I have never been so disappointed at arriving late at a hotel as I was with this Cotswold nugget of isolated loveliness. Snuggled in the depths of a village I have never been to and one you'd never just 'land up' in, the Maytime is a contemporary conversion of what seems to have been a stables or barn back in the day and which has been painstakingly resurrected to maintain all its original charm and feel while adding flashes of contemporary design and comfort that would best befit a boutique hotel anywhere in the world. The owner didn't bat an eyelid at my tardy arrival time (10pm) and had already arranged for me to have a flask of cold milk for my hot chocolate/tea and the booking log all ready to complete. As I was leaving before breakfast in the morning (as were my neighbours in the ajoining room) he asked whether I would like some fresh fruit and bread in my room that night to save for the morning as there would be no-one around at that time to provide room service (how lovely and quaint!!). Although to be fair the fruit was quite limited and not particularly ripe, the thought was there which for me was what counted.
The room was beautifully arranged with an incredible eye for detail and luxury which took me by surprise. Meticulous and well decked out with funiture, mirrors and antiquities that were very befitting to the style and age of the building, the shower was heavenly (once I had worked out how to use it!) and the bed was like sleeping in a cloud. Quite possibly the most comfortable bed I have ever slept in. Air-light duvet and plumped pillows bedecked in crisp cotton - a true haven of peace, comfort and tranquility. My only niggle was that the bathroom air vents made a real racket at certain times of night/early morning when other rooms were using them (I turned mine off...) but that's a small negative and one solveable by maybe the owner putting a courtesy note in each room pointing out the vent 'off' switch for nighttime use...
I just wish I didn't live so close so can't find a legitimate reason to stay over again! Fabulous!
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- Also Known As:
- The Maytime Hotel Burford
- Maytime Hotel Burford
- The Maytime Inn Burford, Oxfordshire