The Rectory Hotel

‘We only called in for coffee, but were shown around by enthusiastic staff… and came away thinking what a wonderful place. More

Contact details

SN16 9EP
01666 577194

Hotel information


18. 3 in cottage in garden.


all year, restaurant closed lunchtime.


living room, drawing room, dining room, card room, bar, in-room TV (Freeview), free Wi-Fi, meeting facilities, civil wedding licence, 3-acre garden, heated outdoor swimming pool (10 by 15 metres, May–Oct), restaurant and bar wheelchair accessible.

Background music

sometimes, in public areas.


all ages welcomed.


allowed in 3 bedrooms and public rooms, not in dining room.

Credit cards

all major cards.


per room B&B £120–£230. Set dinner £27–£33. 
A la carte £35. Min. 2-night bookings at weekends.

Good Hotel Guide Review

‘We only called in for coffee, but were shown around by enthusiastic staff… and came away thinking what a wonderful place.’ A reader was impressed by this Georgian country house hotel, set back from the road, in lovely gardens. Bought by music industry executive Alex Payne in 2016, it has received a designer make-over. The result, more House Beautiful than Acid House, has not sacrificed period charm, say inspectors, while ‘the addition of a cocktail bar is a great improvement’. Individually styled bedrooms are priced according to size. ‘We didn’t find our “small” room small at all. It had a very comfortable king-size bed and two large windows’, no wardrobe, just hooks. All have a Roberts radio, Bramley toiletries, home-made shortbread, cafetière and ground coffee; fresh milk is in a fridge on the landing. A big shower head promised more than it delivered. Some rooms have an in-bedroom freestanding bath. In the ‘coolly elegant’ restaurant, Antony Ely cooks such ‘excellent, creative dishes’ as butter-roasted Wiltshire mallard, Jerusalem artichoke, red cabbage, pickled blackberries. There is further inventive cooking in sister establishment The Potting Shed, opposite. (David Haigh, and others)


The Rectory Hotel
SN16 9EP

Guest comments

'Firstly we only called in for coffee having been told it was newly opened. But were shown round the hotel by very enthusiastic staff. proud of the new venture. the coffee was excellent and when we said could we sit in the garden as all the tables were in the sun a fresh table was brought to a bench in the shade. Home made biscuits with the coffee were excellent.. I noticed too iced jugs of water with mint at reception for new arrivals and we came away thinking what a wonderful place. Whilst this does not count as a review as we have not stayed there, if you have someone in the area I think it would be worth further investigation. Best wishes, David We came ' - David Haigh - July, 2017

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Last updated: October 8, 2018. Information from the 2019 Good Hotel Guide