Little Barwick House

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Little Barwick House
Rexes Hollow Lane
BA22 9TD
01935 423902

Hotel information


7. 1 for week-long let.


all year except three weeks Jan, restaurant closed Sun night, Mon.


2 lounges, restaurant, conservatory, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), 3½-acre garden (terrace, paddock), unsuitable for disabled.

Background music



over-5s welcomed.


allowed in bedrooms, only assistance dogs in restaurant.

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MasterCard, Visa.


[2016] per person B&B £60, D,B&B from £110. Set dinner £49.95. 1-night bookings sometimes refused.

Other reviews

Good Hotel Guide Review

‘We could not have asked for better.’ ‘We have never been disappointed.’ ‘It seems to get better every time.’ There is a chorus of praise this year for Tim and Emma Ford’s restaurant-with-rooms in a Georgian dower house down ‘a narrow road that could well have led to the Hobbits’ Shire’. As Hobbits might, guests arrive to a ‘sumptuous’ afternoon tea. ‘Smiling, efficient, informative, Emma sets the tone as front-of-house; Tim’s cooking is of a consistently high standard.’ After ‘delicious’ hors d’oeuvre in the ‘well-appointed’ lounge, taste ‘well-balanced’, ‘excellently executed’ dishes inspired by the seasons, perhaps an ‘extraordinarily good’ wild mushroom risotto. The ‘unusually wide’ selection of half bottles of wine makes a good accompaniment. Spend the night in ‘comfy’, ‘clean’, country-style bedrooms well equipped with cafetière coffee, fresh milk, home-made shortbread (‘we didn’t know what to do with the 13 scatter cushions’). Enjoy a leisurely morning after breakfast: ‘The peaceful garden is part of the charm.’ (Ron Greenman, Bryan and Mary Blaxall, Michael and Margaret Cross, Michael Gwinnell, WE Riddell)

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Midweek Sparkler Offer

£110 per person per night. Offer includes king size double room with en suite shower, afternoon tea, glass of champagne (or preferred aperitif), three-course dinner (full choice off menu) and full English breakfast. Based on a couple sharing, minimum two night stay. Upgrades Available valid Tuesday to Thursday. To benefit from this offer, please mention The Good Hotel Guide when booking.

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Little Barwick House
Rexes Hollow Lane
BA22 9TD

Guest comments

'The wonderful hospitality, comfort and amazing cuisine is a complete package. So relaxing and homely but with style and much attention to detail. The gardens had ample tables and chairs on the patio to enjoy this tranquil scene. It is a good stop when travelling as we did but justifies visiting in its own right for a few days with very interesting attractions locally. There were repeat visitors during our stay which is always a good recommendation, we will be joining them. ' - Mary Coles - September, 2017
'It sets the standard for country fine dining and impeccable hospitality. The external aspect of house and garden is enchanting. Emma is a gracious and dynamic hostess leading a team of delightful young waitresses. The quality of the bedrooms and bathrooms matches the food but as in the sitting rooms there was a superabundance of cushions ' - Ian & Francine Walsh - April, 2017
'We fully support all the positive remarks in the 2017 Guide about this restaurant-with-rooms, and just want to add that being offered sheets & blankets as an alternative to a duvet, and then indeed having sheets and blankets, made our stay sheer heaven. ' - Charles M. Goldie - October, 2016
'A charming, unpretentious small hotel which succeeds largely because it does not defer to fashion. Atmosphere of a friendly gathering at a modest country home. Its elegant, refined style is entirely appropriate. The food consists of quality ingredients presented in a creative way; the wine list caters for every conceivable taste. ' - Alfrred Lennon - September, 2016
'Excellent in every way. Our room had everything we wanted. The restaurant shows the same command of detail and a sure sense of style. Tim Ford’s kitchen works smoothly. Front of house staff are friendly, and Emma Ford does charm the way the rest of the human race does breathing – natural and delightful. ' - Tony & Ginny Ayers - May, 2016

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