Honeybourne: Experience Enchanting Village Life (2023)

River Avon flows, Honeybourne’s beauty enchants, peaceful village life


In the Vale of Evesham and on the banks of the River Avon is Honeybourne, a village in the Cotswolds, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Surrounded by picturesque countryside, the village has a rich history dating back to the Roman era.

Anyone looking to experience the charm of rural England and in a wonderfully named village makes Honeybourne a must-visit destination, especially if you’re without a car-less because there’s a rail station with trains going to London Paddington and regular buses to Evesham, the nearest big town.

[If you need a taxi, contact the local Claremont Cars on Tel: +44 (0) 1386 833660 or email: info@claremontcars.co.uk]

St Ecgwin Church

Originally two parishes, Cow Honeybourne and Church Honeybourne, the church standing today was likely established before 709 AD and has been recorded in the Domesday Book.

The church’s architecture includes elements from the 12th to 15th centuries, with the tower and spire added in the early 14th century and there are five bells, with the oldest dating back in 1665.

The Thatched Tavern

The Thatched Tavern (known locally as ‘The Thatch’) has a special story. The building dates back to the 13th century and has a wooden structure formed by complete tree trunks in an ‘A’ shape to support the thatched roof.

Designated as a Community Asset in 2021, The Thatch was recently renovated yet keeps the look and feel of a traditional country pub. Here you’ll find welcoming staff, fireplaces, stone floors, ales, a beer garden, quiz nights, regular live music, and food at ‘sensible prices’.


Honeybourne offers many attractions, including an animal park, The Ranch (a caravan park and holiday homes), two shops, a fish and chip shop, cash machine, gas station, car repair garage, hairdresser, and Jasmine Palace (Chinese takeaway).

The nearest supermarkets are a few miles up the road in Evesham, which is also a great town to visit if you are in the area. Other villages in the area include Bretforton, Pebworth, and Weston-sub-Edge.

Other nearby activities include gliding, horse riding, trail walking, tennis, clay pigeon shooting, fishing and at least three golf clubs. There’s even boating to Stratford on the River Avon.


If you’re looking to stay in the village, there is the rather grand Honeybourne Manor. This ten bedroom, 17th century house has two acres of gardens, a banqueting hall, a hot tub, fireplaces, fully equipped kitchen, sauna and accommodates 20-22 people. Four nights mid week costs £5250+ (approximately US$6,670+).

To sum up, Honeybourne is a captivating village that offers an authentic slice of the tranquil English countryside lifestyle and a place where historic structures meet breathtaking landscapes, and a warm, welcoming community awaits.

This unique destination is a must-visit for those seeking either a serene getaway or an adventurous vacation.

So, if you’re in search of an off-the-beaten-path destination that offers both tranquility and adventure, Honeybourne should certainly be on your list and experience an interesting, historic and stunning part of the Cotswolds.

More information

About St. Ecgwin Church: www.achurchnearyou.com
Honeybourne Parish Council: www.honeybourne-pc.gov.uk
Honeybourne Village Hall: www.honeybournevillagehall.org

Enchantment Awaits
Enchantment Awaits

The Cotswolds region is home to many charming villages and towns, churches, historic landmarks, outdoor activities, in a beautiful part of England. After visiting the region many times, we created the TravelCotswolds.com website dedicated to helping others plan their own trips to the Cotswolds.

Other must see villages are Lechlade, Great Rissington, Guiting Power, Lower Slaughter, and Ozleworth.

Check out some great places to eat, including Where To Find Authentic French Food In The CotswoldsCheese, Glorious Cotswolds Local Cheese!Discovering the Delicious Delights of the Cotswolds, and our food and drink page.

Contact: hello@travelcotswolds.com

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