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…

Cotswold Life - - AUGUST - www.the­mod­elvil­

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

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