We stayed here 3 nights for the Wilderness Festival about 20 minutes drive away.
Set in the quintessential English countryside, this Oxfordshire country inn with 11 rooms is utterly charming. We stayed in the Riverside Cottage with view of the little brook.
The B&B has 4 stars and I would rate it as broadly 4.5 stars overall on our specific experience. From the reviews/photos from other reviewers, whether it is a 4.5 star or a 3.5 star really depends on luck.
We were in luck and were given a room in the cottage/house opposite the inn facing on to the stream. Our room, Riverview (upstairs) is highly recommended.
On stepping into the Riverside cottage, the first thing that strikes you is how new this cottage is. Not just in the finishing but also in the smell. Solid oak (?) floors in the bathroom with claw footed tub, bespoke Bantam Bath products are there to welcome the guests. The room had an inviting super king and despite the sloping ceiling, offered plenty of space, light and charm.
The typical room rate includes breakfast. Whilst the buffet is simple (toast, plain croissant, jam, yoghurt, tea, coffee), you do get to order off a hot menu offering full English, kippers, scrambled eggs with salmon and porridge. Breakfast was filling and good but nothing out of this world...although I am not quite sure what would be out of this world. What was however a nice touch was that breakfast was held in the conservatory facing on to the garden of the inn with chickens wandering around.
The service at the inn was friendly and competent. They do have a disproportionate number of foreign workers which meant that you have to repeat requests. This wasn't a huge issue and ultimately the staff were always keen to help.
The surrounding land is farmland. If you are a sensitive sleeper, bring an eyemask (the curtains whilst not bad aren't black out) and bring ear plugs. You will be woken by sheep bleating, cows mooing and/or cockerels crowing.
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- Also Known As:
- The Swan Hotel Burford
- The Swan Inn Burford, Oxfordshire