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Burford in Oxfordshire is ain idyllic place

The US business magazine Forbes rated Burford as one of the most idyllic places to live in Europe

The US business magazine Forbes rated Burford as one of the most idyllic places to live in Europe. This was a massive sensation because of the great places that Burford beat to reach this prestigious accolade. In the list, Burford is surrounded by Budapest, Rome, Deja, and Saint-Rémy-de-Provence in France (once home of the great Vincent van Gogh). It was unprecedented for such a small English town to have such superb worldwide exposure.

This accolade is not undeserving, as Burford really is one of the most beautiful Cotswold towns. The area showcases some classic Cotswold architecture as well as some fine locations in which to eat and drink. Local restaurant The Angel is one of the favourites, and attracts many residents and tourists with a fine menu and the offering of locally produced ales and beers.

Since the article, The Angel have noticed an increasing amount of visitors, especially from the USA. But this has not spoilt the serenity of the town, and it still continues to be the relaxing location that attracted attention in the first place.

Their blog sums up the nature of Burford perfectly; "You will understand why it is regarded as The Gateway to the Cotswolds. Majestically set amidst gentle, rolling hills, Buford is an ideal place to hike, walk, cycle, jog or ride. The ancient parkhorse bridge is still in use. The town’s main street sweeps down to River Windrush. People have occupied this area for more than 6,000 years. The scenery is in a word, breathtaking."

The idyllic nature of Burford has not been hampered by the attention drawn to it by Forbes and other publications, and it continues to be a town of great peace and serenity. It is still considered as one of the must-visit towns in the Cotswold area, and will continue to have this amazing reputation for a very long time.

For more information about the Burford area and the to see the menu at The Angel, visit their website at:


by S. C.
02 september 2013, Food & Fun > Travel