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The Bull At Burford

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

On arrival we were greeted by a very charming and friendly receptionist, who showed us round the available rooms. The beds were comfortable, but the decor was tired and dated. In the courtyard room, the iron was unsafe due to the flex being broken in two places. The shower over the bath was not working. The top floor bedroom was spacious, but some of the soft furnishings were marked. Breakfast was uninspiring. Tinned fruit so 1970s! The English breakfast was bland, and served on huge square plates which did not fit the small tables. Owner reprimanding staff for bad reviews and poor management in the reception area, completely unacceptable! We had a good nights sleep, but overall rather scruffy and not great value for money.

I don’t know where to start with this review..... totally understaffed, barman seems to do everything.....including learning his Spanish... Breakfast on a Sunday, finished at 9.30....... Rooms really old fashioned, small uncomfortable beds..... I’d never stay here again and I love Burford

We enjoyed our three nights here but had a few issues. The staff were all so nice and so hard working but it seemed that they all were working three different jobs at once! Just seemed very understaffed to us. Each morning at breakfast we were warned if we ordered any eggs there would be a wait since they were short staffed again. Several patrons were complaining about how long it was taking as they had tight schedules. We weren’t in a hurry so not a big issue for us. We had a room at the very top of the quaint and historic building but there was a lot of traffic noise for me even during the night since this is a somewhat main road. Would have liked to see some of the other rooms as I’m sure they were much quieter. Overall enjoyed our stay in this lovely town but some things could use improvement.

This is the second time that we have used The Bull as our base for exploring the Cotswolds. The staff here are so friendly and welcoming. Dinner was once again delicious and our dog was able to join us for both dinner and breakfast. There is a really good selection of hot and cold food available for breakfast. The thing that we like most about this hotel is the peace and quiet - a truly relaxing stay. Can't wait to stay again

Lovely, polite, friendly, and very helpful staff. Well appointed rooms. Delicious food -what more could you want? AND a perfect location right in the heart of a very picturesque town centre. We'll be back!

Reading some of the other reviews on here after our recent visit I was not surprised to see someone else describe this establishment as Fawlty Towers. I had used the same analogy myself. The offer to carry our bags up to our top floor room was clearly hollow, so we struggled with them ourselves while the young man charged ahead. Before he left us I asked what time breakfast was, only to be told it was printed on the card he'd already given us. Why not just answer when asked? I'm not quite sure why he kept dropping Spanish words into the conversation when we are a retired English couple. I guess he thought it was funny, but it did reinforce the Fawlty Towers image. They advertise free parking, but that's not strictly true as they only have about five spaces in a very cramped area at rear. Breakfast tasted average at best. Service was chaotic and we saw at least one couple leave without their breakfast ever arriving. The whole experience was nowhere near what we expected for the £165 we paid for bed and breakfast. Our room as facing the main road, so sleep quality was very poor - not helped by a noisy shop delivery at midnight and our neighbours returning to their room at 0430. You live and learn.

Staff very friendly and welcoming in both reception and at breakfast. Breakfast was lovely, very good choice, particularly enjoyed homemade sticky muesli and the yogurt. Car park is quite small but not a problem. Would use this hotel again.

Staff were super. Welcoming, chatty and charming. A real strength and worthy of a score of 5. My Pimms was the best I have had. We visited on the hottest day recorded and the room was ‘like an oven’. The good news was that there was air conditioning! The dog, my husband and I were delighted. By bedtime the room was cool despite the high temperatures outside. It was too noisy to keep on but had done the job. The room itself and en-suite were not so good. They are in need of refurbishment and some basic maintenance. Mattress wasn’t particularly comfortable. Carpets need to be replaced. I expect places that I stay in to be as good as if not better than home, this certainly wasn’t. Price was ok but for £116 I expected a little better. Breakfast was acceptable, The manageress very kindly offered the night before to have a table set up in reception to allow the dog to join us. This gesture was appreciated. If it hadn’t been for the staff I would have been rather underwhelmed by my visit. Whoever owns the place needs to invest in order to lift it into the 21st century whilst retaining the character of such a quirky and amazing building. There are very few parking spaces at the hotel. Parking is available on the road. We were initially unable to get a space on the road as Burford is a busy place. We had to park in a car park which was a little bit of a walk away. Awkward when you have luggage.

Spent a night here en route to the south coast. No complaints about the room spacious with an excellent en suite. Downhill from then on. Dinner service somewhat chaotic with waiter practicing his Spanish on a bemused Spanish party the rest of us looked on while a harassed waitress did his table as well resulting in a 45 minute wait for the dessert! I was seated for breakfast and that was that wasnt able to order due to crashing and bangings as some crockery bit the dust, after 30 minutes I gave up and eat elsewhere. If you have a large vehicle forget the cramped car park.

Very nice hotel, Carly’s team made myself and 3 children really welcome, they even let me charge my electric e golf all night! Would definitely stay here again! Great for family and a a break for couples. The breakfast was fantastic and cooked fresh to order with loads of choice!

105 High Street Burford England

Hotel highlights

  • Free full breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking
  • Onsite dining

The Bull At Burford places you next to Tolsey Museum and within a 3 miles (5 km) of Cotswold Wildlife Park. This 3-star inn has 15 rooms and welcomes guests with free breakfast, free in-room WiFi, and free self parking.


Free full breakfast is offered each morning. Enjoy a bite to eat at the inn's brasserie, or relax with a drink at the bar/lounge. You can sip a beverage at the coffee shop/café.


A flat-screen TV comes with satellite channels, and guests can stay connected with free WiFi. Other standard amenities include a coffee maker, free bottled water, and a phone.

Property features

The Bull At Burford features free WiFi in public areas, a meeting room, and coffee in a common area. If you plan to drive, free parking is available. The 24-hour front desk has multilingual staff ready to help with luggage storage, and answer any questions about the area. Additional amenities include a terrace, a reception hall, and a fireplace in the lobby.

Room options

Single Room

Twin 1 | Sleeps 1

Double Room

Full 1 | Sleeps 2

Superior Double Room

Full 1 | Sleeps 2

Twin Room

Twin 2 | Sleeps 2

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

87.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 739 reviews

*Price based on the lowest price found within past 24 hours and based upon one night stay for two adults over the next thirty days. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.