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Burford area guide


It doesn’t get much more quaint, or quintessentially ‘Cotswolds’ than the beautiful town of Burford. Situated in North Oxfordshire, its sloping High Street leads from the high Wolds, with beautiful vistas over open countryside, via a traditional parade of shops and townhousesdown to the willow-fringed river Windrush at the foot of the hill.

Why we love it

“Burford is a beautiful Cotswold town surrounded by equally stunning villages. The main street is flanked by historic houses and a wonderful array of boutiques, cafes, restaurants and pubs. The town has a wonderful welcoming feel to it – we love it.” Francesca Sharvell.

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Did you know

Burford’s position on the river Windrush meant it became the site of a fortified ford in Anglo-Saxon times. The town grew to be an important crossroads and very wealthy wool town. It was also voted 6th best place to live in Europe (Forbes magazine, 2010).

Property types

Burford’s historic architecture is largely unspoilt – with much of the town’s housing stock hewn from honey coloured Cotswold stone.

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Butcher, baker, candlestick makers… all the traditional wares are covered on Burford High Street, brimming with independent stores – from booksellers to florists and the foodie mecca that is the Cotswold Cheese Company.

shopping guide Burford

La Bulle offers gorgeous leatherware while Slate Clothing offers an edit of stylish womenswear.

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Whilst not having the wide variety of options as some of the larger towns or cities, you’ll still have several food options. Head towards The Angel for a menu focusing on fresh, local ingredients, The Angel has previously won Hook Norton Brewery’s prestigious ‘Food Pub of the Year’ as well as an AA Rosette. Alternatively, known far and wide for their award winning pies, The Royal Oak also serves up a cracking Sunday roast. Their pies are truly to die for – the slow cooked beef brisket and creamy peppercorn sauce, and the creamy chicken and Cotswold ‘ndjua pies are particularly tasty.


If you’re looking for a place to rest your head, The Bay Tree Hotel nestled down a quiet side street in Burford itself offers everything you’d want from a country retreat – replete with flagstone floors, roaring fires and contemporary furnishings.

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Pic credit: The Bay Tree Hotel

Foodies should book into The Angel at Burford– an award-winning gastro pub with rooms, the walled garden is a sun trap in the summer while in the winter months the proper comfort food menu and well-chosen wine list will keep you well fed and watered.

where to eat Burford guide

Pic credit: The Angel

Thyme is a destination all of its own ‘a hamlet within the village of Southrop’ the enclosed collection of restored historic buildings feels like a cosseting escape from the daily grind. With a strong sustainable ethos, they offer hotel rooms, self-catering cottages, cookery-school classes, spa facilities, tithe barn dining for celebrations and corporate events, cocktail bar, restaurant, village pub and gardens…. you may never leave.


The Cotswold Wildlife Park is close by, a guaranteed children-pleaser of a day out. All the ‘favourites’ are there – from giraffes, to zebras, lions, primates and penguins. Set in gloriously landscaped gardens with the Victorian manor house as a handsome backdrop.

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Burford Garden Company is well regarded in The Cotswolds for a fantastic range of plants, garden furniture as well as decorations and homewares – all beautifully presented and with a fantastic play area to keep the smaller shoppers happy.

Get outdoors

There is a nice and relatively quick 9.5-km loop trail, it’s a very popular area for birding, hiking, and running, so you'll likely encounter other people whilst exploring. Known as the Cotswolds and Burford Circular, the route is relatively flat, with just a few gentle gradients. The paths are mostly unmade and can get quite muddy after periods of rain and in the winter months. You’ll be able to take in the beautiful mellow stone buildings of the mediaeval town before being able to savour the peace of rural farmland, and finally you’ll certainly enjoy the atmosphere and ease on a lovely stretch along the banks of the River Windrush for the return leg.


Although one of the smaller Cotwold towns, the area is surrounded by quaint villages such Aldsworth, Hatherop with renowned Hatherop Castle school, Little Barrington and Southrop. It is brilliantly located in the ‘prime Cotswold’ heartland, with easy access to Oxford, Cheltenham, Stow on the Wold and Moreton on Marsh.