The Pear Tree at Purton

César award in 2015

‘The room, the service and the food were all excellent,’ says a visitor returning in 2015 to this small hotel on the outskirts of a Saxon village. It is run by a mother and daughter, Anne and Alix Young, assisted by Alix’s husband Tim. The ‘charming’ building, a 16th-century former vicarage, has been sympathetically extended. Adam Conduit has been promoted to head chef in the conservatory restaurant. He cooks modern British dishes like crab tian, chilli and avocado; corn-fed chicken breast, wild mushroom, Bath soft cheese, port and redcurrant sauce. ‘The carpeted floor and lack of background music create a peaceful feel,’ said a Guide inspector. The bedrooms are ‘spacious and comfortable’, with good amenities (‘it was well equipped and not at all designerish’). In good weather, tea and drinks can be taken in the garden with its ‘lovely’ herbaceous borders. ‘Not only do the Youngs run an excellent hotel, they also produce their own honey, and their own wine from vines on the large wild meadow at the rear.’ Families are welcomed; so are dogs. (Gwyn Morgan, and others)

  • Every bit as excellent as the current GHG entry implies: warm welcome, efficient staff, delightful rooms (rather than numbered, each is named after a local person: we got a 19th century sprinter who worked for the railways in Swindon; our friends a local vicar, who once lived in the house); well-kept grounds, including a small vineyard; imaginative dinner. And all fairly reasonably priced at £200 for D,B & B per room.

    Andrew Warren, 22/05/2016

  • An exceptional place – like home from home, or staying with good friends. In most respects comfort, convenience, food, hygiene, etc, it is merely very good, but three things make it outstanding. Top of the list is the lovely, friendly and very professional staff – not just superbly trained, but as if hand-picked for smiliness, quality and efficiency. They make you feel valued, without being remotely “all over you”. The garden is very special – huge, and a treasure trove of wild flowers, it gives way to very good walks. The other unique feature is the building itself (and décor): it’s so much in human scale and pleasantly quirky, it barely feels like a hotel. First-floor rooms maybe best and garden view a bonus

    C M, 22/09/2015

  • Room, service and food were again excellent.

    Gwyn Morgan, 12/03/2015

  • 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

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An English country house, noted for its maze, landscaped parkland and safari park.
A prehistoric monument at the centre of the most dense complex of Neolithic and Bronze Age monuments in England, including several hundred burial mounds.
Blenheim Palace
Birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill

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Contact Details

The Pear Tree at Purton

Church End PURTON Wiltshire England SN5 4ED


01793 772100

Further Information


17. Some on ground floor.


all year except 25 Dec evening and 26 Dec.


ramps, lounge/bar, library, restaurant, free Wi-Fi, function/conference facilities, civil wedding licence, 7½-acre grounds (vineyard, croquet, pond, jogging route).

Background music



all ages welcomed.


welcomed, not unattended in bedrooms and not allowed in restaurant.

Credit cards

Amex, MasterCard, Visa.


per room B&B £110--£151, D,B&B £170--£215. À la carte £35.