The Cottage is Grade II Listed and forms part of one of the original terraces situated within the peaceful backwaters of Bourton-on-the-Water's picturesque High Street. The River Windrush flows through the centre, spanned by low arched bridges, flanked by wide village greens and lovely period Cotswold stone buildings. The village offers a wealth of attractions, delightful shops and eating establishments to suit everyone's taste.
Wi-Fi Network: BTHub4-5TQK Password: a2e3bacf64 Emergency/Useful Local Telephone Numbers In an emergency or if you encounter any problems, please telephone Paul on one of the following telephone numbers: Home: 01437 562166 Mobile: 07900800114 Emergency Services (Police, Ambulance and Fire Brigade) 999 Non Emergency Calls (Police) 101 Doctor Cotswold Medical Practice, Moore Health Centre, Moore Road, Bourton on the Water. GL54 2AZ 01451 820242 Out of Hours Doctor Service 0300 4210220 Hospital North Cotswold Hospital, Stow Road, Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire. GL56 0DS 0300 4218770 Dentist's Riverside Dental Practice, High Street, Bourton on the Water. GL54 2BP 01451 820306 The Forge Dental Practice, The Forge, High Street, Bourton on the Water. GL54 2AP 01451 821268 Chemist Rowlands Pharmacy, Chestnut Flats, 3 High Street, Bourton on the Water. GL54 2AN 01451 820849 Vet Stow Veterinary Surgeons, Maugersbury Park, Stow-on-the-Wold. GL5 1GG 01451 830620 Post Office High Street, Bourton-on-the-Water. GL54 2AG 01451 820220 Mary's Laundrette High Street, Bourton-on-the-Water. GL54 2AP 01451 820808 Co-Operative Petrol Station and Car Wash 7 Station Road, Bourton-on-the-Water. GL54 2AA 01451 821858 Taxi's Limozena 01451 820972 Tour Gems 01451 822665 24 Hour Vehicle Breakdown Cotswold Vehicle Recovery 01451 824000 Convenience Stores Londis, High Street, Bourton-on-the-Water. GL54 2AQ 01451 822055 Open Monday – Saturday 7am – 9pm. Sunday 8am – 9pm Co-Op, Station Road, Bourton-on-the-Water. GL54 2EP 01451 821858 Open Monday – Saturday 7am – 10pm. Sunday 10am – 4pm Cottage Rules We only have a few rules and we respectfully ask you to abide by them: Smoking is prohibited anywhere in the cottage. Please use the court yard, where there is an ash tray available. Lit candles are prohibited anywhere in the cottage. Please take muddy shoes off at the door. Please do not wear shoes upstairs. Attractions Birdland Park and Gardens Beautiful park and gardens containing over 500 birds Rissington Road, Bourton-on-the-Water. GL54 2BN 01451 820480 Bourton Vale Equestrian Centre Riding School Fosseway, Bourton-on-the-Water. GL54 2HC 01451 821101 Cotswold Brewing Company Brewery with off sales and tours for the public College Farm, Stow Road, Bourton-on-the-Water. GL54 2HN 01451 824488 Cotswold Motoring Museum Motor Museum and toy collection. The home of Brum. The Old Mill, Sherbourne Street, Bourton-on-the-Water. GL54 2BY 01451 821255 Cotswold Perfumery Factory tours and creative perfumery courses Victoria Street, Bourton-on-the-Water. GL54 2BU 01451 820698 Cotswold Pottery Small country pottery producing a wide range of handmade ceramics Clapton Row, Bourton-on-the-Water. GL54 2DN 01451 820173 Dragonfly Maze A unique maze with a rebus puzzle to solve Rissington Road, Bourton-on-the-Water. GL54 2BN 01451 822251 The Model Village A one-ninth scale replica in local stone of Bourton-on-the-Water, Rissington Road, Bourton-on-the-Water. GL54 2AF 01451 820467 Bloody Bourton Walking Tours Walking Tour of Bourtons Bloody Past 07954 182016 Bourton-on-the-Water Farmers Market 4th Sunday of every month from 9.30am – 12.30pm Countrywide Car Park, Station Road, Bourton-on-the-Water. GL54 2AD A small selection of must see places to visit during your stay: The Slaughters (2 miles) Stow-on-the-Wold (4 miles) Moreton-in-Marsh (9 miles) Burford (10 miles) Bibury (12 miles) Broadway (13 miles) Chipping Campden (14 miles) Cheltenham (16 miles) Cirencester (16 miles) Woodstock (23 miles) Stratford-upon-Avon (25 miles) Oxford (29 miles) Further information on tourist attractions in Bourton-on-the-Water and the surrounding areas can be obtained from Bourton-on-the-Water's Visitor Information Centre 01451 820211 (two doors from the cottage). History of Bourton-on-the-Water The name Bourton-on-the-Water is of Saxon origin, derived from “burgh” meaning fortification or camp and “ton” meaning estate, enclosure or village. Put together this gives “the village beside the camp”. In Anglo-Saxon times there was an Iron Age camp on the outskirts of the village, which later became known as “Salmonsbury” – a name still familiar in Bourton today. Early archaeological finds date from the Stone Age (pre-2500 BC), the Bronze Age (c.2500 – c.700 BC) and the Iron Age (c.700 BC – c.AD 43). Roman remains (1st – 5th century AD) are quite extensive. One of the most well known Roman roads – The Fosseway – passes just to the west of the village, having been established some time in the 1st century AD. The Romans considered the crossing place on the River Windrush to be of strategic importance and so a camp was built in that area. The river was much wider and deeper at that time and flowed to the south of the village across the meadows and along the present day Letch Lane. In the early 18th century it was channelled through the centre of the village in order to provide water power for three mills. A notable archaeological find was made in the summer of 2000, at a dig in the grounds of the local primary school when a perfectly preserved Iron Age Skeleton of a teenage girl was discovered. Dating from between c.700 BC – c.400 BC, the find delighted historians. Near the site where the skeleton was discovered, a replica Iron Age dwelling has been created. Constructed from hazel wattle and clay and barley straw daub, it was built by the local school children under the guidance of the BBC television programme “Meet the Ancestors”. During the Civil war, the area was loyal to the King. The Rector of Bourton, Thomas Temple, was a tutor to the Royal Princes. The Rector lived in the Manor House opposite the church and Charles 1 paid several visits. At the Restoration in 1660, Charles 11 made Thomas Temple Bishop of Bristol in recognition of the support he gave to his father. The landmarks of Bourton-on-the-Water are the five bridges that cross the River Windrush all constructed of local stone. At the western end of the village green is the Mill Bridge built in 1654 and originally called Broad or Big Bridge. Next is the footbridge in the centre of the village green called High Bridge, built in 1756. This is followed by Paynes Bridge dated 1776. The footbridge close by is called New Bridge and was built by a local benefactor named George Fredrick Moore. In 1953, opposite the Old New Inn, the Coronation Bridge was built to replace an earlier wooden structure. Christmas Late Night Shopping The Cotswolds can be a winter wonderland and the magic of a snow covered Bourton-on-the-Water is a real possibility. One of the famous seasonal attractions of the village is the Christmas tree which the Chamber of Commerce and the Parish Council erects in the river each year. The profusion of lights reflects in the rippling water creating a scene never to be forgotten. The tree is lit from 6.30pm on the Christmas Late Night Shopping Event (the first Friday of December) with the village ablaze with fairy lights and the High Street closed to traffic from 4pm – 9pm. Shoppers can meander through the streets absorbing the festive atmosphere. There is a plethora of gifts from which to choose and an excellent choice of cafes, pubs and restaurants for food and refreshments. The event would not be complete without a visit from Father Christmas! Day of Departure Please ensure the back door is bolted. Please ensure all the appliances are switched off. Please ensure all the windows are closed. Please leave the cottage by 10am. Please leave the key in the key lock box and alter the number. Please put the chain across the entrance (it is advisable to do it every time you leave the cottage). Have a safe journey home and we hope you will stay with us again very soon. Equipment User Guides The following Equipment User Guides are kept in the back of the Property Pack, for your information (please replace after use): •Highchair •Iron •Microwave •Oven •Radio •Shower •Television and DVD Player •Washing Machine (eco cycle fast wash is 13) (The Gas Fire Operating Instructions are kept in the front of the Property Pack) Gas Fire Operating Instructions To Switch On: When you look at the gas fire, the knob is situated to the right side of the fire Open glass door Push in knob and turn to the left (keep holding it in) Immediately, hold lit match/gas lighter to burner (small gap in coals to the right) Once lit, release knob, then turn knob to the left or right to control heat To Switch Off: Push knob in and turn to the right until it clicks Please do not leave anything on top of the fire whether it is lit or not