Ampney St. Mary: A Historic Village in the Cotswolds (2023)

Ampney St. Mary is a charming village in the Cotswolds (designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1966) and an idyllic spot to live life to its fullest, unwind and explore its surrounding countryside.

Prior to 1350, most villagers in Ampney St. Mary would have lived around St. Mary’s church; however, after the Black Death epidemic of 1350, many moved onto higher ground half-a-mile northeast.

Within the church you will find an ancient Norman nave and chancel, as well as a 14th century bellcote and rebuilt south porch.

The lintel over the north door is noteworthy; it depicts a lion – symbolising Good – defeating a two-headed serpent (Evil), with a griffin facing it.

The church boasts an intriguing collection of paintings on its walls that make for a captivating journey.

Ampney St Mary is an ideal base from which to explore the local area and nearby market town of Cirencester, four miles away and is convenient for those seeking easy access to historic attractions and stunning Cotswold countryside.

Ampney St. Mary boasts a vibrant community and plenty of activities, such as visiting the village pub or boutique Barnsley House Hotel.

It takes approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes to drive from Heathrow Airport to Ampney St. Mary.

 The Cotswolds is a region that’s best explored by car, with many of its most charming and historic towns and villages located off the beaten track.

By taking a driving holiday in the Cotswolds, you’ll have the flexibility to discover these hidden gems at your own pace.

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