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If you get the feeling that Castle Combe has been frozen in time, you’d be right. No new houses have been built in this tiny Wiltshire village since the 1600s, and its ancient, honey-hued Cotswold stone cottages remain its standout feature. Factor in valley views, a meandering river and some strict (but welcome) parking restrictions, and it’s no wonder it’s a regular on lists of the UK’s prettiest villages. Visit in winter when it's quiet, and the place is full-on fairytale.