The peculiar charm of Cotswolds villages owes much to the honey-golden colour of
the limestone used to build its houses. But the stone itself is nothing without
the charm of the villages themselves.
Many of the villages throughout the Cotswolds suffer from an influx of tourists, and
places like the Gloucestershire village of Bibury may be crowded in the summer months. Yet the
Cotswolds boast so many delightful small villages that you are
sure to find an uncrowded corner even at the height of the tourist season.
The estate village of Great Tew in Oxfordshire is one of the prettiest villages in North Oxfordshire.
With it's idylic estate setting and thatched cottages the village is worthy of its chocolate box image.
Famed for Dr Doolittle, the 1967 film starring Rex Harrison, the Wiltshire village of Castle Combe is
perhaps the prettiest village in the area, possibly followed by the National Trust village at Lacock. Both
villages are well visited.