The hotel, it dates back as far as 1254, when it started life as an inn and was called the Fox and Hounds.
The date of the first structure of the current building has never been established, but we know that in 1672 reference is made to a tenement called Cockcrofte which had a barn, orchards and property of about three acres. It is thought that the first house was built between 1629 and 1672. In 1792 James Charman owned the property and he was the landlord when Admiral Nelson visited. The Lady Hamilton Room at our hotel commemorates the historic visit in 1801 by Lord Nelson and Lady Hamilton.
The inn also provided a venue for poets such as Keats, who wrote his famous poem ‘Endymion’ here on November 28th 1817. It was also here where the most colorful writer Robert Louis Stevenson wrote some of ‘The Arabian Nights’ and started an important friendship with the writer Meredith. He wrote “I have lived both at the Hawes and Burford in a perpetual flutter”. He was captivated by the romance of the site.
In 1905 The Burford Bridge was bought by the Surrey Public House Trust, which merged with Trusthouses in 1948. It was then owned by Trusthouses, now Trusthouse Forte Ltd and has been carefully expanded and improved over the years. In 1934 the Tithe Barn was relocated from a nearby village and rebuilt adjacent to the original property. Its original beams are said to have been part of the Spanish Armada. It is now a well-known venue for both weddings and conferences