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Bull Cottage

Burford, Oxfordshire (Ref. 988773)

4.9

(23 ratings)

Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 6

  • Bedrooms 3

  • Bathrooms 2

  • Pets No

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Features

  • Broadband / WiFi
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available

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40 Customer Reviews

  • "It would have been helpful if we could have arrived at 4 pm as we had a 3 year old child who goes to bed at 6."

    30 - 7 pm.

    Thank you for taking the time to leave a feedback, we are aware of the late check in time, we are working for recruiting more staff to be able to guarantee an earlier check in. We look forward to welcoming you again soon. Manor cottages Property Owner

    Reviewed by SallyJun 2022

  • "Overall we had a lovely time but I think the listing should draw attention to the fact that this property is not really suitable for old people who are unsteady on their feet and young children."

    The floor in the entrance room is very uneven and there are lots of steps upstairs and down which could trip people up. The parking situation is definitely a nightmare. Saying parking is on street and unrestricted is misleading as there is little nearby without double yellow lines and we always had to park at a distance as there were never any spaces. The town car park in Burford restricts parking for more than 12 hours in any 24 hour period so is not suitable for residential use. We took the risk but may have been lucky. Finally we suggest more attention to maintaining the courtyard and its furniture. I had to clean the furniture when we arrived as it was dirty and the area looked neglected. Such a pity when it could be a lovely feature. This can be easily rectified of course.

    Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback and we're glad that you had a lovely time at Bull Cottage. This cottage is one of the oldest in Burford, dating from 1390 with many of the original features, making the uneven floors and steps part of the character. We're sorry if this impacted on your stay there, together with the parking issues. Burford is a beautiful location but is consequently very popular and parking can become an issue due to the sheer amount of visitors to the Cotswolds. We have taken note of your comments regarding the courtyard furniture and thank you for bringing this to our attention. We would love to welcome you again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by AnnabelMay 2022

  • "Bull Cottage is just wonderful."

    The sense of history is astonishing, the decor comfortable and stylish. Both bedrooms were very generous. The kitchen was well-equipped, though might have done with an electric mixer, candlesticks and some cloth napkins, but these are minor points. The dish washer and washing machine were of good quality. Our stay was from mid January to mid February, so we didn't use the back garden but could imagine how charming it would be in fine weather. Just next door to the Angel pub, in which we enjoyed having drinks and a few meals, we were surprised by how quiet it was. Our guests invariably said that there were good vibes in the bones of the house. We agreed. The location was perfect for us, just off the high street, yet a two or three minute walk to the countryside with rolling hills and farmland. Manor Cottages does a great job managing the cottage On the first day we couldn't find the compost container and were flummoxed by the modern shower upstairs. Almost immediately someone came around to help. We rented the cottage for a month and were so pleased with the weekly bed linen change and tidy up of the cottage. The young women who came were lovely and conscientious. That was a huge plus as we had a few couples and our grown children at the weekends. If I have one suggestion, it would be that the mattresses (at least in the bedroom with the TV) could use a topper. And the pillows were a bit flat. Easy fixes to make a fantastic cottage perfect. We do hope to rent Bull Cottage again.

    Thank you for providing us with such lovely feedback. We are so glad to hear that you and your guests enjoyed your stay at Bull Cottage. We are so glad that you found the Manor Cottages team so helpful and we have taken your suggestions for improvement into full consideration for future bookings. Thank you once again for providing us with your feedback, and we hope to welcome you back to Bull Cottage any time in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by GregoryJan 2022

  • "Beautiful, characterful cottage in a superb location."

    Welcome package on arrival was a lovely touch and was pleased that all kitchen essentials were provided too. Lots of little touches like plug in torches by the bed and on the landing for midnight trips to the loo. We managed to park 2 cars opposite the property and always managed to find space after days out visiting. I would recommend this property and would stay here again if we return to the Cotswolds.

    Reviewed by DonnaAug 2021

  • "Bull Cottage is exactly as described!"

    It’s completely charming and makes you feel like you have stepped back in time while still providing all required conveniences! The location is close to high street and the Angel pub next door is brilliant! We had a wonderful time and highly recommend Bull Cottage!

    It's wonderful to hear you had such a great time at Bull Cottage! Thank you for your feedback! Property Owner

    Reviewed by DanielleJul 2021

  • "Fantastic stay at Bull Cottage."

    Lovely accommodation with everything we needed and in a great location. Just 2 things to note - would be helpful to note that Bull Cottage is number 12 on Witney Street (I had to look at the listing photos to work out which number it was). Also a note on the listing regarding the parking situation would be very helpful.

    Reviewed by GeorginaJun 2021

  • "Charming Cottage very well located and right next door to lovely pub with large garden."

    Generally quiet even though 1 minute fro the high street. ‘Tricky’ door lock stopped being quirky early on and became plain irritating. Very uneven stone floors could make life difficult for anyone with mobility issues.

    Thank you for your feedback! We're glad you had the chance to make the most of the local amenities! We appreciate you bringing the issue of the door lock to our attention. This will be investigated by our maintenance team, promptly. We are very proud of the fact that Bull Cottage is the oldest house in Burford meaning it comes with it's own unique lumps and bumps! Apologies if this caused you any difficulty during your stay. We hope to welcome you back to Burford soon. Property Owner

    Reviewed by DawnJun 2021

  • "Excellent accommodation, as soon as we walked in the door it was fantastic."

    Warm and so welcoming. Full of character and decorated for Christmas. Could find no faults. Have stayed in a few cottages over Christmas, nothing compared to this. Had everything needed to cook Xmas lunch for four (would have been ok for 6 but due to Covid regs could only be one household). Would highly recommend booking this cottage. Good location, clean and welcoming.

    Thank you for taking the time to leave your comments of your Christmas stay at Bull Cottage. We are pleased you had everything you needed and would highly recommend the cottage! Property Owner

    Reviewed by RebeccaDec 2020

  • "Excellent accommodation ( larger than our own desres in fact ) All mod cons supplied."

    Immaculately clean. Who could expect better ? You might think about a couple of small items ai the front door, like the tricky key and the key holder. We will be happy to tell our friends.

    Thank you for your comments on Bull Cottage. We will look into the couple of items that you have raised. Manor Cottages Property Owner

    Reviewed by KeithAug 2020

  • "That it was an amazing g cottage."

    Next to the pub. Clean and spacious

    We are pleased to hear you thought Bull Cottage was amazing! Property Owner

    Reviewed by MarionMar 2020

  • "Amazing place and fantastic location."

    Thanks again!

    Reviewed by AndrewDec 2019

  • "We loved Bull cottage for all the above reasons."

    It was warm, nicely decorated and fitted out with all we needed. Also it was so convenient to all the amenities, pubs, shops etc and to top it all we had cold sunny days! The only thing that was missing was the "house rules" book but we managed without it! Hope you book it again next year.

    Reviewed by MaureenNov 2019

  • "This cottage is absolutely charming, it has retained the character of the building but has also been updated with modern facilities."

    All of the rooms are of a good size with plenty of space for 6 adults or a family. The location is excellent with everything on your doorstep. Those with a car can travel further afield to explore nearby areas. We can highly recommend Bull cottage and hope to return to discover more of this beautiful area. My only suggestion would be to have oven gloves and tea towels available for those people who are self catering. It may be that they were in the cottage but we couldn't find them!

    Many thanks for taking the time to leave your comments. Thank you for highly recommending Bull Cottage. We apologize that there was no oven gloves or tea towels for your stay. It was an oversight by Manor Cottages and we will ensure they are in place for future guests. Property Owner

    Reviewed by RoseyNov 2019

  • "Possibly the best cottage we have ever stayed in over our 25 years’ as a Sykes customer."

    A charming, comfortable, well-equipped and historic property in the heart of Burford.

    We are very pleased to hear you had such a lovely time in the beautiful Bull Cottage. Property Owner

    Reviewed by ColinOct 2019

  • "Only negative was there wasn’t any information on cooker/ microwave/ washer."

    . or they weren’t where they were supposed to be..

    Thank you for your feedback. All the information is in a file, we are sorry it was not where it was supposed to be. We will ensure it is out for all future guests. Property Owner

    Reviewed by CarolSep 2019

  • "Beautiful cottage with every amenity."

    Situation perfect, near to the centre of Burford but very quiet. Only quibble is that there is no real on street parking by the cottage but the free carpark is close.

    Reviewed by AngelaApr 2019

  • "Bull Cottage was perfect: clean, comfortable, close to everything, easily reached by public transport, and an architectural delight."

    I have stayed in more than 100 self-catered accommodations over the last 30 years and Bull Cottage is my favorite.

    Reviewed by KathleenMar 2019

  • "We had a fantastic week at this lovely cottage."

    Full of character and a joy to be able to live in for the week. Very close by to all that Burford has to offer and literally next door to the Pub. We will 100% be returning.

    Reviewed by SimonFeb 2019

  • "This house is very well equipped, well maintained, and very nicely furnished."

    The kitchen is well equipped. The bathrooms and bedrooms are generous and the beds are very comfortable. The location, 1/2 block from the High Street, makes it easy and quick to run to the Co-op for groceries. The fireplaces work well.

    Reviewed by CharityJan 2019

  • "We have stayed in hundreds of hotels and holiday rentals over the years in many countries and this has to be up there with the best!"

    Such an utterly charming cottage in a great location, wonderfully equipped, and comfy beds too. We could not fault it. The cottage was even decorated beautifully for Christmas which gave this Aussie family that most magical family Christmas that we won’t forget! The service and communication by Manor Cottages was also first rate!

    Dec 2018

  • "Bull Cottage was a great place to stay in Burford."

    The Cottage was very well presented and spacious. Because of the age of the cottage it had so much character that has been thoughtfully preserved. The location was perfect and within very close walking distance ro the main Street of Burford and all of the facilities provided there. There are 2 pubs close by, .both providing good quality meals and country ambience without any associated noise. We would highly recommend Bull Cottage for groups of up to 6 persons.

    Reviewed by GabrielleDec 2018

  • "The cottage was warm,cosy, and right next door to a lovely pub."

    just what a grown up quality time away wants.

    Nov 2018

  • "Cotswolds speak for themselves, and Burford is a lovely base from which to see the surrounding countryside."

    The Bull's Cottage is absolutely delightful

    Mrs Stephens

  • "Bull Cottage is absolutely charming -- it's genuinely old and full of character, with wonderful wood beams and medieval architectural features, complemented by discretely modern bathrooms and kitchen."

    Mr Winerock, July 2017.

    Winerock

  • "GREAT LOCATION, VERY HOMELY, BEAUTIFULLY DONE OUT, CLEAN & LUXOURIOUS"

    Scholfield

  • "A lovely cottage, very well appointed and comfortable."

    The log stove in the lounge was a pleasure. Wifi was appreciated.

    Mrs Flippance

  • "Love the atmosphere of the cottage."

    Cottage is clean and comfortable. Mr Reijpert, June 2017.

    Reijpert

  • "This was the first time that I booked a home with Manor Cottages."

    And it could not have been better! The house is amazing, super neat, beautiful and we receive all coordinate directions and how to enter the house. The location is perfect and we had a wonderful time in Burford! Lovely! It was a fabulous experience and I definitely recommend it to anyone!” \ Leticia, July 2016

    Leticia

  • "Bull Cottage was a fabulous experience."

    It was amazing to stay in a home that held so much history! It was beautiful, charming and clean. I appreciated the modern facilities alongside the ancient architecture. I would absolutely come again. \ The architecture and history was amazing. The home was charming and felt clean\ Thank ou , Tracey, July 2016

    Tracey

  • "Really lovely (not to mention historic) property in a wonderful setting."

    Mr Standage, April 2017.

    Standage

  • "“Great place to stay in Burford."

    Just off the main street with lots of shops to browse in. The cottage is full of character, well furnished with comfortable beds and everything you could need in the kitchen. We had a lovely relaxing stay. \ Amanda, Dec 2016

    Amanda

  • "We absolutely loved this cottage, a typically cotswold house, a listed house, very old but very comfortable, in the Centre of the picturesque town of Burford, with lots of pubs and shops, the house was very clean, we highly recommend this cottage!"

    Hellen, via airbnb, Nov 2016

    Hellen

  • "We absolutely LOVED the cottage."

    It was so perfectly located, comfortable, well equipped and charming.

    May

  • "Beautiful cottage in the perfect location"

    Ms Stokes

  • "We had a wonderful stay at Bull Cottage."

    The home was beautiful and immaculate, and we would definitely recommend it to anyone considering the Buford area. As a family with four children, it was great to find a 6-person accommodation with 4 twin beds and a king (instead of the 3 queens). Arriving late at night, it was a nice touch to be welcomed with cake and milk. \ The pros: 1. A 600+ year old building with all the character you could imagine along with all of the modern conveniences you would want. Interior doorways and nooks in walls have stone arches that one would normally see in a church (there are rumors that stonemasons who built the local church were housed in this cottage and practiced their craft on this house). 2. Plenty of places to congregate (large den with TV, living room, dining table, and breakfast table). 3. The furnishings are a nice mix of antique pieces and newly upholstered chairs and couches. 4. Kitchen has new appliances and is well stocked. 5. All three bedrooms were large with plenty of space to stretch out. 6. Two bathrooms, one with a shower and the other with a shower/tub. 7. While it's literally 30 seconds from Burford's high street, the cottage is very quite. We never heard any noise from the crowds on high street nor even from the pub next door. 8. The Co-op market is a one minute walk away, and it stays open until 11pm. 9. Plenty of lovely shops (antique, clothing, etc.) as well as restaurants within a few minutes walk. 10. Some nice Cotswolds walks through the countryside start right from the front door. The (only) con (which was minor and wouldn't cause us to hesitate staying at Bull Cottage again): - was the lack of parking right outside the cottage. The closest parking space is about 100 feet away; but it's more likely that you'll have to park 300 feet away on a side street. It wasn't an issue for us, but it's something to consider if you have mobility restrictions. There is no problem stopping at the door to unload and by later afternoon the street clears out so parking is easy...it's just daytime parking that's a bit tight. \ Victor, June 2016

    Victor

  • "We had a wonderful stay at Bull Cottage."

    Burford is such a picturesque Cotswold village and the cottage is just a quick walk from shopping and places to eat. It was a treat to stay in such a lovely home with so much history but with all the modern conveniences. We would absolutely book this cottage again on our next trip to the Cotswolds!\ Karen Taylor, September, 2016

    Karen Taylor

  • "Lovely cottage, central, ancient, quirky."

    Couldn't be improved!

    Chevis

  • "The cottage was quite lovely."

    It was very clean, everything was in working order and the kitchen was well equipped. It was very comfortable, warm and inviting. I particularly appreciated how the original character of the cottage was maintained in the renovation. Would highly recommend this Cottage. \ \

    Ms Quinlan

  • "A really lovely character cottage in the heart of Burford."

    We were there in December and it was cosy, great central heating and we loved being able to pop up the road to buy some logs and use the wood burning stoves. Handy for all the local shops and restaurants and many pubs and we did not find parking an issue on Whitney Street, there was always one available no matter time of day. We would recommend Bull Cottage, the owners have maintained it beautifully and it is well managed and well equipped.” \ Ali, Dec 2016

    Ali

  • "Wonderful cottage, great space and we really enjoyed our stay."

    Mr Moore, April 2017.

    Moore

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Summary

  • Three bedrooms: 1 x first floor master bedroom with kingsize double, 1 x double bed (or 2 x zip/link single beds), 1 x twin bed
  • Ground floor shower room with shower, WC and washbasin
  • First floor bathroom with bath, shower over, WC and washbasin
  • Kitchen
  • Living area with woodburning stove
  • Additional living/dining area.
  • Heating with woodburners
  • Electric hob, oven and grill, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, microwave
  • TV with YouView, WiFi, iPod dock, Hair Dryer
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent and 2 hair dryers
  • South facing courtyard garden to the rear with bench, table and chairs
  • Cot and highchair available
  • Roadside parking (no restrictions)
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and pub 0.1 miles
  • Note: This property requires a refundable Good House Keeping Bond prior to arrival.

The property

Dating from 1390, Bull Cottage is one of the oldest cottages in Burford.

This charming and unique Grade II* listed property is a local icon featuring in the Pevsner Architectural Guide for historical buildings in England.

A fine example of the era, it retains many of the...

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £200.

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About the location

Burford

Burford is possibly one of, if not THE most famous of the Cotswolds' locations. With its medieval bridge, old stone houses and attractive Tudor and Georgian frontages, Burford is justifiably one of the most picturesque towns in England. Often referred to as the 'Gateway to the Cotswolds', the town was originally a fortified Anglo-Saxon ford which later grew to be an important regional crossroads and wealthy wool town. Located mid way between Oxford and Cheltenham (25 mins each away) it is a little haven of history and beauty that many come to fall in love with when they visit.

The 16th century Tolsey building, once the meeting place for medieval merchants, now houses The Tolsey Museum, a delightful local museum illustrating the town's social and industrial past. The church is stunning, a real gem architecturally with many interesting memorials charting some of Burford's great families. There is also the signature, on the baptisimal font, of Antony Sedley, one of the Levellers besieged in the church in 1649 - three of the ringleaders were executed by Oliver Cromwell's men in the churchyard. History awaits!

With little changing over the centuries, Burford is now very popular with visitors, both for its beauty and history but also for its shopping and antiques, and for the wide variety of places to eat, with restaurants, pubs and teashops. It is an ideal base for visiting The Cotswolds area as it is within easy driving distance of popular attractions such as Blenheim Palace, Sudley Castle, Warwick Castle and several National Trust Houses and Gardens. Bourton on the Water, Bibury, Cirencester and Stow on the Wold are all with 25 minutes from the property.

Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas