Tuesday, 18 September 2007

Bibury Village, The Cotswolds, Part 1

Thank you so much to everyone who wrote wishing us a good holiday. Much appreciated.

We last spent a week in the Cotswolds 19 years ago. As the area is only 3 hours from home (if the traffic is ok!), it is somewhere that we have driven through on occasions, but this time we really wanted to explore every nook and cranny as much as possible.

Our last stay there was very different to this time. We stayed in Sherbourne House, a Stately Home which had been the ancestral home of Lord Sherbourne and he had died leaving no heirs. The house had been bought by a very wealthy billionaire from America and it was his son who invited my family to holiday with them there.
This is another story which I will post sometime when I can get to scanning the relevant photos into my computer.

The Cotswolds is an area of undulating hills, nothing above 1000 ft, but the combination of the terrain and the colour of the Cotswold stone makes the cottages and villages very picturesque. Add to that the streams and beautiful rivers and narrow lanes that run through it all, make it a very special place indeed.

It is sheep grazing country and much of the area was built by the wool merchants of days gone by.

It therefore seemed very relevant that we stayed in a cottage on a working sheep farm.

As I have well over 300 photos I will deal with one place at a time so don’t know how long it will take to cover it all.
I will probably be interspersing the posts with other things so just keep visiting and hopefully you will catch them all.
These photographs are not in the right order, I just wanted to get them posted quickly.































































14 comments:

Naturegirl said...

This was certainly a magical place to visit with all the stone cottages covered in ivy and moss and all those nooks and brooks..just beautiful!

BTW..I have now linked to information about
~Canadas' award winning ice wine~ should you want to read the info. hugs NG

Becky said...

All of those lovely pictures remind me of a Thomas Kincaid painting. So quaint and charming. Just beautiful.

nikkipolani said...

Wow, Barbara, just looking at these idyllic images makes time seem to slow down. Thank you for a picturesque introduction to the Cotswolds.

Vintage to Victorian said...

Barbara, what glorious photos. It's years since I spent time in the Cotswolds. It was a place we went to often while I was growing up - it wasn't too far from Northampton to spend a day out with a picnic.

I must catch up with your life story. I haven't started it yet, but plan to when I can enjoy it rather than hurry through. I started a post a few weeks ago and realised it was becoming my own life story which I'm not really ready to write at the moment, so that will be later ...

Glad you had such a lovely time.

Sue

Willow said...

Your photos show the England of Beatrix Potter, of what I've always imagined what England should look like. My next trip to Britain will definitely include a visit to the Cotswolds! Thank you so much. I look forward to many more photos!

Sara said...

I am enjoying your photographic tour and spent time studying each of the photos in large format....don't you just love digital photography! I liked the "gone fishing" sign on the gate by the house numbered "11" as well as the shots down narrow lanes. and lovely landscaping. Are those white bags in front of some of the doors sandbags to prevent water coming inside? I could how that would happen...the rain gutters appear to be positioned to dump water right by the doorway!

Maddy said...

OHhhh my heart just aches to see the Cotswolds, how beautiful.

Maddy
www.madelinedunster.com

Penless Thoughts said...

Lovely, lovely scenes. England is so picturesque. I would love to walk those street and see those sights!! You are blessed.
Susan

Susie said...

Thank you for sharing your visit to this scenic area. If I were artistically inclined, I'd love to be able to paint some of those scenes.
:)

Bendtherulz said...

I just loved those cottages...such charming lane. !

Lucky you to spent your vacation there..cheers to many more !!

Tk care ~

Linds said...

Beautiful photos, Barbara.... we are not too far from the Cotswolds either, and I love exploring.

Betty said...

Barbara, on your next visit to the Cotswolds, please sign me up! Absolutely breath taking......

Looking forward to seeing more..Betty

inspired said...

Beautiful ;]

Reflection Through The Seasons said...

Barbara....
Oh My!!! I have so much enjoyed my trip to Bibury. Your pictures have evoked such memories of ‘home’. What glorious weather you had too. Thank you! thank you! What a delicious post. The cottages in Arlington Row look as exquisite as ever. I read from a comment you left on Barbara (Switzerland) that you have been to Sudeley Castle too. Now this really is home, well not the castle, but the town of Winchcombe. Marion