For 80 years now, Bourtonon-the-water has been one of the country’s finest locations in which to catch sight of Gulliver-esque giants. Join us as we get on hands and knees to take a peek into the homes of Cotswolds’ own Lilliput…
The very model of a Cotswold model village
First there’s vision:
Eighty years ago, ‘Bo’ Morris, landlord of the Old New Inn at Bourton-on-the-water, could spot an opportunity when he saw one. And he’d spotted one. This new-fangled trend for motoring out on a Sunday afternoon pointed to a lucrative boom in tourism…
And then there’s double-vision:
So Bo decided to create his own attraction for these tourists to visit: a perfect replica of his beautiful Cotswold village of Bourton. He commissioned from local builders and craftsmen a one ninth-scale model – perfect in detail down to the pews and kneelers in the churches, and the miniature Cotswold tiles on the roofs. Today’s owners, Julian and Vicki Atherton, keep the model village – Grade II listed by an admiring English Heritage in 2013 – in tip-top condition. They not only paint the woodwork and ‘mow’ the lawns; they even update the signs when the shops change hands.
Julian Atherton, owner of The Model Village, Bourton-on-the-water