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About Burford

Burford is one of the prettiest historic villages in the whole of the idyllic Cotswolds. It’s got plenty of competition, but for many visitors it ticks all the boxes. The main street is picture-postcard perfection: flower-clad cottages nestled against handsome Georgian houses, historic inns and a higgledy-piggledy terrace of small shops, galleries and boutiques. Some of the best places to stay in Burford can be found right on this delightful road, a handful of beautiful inns and pubs-with-rooms, but some of our picks are a little further outside town.

Alongside the medieval church and millrace there are antique shops, fabric stores and galleries, but there's also artisan delis and sweet shops, a Huffkins tea room, and a clothes shop whose clientele, it is safe to assume, wouldn't be seen dead in a fleece. Burford is also known for having one of the most magnificent Garden Centres you have probably ever seen.

Bill Bryson says you can't do the Cotswolds without a car. But he's not totally right, you can do a lot of it on foot, along the gently rolling hills and valleys that make up The Cotswolds Way, and the some of the best places to stay in Burford do offer walking on the doorstep, but if you do have a car you can visit Stow-on-the-Wold, Chipping Campden, Chipping Norton, Cirencester and Broadway; the Cotswolds Wildlife Park & Gardens, Crocodiles of the World, and Blenheim Palace.

The Best Places to Stay in Burford

For Luxury

  • For an historic coaching inn turned luxury boutique hotel, it has to be Bull Burford. Beautifully presented rooms and suites ooze up-to-the-minute style, plus there's three stunning dining options that ensure a dramatic evening.

For Romantics

  • The Lamb Inn is just off Burford’s high street, on a very pretty side road that allows it to have a large sprawling garden at the rear. The Lamb Inn is known for its food, it has 2 AA Rosettes, but it still manages to be homely and welcoming. Interiors are cosy and stylish: think original artworks, original beams, flagstones and fireplaces, and gingham and florals in contemporary colours.
  • The Bay Tree Hotel is the Lamb Inn’s neighbour, and a stiff competitor. Constructed from honey-coloured Cotswolds stone and dating from the 16th century, this property has real chocolate box appeal. Inside, the pub is very cosy, with traditional features and contemporary colours, and the restaurant is an award-winner (2 AA Rosettes). There’s a couple of cosy sitting rooms too. The 21 rooms and suites are decorated with chintz and florals, and most are a good size. The Garden View Rooms have Juliet balconies and some of the larger suites have four-poster beds. Some of the rooms are dog-friendly too.

Best Pubs-with-Rooms

  • The Highway Inn is perfectly positioned on Burford’s historic main street, an ideal place to watch the world go by! Downstairs is the cosy pub, complete with historic beams and flagstones, which spills out onto the street, and into a private courtyard behind. There’s also a dining room, and the hearty pub menu is served throughout, alongside a selection of local ales. Upstairs are ten rooms and suites, all different shapes and sizes, and uniquely decorated. There are some family-friendly configurations too, and some of the rooms are pet-friendly.
  • The King's Head has a very different location, it’s tucked away behind a huge lawn in nearby Bledington. But there’s plenty of historic character here too, in the low-roofed pub with its huge beams and whitewashed walls, and upstairs in the 11 individual rooms with their window seats and irregular flooring.
  • The Swan Inn is another slightly out-of-town pick, in the quintessentially English village of Swinbrook Set in pretty grounds, where chickens roam, some of the 11 rooms and suites are in the pub building, and some in a converted Cotswold-stone barn.

For a Countryside Escape

  • The Feathered Nest is a charming little inn in nearby Nether Westcote, a modern gastro pub with just the three traditionally styled rooms. The ground floor restaurant and bar are decorated with dark wood, and the atmosphere is countrified but luxurious. The food is excellent, it has been awarded 3 Rosettes, the gardens are large, and the views are wonderful.

For Great Value

  • The Angel at Burford is just off Burford’s high street, with a tucked away terrace and very popular pub. The food is recommended and has been awarded 1 AA Rosette, the pub and restaurant have plenty of flagstone charm, while upstairs the three guest rooms have exposed stone walls and beams too.

Prefer a Private Apartment or Cottage?

  • If you'd prefer the privacy of a self-catering option then browse through the wide variety available online with our partner, Booking.com.

Travel Information

  • Burford doesn’t have its own railway station, the closest is at Charlbury, which is about 15 minutes away. If you’re planning to travel towards Burford by plane, the closest airport might just be Bristol Airport, which is an hour and a half away by road. However London’s airports, especially Heathrow, are probably more convenient.
  • If you want to hire a car we recommend you visit our online partner, Rentalcars.
  • The Cotswolds is one of those destinations where every season warrants a visit. In winter it’s quiet, perfect for bracing walks and sitting by a roaring fire in the local pub. In spring you’ll see the daffodils, in summer there’s sunshine and plenty of buzz, and in autumn the changing colours are spectacular. Summer is the most popular time for visitors.

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Best Hotels in Burford

  • Bull Burford Burford (Oxfordshire) 18 rooms from £385

    Artworks  -  The property is crammed by works from some of the best modern contemporary artists including Banksy, Warhol, Hirst and more
    Foodies  -  Three original experiences: Omakase Tasting menu at Hiro; communal dining at Horn and convivial cooking over fire at Wild
    Local exploring  -  Situated on the southern edge of the Cotswolds and within easy reach of Blenheim and Oxford there's loads to explore!
    Romantic Break  -  Adults only with gorgeous rooms and suites plus three separate dining options.
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    An historic coaching inn turned luxury boutique hotel in the centre of town. Beautifully presented rooms and suites ooze up-to-the-minute style with moody colour schemes and natural materials at the forefront. Three immersive and totally different dining experiences. A romantic Cotswold escape. See More

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  • The Highway Inn Burford 10 rooms from £105

    Country Escape  -  A cosy pub located in an idyllic village within the Cotswold countryside.
    Great walks  -  Explore the picturesque villages and countryside of the Cotswold's on long rambles.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the stately home Blenheim Palace, birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill.
    Full of character
    RestaurantGardenPet friendly

    An atmospheric Inn set in a bustling and picturesque Cotswold village. Simply designed rooms feature beamed ceilings, crisp white linen and antique furniture. The restaurant offers modern hearty pub food alongside a choice selection of ales, ideal after spending a day exploring the region. See More

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  • King's Head Burford 11 rooms from £110

    Country Escape  -  A traditional inn - the inexpensive alternative to a country house hotel.
    Restaurant  -  Gastropub cooking with 2 AA Rosettes
    Great walks  -  Beautiful country walks
    Quirky  -  Full of junk shop finds
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    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide

    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. See More

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  • The Angel at Burford Burford 3 rooms from £120

    Foodies  -  It is not fine dining but for those looking for award-winning pub food —this fits the bill
    Sights nearby  -  Discover some of the Cotswold's prettiest villages including nearby Bibury
    Great walks  -  Get out into the Cotswolds countryside and enjoy long scenic walks
    Full of character
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    A long-popular Cotswold pub with rooms set in the pretty town of Burford. Three charming rooms are traditionally styled with sleigh beds, vintage furniture, and exposed stone. Downstairs a lively pub serves award-winning pub fare and ales from a local brewery. A cosy base to explore from. See More

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  • The Swan Inn, Burford Burford 11 rooms from £120

    Country Escape  -  A traditional English Inn in the heart of the Cotwolds.
    Traditional  -  Individually styled bedrooms in a classic yet contemporary style.
    Great walks  -  Explore the Cotsolwds - an area of natural beauty
    Local markets  -  Daylesford Organic Farmshop and Spa.
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    Located in a pretty little village, seemingly lost in time - this riverside 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. See More

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  • The Lamb Inn, Burford Burford 17 rooms from £125

    Foodies  -  Don't miss the 2AA Rosette restaurant which serves fantastic seasonal British cuisine
    Great walks  -  Combine a walk through this typical Cotswolds town with a traditional cream tea.
    Sights nearby  -  The university town of Oxford is 20 miles away and well worth a visit.
    Birdwatching  -  Good birding near the hotel.
    RestaurantGardenPet friendly
    Recommended by  -  Frommers, Good Hotel Guide

    This 18th century inn is more than just another Cotswolds B&B. Curl up with a book next to an open fire or explore the rose scented gardens. Rooms are spacious with antique oak furniture and colourful fabric. Bathrooms have original wood floors. An award winning restaurant serves seasonal cuisine. See More

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  • Bay Tree Hotel Burford 21 rooms from £165

    Sights nearby  -  Blenheim Palace, home to the Duke and Duchess of Marlborough and birthplace of Winston Churchill is a must visit
    Great walks  -  Walk the 'Cotswolds Way'
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Full of character
    RestaurantGardenPet friendlyParking

    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. See More

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  • The Feathered Nest Burford (Nether Westcote) 4 rooms from £180

    Restaurant  -  3 AA Rosettes. AA Notable wine list
    Views  -  views over the Evenlode Valley.
    Traditional
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    Recommended by  -  Sawdays

    Newly converted inn in the modern gastropub with rooms tradition - practical and countrified, with lush garden, simple, cosy bedrooms and gourmet cooking. See More

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