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Start with the dream – Minster Lovell village

Tip 27 – Start with the dream Minster Lovell is a village and civil parish sited on the River Windrush about 2.5 miles west of Witney in Oxfordshire. Minster Lovell is actually comprised of three parts – Old Minster, Little Minster and New Minster. Old Minster includes the Church of England parish church of Saint Kenelm, the ruins of Minster Lovell Hall and the Mill and Old Swan Inn. A large... read more

Try to See the Beauty or Goodness in Everything – Bibury Mill

Tip 12 – Try to see the beauty or goodness in everything Take a short walk along the banks of the River Coln at Bibury Court Hotel and you will soon come to a gorgeous old stone bridge beside a weir where willow trees cast their shade over the shallow but crystal clear trout stream. Across the bridge is a jumble of honey coloured stone houses including an old water mill (not to be confused with the... read more

Depend on no-one but yourself – Buscot Lock

Tip 10 – Depend on no-one but yourself Buscot Lock is a quaint spot on the upper Thames much loved by the boating fraternity being the smallest of the 45 locks on the Thames. The manual beam-equipped pound lock was built in 1790, although today it looks just as it did more than 200 years ago. Before the lock was built, there was a flash weir, where boats would ‘run the rapids’ downstream... read more

Follow your own dreams and never be put off from pursuing your goals by others – Little Barrington

Tip 41 – Follow Your Own Dreams and never be put off from pursuing Your Goals by Others The village of Little Barrington is somewhere you discover by happy accident. It is a small, peaceful village off the beaten track with a timeless charm. It is best known as the home of the Strong family who were master masons and suppliers of limestone for some of the finest houses in the Cotswolds. It was... read more

Work Rest and Play – Swinbrook Village

Tip 15 – Work Rest and Play Swinbrook is a quiet Cotswold village just a few miles from Burford, famous for the striking 17th century Fettiplace Monuments in the small church. It is a tranquil, unspoilt village with many pretty cottages of warm-toned stone. There is a village pub beside the stunning River Windrush, an ancient bridge and a lovely cricket pitch. A very small green sits before the... read more

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