A stunningly beautiful village in the heart of the Cotswolds. Famed for its 14th century row of houses, Arlington Row. Probably the most photographed houses in Britain and also on the inside cover of the British passport. Built in the 1300s as a place to dry and store wool. It was converted into homes for the weavers in the 1500s. While walking along the row, notice the low hight of the doors and in the summer months the beautiful fragrant roses, climbing up the stonework.
The river Coln runs through the village and is a wonderfully clear shallow river, usually occupied by Swans, Ducks and other water birds. Look carefully and you will spot Rainbow Trout, heavily camouflaged against the gravel riverbed. Surrounded by the river is Rack Isle. A piece of marshy land that is home to much of the wildlife and protected from human intrusion. Many of the water birds have their nests there and in the spring is a great place form the young chicks.
Alongside the road are more beautiful Cotswold cottages with typical English country gardens, full of roses and many shrubs and flowers. Near the road bridge is the Swan hotel, built in the 17th century as a coaching inn. Now a hotel, restaurant and pub. Opposite the hotel is the trout hatchery. 6 million trout are hatched there every year. It also stocks the local rivers.
Opposite end of the village is The Church of St Mary’s. A Saxon church which has later additions from the 12th century. The churchyard is noted for its wonderful pristine tomb stones and head stones from the 17th and 18th century.