The Highway Hotel in the High Street sits alongside the antique shops and stone cottages which help maintain the town’s reputation as a genuine Cotswolds honeypot. With nine letting bedrooms and a three-bedroom flat for owners the Highway Hotel represents great value and is on the market at £1.3 million freehold.
Colliers International Hotels Director Peter Brunt commented: “It combines a genuine period feel with the highest standards of comfort expected by today’s clientele. The characterful and cosy public areas feature flagged floors and exposed stone walls which held enchant locals and guests alike.
“The letting bedrooms are a world away from the homogeneity of the chain hotel and the owners have the luxury of a spacious three bedroom flat.”
Owners Tally and Scott fell in love with the medieval inn when they chose to spend their wedding night there, two years later they returned as owners and have spent seven years refurbishing and refining the premises to create one of the finest residential hotels in the area.
Former fashion executive Tally said: “When Scott and I bought this ancient building in April 2006 it hadn’t traded as an inn for 16 years, but as a shop and a B&B.
“We already had strong family connections to the area and are active in the community but what we enjoy most is that our visitors also fall in love with the place and frequently make return visits. One couple we know came back four times in one year.”
“The hospitality sector in the Cotswolds has changed dramatically over the past few years as large numbers of American and Japanese tourists have been replaced by people from Australia and New Zealand, along with a significant increase in domestic trade.
“We get lots of couples from London and Birmingham looking for a genuine weekend away from it all and they wind down within hours of arriving.”
Voted by Forbes Magazine as the sixth most idyllic place to live in Europe, Burford is situated midway between between Oxford and Cheltenham and boasts a delightful High Street sloping down to a picturesque bridge over the River Windrush. The A40 skirts the southern edge making it one of the most accessible of the Cotswolds’ big name towns.
Tally said: “One of our most appealing features is that people can catch a train in London and be in Burford in an hour. If they are coming by car they might add an extra half an hour.”
With accommodation on basement, ground and first floors the hotel features a stylish bar for around 30 to 40 people as well as a snug, also overlooking the High Street, for about 12. There is also a back bar which is used as an office but suitable for bringing back into full trading use if required.
The atmospheric private dining room can seat up to 22 and has a small lounge, while marquees have been erected in the garden to provide additional function space. Towards the rear of the ground floor is a large flat comprising living room, kitchen, three bedrooms and a bathroom. There are also two staff bedrooms sharing a single bathroom. The courtyard garden at the rear offers five picnic sets and a further five set out on the high street to the front (around 40 customers can be accommodated outside in good weather).