Burford is a delightful town of Cotswold stone houses, for centuries unchanged like somewhere out of a fairytale. As a Middle Ages market town it was a hub of traffic from Wales and the Midlands to Oxford and London. In the mid 18th century, 40 post coaches rattled down its High Street every day and many would overnight at the Bull, which still has the courtyard, the coach house and the stables to prove it. Today the heavy traffic by-passes the town, but its streets remain busy with the shoppers and gossipers who throng its many antique shops, curiosity shops and cafes.
Charm and history are everywhere. Within little more than a half-hour radius are Blenheim palace, home of the Churchills; Oxford, the University city of dreaming spires; Cirencester, steeped in the history of Roman times; Cheltenham, elegant with its Regency Spa and its fine shops; Stratford on Avon, home of Shakespeare. Close at hand is the magic of the Cotswolds, with sleepy villages of honey-coloured stone: a touring prospect of constantly changing attraction including, in Burford itself, the renowned Cotswold Wildlife Park.