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“Stunning inside and out”
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The Bay Tree Hotel
Ranked #3 of 8 Hotels in Burford
Certificate of Excellence
Stockport, England
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“Stunning inside and out”
Reviewed 16 June 2012

Stayed one night at the Bay Tree after previously having stayed at it's sister hotel the Lamb. Both are situated on the charmingly named Sheep Street in the very picturesque village of Burford in Oxfordshire. Burford is literally the gateway to the Cotswolds and is one of the most desireable places to live in England.
Anyway, on to the review. First impressions when arriving at the hotel are really good, the olde worlde look of the place is fantastic. Original features and brickwork etc along with ivy-clad walls give it a real Cotswoldy feel. The entrance to the hotel is by way of two pairs of tiny double doors which if you have luggage are not that easy to negotiate. The stone flooring is satisfyingly worn and polished due to it's use over many a year. Reception staff were charming, friendly and helpful and check-in was completed relatively smoothly and quickly. The young lady on the desk showed us personally to our rooms. The rooms are not traditionally numbered but have been given names of local flora, I was in Cedar. The room itself was very nice and also large with a massive double bed, flat screen TV, comfy chairs and ample storage space. Decor is very tasteful and in good order. There is an iron and board, a safe, a hairdryer and a very good selection of teas and coffee with posh Borders biscuits. Also there are two complimentary bottles of water and most endearingly a large teddy bear on the bed. The implication is that you will be so delighted that you will want to buy the bear to take home. Don't know hopw often the ploy works but I wasn't tempted due to the fact that our bedroom is chock-full of cuddly toys as it is. The bathroom is nicely appointed with a large bath and sink unit. There is an over-bath shower and a slightly smaller than average pedestal. Toiletries are from the Molton Brown range and very nice they are too. Don't think about taking some home though because they come in large bottles and are actually for sale at reception. Another money-making ploy that, I guess, must work sometimes. There is even a rubber duck in the bathroom for you to play with while soaking away the stresses and strains of the day. Don't know if he's for sale, he wasn't saying much. The view from my window was of the extensive beer garden and the rolling hills in the background, very pleasant. The olde worlde Cotswold theme is perpetuated throughout the building and there are several quiet nicely furnished areas for relaxing. The bar comprises two rooms both with real fires that, despite it being mid-June, were both lit making the bar very hot indeed. There is a decent selection of reasonably priced draught and bottled beers extensive enough for most tastes. I did not sample either the wines or spirits so cannot comment on their range or quality. A sample price from the bar is Peroni £4-50 per pint and Bulmers No.17 Cider £5-20 per 500ml bottle. Not too far in excess for what I would expect tp pay in this area and in a hotel of this quality. There is a nice restaurant at the hotel but we opted for a bar meal on this occasion. The menu was quite impressive and I opted for Ham Hock Terrine served with Piccalilli, rocket salad and crusty bread for a starter. This came served on a lump of slate, a bit pretentious for my liking but very contemporary. For main I opted for The Bay Tree burger served with fries, side salad and bbq sauce. Both courses were very nice and of a good standard. My colleagues selections included soup, wild mushroom risotto and welsh rarebit tart served with smoked haddock. All looked excellent. The price, with a drink and two courses each, for four people, was just shy of £70. Very reasonable considering the location and the quality.
After a good nights sleep on a very comfortable, and large, double bed we breakfasted and checked out. Breakfast was superb. All the usual items were present on the buffet eg breads, cheeses, meats, croissants, serial, yoghurts, meusli, fruit, fruit juices etc etc. Special mention must go to the fresh berry compote which was fantastic. Cooked items on the main menu were also as expected along with extra choices of kippers, smoked trout or salmon with scrambled eggs. In fact anything you would want for breakfast was available. I opted for the full English which promised both black and white pudding. Unfortunately it arrived without the white pudding with no explanation as to why not. Just a small gripe really as everything else was excellent.
Check out was easy and thanks to the generous company discount we received, the bill was pleasingly small. In all a great hotel in a great location. Unfortunately we only stayed one night and it was a business trip but I would not hesitate to bring my other half here for a romantic weekend or even a week.

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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled on business
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Reviewed 14 June 2012

We held a two day Conference/meeting at The Bay Tree and could not fault it. I am really surprised to hear criticism of the reception staff on other reviews. They were so very helpful I am absolutely amazed that anyone can complain about them.
We had 15 employees staying overnight.
Great Conference facilities, we were situated just off the dining room, so close to all facilities.there were also small rooms available for small splinter groups as required.
Mid morning and afternoon refreshments were good, home made biscuits, scones and good quality coffee and tea,
Breakfast was good. They ran out of porridge when several of our delegates asked for it (probably more in one day han you would expect) and they sent some-one to the local shop to buy more! Virtually no delay in service - we all got our porridge within 10 minutes! Lunch was good, a hot buffet, with lots of choice.
They coped wonderfully with a large group for dinner, again great service and very good food.
The rooms were lovely, Molten Brown toiletries and nice soft towels. Very comfortable beds, the best nights sleep in ages.
We have used other hotels in the Cotswold Inns Group but have found this the best for our needs. We will be holding our 2013 Conference here too.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled on business
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Reviewed 13 June 2012

We had wanted to return to The Lamb (a sister hotel, just along the street) but it was full. We had peeped intoThe Bay Tree before so booked there. Our stay was virtually faultless and we would definitely return. There is ample parking behind the hotel (you just need to know it's there). Unlike one of the other reviewers, we were impressed by the reception staff: we found them friendly and very helpful. Our twin-bedded room, up a tiny flight of stairs, was a good size and very quiet. Our only minor quibbles were the somewhat inadequate shower pressure and the poor lighting in the bedroom (despite the number of lamps). But the beds were supremely comfortable; heavy, dark curtains for good sleep; spotlessly clean bathroom (lovely Molton Brown!) and good furnishings. We ate in the hotel both nights and thought it was excellent on each occasion. (I think the ambiance of the restaurant is slightly less formal than at The Lamb.) Breakfasts were also excellent with a wide choice of items, especially fruit and cooked items. I recommend the porridge with cream and brown sugar! This is an absolutely lovely hotel and deserved to win its 'Small hotel of the year' award in 2011.

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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 June 2012

Have stayed in Burford for the last 20 years, but has never stayed at the Baytree Hotel. Parking and the location of the hotel was relatively easy. It is very attracive from the outside and has a warm Cotswoldy feel when you enter. The staff on reception at quite brusk and did not come across as 4 star staff complimenting the rating of the hotel. One morning, I passed reception and said good morning to one of the staff and she replied 'morning' and didn't even bother to look up! What came across is that the staff on reception are not as polished and professional as they could be for such an environment.
The bedroom was as expected and the bed was very comfortable.
The breakfast was vast in choice and well set out and the staff were extremely professional and helpful.
The evening atmosphere was a little lacking when we were there, so we tended to go elsewhere each evening.
All in all and ok stay.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 June 2012

I wanted to give a review on the dining experience at The Bay Tree, Burford even though I didn't actually stay at the hotel (I stayed at their "sister" hotel, The Lamb Inn more or less next door).
The dining room was very well set out with excellent service from the staff and music piped through, which is always a nice touch. There is a piano but the pianist wasn't in residence that evening. The food was absolutely wonderful. I'm a vegetarian and the menu more than catered for my needs. The portion sizes were just right and the standard of cuisine was superb. I couldn't fault the food, service, surroundings etc., Can't wait to dine there again.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
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Additional Information about The Bay Tree Hotel

Property: The Bay Tree Hotel
Address: Sheep Street, Burford OX18 4LW, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Cotswolds > Burford
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
#2 Luxury Hotel in Burford
#3 Family Hotel in Burford
#3 Romantic Hotel in Burford
#5 Business Hotel in Burford
Price range (per night): ₹ 10,173 - ₹ 18,775
Hotel Class:4 star — The Bay Tree Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled away on a quaint side street in Burford is the Bay Tree Hotel, part of the Cotswold Inns and Hotels collection. The hotel has 21 stylish bedrooms and endless character with flagstoned floors, roaring log fires and a secret walled garden. This dog-friendly property is perfectly located for exploring Burford and its surrounding Cotswold villages. ... more   less 
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