Deep in Wiltshire countryside, the River Wylie runs past this Grade II listed Georgian country mansion, now a welcoming hotel and spa.
‘Very much the country pub, with a warm buzz to it’, this old coaching inn, built around a cobbled courtyard, stands at the heart of a historic stone village.
The hub of the village, within trotting distance of the iconic white horse, this ‘impressive’ pub-with-rooms has much going on.
‘The place abounds with creative uses of old, mainly farm, paraphernalia.’ Guide inspectors enjoyed Nick Dent’s diverting Georgian farmhouse turned dog-friendly hotel with most rooms in converted outbuildings.
Deep in rural Wiltshire, on the edge of the Fonthill Estate and Cranborne Chase, this ‘lovely old Georgian inn’ is Dan Brod and Charlie Luxton’s sophisticated take on a country pub.
By the footpath skirting the Avon, this popular bar/restaurant-with-rooms occupies a Grade II listed building in a ‘delightful little town’.
Part of Luxury Family Hotels (see also Fowey Hall, Fowey, and Moonfleet Manor, Fleet), a small collection of historic properties, this family-focussed hotel occupies a ‘pretty, rambling’ Jacobean manor house in ‘lovely grounds’ with ‘views across the Wiltshire countryside’.
Personal attention from the owners won high praise from readers this year, after a stay at this restaurant-with-rooms overlooking Blackmore Vale.
A stone’s throw from Shaftesbury’s famous Gold Hill (of Hovis ad fame), there has been an inn on this spot since the 1500s. This may well be its most successful incarnation, with ‘top-notch’ staff, ‘stunning’ rooms and a ‘first-class‘ restaurant.
From £62.50 per night
A local hot spot ‘in the middle of nowhere’, this thatch-roofed 14th-century inn is worth the trip down a winding country lane in the Nadder valley.
‘Such a romantic spot.’ Deep in the Nadder valley, amid narrow country lanes that are ‘a pleasure to get lost in’, this 17th-century house is owned by Grahame and Prue Senior and Simon and Charlotte Greenwood.
The whitewashed, ivy-hung exterior of this former tannery-turned-ale house does little to betray its ‘stunning, modern’ interiors, nor the ‘warmth and charm’ that welcome visitors and locals.
A slim stretch of the River Avon separates the city from David and Annie Lanz’s peaceful B&B, set in a half-acre award-winning walled garden.
A tranquil atmosphere and glorious city skyline views set the pace at this fresh boutique B&B in a Victorian villa with manicured gardens.
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.
Through a classical arch, on a narrow central lane, this boutique city hotel has bags of character and a genial atmosphere.
It promises ‘luxury for the curious’, and this independent boutique hotel on a grand neoclassical street does not disappoint.
A peaceful villa formed from two converted Victorian houses ‘within walking distance of everything’ – but guests might not want to leave.
‘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.
Flamboyantly colourful, Mary and Giovanni Baiano’s Georgian villa interweaves old-world charm, expert interior design and high-spec technology.
‘Delightful young couple’ Miroslav Mikula and Katarzyna Kowalczyk are the ‘friendly, helpful’ managers at Nicholas and Claire Potts’s Georgian house.
There’s nothing bland about a Pigling. 'We had a great time,' say Guide insiders after a 2019 visit to the third in Robin Hutson’s burgeoning litter. 'They get the experience just right.'
Hands-on chef/patron Sarah Lethbridge and her husband, Anthony, have entertained guests at their restored stone-walled country pub for ten years.
‘Fabulous views’ over the cathedral and the Vale of Avalon to Glastonbury Tor await at Frances and Tim Meeres Young’s 18th-century coach house, run as a ‘faultless’ B&B.
Elegantly furnished, a B&B in a Gothic revival style mansion one mile from the city. In a pastoral setting, the beautiful grounds contain lawns, an ornamental pond and a Victorian walled garden. Extensive Aga-cooked breakfasts, and complimentary tea or coffee and home made cake each afternoon in the Tea Room.
Floors slope, stairs are steep and narrow and views of the Cathedral and Green are wondrous from this old and quirky building. Downstairs, home-made Italian cuisine in Rugantinos restaurant.
‘Warm, welcoming and extraordinarily good value for money.’ Guide inspectors in 2019 join the local admiration society in their praise of Jeanette and Gordon Reid’s 18th-century inn on the Dorset/Somerset border.
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.
Last updated: August 22, 2019