, Meadow Lane, Burford.
Star Cottage is a pretty-as-a-picture, roses-round-the-door little cottage on the edge of Burford. It has been home to enthusiastic foodie Peter and his designer wife Sally since 1991, and they opened it as a B&B in 2007.
Sally has an eye for interiors so the furnishings are hers, and she also exhibits a flair for making her guests feel comfortably at home. Peter takes charge of the breakfast each morning. Fresh fruits are prepared daily, locally smoked trout with scrambled egg is the house speciality, little vegetable and beanie patties are home-made for vegetarians and vegans, and the traditional ‘Full English’ ingredients are sourced from Burford’s specialist butcher. During the summer months Peter regularly takes guests on bespoke tours to gardens and other attractions around the Cotswolds. His handiwork is also to be seen in the little cottage garden behind the house.
Room 1 is a lovely spacious and airy Georgian first floor bedroom. it has a large double bed, a single bed, a travel cot, and an en-suite bathroom, all making it ideal for parents with a young family. There’s a television, a kettle, teas, coffee and a cookie jar. Room 2 is the prettiest little bedroom in this Georgian cottage. It has a standard double bed and the same facilities as Room 1.
Behind the cottage is a rustic 300 year old little barn conversion suitable for a slightly older family. The ground floor bedroom has a double bed, a single and a futon, plus television, DVD player, iPod dock and en-suite bathroom. There’s a ladder to a mezzanine level with a rollout mattress much appreciated by adventurous children. The barn also has a kitchen-diner with washer-dryer, fridge, single hob, microwave, kettle, toaster, teas, coffee and cookie jar.
Year on year Star Cottage consistently achieved a Visit England 4 Star rating and a Special Breakfast Award. In 2017 the ‘Rose Award’ was given, an accolade in recognition of service excellence.
Burford is the gateway to the Cotswolds but also a lovely little destination in itself with a broad main street of Cotswold stone houses packed with shops, pubs and restaurants. Parking in the town is free, and there’s a picturesque little walk along Witney Street to the River Windrush.