The Pear Tree at Purton

In large grounds with 'pleasant' walks, a vineyard and a wild-flower meadow, this 16th-century former vicarage on the outskirts of a Saxon village has long been run as a small hotel by Francis and Anne Young. 'Good food and good care' were enjoyed by a visitor this year. The Youngs supervised the conversion of the sandstone building, adding more bedrooms in an extension. The original building has a panelled library with a stone fireplace and a door opening on to the garden. In the formal dining room, spread over two conservatories, the chef, Alan Postill, serves modern dishes like roulade of cured and wok-smoked salmon, beetroot and horseradish cream; griddled Scottish beef medallions, chargrilled shallots, Puy lentils. White wine from the vines in the garden, Cuvée Alix (named after their daughter), is available. The traditionally decorated bedrooms are well equipped; some have a balcony or terrace; many have a spa bath. There is honey from the hosts' hives and preserves from the village for the award-winning breakfast which highlights local products. The Youngs, who have an 'infectious enthusiasm' for their house and garden, are proud to be 'consciously green'. The Pear Tree at Purton is a member of Pride of Britain Hotels. (MB, and others)

  • A very well run, well-maintained hotel. A charming building, with excellent service, good food, and no muzak. The conseervatory restaurant is peaceful, thanks to thick carpets, but it got a bit hot at breakfast during the heatwave. Not only do the Youngs run an excellent hotel, they also produce their own honey, and their own wine from vines on the large meadow at the rear of this former vicarage.

    Caroline Ellis, 07/08/2013

  • Like one of your previous contributors, we took over the hotel for our golden wedding celebration. Francis and Anne managed the event impeccably, the staff were attentive and the food excellent. Although they were catering for 30 guests at one sitting, the kitchen served fresh food (from a limited choice menu) with speed and efficiency.

    Michael Baker, 18/08/2011

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Contact Details

The Pear Tree at Purton

Church End, Purton, nr Swindon PURTON Wiltshire England SN5 4ED


01793 772100

Discount Vouchers

This hotel accepts discount vouchers which entitle readers to a 10% discount off their normal B&B rate for a single night's stay

Further Information


17, some on ground floor.


all year except 26 Dec.


ramps, lounge/bar, library, restaurant, free Wi-Fi, function/conference facilities, civil wedding licence, 71/2-acre grounds (vineyard, croquet, pond, jogging route).

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all ages welcomed.


not unattended in bedrooms.

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all major cards.


per room B&B double £125-£200, D,B&B from £196. Set dinner £35.50, à la carte £35.50.

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