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Atticus | Luxury Self-Catering Holiday Home | Burford, Cotswolds

Atticus

Burford, Oxfordshire, Cotswolds, UK

Treacle-toned Cotswold stone, iron gates and heavy antique double doors hint at this Grade-II listed home’s colourful past. Once a courthouse and later a jail, Atticus can be found jostling amongst a row of period buildings dating back to Tudor times at the upper end of Burford's bonnie High Street. Now magnificently restored in all its glory, luxury self-catering holidays in the Cotswolds don't get much more golden than this.

Introduction

Locked in a neat chain of attractive honey-hued cottages in pride of place at the end of Burford's iconic High Street, Atticus is a sanctuary for groups of families and friends wanting a mix of of buzzing village life and sublime privacy. Steeped in style and bursting with original features, including the tremendous old court room, guests are promised a luxury Cotswolds escape. Look forward to leisurely strolls through Burford and and see how the antique boutiques, quaint tearooms and historic townhouses peddle oodles of nostalgia throughout the ancient wool town.

Inside

Four timelessly designed bedrooms all boast views over the terraced garden, each exquisitely finished to ensure every member of the party has somewhere luxurious to lay their head. The en suite king-size bedroom with bath and separate shower can be found on the ground floor, whilst the first floor is home to the second king-size bedroom with en suite shower. At the top of the house, the third king-size bedroom and the super king-size zip-and-link bedroom together share a stylish monochrome shower room.

Outside

Step through Atticus' stained glass back door to discover the private terraced garden, where a babbling water feature creates a soothing alfresco oasis during summertime antics. Sink into the rattan chairs and lose yourself to your new favourite book or sip on Cotswolds Brew cider (brewed in nearby Bourton-on-the-Water) and enjoy a feast of local delicacies. When the sun dips below the skyline of wobbly Cotswolds cottage rooftops, gather the party to share anecdotes around the glow of the fire pit.

The Facts

  • SleepsUp to 8 guests
    From £2,500 per week, £2,095 per short break
  • Bedrooms and bathroomsThe ground, first and second floor each have a double bedroom with a king-size bed, with one zip-and-link bedroom (which can be set up as either a twin or a super-king double) found on the second floor. The ground floor has one separate WC and one en suite bathroom with separate shower, the second floor has one en suite bathroom (with bath and separate shower) to the double bedroom, and a separate shower room.
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  • FeaturesBaby Grand Piano and fire pit
  • PetsTwo well-behaved dogs are welcome
    Each pet is charged at £60 per week or part thereof
  • Arrivals and departuresArrival Day: Monday or FridayArrival Time: 4pmDeparture Time: 10am
  • FamilyBabes-in-arms and children are very welcome. One travel cot and one highchair are available
  • PracticalitiesThere is free, unreserved parking available in several places nearby, after guests have unloaded luggage at the house. Atticus is well-equipped with a Range oven, dishwasher, microwave, fridge-freezer, washing machine, dryer and Nespresso coffee machine.
  • Homestay includesSmart TV, Sky, Netflix, Sonos speaker, iPad, WiFi internet, linen, towels, logs and kindling to get you startedHouse book - your property and destination guideDiscover more little luxuries
  • RestrictionsParties considered on prior permission from the owner
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Burford

Often called the ´gateway to the Cotswolds’, this yellow-stone town is all Oxfordshire charm; from its tiny antique shops to the scenic surrounds.

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Getting there

  • On the Map Atticus is set in the Cotswold village of Burford in Oxfordshire
  • By Car Approximately one hour and 30 minutes from London.
  • By Train The nearest train station is Charlbury which is nine miles away, with direct links to London Paddington.
  • By Air Both Birmingham and Heathrow airport are just over an hour's drive away.

From the owner

“We were delighted when we found the house and just love spending time with our daughters and grandchildren here. The house is light, free-flowing and, whilst Grade-II listed, has a modern twist hidden behind the traditional Cotswolds stone façade.”

From the owner

Atticus was designed by William Wilkinson, a prominent Oxfordshire architect famed for the Randolph Hotel in Oxford. After beginning life as a police station and county courthouse, it served as a magistrates court until the 1970s then later an office space. Today our beautiful Grade-II listed home includes a luxurious drawing room (the old court room) of some 30ft long with three picture windows overlooking The Hill. The former Judges Chambers is now the TV/games room.

The interior design is inspired by the tradition of English country house elegance and lifestyle. We worked with London -based interior designer Michael Collins to create rooms that have been gracefully and eloquently designed with striking simplicity but showing attention to lighting, furnishings, fabrics and personal comfort.

Beyond Atticus, the Cotswolds is without doubt one of the most beautiful areas in the UK. It's the largest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in England and Wales and is renowned for the warmth and charm of its stone buildings, gentle rolling grasslands and woods. We enjoy discovering new villages - many of which have hardly changed since the medieval wool trade in the 15th and 16th centuries!

The Jenkins Family

Owner recommendations

Live like a local, discovering the best hidden gem restaurants, walks and attractions during your holiday in Burford with an insider’s perspective.

Bibury
To See

Bibury

This picture-perfect hamlet is a 15 minute drive from Burford, known for its honey-coloured 17th century stone cottages with steeply pitched roofs and is often, understandably, used as a backdrop in Hollywood films.

Blenheim Palace
To Do

Blenheim Palace

A masterpiece of Baroque architecture, Blenheim Palace (the birth place of Winston Churchill) provides an awe-inspiring experience for visitors. Various charming events are held every year, from car rallies to flower shows to food festivals.

The Bay Tree, Sheep Street
To Eat

The Bay Tree, Sheep Street

Next to the Lamb Inn, which is owned by the same company, The Bay Tree offers an inviting bar area with open fires and a smart, roomy restaurant overlooking the garden - a great option for a post-walk snack or rainy afternoon tea.

Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens
To Do

Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens

One of the largest zoological collections and most exciting gardens in the area, the park are well-known for their endangered spices breeding programmes, where recently a Giant Anteater baby (Nelson) made his debut!

Guest Testimonials

Your home is such a joy and we celebrated an American thanksgiving in your dining room. The house is simply delightful!

This is a truly wonderful house that was a joy to spend the weekend in. Fabulous furnishings and style, we don´t want to leave!

Atticus is everything and more than we expected. Such an amazing house full of character and that special homely feel, which was so appropriate for the celebration of our sons 30th Birthday.

Atticus is a mixture of history and modernity, everything in it is perfect. The interior design, the cleanliness, the attention to detail, everything made us feel at home. We didn´t want to leave! We have stayed with Unique Homestays before and it´s honestly always the best service we receive compared to other agents worldwide. You should expand your services across the globe, the Unique Homestays team and the housekeepers are very helpful. You are the best! Thank you again for everything.

This is the second time we have booked with Unique Homestays and have been very happy both times. We will definitely book again the next time we return to the UK. Atticus is an absolutely beautiful house and the host was very welcoming when we arrived. She was able to give us lots of great tips and advice about the local area, as well as making sure our stay would be a comfortable and relaxing one! Thank you so much for great service from start to finish! See you again soon!

We had the most enjoyable stay at Atticus despite the rain! We were able to lounge around the house without getting in each other´s way and the only regret was that we didn´t get to spend any time in the garden due to the weather. The vision of sitting out there in the sunshine with an Aperol Spritz disappeared into the clouds! A highlight of the week was the wonderful dinner provided by Paul Bernard, an outstanding experience! This is our second booking with Unique Homestays and as with the previous stay, everything was simply spot on.

What a perfect place to spend my 65th birthday, it has been amazing from start to finish. Your house is superb and I wish it was ours! This has been our first weekend away with our new grandchildren and we have just had the most enjoyable time. We also used Paul from Tailor Made Top Nosh on my birthday - we have used him before, and we would highly recommend. Thank you once again, we will be back.

What a wonderful home in a gorgeous village, a beautifully finished house, and so warm and welcoming. This home is a credit to its owners and they really have thought of everything. We have had a really lovely time and will be back in the near future. A fantastic host also, thank you so much.

This house is so much fun! There is no better way to begin the day than by walking into the distinguished, old courtroom with the sun beaming in through the windows and a cup of coffee in hand. Each room has its own personality and simple attraction, inviting a question or two about its past and stories. The hill itself leads to more fun, strolling through the streets of Burford. It is a bit of a trip into a fable of yesteryear. Thank you!

Atticus is a stunning property. We loved the bathroom tiles and the gorgeous windows. Such a brilliant location; so close to the town but quiet. It is an amazing house and so beautifully decorated. Thank you.

The host was incredible and helped so very much, she was so kind! We had an amazing stay and spent most of our time in the 2nd floor living area when we were at the house. We thoroughly enjoyed the entire home though, and we had many games of scrabble by the fires in the dining and living areas. Thank you for a wonderful visit.

We loved this wonderful home in this pretty village! With roaring fires and glasses full, we celebrated a family Christmas. Three generations of the family cosily nestled here for everyone´s delight; from New Zealand, USA, Ireland and England. We enjoyed roasted meats from the local butchers, a full board of cheeses from the local dairy and granny playing the piano! We all had a wonderful time. Atticus was so wonderfully warm, light and comfortable. Thank you to the host; we´re grateful for your hospitality and your delicious welcome basket!

Atticus is a lovely property and sits proudly at the top of Burford Hill. The house is brimming with character and has been furnished and cared for beautifully. We arrived to a crackling fire, a fantastic welcome pack with chilled Bubbly, it doesn´t get much better than that! We will be back.

What a wonderful house! Every room is decorated with such attention to detail. As a family of nine with three children, we felt at home and really enjoyed our stay. Atticus was always lovely and warm with plenty of logs for the fire. The village is beautiful and so friendly. The host, who greeted us on arrival was so helpful and friendly, she really spent time making us feel at home. We will be telling all our friends about this wonderful house. We would love to come back one day.

As soon as we walked through the front door we knew we had chosen well. As we were shown around by the host, the house kept surprising us at every corner. The courtroom is a real "wow" feature. Lovely furniture, furnishings and divine beds. We slept very well and had a great time.

Wow wow, wow! Such a a beautiful home, we loved it. The interiors were so fabulous but also so relaxing and an oasis in such a vibrant village. It was an honour to stay in such a historical building and imagine the conversations that have occurred here. I can not recommend this house enough and can´t wait to come back!

As South Africans, Atticus has been such a spoil. We have really enjoyed the welcome basket and the housekeeper has been extremely helpful. We are now leaving refreshed, recharged and full of appreciation. Thank you for making our time in Burford so special, we are very grateful!

What a sublime place to come to for a weekend break. The tranquillity and peace of the surroundings were only bettered by the beautifully finished decor of the house. It was a real treat to come and stay somewhere with such fantastic and tasteful facilities, and with such excellent historical significance. I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending this gorgeous residence to all who are lucky enough to have the pleasure of staying.

Love, love, love the house. So beautifully decorated but comfortable. The large courtroom is a huge WOW factor. We had a private chef one night which was amazing. We don´t want to go home!

Wow, what an amazing house! We fell in love with the stained glass window and the snug is an excellent addition for the kids, whilst we enjoyed the beautiful courtroom. So close to the town centre, with brilliant little shops and pubs. We can´t wait for another visit!

Thank you so much for an absolutely incredible weekend away. What an amazing country escape. The house is immaculate and we felt immediately at home. The outside space is perfect to have an evening glass of wine and catches the sun in the morning for breakfast outside. Being so close to the village was very convenient yet so quiet! We will definitely be visiting again.

What an amazing house! The bedrooms were especially lovely and very comfortable. Hearing the church bells whilst having breakfast outside was perfect. I would definitely recommend this property and we will be back.

A wonderful house to celebrate my birthday with my family. Each room is very special, the decor is stunning and the lounge is amazing; I just wish I could play the piano! Thank you from all of us, including Tilly the dog.

I liked all the yummy treats that I sneakily took when my parents weren´t looking. I especially liked our room because it had a unicorn picture on the wall and I love unicorns so I found it quite cute. We can´t wait to come back again.

We came to Atticus to celebrate my husband´s 80th birthday. Burford and Atticus have been perfect. We loved the the wow factor. We had an extremely happy weekend of snow, extreme cold and extreme comfort. Thank you for your attention to detail, and your welcome. We will certainly recommend you.

Rarely have we stayed in a holiday rental that quite simply has it all. A fabulous house, gorgeous interiors and the perfect location. I am renovating a new house soon, and will be stealing lots of ideas from here. Thank you for a fantastic week.

We had a fantastic stay at such a beautiful property. The house is simply stunning and we can´t wait to book again to come back. We loved Burford too, such a lovely village and so dog-friendly.

Thank you. From the moment we stepped into this historic house we were captivated by its warm and welcoming ambience. The impressive attention to detail ensures a very comfortable stay. In addition to the pleasure of being in such a beautifully appointed home, the children had a wonderful time exploring the myriad of rooms and nooks and crannies! We would love to come back.

Well, what can we say about Atticus except wow! The house is stunning and so welcoming. We immediately felt the house´s warmth enveloping us. The owners have fitted it out to the highest standards throughout with the best of everything available for our use. We will certainly come back and would unreservedly recommend it to everyone.

Wow! What a fantastic place. From the moment we walked in to Atticus, it felt so homely, warm and totally inviting. The decor has been so beautifully put together, the whole house is amazing. The photos really do not do it justice. We have been on lovely countryside walks, visiting numerous pubs and restaurants. The views are to die for - we can´t wait to return.

A remarkable transformation of the highest standard, suitable for all weathers. It is spacious and delightfully decorated and equipped. Burford is a very interesting town, with many excellent shops and restaurants. Atticus is a joy to return to after a day exploring the area. Congratulations to the owners for providing such a first class base in the Cotswolds.

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