England has an old charm that no modernism can beat. The history lives within the people and villages I’ve come across in my trips around the country, but there is no other place like Bibury. The heart of Cotswold, it has won my adulation, ever since I’ve visited the town two years ago. It was the end of autumn, when the colours were fully bloomed, from tangerine, amber and coral, the perfect symphony of nature. I didn’t have my camera with me that time, so this summer I have decided to take my husband on a road trip and check the place that stole my heart. Bibury was once described by William Morris (1834-96) as “the most beautiful village in England”. In fact, Fox News says that Bibury is one of the world’s most picturesque villages. The cottages of Arlington Row are often referred to as the most photographed and beautiful cottages in the country. The old houses, covered with flowers and vegetation have a romantic feel, no wonder so many newlyweds choose this place as a honeymoon destination. A proper British fairytale, the time stops in Bibury and the need for feeling connected with the exterior world ends. There is this calm and relaxation that would make you want to crave Bibury as the air that you breath. Big words, but they can’t express entirely how you feel in this village.
Attractions and things to see in Bibury include Arlington Row, a row of weavers cottages built of local stone next to the River Coln, the Bibury Trout Farm and the Saxon Church, the Church of St Mary. The north Chancel wall of the Church is home to a stained glass window which was designed in 1927 by Karl Parsons and was featured in the 1992 Christmas stamp set issued by the Royal Mail. The River Coln flows through Bibury sandwiched between the main village street and an expanse of boggy watermeadow known as Rack Isle. And because this is an eat.wear.travel post, we had a delicious lunch at The Catherine Wheel pub, where you will find many exposed original ship’s timber beams, prints and photographs of Old Bibury and blazing log fires in the winter. I’ve written a short review about the place, which you can read. As for the outfit, I went for an elegant blue floral overlay dress from Little Mistress, paired with beautiful black satin embellished heels from the same brand. The beauty is in the eye of the beholder, as they say, but I am pretty sure you would love Bibury just as much as I love it. You just need to make time to visit this charmed little place in Cotswold.