... quite possibly.
I give you the delectable Castle Combe. A veritable chocolate box of gorgeous cottages in honey coloured Cotswold stone. Some dripping with wisteria and fragrant old-fashioned roses, others festooned with immaculately planted hanging baskets blooming their pretty socks off.
My goodness they elicited oohs and aahs at every corner ...
I wonder though, do the good people of Castle Combe get a little, shall we say, annoyed at the amount of intrusion into their lives? I saw some Japanese tourists literally peering in through the windows of one cottage! Whatever next, a knock on the door expecting to be taken in for a tour and a cup of tea? .... Oh yes, we were all there to admire this beautiful place, and taking photographs is part of the deal I know, but in my defence I can safely say I took these shots at a decent enough distance and then zoomed the camera in, but not so much as to witness life unfolding within.
But does that make it OK ... and here they are on my blog, for all to see!
I guess that's the downside, the inevitable payback of living in such an idyllic but altogether accessible place. Of course the village will benefit from the tourist trade and undoubtedly out of season there may be just a trickle of visitors. Perhaps I just visited on a very popular day, there were cars parked everywhere. (By the way, I've cleverly edited out all signs of human traffic in case you're wondering where all these visitors are!)
What is your take on this - is it voyeurism? Maybe you live in such a village and put up with this kind of thing all the time? Have people peered through your windows? Are you a photographic admirer of homes too? I'd love to hear your views.
But ... they are beautiful aren't they ...
If indeed you are visiting Castle Combe, here are some very nice links to buy and stay local:
The Castle Inn
The Old House at Home
White Hart Pub
The Old Rectory Tea Room
House of Flavours