Frustrated tourists who have visited Castle Combe, a pretty village within the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Wiltshire, have taken to social forums to complain of “poor hospitality” and “boredom” in the picturesque city.
Offering beautiful walks and quaint village streets, Castle Combe is a village of rich history where the majority of houses are all made up of honey-coloured Cotswold stone.
However, one tourist, Geoff from Solihill, felt as though he was let down by the locals in the village. Airing his frustrations on Tripadvisor, he wrote: “A very beautiful little village located in the picturesque Cotswolds, sadly let down by the locals who made us feel as welcome as a fart in an astronaut suit.”
Geoff was not the only visitor to feel disheartened by the locals. Natasha commented on how there were many “rude people” around the golf course and nearby forests in the area.
She explained how a lady “aggressively shouted” at her for walking along a footpath and she claims it was not clear which private and public paths to avoid.
Visitor Robert, from Cheltenham, also had a similar experience with a hostile local and compared unpleasant attitudes within a beautiful setting. Explaining it “costs nothing to be polite” and he said it is “not the way to attract visitors”.
There are a few notable landmarks in the village including the historic market cross which was erected in the 14th century. Next to the market cross is St Andrew’s church which contains the faceless clock – one of the oldest working clocks in Britain.
Some tourists on the review forum website, have complained of “boredom” with one explaining the village is “literally five houses, a church and a tiny river” with just “tourists taking 1,000 pictures of the same bridge”.
Others were more optimistic, believing the summer was the best time to visit when more establishments are open, and there is more to explore.
Castle Combe attracts many visitors and is an esteemed filming location. It was chosen as the fictional village of Puddleby-on-the-Marsh in the 1967 film ‘Dr Dolittle’.
Steven Spielberg and a huge film crew also set shop in the village to film War Horse, which serves as the site of a horse fair.
Today the area is brimming with charming pubs and tea rooms for refueling after walks in the nearby woodlands.
Aside from a few disgruntled tourists, many have praised the village, its people, and the surrounding scenery. Overseas tourist, Jay from Alabama in the US, described the village as a “postcard” giving it a top five-star rating on Tripadvisor. She said: “Castle Combe is literally like stepping into a time portal and arriving in a simpler, more quiet time. The village is a postcard from days gone by.”
Another visitor from Australia described it as “the most beautiful village” they have ever seen.
The majority of tourists agreed that the scenery was fantastic with “stunning buildings: and “beautiful nature” to enjoy.
In 2021, FMB holidays analysed over a hundred places across the UK and ranked Castle Combe in the Cotswolds as the prettiest village with Portmeirion in Wales coming in at a close second and Beaulieu in the New Forest coming third.