My daughter and I were finishing a 10 day trip in England with a few nights in Oxford and booked Burlington House after reading a write up in the NY Times. It is rated as 5 star by the AA (England's AAA) so we expected quite a luxurious accommodation.
As other's have written, the location is in Summerfield, convenient and a short walk to some nice restaurants and a short bus ride from Oxford, though we chose to walk into and out of town one day and it was maybe 30 minutes of exercise each way. If you'd rather a bus, they seem to come every 10-15 minutes so leaving your car in the Burlington off street parking is really the way to go.
We got to the B&B to check in later than I had hoped to (got lost) and Nes greeted us with a rapid fire download of how the place operates, where to go, what to see, where to eat and headed out to the gym. Our room, #7, was a good size with two twin beds facing the street. There were large windows and despite the triple glazing (three panes) we could still hear a good bit of noise from Banbury Road where the B&B is situated.
As others have said, the rooms are tastefully appointed, beds very comfortable and ours was quite bright with the shades pulled. However, it was hard for me to ascertain why this place was rated with 5 stars and others we had stayed at were 4 stars. As this is a townhouse, understand you will be bringing your bags up and down stairs so don't pack too heavily!
We tried one of Nes's recommendations for dinner that night and he knows what he's talking about...if you have any questions about where to go or what to do, ask...he can help you.
The next morning we discovered the reason for that 5th star...breakfast. Fresh squeezed orange juice, homemade bread, free range eggs...bacon actually cooked properly and to order! Want cereal? They make their own granola...yummy and their own yougart...heavenly. We ate everything! This was the only B&B we stayed at where we were offered a menu in the morning and offered a choice of something cooked for us...we tried the full English breakfast one morning and omelets the next. Everything they source is organic...local produce if they can get it. We left every morning with a big smile on our faces (and no need to eat until dinner)!
As we spent a couple of days here we found Nes to be one of those high energy, always on the way to do something sort of people, but once you corralled him, he was happy to help with plans and directions.
We enjoyed our stay and maybe next time will try a different room for a change of pace.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Recently refurbished boutique B&B nestled in the heart of Summertown, just north of Oxford's dreamy Spires. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Burlington Hotel Oxford