A charming cottage in beautiful medieval Burford: ancient stone meets contemporary interiors
**Discounts for short breaks/just 2 people (see ‘Specifics’ below)**
This is the Cotswolds’ dream. Your own little cottage, in the middle of a classic honey-hued village, with independent shops, pubs and restaurants up the road and glorious countryside all around. Burford is famed for its beautiful, unspoilt 17th architecture, but thankfully not as crazy-busy as big sisters The Slaughters, Stow-on-the-Wold and Broadway. So whilst you can zip around them for a wander and a coffee, you have a much calmer base to retreat home to. Truly the best of both worlds.
But better still is the hideaway itself. A Grade-II listed cottage, its oak beams, fireplace surrounds and lime-plastered walls hark back to medieval times. Everything else, though, is thoroughly modern. Sumptuous grey velvets, quirky fishermen’s lamps, blush pink accents, gorgeous ceramics and a panelled farmhouse kitchen. A woodburner keeps things cosy in winter; the little back terrace is a suntrap in summer. And with 2 bedrooms it’s ideal for families or 2 couples wanting to explore this stunning pocket of the world.
Getting there: you’ll need to drive.
- Wander up the high street to visit a slew of antique shops and brilliant little independents.
- Or head down for a wander along River Windrush, which is spanned by a medieval bridge.
- Burford’s full of great pubs and restaurants. Katrin’s favourite is The Angel, for its hearty gastro fare and general charm.
- Day trip to the famous Cotswolds’ villages: Lower and Upper Slaughter (stunning quaint cottages, handmade ice cream at the Old Mill); Bibury (famed for the Arlington Row weavers’ cottages and a catch-your-own trout fishery); Broadway (picture perfect, Broadway Folly just outside town has panoramic views spanning 13 counties), and Bourton-on-the-Water, aka ‘Venice of the Cotswolds’.
- Or visit under-the-radar beauties. We love Kingham, home to the rustic-chic Wild Rabbit inn, and Mickleton’s black and white thatched houses, which tilt a little more each year. Castle Combe is lovely too, all hanging baskets and clambering ivy.
- Walk the ‘Stanton, Snowshill & Stanway’ loop, past exquisite National Trust manor houses and along the Cotswolds Way (8 miles)