Voted one of the most idyllic places in Europe by Forbes magazine, Burford is about as perfect as English villages get. Higgledy terraces rub shoulders with picture postcard cottages and handsome Georgian houses. Known as the gateway to the Cotswolds, the best places to stay in Burford are ideally situated to explore this quintessentially English part of the country.
Medieval church? Check. Mill race? Check. Air of cherished antiquity and established prosperity? Check, check, check. And there are lovely shops for visitors to amble round as they enjoy the pretty surroundings.
For fishermen and women there is an Orvis shop. The artisan bakery and tea room, Huffkin's has tables where you can sit outside. There is a sewing shop, a shop selling fresh country style furnishing fabrics and a women's clothes shop whose clientele, it is safe to assume wouldn't be seen dead in a fleece.
A deli sells local produce and there is a gallery hawking, among other things, Europe's largest collection of modern and antique paperweights. Search in vain for a chippy or a launderette or a bookie.
There is only one problem with our list of the best places to stay in Burford - which mouthwatering place to try first!
A cosy and characterful traditional English Inn. With simple, homely guest rooms and fine pub food - The King's Head offers guests are proper countryside getaway. Lovely scenic walks in the heart of the Cotswolds and outdoor activities available to those looking for something extra.
Located in a pretty little village, seemingly lost in time - this river side Inn offers elegant boutique bedrooms, a fine seasonal British menu and charming riverside cottages. Chickens freely roaming the garden and Mitford memorabilia add a unique charm to this quaint Cotswold retreat.
Winding your way along the Burford lanes, stumble across this 'chocolate box' property. Dating back to the 16th century it has traditional flagstone flooring, open fires and cosy rooms. The award winning restaurant serves lunch and dinner. A popular wedding venue and base to explore the Cotswolds.
Burford (Nether Westcote)
Newly converted inn in the modern gastropub with rooms tradition - practical and countrified, with lush garden, simple, cosy bedrooms and gourmet cooking.