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Close to Bath and the Cotswolds, and in the beautiful Avon Vale, Chippenham is a peaceful base for explorers. The market town itself has its charms, but some of the best places to stay in Chippenham are actually just out of town, in one of the many ancient villages, or one of a series of beautiful old houses, now country house hotels.
The views from the town are flat and expansive, though there are a few local woodlands, including Bird's March, which is home to a wide variety of wildlife. So there are nicely varied walks, some of which take in the lovely local villages and some of their charming pubs.
Chippenham has a well known, and highly regarded, annual food festival in March, and a similarly well considered Folk Festival, held during May, so these are busy times for accommodation, and if you want to guarantee a bed in the best places to stay in Chippenham you'll have to book well ahead.
For a smart country house hotel
- Lucknam Park is a classic country house hotel with a fabulous new spa and equestrian centre. The house itself is charming and the grounds extensive, perfect for exploring on horseback. The restaurant has a Michelin star, but there's also a brasserie if you fancy something less formal.
- The Manor House is a smart Victorian country house hotel surrounded by extensive grounds - with a lake, croquet lawn and an exceptional golf course too. Rooms are varied, and there's extra accommodation in individual mews cottages if you're with your family. The restaurant has a Michelin star.
For a historic village inn
- The Castle Inn is a lovely, 800 year old inn in a traditional Cotswold village just 10 miles from Bath. There are 11 rooms, the food is good and you're surrounded by charm.
For a B&B
- The Limes is an immaculate three bed B&B in a pretty country house dating from the 1620s. Rooms start from just £89 per night so it's a great value option for visiting nearby Bath too.
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Best Hotels in Chippenham
The Limes 3 rooms from $116Melksham, Wiltshire
A 1620s country house turned into an intimate, charming and immaculately kept three-bedroom B&B. Comfortable, cosy rooms. Locally sourced and delicious breakfast served in the dining room or garden. Pop to nearby Bath, enjoy the fresh country air or relax by the crackling fire with your book.Local exploring - The friendly staff will guide you to the best local market towns and countryside ramblings.Sights nearby - Only nine miles away from the famous "White Horse" at Westbury.Great walks - Enjoy the Wiltshire and Dorset countryside.Full of characterRecommended by - Sawdays
Fosse Farmhouse 6 rooms from $124Chippenham
A quaint abode surrounded by farmland, comprised of B&B and self catering accommodation. Traditional style bedrooms with classic, carpeted bathrooms overlook green fields. A delicious English breakfast is included and guests can look forward to some of owner Caron's home-baked cakes.Country Escape - Surrounded by some of England's most beautiful countryside this is a quintessential country stayGreat walks - Castle Combe, 'England's prettiest village' is but a beautiful 30 minute walk awaySights nearby - Bowood House is just a 15 minute drive awayQuirky - An experience!
The Castle Inn Hotel 11 rooms from $155Chippenham
Dating back to the 12th century this historic inn has seen the likes of Oliver Cromwell pass through its heavy wooden doors. Rooms are decorated in rich colours and heavy fabrics and include original exposed beams and some, four-poster beds. A hearty breakfast is included in the rate. A great stay.Country Escape - Located in the heart of Castle Combe: "England's prettiest village"Great walks - Good for walkers.Full of character
Castle Inn 11 rooms from $176Chippenham, Wiltshire
12th Century Inn in an untouched Cotswold village resting on Bybrook River just 10 miles from Bath. Contemporary meets classic design in the comfortable rooms. Excellent food and service in the locally renowned restaurant. A step back into the past with idyllic English country life, a beautiful stayLocal exploring - Explore the rows of Cotswold stone houses, medieval church and 14th-century Market Cross in this charming town.Back to Nature - From this quaint, historical town you can explore Wiltshire countryside at your leisure.Sights nearby - The village of Castle Combe has hardly changed since the 15th Century and is a popular setting for Hollywood blockbusters.Fishing - Don't forget to bring your rods and flies, there is wonderful fishing on the Bybrook river.Recommended by - Johansens
The Manor House, Wiltshire 48 rooms from $352Nr Bath, Wiltshire
English country house turned hotel, resting on extensive grounds with a superb golf course, Michelin Star restaurant and the Full Glass Bar. Comfort, classic-design and charm make up the luxurious rooms. Relax in the garden, explore local Bath or delve into Cotswold countryside for adventures.Active Holiday - With 365 acres of secluded parkland to explore, as well as fly-fishing, tennis, croquet and an 18 hole golf course.Foodies - Savour the delights of the Michelin starred Bybrook Restaurant- inventive, seasonal and utterly inspired!Fishing - Fly-fishing on the picturesque river meandering through the grounds is a must.Sights nearby - The Cotswolds and Bath are both stunning historical sites worth visiting.Recommended by - Frommers, Small Luxury Hotels
Lucknam Park 42 rooms from $378Chippenham, Wiltshire
A luxury country home full of character. High ceilinged rooms are adorned with chandeliers and four poster beds. The surrounding parkland and gardens are painstakingly up kept. A spa, indoor pool and outdoor plunge pool aid relaxation. The fine dining restaurant is headed by a michelin Star chef.Active Holiday - Plenty of countryside persuits for the sporty types with clay pigeon shooting, riding, tennis, archery, and falconry.Foodies - Executive Chef Hywel Jones runs the Michelin starred The Park, as well as the award winning cookery school.Cooking classes - Learn to whip up your favourite dishes from The Parks' menu at the in house cookery school, a lovely way to pass a rainy day!Sights nearby - Bath is only six miles away- if you can tear yourself away from the endless entertainment at Lucknam Park.Recommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, Johansens, Kiwi Collection, Relais & Chateaux