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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. Millrace? Check. Air of cherished antiquity and established prosperity? Check, check, check. Plus, 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!
What Not To Miss
- Minster Lovell Hall is a set of charming ruins dating back to the 15th-century and enjoying a picturesque setting by the River Windrush. Bring along a picnic and spend a relaxing afternoon at this tranquil spot.
- Stroll down the beautiful Burford High Street - you don't need to buy anything - it's one of the prettiest in the Cotswolds.
- Wander through the Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens (two miles to the south of Burford), home to more than 260 different species of animals in 160 acres of beautiful parkland! The UK's largest private zoological collection.
Just remember to book your hotel well ahead. All the best places to stay in Burford get exceptionally busy, and not just during the peak seasons!
Top Spots for local exploring
- Wonderfully picturesque, The Lamb Inn offers traditional accommodation with various antique furnishings. Head over to the historic city of Oxford, 20 minutes away, and marvel in the splendid architecture.
- Picturesque, traditional, small - the Bay Tree Hotel has every ingredient for a relaxing country retreat. It's most notable for the restaurant, however, which is consistently rated as one of the best eateries in the Cotswolds!
- The Feathered Nest north of Burford is a great place for foodies to stay with a fabulous 3 AA Rosettes gastropub. Bedrooms are cosy and the seats of the bar stools downstairs are antique saddles, whilst the property itself is set in lush gardens.
In And Around Burford
- You could swan in to the Swan Inn in next door Swinbrook, picturesque home to the Mitfords. The individually designed rooms are in a Cotswold barn and the food is good gastropub.
- Barnsley House on the Burford side of Cirencester, is the former home of renowned gardener Rosemary Verey so the garden is every bit as beautiful as the classic Cotswolds house. The decoration is light and modern with traditional accents and there is a lovely restaurant with a terrace, an outdoor swimming pool and a spa accessed via a garden path.
- The nearby King's Head at Bledington also has excellent food, a really snug bar, a stream with a bridge in the garden and cracking comfy rooms.
For A Cottage or an Apartment
- If you think you'd be best served by a self-catering option then check out the range of properties available at our online partner, booking.com.
- As with the rest of the UK, Burford's weather is extremely unpredictable. It's probably best to visit during the summer months (though Burford is a popular year round destination), with the average temperature in July and August approximately 21°C.
- If you're flying into the UK from elsewhere then Heathrow is about an hour's drive away. Alternatively, the nearest train stations are in Oxford (half an hour away) and Charlbury (twenty minutes away), both of which have buses and coaches heading to Burford.
- For car hire prices we recommend you visit our online partner, Holiday Autos.
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Best Hotels in Burford
King's Head 11 rooms from $130Burford
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.Country Escape - A traditional inn - the inexpensive alternative to a country house hotel.Quirky - Full of junk shop findsGreat walks - Beautiful country walksFull of characterRecommended by - Good Hotel Guide
The Swan Inn 11 rooms from $156Burford
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.Country Escape - A traditional English Inn in the heart of the Cotwolds.Great walks - Explore the Cotsolwds - an area of natural beautyLocal markets - Daylesford Organic Farmshop and Spa.Birdwatching - Cotswold Wildlife Park
The Lamb Inn 17 rooms from $163Burford
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.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.Four poster beds - For romantics.Birdwatching - Good birding near the hotel.Recommended by - Frommers, Good Hotel Guide, Johansens
Bay Tree Hotel 21 rooms from $215Burford
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.Sights nearby - Blenheim Palace, home to the Duke and Duchess of Marlborough and birthplace of Winston Churchill is a must visitGreat walks - Walk the 'Cotswolds Way'Full of characterFour poster beds - For romantics.
The Feathered Nest 4 rooms from $234Burford (Nether Westcote)
Newly converted inn in the modern gastropub with rooms tradition - practical and countrified, with lush garden, simple, cosy bedrooms and gourmet cooking.Restaurant - 3 AA Rosettes. AA Notable wine listViews - views over the Evenlode Valley.Recommended by - Sawdays