Here in New England we like to think that we have some of the most charming old towns in the country…and we do. But the fact of the matter is, New England can’t compete with Real England in the quaint village category. We may have emerged victorious in the Revolutionary War, but going head to head with them in a beautiful village contest is a losing battle. The houses in our historic towns are adorned with plaques advertising that they were built in the 1700’s. Meanwhile across the pond, they don’t even bat an eye unless we’re talking about a house that was built before Columbus sailed the ocean blue. So it comes as no surprise that we Americans are enthralled with the English countryside, and there is no better example of quintessential English villages than those of the Cotswolds. This region that encompasses 800 square miles of rolling hills is dotted with incredible towns and villages that all look like they are straight off a postcard.
1. The Street – Castle Combe
2. Arlington Row – Bibury