains all of its charm, making it a great place to find your next Cotswold rental. From the wonderful independent shops to the charming tea rooms, cafes and restaurants, Bourton-on-the-Water has a strong community feel.

History of Bourton-on-the-Water

The name Bourton comes from the Saxon word “Burgh”, meaning fort and “Ton” meaning village or settlement. The river Windrush, which flows through the centre of the village, in earlier times was much deeper and faster flowing, providing power to three mills, of which one remains and today housing The Motor Museum. The five bridges that cross the river are the true landmarks of the village, ensuring Bourton-on-the-Water stands out against its neighbouring villages and towns. With wonderful places to eat and drink it is easy to see why Bourton-on-the-Water is such a popular location to search for a cottage to rent in the Cotswolds.

One of the bridges in Bourton-on-the-Water


Places to Eat and Drink

The Rose Tree: Located in the heart of Bourton-on-the-Water, The Rose Tree is a popular restaurant run by husband and wife team David & Monika. With an emphasis on locally sourced, seasonal  ingredients, their dishes are a fusion of traditional and contemporary British cuisine.

The Mousetrap Inn: in a fantastic location on the main street and just a few steps from the River Windrush, both the food and the atmosphere here will not disappoint. Serving some of the best good in the village, this proudly independent, family-run pub is an absolute destination restaurant offering old-world charm.

For fabulous coffee, delicious cakes and scones and incredible bread to take home, pop in to The Bakery on the Water, just across the bridge from the Motor Museum. You may have to queue but it is always worth the wait!

Smiths of Bourton is not to be missed. The two brothers, Seb and Theo, serve up some of the best burgers in the area alongside a fabulous cocktail menu. Decorated in their eclectic style, this is certainly a very Instagram worthy burger joint!

Outside image of the shop Bakery on the Water and a burger from Smiths


Local Shops

Pick up a sensational gift, or treat for yourself, at The Cotswold Perfumery. Owner John Stephen has created scents for clients all around the world, including our very own late Queen Elizabeth II. We highly recommend booking a one-day perfume-making course where you will learn how to blend your own unique signature fragrance.

Handcrafted gifts for every occasion can be found at Cotswold Gift Gallery. From Moorcroft pottery, Herend Porcelain and Dartington Crystal it is a great place to browse for a gift for weddings, christenings, anniversaries and birthdays. The beautiful handcrafted items will also look perfect in your new rental home.

Things to do in and near Bourton-on-the-Water

Immerse yourself in the charming world of The Model Village – the only grade II listed model village in the whole of the UK. This fascinating attraction showcases a miniature replica of the village, offering a unique perspective on its picturesque buildings and gardens.

Sign for the Model Village, Bourton-on-the-Water

Birdland Park and Gardens: Just a short walk from the village centre, Birdland Park and Gardens is a haven for wildlife enthusiasts. Discover a variety of birds, from penguins to parrots, in a beautiful natural setting. Enjoy the peaceful atmosphere, engage in educational talks, and meet the feathered residents.

The Cotswold Motoring Museum: For car enthusiasts, a visit to The Cotswold Motoring Museum is a must. Located in the heart of Bourton-on-the-Water, the museum houses a fascinating collection of vintage cars, motorcycles, and motoring memorabilia. Step back in time and explore the history of motoring in a fun and interactive way.

Considering a move to Bourton-on-the-Water?

With its captivating history, delightful dining spots and distinctive shops, Bourton-on-the-Water is an ideal place to settle down. The Cotswold Letting Agency team, live and work within the Cotswolds, and are keen to share their extensive knowledge of Bourton and its surrounding areas. Our property portfolio includes a diverse range of homes and cottages to let in the Cotswolds, from quaint properties to edge of village and rural family homes, choose from either short-let or long-term rentals, tailored to meet your individual needs.

Property & Houses to Let in Bourton-on-the-Water

For those considering a move to the Cotswolds and seeking rental properties in Bourton-on-the-Water, our team at The Cotswold Letting Agency is more than willing to assist. We offer insights on everything from commuting options and local schools to the best dining and drinking spots.

Get in touch on 01993 684572 or drop us an email at hello@cotswoldlettingagency.com

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