The remains of a mile of walls are what's left of one of the largest Roman villas in England, beautifully set in a wooded valley on the eastern fringe of the Cotswolds. Thirty-two rooms, including two complete bath suites, have been identified, and covered walkways take you over the colorful mosaics, some of the most complete in England. Audio guides are available, and there's a small museum. Look out for the rare large snails, fattened on milk and herbs during Roman times,
in the grounds. There's a café here, but it's also an ideal place for a picnic. Look carefully for the signs for the villa: from Bibury, go across A429 to Yanworth and Chedworth. The villa is also signposted from A40. Roads are narrow. The site is 6 miles northwest of Bibury and 10 miles southeast of Cheltenham.
Nov 2, 2005
Well, the last comment was succinct. AND WRONG! I loved it at the Roman Villa - it's set in a beautiful little valley in the middle of the Cotswolds (there are signs, but they have to be carefully looked for) It's really famous for its lovely mosaics which are some of the most complete in the country. If you're a fan of Roman Britain (or even if you're not) the setting and the extensive remains will give you a really good idea of how the Romano-British
lived. Not much of a cafe, but a good shop and walks in the woodland around (Closed Mondays!