In the Cotswolds region of Gloucestershire, England, lies the village of Bourton-on-the-Water. It”s a quaint, historic village full of stone houses and old trees. It”s a place where you can get a taste of the true beauty of the English countryside.
This picturesque village is often called the “Venice of the Cotswolds,” as the River Windrush flows right through its center.
But natural and architectural beauty isn”t all this village has to offer. It also has a model of itself right inside the village walls. The one-ninth scale model faithfully re-creates the entire village with incredible detail, including the doors and windows of homes, business signs, and even bonsai-like trees lining the streets.
The model village was built by one of the previous landlords of the village”s Old New Inn, who hired several local craftsmen to construct the miniature stone houses and lay out the streets. It took five years to complete, and officially opened in 1937, on the Coronation Day of England”s King George VI.
It”s also the first model village to appear on Google Street View. Check it out!
The model village also includes miniature cars, and visitors are invited to stroll through it freely.
Of course, the model is perfectly faithful to the layout and features of the village, so that means that it has to include…itself. That”s right: inside the model, there”s a miniature-scale replica of the model. It”s a model model. Because of its size (now 1/81st the size of the actual village), this model is significantly less detailed, and lacks the landscaping that the first model has.
This means that the entire village has been rendered once again in miniature.
And of course it doesn”t stop there.
If you”re having trouble seeing it, we”ve circled it in red for you.
At this point, they stopped creating models because things were just getting silly, but it”s fun to think about tiny villages getting exponentially smaller until they pass into the realm of the microscopic. If you”re ever in the area, stop by Bourton-on-the-Water and check out the models in all their scaled glory. Just be aware that the models can get buried in heavy snowfall!