Good Hotel Guide Review
‘A beautiful forest drive’ leads to this stone inn on the Longleat estate, where tables are set out invitingly among pollarded limes known as ‘The Twelve Apostles’. The social hub of a pretty village, it received a chic, less-is-more make-over in 2020 for the Beckford group (see also The Beckford Arms, Tisbury, et al.). ‘We were greeted by the friendly barman, who carried our bags and brought us milk,’ our inspectors report. Bedrooms, rated by size, have simple decor, seagrass flooring, good fabrics, no wardrobe. As they warn, if you’re tall, avoid the attic rooms. ‘Room 7 had a hobbit-like doorway, dinky casement windows, in the bathroom a double-ended bath. Next morning we saw other rooms, which were without hazards, really nicely decorated, with excellent bathroom.’ Food is served in cosy dining areas and alfresco, under canvas, including meat and game from the estate. Ham hock and Waldorf salad with lovage avocado purée, lamb shoulder with rosemary jus, and dark chocolate mousse, orange, honeycomb and sour-cherry sorbet yielded ‘intense flavours’. Breakfast brings ‘delicious home-made granola’, eggs from pampered hens.
17. 6 in stables, 1 suitable for disabled.
all year, except 25 Dec.
bar, restaurant, snug, covered terrace, second terrace, landscaped gardens (sandpit), in-room TV (Freeview).
‘very quiet’ in bar and restaurant.
all ages welcomed, cot £10, foam bed £25.
allowed in some bedrooms (small charge for cleaning), all public areas.
B&B doubles from £110. À la carte £32. 1-night bookings refused Fri.