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A review of The Highway Inn, Burford, Oxfordshire

Great British Refugees: A historic hotel in beautiful Burford that offers a brilliant combination of a traditional inn and a cozy Cotswold home.

  • The Highway Inn is located in Burford, known as the Gateway to the Cotswolds.
  • The hotel has 11 individually decorated rooms, some with four-poster beds.
  • Enjoy classic pub food with sophisticated touches and a selection of vegan options.

There are plenty of contenders for the most beautiful village in the Cotswolds, but Burford rightfully claims to be the most beautiful main street. Going down from the High Hills to the medieval bridge over the Windrush River, there is a continuous line of old houses and shops on either side of it.

Halfway up or down is The Highway Inn, a 500-year-old wood and stone building recently and lovingly refurbished by owner Scott Williamson and his partner architect.

The Grade II listed building has provided rest and support to travelers since 1480, when Burford’s location between Oxford, Bath and Gloucester made it an important staging post for merchants during the heyday of the wool trade.

500 years of history: wood and stone façade of the Highway Inn

The Highway Inn has 11 individually decorated rooms, named after the surrounding villages and hamlets. They are decorated in a modern English country style with modern and classic furnishings. They are a brilliant combination of a traditional hotel and a cozy Cotswold home.

The walls between the ancient oak beams are now painted in various heritage shades, the original fireplaces are decorated with Warhol-style artwork, and the four solid wood posters are studded with jewel-colored velvet cushions. Although this hotel has a grown-up atmosphere, children and dogs are also welcome.

I can hardly decide where to rest after a long day of walking in the surrounding hills – on a four-poster bed, on a chaise longue or in a corner of the window.

Meals are served in the stone-walled bar, in the breakfast room or in the quiet medieval courtyard garden. We dined on rich ham with blood sausage and apple terrine, savory salmon baked in Cotswold gin, local lamb roasted in thyme, and crispy duck leg croquettes with vodka and cherry sauce.

One of the dog-friendly bedrooms has modern and classic furnishings.

One of the dog-friendly bedrooms has modern and classic furnishings.

TRAVEL FACTS

Highway Inn, Burford, Oxfordshire. B&B costs from £ 100 per night. For more information visit thehighwayinn.co.uk

In addition to being famous for its picturesque main street, Burford is also known as the Gateway to the Cotswolds. The uber-cute Bibury and Roman Cirencester are in close proximity, and Chipping Camden is a short drive away, making the Highway Inn an ideal base for sightseeing.

U.S.P: A historic hotel combining original and modern features.

Rooms: Three out of 11 are dog-friendly. Premium rooms have four-poster beds, a fireplace and uneven sloped floors, while newer rooms have wood paneling and modern iron bed frames.

Food: Enjoy classic pub food with sophisticated touches and a selection of vegan options. Starters start at £ 6 and mains start at £ 13. The bar serves ale from the local Hook Norton brewery and offers an eclectic range of boutique gins, vodka and malts.

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