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On since 2021

Last update: January 2024

The Bay Tree Hotel is a wedding venue in Burford, Oxfordshire, England. Situated on the River Windrush, in the picturesque Cotswold Hills, the small medieval town of Burford is your gateway to the wedding of your dreams. Here, within the cosy, tranquil grounds of this charming 16th-century hotel, old-world sophistication and modern style come together to create something truly special. You and your guests are invited to imbibe the majestic serenity and fragrant atmosphere of this quintessentially English wonderland. The Bay Tree Hotel team is looking forward to meeting you; they can’t wait to show you around this picture-perfect paradise.

Facilities and Capacity

The Bay Tree Hotel is available for exclusive use, and it is licensed for civil ceremonies. The romantic Hawthorne Room is an ideal spot for an intimate wedding ceremony. It can hold up to 12 guests, and it features a delightful log fireplace. At the back of the property is the light, airy Conservatory. This multipurpose space has a flagstone floor and offers stunning views of the garden. It is a beautiful setting for a ceremony of up to 55 people. The Restaurant is the hotel’s largest indoor event and wedding area. It can seat up to 85 people, and its large windowed doors lead out onto the terrace. Beyond the Restaurant, you will also find the galleried staircase. This is the oldest part of the hotel; its quiet grandeur makes it the delight of couples and photographers alike. Outside, nestled amidst beautifully-manicured beds of flowers, is the lovely Summer House, perfect for outdoor ceremonies of up to 85 guests. The hotel also has 21 individually-decorated guest bedrooms so you and your guests can relax in comfort and style at the end of the evening.

Services Offered

The Bay Tree Hotel has everything you need to create a truly unforgettable wedding experience. The hotel’s talented in-house catering team offers a range of delicious menu options, sure to make your taste buds sing. The Bay Tree Hotel’s experienced wedding coordinator will also be on hand to ensure that everything is in place and ready for your big day.

Frequently asked questions

Venue type:

In the country
Small hotel
Pub or restaurant
Outdoor license

Ceremony options:

Civil ceremony licence

Dining options:

Seated meal facilities
Alcohol licence
Buffet meal facilities
In-house catering

Evening entertainment:

Dance floor
Entertainment licence
Evening reception facilities
Outdoor fireworks permitted

Overnight accommodation:

Overnight accommodation for wedding couple
Overnight accommodation for guests

Venue staff assistance:

Wedding coordinator

Venue leisure facilities:


Other features:

Exclusive use
Car parking
Confetti permitted
Changing room for wedding guests
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Reviews for The Bay Tree Hotel

4.9 out of 5 rating
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4.9 out of 5 rating
62 reviews
98% recommend it
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Sophia R. Sent on 26/05/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Thank you for making our day amazing

Our wedding at the Bay Tree was completely faultless and just as we hoped it to be, and more! The whole team could not do enough to make sure it went smoothly and nothing was too much trouble, even last minute changes! We feel the team went above and beyond to ensure our day was incredible and would highly recommend them to anyone for their wedding day! Such a beautiful setting!
Sian M. Sent on 28/11/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Simply Fantastic

We will be forever to everyone at the Baytree for making our big day so fabulous. Laura and the team are second to none - nothing was too much and the whole process was seamless from beginning to end! We and our guests had an awesome day - wish we could do it all over again! Thank you so much! 🤩
Eleanor T. Sent on 06/10/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Perfect in every way!

Thanks so much for helping us to organise the perfect day! We really enjoyed ourselves and all the staff at The Bay Tree were so lovely and helpful.

Laura helped us plan and organise our wedding. She was incredible on the day with the organisation and we were able to relax and enjoy our celebration!
Julie B. Sent on 29/03/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Absolutely beautiful

From start to finish I didn’t have to worry about anything.. my wedding coordinator Abby and her team based in the Baytree Hotel were all absolutely amazing.. I felt no pressure as they took everything into their hands so that I could just enjoy the day.
The buffet Food was amazing and the staff were on hand at all times . They were completely supportive and accommodating to all of our guests.
I can’t express how absolutely thrilled and grateful I am to the Baytree Hotel for a having the most wonderful wedding experience.
I Would definitely recommend visiting and seeing for yourself this incredible cotswolds oldie worldly hotel and village.
It’s an idilic setting for a wedding

Victoria T. Sent on 28/01/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Best Day Ever

Our wedding at the Bay Tree Hotel was amazing. Having the whole hotel to ourselves made it really personal. The staff were amazing both in helping with the planning and over the weekend of the wedding. Natasha the wedding planner was always on hand and was professional and friendly. From the ladies who performed the ceremony, to the food, the disco and all the staff in the hotel everything about our day was perfect. All of our friends said it was the best wedding they had ever been to and we would do anything to experience it all over again!
Michele L. Sent on 27/05/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Wedding Celebration

We had the most perfect wedding celebration at The Bay Tree. Nothing was too much trouble and the whole team were so welcoming, warm and considerate.

It is such a beautiful intimate venue room the gardens to Bedroom and rooms to host a wedding. It was perfect for us.

A special thanks to Laura who coordinated our wedding from the ceremony to the celebration meal. We truly couldn’t have asked for a more professional, warm, friendly person who made our day so special. We had every confidence in Laura right from the start. She understood exactly what we wanted to make our day so memorable and thought of every detail. Laura is a very special person.

Thank you to everyone at The Bay Tree.
Ellie S. Sent on 26/03/2024
5 out of 5 rating

The perfect venue for an intimate wedding!

We hosted our wedding at The Bay Tree Hotel in February - we had exclusive use and had 40 guests. Everything related to the venue was just fantastic - the spaces are just gorgeous and it was exactly what we wanted a weekend where all our guests could stay and we could celebrate. The venue is well priced for the area and the payment process is smooth giving you plenty of time to space out payments. Laura was absolutely amazing in the run up and made sure she knew all the details we wanted. The run up and the day ran so smoothly thanks to her and the Bay Tree team - all of who were so wonderful and kind on our wedding day and any time we encountered them beforehand. The food, the drinks, everything was fantastic and as we have seen guests over the past 6 weeks everyone has been glowing about the Bay Tree - from the venue, the food, the staff - we all loved it and it will always be a very special place to us. Thank you Laura and the whole Bay Tree team!
Clare Sent on 11/02/2024
5 out of 5 rating

The best wedding day

We got married at the Bay Tree in August and had the best wedding day I could have imagined! Laura and the team were so attentive, helpful and organised - everything ran like clockwork and they really went above and beyond in every respect. We got compliments from everyone about the lovely, relaxed venue, the delicious food, the friendly staff and the picturesque setting in beautiful Burford. It was also really special that many of our guests could stay overnight at the hotel, which in itself is a lovely place to stay, with comfortable beds, hot showers with Bramley toiletries and a perfect full English in the morning. We are so grateful to the team and would recommend the venue to anyone!
Alice Sent on 25/01/2024
4.4 out of 5 rating

A perfect Cotswolds wedding

The Bay Tree helped bring my vision to life - a black tie formal wedding, with a relaxed and festive backdrop. The food was fantastic (something I was very keen to get right) but I’d say the tasting was essential in helping to get that right as we were able to provide feedback and tweaks to the menu. Laura who heads up the wedding planning is particularly brilliant and Becky who managed the venue on the day was an absolute joy. We also loved having all of our friends stay for the night as we booked out the whole venue - I’d 100% recommend this, it makes it extra special.
Robert R. Sent on 13/11/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Beautiful venue for our ideal cosy Cotswold wedding

We are so unbelievably happy with the wedding we had at the Bay Tree Hotel this October 2023. We had 70 guests in the day which increased to about 90 in the evening and the venue was absolutely perfect for our day. The cosy pub vibes alongside the classy Cotswold interior made for a beautiful day and some stunning photos. The food and service was incredible - ordinarily you'd expect the quality of catering to fall for big events like this, but the canapes were delicious and the main meal had guests talking for days about how good the food was.

The exclusive hire of the venue was ideal. The 21 rooms included in the price were stunning with some guests having already told us they'll be visiting again separately because of the stay they had.

Laura and the whole team at the Bay Tree were incredible to work with from the moment we booked all the way through until after the wedding. They were incredibly responsive and so very accommodating of not only us as the Bride and Groom but also everyone who was present on our day.

We could not recommend the venue more highly if we tried!

Stuart L. Sent on 04/11/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Halloween Wedding at the Beautiful Bay Tree Hotel in Burford

I recently got married at the Bay Tree Hotel on Halloween and had a fantastic time. The ceremony took place in the beautiful summer house, with the dinner afterwards in the lovely conservatory room. The staff were extremely good and the wedding went very smoothly. The Bay Tree hotel is really comfortable, with great food and excellent service. As a wedding venue, and with Laura doing a superb job as the wedding coordinator, I couldn't recommend it more highly. Thank you to all the staff at the Bay Tree for making our wedding and stay so memorable.
Natalia Sent on 11/10/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Incredible day.

Whilst the venue was beautiful and the weather was lovely, it really was the team that made it stand out! The care for our guests and the quality of food and service was outstanding. We have had the most incredible day and could not fault anything!
Abby C. Sent on 22/09/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Wonderful venue for a wedding!

The perfect venue for a wedding. The building has so much character, and is the perfect size (has 20 something rooms) to allow most of your guests to stay on site. Downstairs it has cosy rooms like the library for smaller groups to chat, but also 2 big rooms for dancing and dining. We had an outdoor ceremony and the walled garden is perfect for the kids to run around and to take some lovely photographs. The Bay Tree team matches the wonderful venue, they were so friendly, attentive and accommodating throughout. We felt they made a big effort to make what we wanted happen and to help us personalise our day. They were really communicative and responsive on the run up to the wedding and fab on the day. The food and wine was also really top quality. We couldn't have asked for more, and would really recommend anyone to have their wedding at the Bay Tree - a really special place.
Katie G. Sent on 10/09/2023
4.2 out of 5 rating

Fabulous setting for small country hotel wedding

We fell in love with The Bay Tree hotel on our first visit and on our wedding day all of our guests could see why. The setting ia fabulous and being able to have exclusive use of the hotel and garden meant that we could make our wedding intimate and relaxed. All of the staff are friendly and professional and the food and drink exceptional.
Just two things to note. Firstly, the staff seem to change frequently with little communication - our original wedding planner left with 3 days notice and her replacement only told us she would be on holiday for our wedding day 2 days before. Secondly the bar prices are very high.
Nadia S. Sent on 30/08/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Laura and the team were amazing, after a somewhat rocky start

After 2 different Wedding Co-Ordinators and Hotel Manager later, we were getting worried, however Laura and the team were incredible! I wish we could do it all over again! The food was sensational, the drinks were very generous and all our guests commented on how amazing the staff were, nothing was too much trouble. My only negative point was that, when we had booked, albeit with a entirely different wedding coordinator, we were told our evening reception would end at 12am, only to find out 3 months before the wedding that the music could only be played till 10pm. Any changes like this I think best communicated ASAP, especially when guests who are travelling from 2 hours away and DJs etc have already been invited/paid for. At this point we could not make any changes and it was too late, but the day and evening were still magical. I do think if the Bay Tree stop evening receptions altogether they will miss out on a lot of business and revenue. Fingers crossed they don’t! I would still highly recommend The Bay Tree.
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