3 Unique Attractions In The Cotswolds Of England
The Cotswolds is a place of true beauty and stretches around 800 sq mi through Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, Wiltshire and Worcestershire. Each delightful village in the area features homes built from the iconic golden stone, lying among the rolling hills which are the “wolds.”
Photo by W. Lloyd MacKenzie, via Flickr
While the villages are beautiful, a number of lively market towns feature castles, palaces and country houses to visit. Visitors can enjoy nature on the beautiful walking trails among the green and lovely landscapes or enjoy the lovely land-lake area with an inland beach. It is difficult to include all the attractions of The Cotswolds in one article, so we have picked three unique attractions that are a must-do on your holiday itinerary.
1. Dragonfly Maze, Bourton-on-the-Water, England
Bourton-on-the-Water is an idyllic Cotswolds village with many unique attractions. The village is also one of the perfect places for renting independent cottages for your holiday stay. Here we look at the magical Dragonfly Maze, which is a puzzle within a series of puzzles.
Unlike most mazes, the Dragonfly Maze offers a series of clues and puzzles throughout. Each puzzle must be deciphered to complete the game. The idea came from the 1979 children’s book “Masquerade” by Kit Williams. After solving the riddles and puzzles, lucky visitors finally get to the centre of the maze, where a golden dragonfly stands tall. Stoke up your energy before entering the maze at the charming cafe on site.
2. Bourton-on-the-Water Model Village
Staying in Bourton-on-the-Water, we now visit an intricate and beautiful model village, which is a one-ninth scale replica of the village itself. The model village can be found behind the Old New Inn and was created by the landlord of the inn. It features all the buildings in Bourton-on-the-Water between the Old Water Mill and the Old New Inn itself, as they appeared in the 1930s.
Photo Bourton-on-the-Water model village by Karen Roe on Flickr
This beautiful, realistic model even includes expertly trimmed bonsai trees for true effect and believe it or not, includes a model of the model village itself!
3. Sezincote Estate, Moreton-in-Marsh
The charming Cotswolds village of Moreton-in-Marsh is home to something distinctly “un-English.” This is the Sezincote Estate which nestles on a hillside, featuring a majestic mansion in the Mughalai style, complete with a striking turquoise onion dome. Standing in front of the mansion is an impressive pair of elephants, keeping guard over the property.
Photo by Des Blenkinsopp on Geograph
Sezincote Estate was the brainchild of Charles Cockerill, a merchant who traded in India. He renovated and converted the original Jacobean manor into a lavish mansion similar to the famous Rajasthani palaces of India. The mansion has many quaint Indian motifs, including a peacock’s tail pattern above the windows. The orangery in the grounds is planted in a similar pattern. The gardens and pools are a combination of English horticulture and Indian symbols.
While the exterior of the mansion is Indian, the interior was decorated in Greek revival style and is a pleasure to explore.
We hope you enjoyed this mini-tour of the lovely Cotswolds of England! Make a plan to visit here on your next holiday.
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Latest update: July 18, 2020