Exploring The Prettiest Village In England – Castle Combe

View of Castle Combe from Bybrook.

Castle Combe was voted as the prettiest village in England – who voted for it and how the votes were canvassed is a mystery to me as I can’t seem to find where this title came from. It’s not like I’m going to contest it though because it is absolutely charming. One can’t help but immediately fall in love with it.

House door in Castle Combe

The main market area of Castle Combe.

House door in Castle Combe

A memorial in Castle Combe.

Castle Combe is a quintessential English village located in Wiltshire in the middle of Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. We visited it during our weekend in Wiltshire two weeks ago and was immediately smitten by its 17th century charm.

Row of houses in Castle Combe.

Row of house in Castle Come by Bybrook.

Row of houses in Castle Combe.

The name Castle Combe came from the castle which once stood north of the village, unfortunately is now long gone. The stone houses is of typical Cotswolds style and are listed as ancient monuments. It creates a lovely setting, making this place popular to tourists and locals alike. It also didn’t miss the keen eyes of production staff of various movies filmed here.

Row of houses by Byrbook in Castle Combe

Row of houses in Castle Combe

Row of houses in Castle Combe

We spent a few good hours by the brook, sitting at one of the benches and just basking in the beauty of this place. It started to rain at some point (of course, this is England after all) so we went to have a pint in one of the pubs in the area.

Row of houses by Bybrook in Castle Combe

Row of houses in Castle Combe

The main market area of Castle Combe

It was a great weekend spent in England’s prettiest village. It was what exactly what we needed – peace, quiet and old world charm.

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  • Darlene October 7, 2017 at 13:00

    I agree it certainly is a very pretty and charming village! In my mind, I kinda imagined Privet Drive (Harry Potter) and Derbyshire town (Pride and Prejudice) to look like this. Oh, I really need to get to UK soon!

  • TRAINSwestcan2Espano October 3, 2017 at 14:19

    Agreed. Wonderful place, beautiful architecture and surrounds.
    I lodge in Hereford when I have visited in the past, but in future may be in Shropshire due to relatives change of scenery.
    Be careful lest you loose the ‘residents’ tag – you still writing like a tourist.
    Hope you retain that enjoyment.

  • Photo Cache September 29, 2017 at 19:53

    This is so charming. Is it only the season, or this village is still under the tourists radar?

  • Tanja (the Red phone box travels) September 29, 2017 at 13:08

    It’s absolutely gorgeous. and you missed the tourists! great! at least I don’t see them in the photos:)

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