Cotswolds Claims to Fame - Accolades

The group of former weavers' cottages at Arlington Row, Bibury, helped it gain the accolade of "the most beautiful village in England".The Cotswold village of Bibury was once described as "the most beautiful village in England" by someone who knew what he was talking about.
In the 1870s, the celebrated artist and craftsman William Morris made the pronouncement about the village situated about six miles north-east of Cirencester.
Bibury dates back to Saxon times and is undoubtedly one of the Cotswolds' most picturesque villages. Arlington Row, which contains an unspoilt terrace of former weavers' cottages, is a major attraction for visitors.
Japanese tourists, in particular, flock to Bibury, and this is largely attributed to Emperor Hirohito having stayed in the village on his European tour when he was a Prince during the first half of the 20th Century, becoming a fervent advocate of the area.

The "Cotswolds' national sport" of Aunt Sally was one of the reasons Kingham, voted "England's favourite village" in 2004 by Country Life magazine, was seen to have such a vibrant community.In 2004, Kingham, in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds, was judged by Country Life magazine to be "England's favourite village". Among the reasons for the accolade were the vibrant British Legion club run by villagers, and the popular Plough Inn which was the base for two league teams playing Aunt Sally - described as "the Cotswolds' national sport".

In April 2009, Burford was ranked sixth in Forbes magazine's list of "Europe's Most Idyllic Places To Live" and was considered superior to the cultural hubs of Rome and Budapest.
However, the American business magazine, which is well known for its lists and rankings, rather misleadingly described Burford as nestling in "a mountainous region" and claimed the area was home to Kate Moss, Kate Winslet and members of the band Radiohead.
After the Cotswold town had received the sixth place accolade from Forbes, Burford mayor David Cohen was quoted as saying "I think that's quite low; I would have put it higher."
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