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.
in public areas all day.
all ages welcomed.
allowed in 1 bedroom, public areas.
per room B&B £95–£195, D,B&B £150–£250. A la carte £30. 1-night bookings usually refused weekends.
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).