The Pear Tree at Purton

César award: country hotel of the year

'A well-run, well-maintained hotel, with excellent service and good food.' Guide inspectors found much to like this year at the Young family's small hotel in a 'charming' Cotswold stone building. It is run by Anne Young. Her daughter Alix is the manager, assisted by husband, Tim. The 16th-century former vicarage has been 'sympathetically' extended. 'Inside, it is light, with corridors leading off pretty galleries. The rear garden has lovely herbaceous borders, space for alfresco drinks, and a large wild-flower meadow.' Some of the traditionally decorated bedrooms have a balcony or terrace; all have home-made biscuits. 'Our spacious, comfortable room faced the meadow; it was well equipped and not at all designerish.' Enjoyable dishes are served in the 'peaceful' dining room, spread across two conservatories. 'A delectable amuse-bouche, a delicious tart with pimentos and crème fraîche, excellent hake with breadcrumbs.' Adam Conduit is the head chef. Wine from the house vineyard is available. Breakfast has 'very good' scrambled eggs, honey from the hotel's bees and 'a good kipper'. (Gwyn Morgan, and others). The Pear Tree at Purton is a member of Pride of Britain hotels.

  • 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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Local attractions

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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, nr Swindon PURTON Wiltshire England SN5 4ED


01793 772100

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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 25 Dec evening and 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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[2014] per room B&B £109-£149, D,B&B £175-£210. À la carte £30-£35.

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