Villages near Oxford in the Cotswolds — UK

Bibury is a super small village that we stopped off at on our way to Le Manoir. It was a baking hot day and we found it via a Google recommendation along with a few other incredibly picturesque villages (namely Bourton-on-the-Water and Lower Slaughter). We joined several coach-loads of tourists on a wander up Arlington Row (popular with foreign visitors because an illustration of the houses features on the inside cover of UK passports) but took a less obvious route to find some peace and quiet away from all the selfie sticks. 

Haarkon Adventures in Bibury, Gloucestershire.
Haarkon Adventures in Bibury, Gloucestershire.
Haarkon Adventures in Bibury, Gloucestershire.
Haarkon Adventures in Bibury, Gloucestershire.
Haarkon Adventures in Bibury, Gloucestershire.
Haarkon Adventures in Bibury, Gloucestershire.
Haarkon Adventures in Bibury, Gloucestershire.

Whilst the 17th century architecture is undeniably beautiful, we turned our attention in the opposite direction towards the boggy meadow that sits in the centre of the village - called Rack Isle. The grasses had grown tall in the heat of the summer and meant that the view of the cottages was obscured from the road. 

Haarkon Adventures in Bibury, Gloucestershire.
Haarkon Adventures in Bibury, Gloucestershire.
Haarkon Adventures in Bibury, Gloucestershire.
Haarkon Adventures in Bibury, Gloucestershire.

Spotted a great example of renature on our way back to the car: 

Haarkon Adventures in Bibury, Gloucestershire.
Haarkon Adventures in Bibury, Gloucestershire.
Haarkon Adventures in Bibury, Gloucestershire.
Haarkon Adventures in Bibury, Gloucestershire.
Haarkon Adventures in Bibury, Gloucestershire.
Haarkon Adventures in Bibury, Gloucestershire.
Haarkon Adventures in Bibury, Gloucestershire.
Haarkon Adventures in Bibury, Gloucestershire.
Haarkon Adventures in Bibury, Gloucestershire.

The colours of the vegetation seemed to mimic the stone of the buildings around it, turning slightly pink on it's way to finding Autumn. We loved the slow pace of things here and found it fascinating to see what pictures the other tourists chose to take. We think it's really interesting how people can have their own unique view of the same thing...