The Highway Inn

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Why We Love It

  • In the quaint Cotswold town of Burford, 40 minutes from Cheltenham & Oxford by car
  • This chocolate-box inn is full of character & original features
  • Only 10 rooms, all with a welcome decanter of sherry
  • The cosy pub is popular for its homemade food, local beer & “good cheer” (Alistar Sawday’s)

"Heaps of history and good cheer" -- Alastair Sawday’s

92% (12 Member Ratings)

"The room was excellent and the food was great"
Sep 03, 2016
Fareham, United Kingdom


Map & Directions

London Heathrow is the nearest airport and is 75 minutes’ drive away. The nearest train station is Shipton, which is a 10-minute drive and will cost approximately £15. There is no car park available on site but on-street parking opposite the hotel is free, and the town’s car park is within walking distance (also free).

Rooms & Rates

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Known as “the Gateway to the Cotswolds”, the town of Burford was once included in Forbes’ list of Europe’s most idyllic places to live. Celebrities including Kate Moss and Kate Winslet have lived in the area and it’s only a 40-minute drive from the bright lights of Oxford and Cheltenham. The 4-star Highway Inn is right on Burford’s pretty high street, with the rolling green of the Oxfordshire hills visible in the distance.

The building dates back to 1480 and there are still plenty of original features spread throughout. The chocolate-box façade is complimented by low beams, creaking floorboards, antique furniture, and nooks and crannies to explore. The inn itself is popular with locals and walkers, and there’s a welcoming atmosphere, local beer and a roaring log fire in winter. The food (best described as ‘posh pub grub’) is made to order and also locally sourced wherever possible. Expect dishes such as pan-seared breast of wood pigeon, rack of lamb with garlic mash and redcurrant jus, and the Highway’s ‘proper’ fish pie. The wine cellar is also open from November-February on a Friday and Saturday evening.

There are 10 rooms on site, all named after nearby villages and all of various shapes and sizes, but brimming with character. Wi-Fi is free and there is a small decanter of sherry provided on arrival. The Burford Four-Poster room is the most popular, with more space to play with and a king-size four-poster bed. A number of the rooms are dog friendly, baby monitors are available on request, and while some rooms overlook the high street, street noise is not an issue.

The town is a pleasant place to meander through, exploring the independent boutiques, cafés and antique shops as you go. The Tolsey Museum is free to visit and is open on Tuesday-Sunday afternoons, plus there’s the Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens, which is just five minutes by car. Further afield, Batsford Arboretum, Blenheim Palace and the National Trust’s Chastleton House are all within a 30-minute drive. 

From the press:

  • “Touches here and there made the difference between a generic country pub room and somewhere you’d want to return to” -- The Daily Telegraph

  • “An attractive inn of medieval origin at the heart of pretty Burford” -- The AA Hotel Guide



  • Infant cots / cribs
  • Bar
  • Extra beds / roll away beds
  • Restaurant
  • Pet-friendly

Room amenities

  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Flatscreen TV


  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout


  • Hair-dryer
  • Luxury toiletries
  • Bathtub (in some rooms)


  • Complimentary parking


  • Accessible meeting room
  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible path of travel
  • Accessible restaurant

Please note: Some amenities may not be available in all rooms and some amenities or services incur an additional charge and are subject to change. Please check with the hotel directly.


Check-in: Standard check-in time: 3pm. Minimum age required to check in: 18.

Checkout: Standard checkout time: 11am.

Children and additional guests: Infant's cot/crib available on request, free of charge, for children aged 2 and under.
Extra bed available in Family Rooms only: £10 per night for older children and adults. Supplements are not included automatically in the total price and will be charged directly by the hotel.

Pets: Pets are allowed on request and in 2 rooms only, and will be charged at £10 per stay on checkout.

Cancellation: Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.

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Customer Service available 24 hours

Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

The room rates listed are for double occupancy per room unless otherwise stated and exclude tax recovery charges and service fees.

*Unless otherwise stated, Travelzoo-exclusive extras are valid once per stay (based on two adults sharing). Value is an estimate based on double occupancy. Extras are only included with Member Rates and may not be available on all dates. Extras are non-transferable and have no cash value. Total value may vary depending on time of booking and availability. When included, breakfast may be limited to 2 guests per stay subject to hotel’s discretion. Other restrictions may apply; see our T&Cs for details.

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92% Positive
(12 Member Reviews)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for The Highway Inn Burford over the past 15 months.
4.4 Ambiance
4.8 Location
4.3 Rooms
4.7 Quality of Service
4.2 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
Setting and the room. The breakfast was 1st class quality.
Other Comments
Staff not friendly. Mattress very soft.
Alison Feb 08, 2017 St Albans, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The room was excellent and the food was great
John Sep 03, 2016 Fareham, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Lovely old pub, wonderful room and great service with good food. The courtyard is a wonderful place to sit and have a drink after a day out
Other Comments
Highly recommend the Highway Inn
Rebecca Aug 30, 2016 Runcorn, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
It's location was wonderful to visit the Cotswolds. Burford is a drinkers paradise with 11 pubs and hotels, many with live music.
Other Comments
No extras were made for vegetarian breakfast just meat removed. It's a shame as I'd pre-requested it. I'll know now to look for places that advertise vegi breakfasts.
Debbie Aug 15, 2016 Norwich, United Kingdom

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