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Things to do in Bourton-on-the-Hill, Gloucestershire

Cottages in Bourton-on-the-Hill
Cottages in Bourton-on-the-Hill © Brian Lindsey

Bourton-on-the-Hill is a charming Cotswold village in a beautiful area of Gloucestershire.

From its hillside location, it overlooks the larger village of Moreton-in-Marsh on the famous Fosse-Way.

Bourton-on-the-Hill ©andrewmroland - stock.adobe.com

The village boundary is marked by the River Evenlode, fed by several smaller tributaries.

Visitors to Bourton-on-the-Hill may be surprised just how steep the hill actually is - the village is certainly well named - and exploring will be an excellent workout.

Parish Church
Parish Church ©david hughes - stock.adobe.com

The village has a local church and an original coaching inn, and it would have been on the main road from Worcester to London, known as the "London Way" as far back as the 16th century.

The village has many individual 17th-century and 18th-century cottages.

Slatters Cottage in Bourton-on-the-Hill
Slatters Cottage in Bourton-on-the-Hill © Brian Lindsey

The best known is Slatter's Cottage which dates back to the 1600s. Working farms are scattered around the surrounding countryside.

Present Day Bourton-on-the-Hill

Visitors will love the variety of lovely Cotswold stone cottages on the main street - the honey-coloured stone seems almost to glow in the sunlight.

Many of the houses have attractive cottage gardens, easily visible over their traditional low walls.

View from top of Bourton-on-the-Hill over the Village to the Surrounding Hillsides
View from top of Bourton-on-the-Hill over the Village to the Surrounding Hillsides © Brian Lindsey

One of the main eye-catchers is Bourton House Garden, centrally located in the village, it boasts a 16th-century tithe barn.

It's often open to the public and is well worth a visit, to enjoy the garden, or to make some purchases for your own at one of its sales of flowering shrubs and unusual perennials.

Hay barn at Bourton-on-the-Hill
Hay barn at Bourton-on-the-Hill ©andrewmroland - stock.adobe.com

Local life tends to gravitate around the local pub, the Horse and Groom.

It has a good reputation for its excellent food and tends more towards being a gastropub than a local's bar, although it does serve real ales.

Bourton-on-the-Hill with flowers
Bourton-on-the-Hill with flowers ©Frank - stock.adobe.com

Bourton-on-the-Hill is too small to support its own shops but nearby towns such as Longborough, 2 miles away and Stow-on-the-Wold, 4 miles away, have shops, restaurants and pubs.

Things to do in Bourton-on-the-Hill

Neighbouring Moreton-in-Marsh is within walking distance and has a couple of small supermarkets, takeaways, tea rooms, restaurants and gift shops.

Batsford House
Batsford House ©Snapvision - stock.adobe.com

The antique shops and art galleries also make it worth a visit.

Nearby Batsford Estate and Arboretum are a perfect venue for country walks.

You'll also find the Cotswold Falconry Centre here, and it has an excellent tea room which will be a welcome stop after a day cycling or walking around the area.

View over Bourton-on-the-Hill
View over Bourton-on-the-Hill ©andrewmroland - stock.adobe.com

The Bourton area is perfect for keen walkers as the Heart of England Way passes right through the village.

Cottage, Bourton-on-the-Hill
Cottage, Bourton-on-the-Hill ©andrewmroland - stock.adobe.com

An Ordnance Survey map will reveal a network of other footpaths in the area offering splendid walks in unrivalled scenery.

Just to the west of Bourton-on-the-Hill is Snowshill Manor, a typical manor of this area. It was at one time owned by Henry VIII who gave it to Katherine Parr as a wedding gift.

Bourton-on-the-Hill ©Frank - stock.adobe.com

It was restored in 1919 by Charles Paget Wade who shunned any modern upgrades and restored it to its former glory, wood panelling, log fires and all.

Throughout his life, he added collectables and treasures from all over the world and then gave it to The National Trust as a gift to the nation. It makes a fascinating place to visit.

Bourton-on-the-Hill ©andrewmroland - stock.adobe.com

Youngsters may enjoy a trip to the nearby Cotswold Quad and Outdoor Activity Centre and the historic Sudeley Castle is just 15 minutes away

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