Burford, Belle of the Ball

burford10-twitterRecently, I was lucky enough to visit the beautiful Cotswolds and, for me, Burford was by far the “Belle of the Ball.”

Dating back to the historical Saxon period, Burford always boasts some form of a settlement aside the River Windrush. Lined with beautiful, old buildings, the town is as picturesque as a postcard.

hatbookAs I parked my car in the local Car Park near the town’s church and beside the river, I couldn’t help but realize that even the parking lot pleased the eye.  As I walked down to the town centre, I was even followed by a group of ducks – could this be any more romantic and perfect? I welcomed the company.

Now, if you think Burford is a sleepy, little village, you have it all wrong… it’s location on the main road makes for a bustling visit, the town is complete with wonderful shops, old mixed with new, delicious restaurants, antique stores, many historical landmarks, and other attractions.

I lunched at a wonderful dining pub in the centre of town, The Angel at Burford, and what a wonderful feast this was. Then , being an avid reader, the local book store piqued my interest especially, so this is where I started my day of shopping. Afterwards several antiques shops, a vintage clothes store, a market, a children’s shop, lovely Joules and pretty much every single shop on both sides of the High Street followed.

After a long day of books and shopping, I stopped for cream tea at the famous Huffkins, a cute tea shop and restaurant.  I recommend this also, so lovely!

highway-innWith my belly full of lunch, scones and tea, I headed towards Burford Church which was a delight for my eyes!  It is beautiful; and taking a walk through the surrounding gardens was peaceful. Free admission to step inside this beauty of a landmark, it was well worth it. Founded in 1175, Burford Church was funded by wool suppliers made rich my Cotswold Wool.  Inside, the interior is laced with intricate artwork and carvings, and I stopped to take in the famous Turret Clock – ticking since 1685!

My visit was pleasant, beautiful, and full of history and wonder.

Sonja Blakeley, Yorkshire.