Country town hotel with enough character to create a Cotswold charm. This hotel is big enough to provide a level of service we so often demand yet small enough to retain its character. Burford is a typical Cotswold market town and despite the traffic and the negative sides to tourism it retains a charm. The Bay Tree easily does it justice and if you have never visited the Cotswolds this is as good a place as any to start. The public rooms are very pleasant, cozy with log fires in the bar and lounges, and the dining room also welcoming. Plenty of car parking and efficient check-in.
We booked a superior room in a modern but in character wing and our room was entirely satisfactory with a 'Juliet' balcony overlooking a pretty walled garden. It was a good size and spotlessly clean. No minibar or fridge, no air-con (for heaven's sake this is England) but if you visit mid week and on a hotel package extremely good value. Just for the record the water pressure in the thermostatically controlled shower was fine. They still offer a turn down service which is a nice touch and they topped up the bits and pieces in the 'make your own tea/coffee' facilities which was appreciated. Newspaper on request charged to your bill.
The restaurant was very satisfactory with a good choice at all three courses. The food was entirely satisfactory and I imagine the chef was working pretty hard to provide an interesting menu and cook it freshly.
In particular a very good wine list; lots of choice, sensible mark ups, wines by the glass, and half bottles too. Somebody has used a good deal of experience and some cunning to put this list together, no money wasted on cellaring expensive wines nobody is going to order,
but if you enjoy wine there is a good bottle here for you.
Breakfast also was excellent, for a hotel of this size to provide such choice, good quality, with prompt service is a standard many establishments do not try to aspire to.
Check out was efficient and my bill was ready. A service charge was added and entirely justified. This is the first time ever for me a receptionist has highlighted a service charge and explained it can be removed if I was not comfortable with it. I was so shocked I forgot to delete it and hand it back in cash as is my usual practice in a friendly place. I'm ashamed.
I can thoroughly recommend the Bay Tree Hotel.If you can make it for a midweek dinner, bed & breakfast inclusive package it is a very fair deal.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled away on a quaint side street in Burford is the Bay Tree Hotel, part of the Cotswold Inns and Hotels collection. The hotel has 21 stylish bedrooms and endless character with flagstoned floors, roaring log fires and a secret walled garden. This dog-friendly property is perfectly located for exploring Burford and its surrounding Cotswold villages. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bay Tree Burford
- Hotel Bay Tree
- The Bay Tree Hotel Burford, Oxfordshire