‘It is impossible to criticise this hotel,’ wrote a reader, praising everything from the service to the ‘delicious food’ at this mellow stone hotel.
‘This is indeed a lively community pub,’ write trusted readers, urging a promotion from the Shortlist for Kate Lewis and Chris York’s popular pub-with-rooms.
Families have ‘a grand time’ at this 16th-century manor house with spa, in ‘lovely manicured grounds’.
‘As soon as you pull up, a besuited employee emerges, bags are lifted, car keys handed over for valet parking.’ Inspectors were impressed by a stay at this luxury hotel and ‘superb’ spa.
Embracing its rural roots, a cosy and traditional inn deep in the Cotswold countryside.
When music industry executive Alex Payne set out in 2016 to transform this Georgian country house, he brought in Dan Brod and Charlie Luxton of the Beckford Arms, Tisbury (see entry).
Surrounded by fields corduroyed by vineyards, Fiona Shiner has turned a sympathetically restored barn into an artful B&B.
In an ‘idyllic’ Cotswolds hillside village, this Palladian merchant’s mansion with Arts and Crafts add-ons is part of the Calcot Collection (see Calcot).
A man walks into a bar – not the cue for a joke, but a Guide inspector, incognito, to check out this historic coaching inn which has a comedy club in the cellar.
Fortune from wealthy families helped create this honey-toned 18th-century mansion on a large Wiltshire estate; fortunate guests nowadays arrive to a wealth of additional delights.
Handsome and historic, this buzzy pub-with-rooms (owned by Butcombe Brewing) has character to spare.
‘Enter by a narrow flagstone passageway and low, latched doorways’ to discover the very model of ‘an olde worlde hostelry’.
There is ‘a romantic air’ to this Cotswold stone mansion, built in the 1690s and extended in the 1820s. Today a hotel and spa, it is part of the Calcot Collection (see entry for Calcot).
The hub of a pretty Cotswolds village, this mellow stone pub-with-rooms (Calcot Collection) is liked for its stylish accommodation and relaxed nature.
On the edge of the village, Christopher Trim and Kathryn Warner’s Grade II listed manor house is on a site dating back to the Domesday Book.
Flamboyantly colourful, Mary and Giovanni Baiano’s Georgian villa interweaves old-world charm, expert interior design and high-spec technology.
‘What a setting!’ On the banks of the River Coln, a busy former 17th-century coaching inn (Cotswold Inns and Hotels), in a quaint village William Morris described as the most beautiful in England.
A peaceful villa formed from two converted Victorian houses ‘within walking distance of everything’ – but guests might not want to leave.
Facing the market square, a stone-built 15th-century building which has variously hosted a monks’ chanting-house, a post office and a coaching inn.
It promises ‘luxury for the curious’, and this independent boutique hotel on a grand neoclassical street does not disappoint.
‘The situation is perfect, central, by the Assembly Rooms and Circus,’ readers write of Laurence and Helen Beere’s self-consciously quirky hotel.
Here is an exemplary hotel, according to a discerning Guide Reader, ‘elegant and comfortable’, it has ‘an air of confidence’ that sets guests at ease.
Through a classical arch, on a narrow central lane, this boutique city hotel has bags of character and a genial atmosphere.
Central Bath is on the doorstep of Nici and Alan Jones’s good-value B&B on a cobbled Georgian square, a toga drape away from the Abbey and Roman baths.
Close to the centre of this Regency town, Fiona Burke’s white-painted Victorian villa B&B is a good base during festivals, races and celebrations and gatherings in between.
Set in seven acres of beautiful grounds, a historic manor house listed in the Domesday Book, and once owned by Elizabeth I’s Lord Treasurer, Lord Burghley. Rebuilt in 1840, it still features an original fireplace in the galleried hall. Casual dining, snacks and afternoon tea are served in the Restaurant and on the large terrace overlooking the garden. The hotel is in the village of Stanton Saint Quintin, four miles from Chippenham.
Within the Bowood Estate, a purpose-built country house with adjacent golf facilities and an award-winning spa (infinity swimming pool, gym, rock sauna, crystal steam room, aromatherapy shower and relaxation room, and treatments. The Shelburne Restaurant, Bar & Library have all-day dining and parkland views. Guests receive complimentary access to Bowood House & Gardens (April to October). Chippenham is a 6-mile drive away.
Within its own lovely garden and grounds, an immaculate B&B in a Grade II listed house, where arriving guests are greeted with tempting tea-time treats. Part of a working farm, much of the food for breakfast (home-made granola, banana bread, jams and marmalade, fresh fruit salad, honey) comes from just a few steps away. A full English Wiltshire breakfast is cooked on the Aga. Supper trays may be pre-ordered; local pubs and restaurants are nearby. Cookery workshops are held. In a little hamlet, 2 miles from Swindon.
Last updated: June 15, 2019