Today there is another place I dreamed to visit besides Castle Combe. It’s also due to pictures I’ve seen in the internet. The picturesque cottage houses at Arlington row in Bibury. Take a stroll by the cottages and you’ll be charmed. These cottages built in 1380 as a store for wool was later converted into weavers cottages in the 17th century.
Having put up for the night at Swindon, the early morning drive to Bibury was a pleasant 40 minutes journey. Arriving just past 9:00 a.m. we were the first visitors and our car was the only one parked at the allocated bay by the road side.
By the time we left at 10:45 a.m. there were already more cars and tour buses started arriving with some unappreciative, inconsiderate tourist who just want to take pictures, here, there, everywhere, talking & joking loudly. Do be mindful there are private dwellings around Arlington row (as well as at Castle Combe). Be respectful to the residents please.
For the avid photographers, be here early to avoid the crowds and vehicles that will eventually end up in your frame. Like Castle Combe, here too there are plentiful of photo spots. You just need to avoid the crowd to find your spot and angle.
Arlington row, Bibury from the main road.
Cross this bridge to the cottages at Arlington row.
Arlington row managed by the National Trust.
This way to Arlington row.
The cottages of Arlington row.
Another view of Arlington row.
Residential houses besides Arlington row.
The controversial yellow Vaxhall Corsa belonging to retired dentist Dr Peter Maddox, who lives in nearby road Awkward Hill. Read more here & here. Pity Dr Maddox, I love yellow too. Update : In 2017, Dr Maddox changed to a grey coloured car.
Swan Hotel off the main road.
Garden belonging to Swan Hotel in-front of the hotel across the road.
Swan Hotel and it’s garden, Bibury.
Landscape in-front of trout farm adjacent to Swan hotel.
Overlooking the trout farm.
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