Local Area

Things to do

The village centre, which is only a few minutes walk away and boasts an array of traditional gift shops, pubs and tea rooms. Birdland is only 500 yards from the property and is home to a collection of penguins and exotic birds. The Dragonfly Maze offers a huge hedge maze of puzzles and clues that the whole family can try and solve. Take a look at the village’s past in Miniature form, and see how it was once in 1937 at the Model Village. River Windrush meanders through the centre of the village with areas of shaded greens to sit down and enjoy a picnic.


Attractions such as The Model Village, The Dragon Fly Maze, The Cotswold Brewing Company, Sezincote House and Gardens, Cotswold Motoring Museum, Galleries and many other attractions, mean there literally is something to amuse and interest all ages. Watch out for them in our blogs and if you want to know more about any of them, then just drop us an email – we would be happy to help.


There is so much more to discover in the neighbouring Cotswold quintessential towns and villages, with Stow-on-the-Wold only 4 miles away, Moreton-in-Marsh just 8½ miles away, and the surrounding villages of Northleach, The Rissington and The Slaughters all close by. There are regular buses to both Cheltenham and Cirencester allowing you easy access to a day of shopping or a visit to the Cirencester Park.


Affectionately known as ‘The Venice of the Cotswolds’, Bourton is nestled in the heart of the Cotswolds, just off the historically famous Roman Road, the Fosse Way

Restaurants and Bars

Bourton has plenty of options when it comes to places for food and drink. We have wonderful fish and chips, delightful afternoon teas and cosy pubs that sit right on River Windrush. On a nice day you can enjoy fresh fish and chips by the river followed by a cocktail in one of the many sunny pub gardens. If the weather turns, why not warm up by the fire with a home cooked roast? We have listed a few of our favourites below but if these are not what you are looking for, please get in touch and we can send over more.

The Rose Tree Restaurant, situated right on the river and only a 10 minute walk from us. This Grade II listed cottage has been converted into a beautiful restaurant with wonderful views overlooking the river. They serve a selection of traditional English and European dishes, cooked freshly with locally sourced ingredients and they do a fantastic Sunday roast. Ensuring that they are catering to all needs they have vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options available too. They have a good choice of different beers, ciders, wines and spirits for you to enjoy. The Rose Tree allows dogs (in the garden area only), so this place is the perfect spot to stop on a sunny day.

As you drive out of the village you will see the Mousetrap Inn, this quaint little pub is always busy with both the locals and holiday makers. The interior is warm and welcoming, with a cosy fire to sit by on a cold day. The staff are always very friendly and dogs are welcome just as much as their humans. They have a large variety of drinks available, with a comprehensive menu of loose teas created by a herbalist just for them! If you enjoy a cocktail make sure to check them out here, they have a decent list of quirky cocktails. The food is delicious here and way above the standards you would expect for your usual pub, the white chocolate and hazelnut popcorn with a passion fruit sorbet was amazing. Mousetrap also caters to those with special dietary requirements, just let them know when you arrive.

If you go along Station Road to the end (turn off where Risslington Road meets the High Street) and then turn right on the A429, The Coach and Horse and Alibaba Indian Restaurant will be on your right. Having been recently changed to an Indian Restaurant, Alibaba’s is serving delicious authentic food. The staff are friendly and the service is professional. Guests have told us that this is the best Indian restaurant they have been to, try the Chicken Biriyani and the Brinjal Bhaji’s, they said they were delicious! With such high quality fresh dishes and being very reasonably priced, this is the perfect spot to enjoy an evening.

Bourton's History

The name Bourton comes from the Saxon word BURGH which means a fort or camp, and then TON which means a village or settlement. If you combine them together you get ‘the village beside the camp’.

Bourton-on-the Water is known for its picturesque High Street and the River Windrush that runs through it. The river has five low, arched stone bridges that cross it, all made from local stone.

At the end of the village green is Mill Bridge which was built in 1654, next is the footbridge located in the centre of the village green called High Bridge , this was built in 1756. The next bridge is Paynes Bridge built in 1776. The footbridge, which stands just a bit further down is called New Bridge and was built in 1911. In 1953, the last bridge was built, the Coronation Footbridge and it was built to replace an earlier wooden structure dating back to 1750.

The River Windrush plays the perfect host to many events. You can expect to see the annual Duck Race and watch as 100’s of people line the verge to watch the ducks bob down and see if their duck wins. If you get a chance to see the annual River Football Match you won’t be disappointed. If you are hoping to get yourself in the front row, be prepared to get splashed as splashing is all part of the fun! Crowd’s gather and line the streets to watch this hilarious game as they wade around in freezing cold water up to their knees. You can be sure of a good day out for any ages involved.

Affectionately known as ‘The Venice of the Cotswolds’, Bourton is nestled in the heart of the Cotswolds, just off the historically famous Roman Road, the Fosse Way