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OVERVIEW

Set on an elegant, quiet side street in famously pretty Burford, the Bay Tree is a boutique hotel that emanates history and comfort. It offers a winning combination of old-school features and contemporary charm, with big stone fireplaces, squishy sofas and striking art on the walls. The wisteria-clad main building is a 17th-century townhouse with a sunny, modern extension that houses a light-filled restaurant, and gives on to a semi-secret walled garden.


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THE NEIGHBOURHOOD

The Bay Tree is near the end of tranquil Sheep Street, a short walk from the enticing shops and galleries of Burford's high street. The nearest station is at Charlbury, a 15-minute taxi ride northeast. The Cotswold Wildlife Park, a great destination with or without young children in tow, is just under three miles south.

By car: around 2 hours from London and 1 hour 15 minutes from Bristol. Free parking available.

By train: there are direct trains to Kingham from Oxford (25 minutes) and London Paddington (1 hour 30 minutes). The hotel is a 15-minute drive. Book trains to Kingham.

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THE LOOK AND FEEL

This is a pleasingly smart-casual venue, with stylish furnishings and lots of cosy corners in public spaces on the ground floor. From the library with crackling fires in winter to the expansive lawns with deck chairs in summer, enormous care is taken to create a kick-back atmosphere.

THE FACILITIES

Order a coffee and it will come with a little biscuit, sit by the fire in the library and it will be gently stoked by quietly attentive staff; such little touches add enormously to the pleasure of a stay here. Facilities, meanwhile, include the glorious walled garden with its terrace for outdoor dining, private dining areas and a generously large car park at the back of the hotel.

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Pet-friendly
  • Family-friendly
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi

BED AND BATH

There are bedrooms of all shapes and sizes in this quirky old property, spread between the main building, annexe and garden. Each has been individually furnished in country-chic style. Beech and Oak have four posters, Walnut and Taynton have roll-top baths and the Garden rooms have Juliet balconies overlooking the lawns.

Room types: Classic, Classic Garden, Superior, Superior Garden, Deluxe, Tanfield, Oak

Key amenities: ensuite bathroom with Molten Brown toiletries, bathrobes, hairdryer, espresso machine, TV, free Wi-Fi

FOOD AND DRINK

Dine informally in the bar, or for more pizzazz and romance book a table in the gracious restaurant; the same menu is offered at each location. The emphasis is on modern British cuisine, with Cotswold ingredients showcased in dishes. Sunday lunches are a joy - roasts, with a vegan alternative - and there's afternoon tea available, too.

The Restaurant: classic British cuisine, locally sourced ingredients. All-day menu, open daily.

The Bar: cosy armchairs and log fire. Local ciders and ales. Bar snacks and nibbles available. Open Mon-Sat from 10am, Sun from 11am.

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