The Beckford Arms

At an ancient crossroads on the edge of the Fonthill Estate, Dan Brod and Charlie Luxton’s Georgian pub-with-rooms is a ‘popular, good-value’ spot. More

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Fonthill Gifford
01747 870385

Hotel information


10. 2 in lodges on Fonthill Estate.


all year except 25 Dec.


sitting room (sometimes Sunday classic-movie nights), bar, restaurant, private dining room, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), function facilities, 1-acre garden, unsuitable for disabled.

Background music

in public areas all day.


all ages welcomed.


allowed in 1 bedroom, public areas.

Credit cards

MasterCard, Visa.


per room B&B £95–£195, D,B&B £150–£250. 
A la carte £30. 1-night bookings usually refused weekends.

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Good Hotel Guide Review

At an ancient crossroads on the edge of the Fonthill Estate, Dan Brod and Charlie Luxton’s Georgian pub-with-rooms is a ‘popular, good-value’ spot. The ‘cosy beamed bar’ has all the traditionally pubby accoutrements yet an ‘airy, modern vibe’, with ‘comfy sofas’ and bright log fires. Dinners in the pub are ‘seriously good’, with ‘beautifully cooked, mostly locally sourced’ seasonal dishes, perhaps slow-braised pork belly, creamed white beans, braised turnips, salsa verde; salted caramel affogato. In fine weather, the conservatory restaurant’s French doors open on to the ‘charming’ terrace and garden. Afterwards, ‘country chic-style bedrooms’ (above the pub, or in two lodges 15 minutes’ stroll away; some snug) have ‘huge windows’, allowing you to wake to bedside country views; a ‘state-of-the-art shower’, fluffy towels and estate-made toiletries. ‘The emergency kit bag (toothpaste, deodorant, feminine supplies) and hospitality tray were especially appreciated: fresh milk, home-made biscuits, a cafetière with ground coffee ‘receive full marks’. Walking trails across the estate have ‘magnificent views’ (ask staff for a map), while Stonehenge and stately homes are nearby. The owners’ Talbot Inn is in Mells (see entry).

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Guest comments

'A lovely old Georgian inn. Our room was bright and light. We loved the artwork, the atmosphere, the surroundings, the excellent staff, the good housekeeping, and the comfortable bed......and of course the superb dinner: choice is plentiful and cooking is top class, with local quality local ingredients and suppliers. Excellent service from an enthusiastic team. . ' - Pat and Jeremy Temple - May, 2019
'An attractive stone-built old pub, sensitively refurbished to match modern expectations. Our bed was large and comfortable. Thoughtful touches included fresh milk and home-made biscuits. The staff are young, personable, and unobtrusively attentive, and at dinner the food was beautifully and imaginatively prepared. Breakfast includes fruit, outstanding local yogurt, home-made or artisan breads and pastries, as well as cooked dishes. ' - RG - September, 2015
'Have dined, but never stayed before. Fantastic location, very friendly and helpful staff. Good breakfast, and excellent dinner. Could not fault it. ' - Chris Jordan - July, 2013

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