Bay Tree, in the Cotswolds

26 February 2014
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The Cotswolds is a great region to discover, relax and trek. Not too far from London, it makes a perfect weekend destination. In the picture-postcard town of Burford, the southern gateway to the Cotswolds, is to be found the charming Bay Tree Hotel. Set amidst the celebrated ancient black and white timbered buildings and those constructed from the beautiful honey-coloured Cotswold stone, a scene is created which beyond doubt has an aura of yesteryear. The Cotswolds abounds in attractive villages and towns, pretty streets with a wealth and variety of antique shops, inviting small cafés and enchanting hotels and hostelries, amongst which the Bay Tree Hotel at Burford is truly outstanding. Few could resist the rustic charm of this picturesque retreat. An impressive location for country breaks whatever the season, the Bay Tree Hotel is well situated for exploring the countryside, for visiting National Trust properties and famous Cotswold gardens, for a trip to the races or as a business venue. Located just off the top of the high street, the Bay Tree is typical of the excellent accommodation Burford has to offer. From a deceptively small front it sprawls out over a number of buildings, Which between them offer 21 rooms of differing character – all Well-sized, clean and With good facilities, some With great views of the garden, others With the homely feel of a small cottage – as Well as a pleasantly laid-back bar and an excellent restaurant. Popular for Weddings and conferences, it nevertheless retains an independent, personal air. And the food is quite good too. The airy dining room overlooks the lovely gardens at this excellent hotel, and the food is equally impressive. As ever in Burford, nothing strays too far from the traditional, but When the Sunday roast comes With a Yorkshire pudding this impressive – a golden-brown tower of batter – Who’s complaining? Both beef and pork were perfectly cooked, and portions Were hearty. We still found room for cheese and were promised local varieties, so Were a little disappointed to get celtic promise and mull of kintyre, but soothed by the generous accompaniment of apple, celery, grapes and decent biscuits.

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