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This county has more than its fair share of tired old coaching inns and farmhouses down muddy lanes that call themselves hotels. However The Hotel Guru has managed to sniff out a good selection of the best places to stay in Wiltshire.
Among the well-meaning, under-invested, under-staffed failures that we would not recommend, are a handful of hotels and B&Bs where hard work at the very difficult hospitality business has paid off.
The best places to stay in Wiltshire range from grand Lucknam Park to the modest Limes. Both those places have strong personalities and they look good. Some, like Lucknam Park (equestrian centre and spa) and Manor House at Castle Combe (super golf course) have outstanding facilities.
For country house splendour the best places to stay in Wiltshire include:
- Whatley Manor, a five star grown-ups retreat
- The Manor House, a Victorian baronial property set in 365 acres.
- The Rectory Hotel in Crudwell comes highly recommended too - our reviewer loved the fresh, elegant rooms and funky bar.
- Less splendid, but country house nonetheless is Howard's House which boasts a village location with country pursuits on tap.
- Another country house proposition, but one for the kids too this time, is the ever popular Woolley Grange.
Wiltshire abounds with country pubs and some have rooms too. For the best of the traditional places to stay in Wiltshire try:
- The Beckford Arms in Fonthill Gifford is a sophisticated option, with stylish interiors and great food
- The Bath Arms on the Longleat Estate sports quirkily designed rooms, plus a warm welcome and good food too.
Best Hotels in Wiltshire
Compasses Inn 4 rooms from $104Tisbury, Wiltshire
This 14th century inn has everything one would expect from a country stay. Exposed timber frames, thatched roof, an open fire and flagstone tiles. Rooms are in a more modern part of the property and are decorated in a traditional country style. Food is locally sourced or from the kitchen garden.Great walks - The 'Tisbury' walk can be accessed almost directly from the property.Sights nearby - The ancient site of Stonehenge is within a short drive.Full of characterSecluded setting - For escaping.Recommended by - Good Hotel Guide
The Limes 3 rooms from $109Melksham, 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
King John Inn 8 rooms from $110Tollard Royal, Wiltshire
Sophisticated country pub with exceptional meat, fish and game and stylish design. Behind its ivy covered exterior you will find stylish and urbane interiors. Idyllic English village with rambling country walks on your doorstep. A charming abode.Great walks - Rushmore Park is just five minutes away whilst Cranbourne Chase and West Wiltshire Downs are near.Sights nearby - Salisbury Cathedral, an easy drive away, is a must visit.Restrictions on children - Children older than 8 years are welcome.Recommended by - I Escape, Sawdays
The Beckford Arms 8 rooms from $116Salisbury, Wiltshire
Great new look for a favourite old inn – immaculate attention to detail will satisfy the most demanding townie. Excellent food, chic bedrooms & relaxed ambience all amid the lovely South Wiltshire countryside.Restaurant - Recommended.Fishing - Fly fishing on the Fonthill estateGreat walks - On the Fonthill EstateLocal markets - Good for local colour.Recommended by - I Escape, Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays
Fosse Farmhouse 6 rooms from $116Chippenham
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 Rectory Hotel 12 rooms from $129Malmesbury, Wiltshire
Stylish, informal listed period house, renovated by ambitious owners into a mellow bolthole. Each of the 12 rooms is spacious, light & elegant – a blend of antique and contemporary. A relaxed retreat & a perfect base for exploring the Cotswolds with an excellent restaurant and large pool.Foodies - The restaurant supports the Slow Food Movement, so all produce is locally and responsibly sourced- you can taste the difference!Total relaxation - Curl up on the soafas with the papers, or move it to the bedroom for a movie fest and a massage!Great walks - The wellies lining the hall are testiment to the fantastic walks around here, ask your hosts for their favourite.Sights nearby - Situated in the lovely Cotswold triangle of Tetbury, Malmesbury and Cirencester. A great base for exploringRecommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape, Good Hotel Guide
The Bath Arms 15 rooms from $141Warminster, Wiltshire
Nestled on the Longleat Estate, this stylishly decorated pub reflects the boho-chic of Lord Bath. Modern and comfortable rooms above the quintessentially English pub serving traditional food. Located between Bath and Stonehenge, this pub is a great base for local exploring and family mini breaks.Families - Very child friendly, with extra beds, cots, highchairs and babysitting all readily available- plus Longleat next door!Sights nearby - On the Longleat Estate, with safari, extenisve landscaped gardens and spectacular Elizabethan House.Local markets - Frome farmers' market, on the second Saturday of the month, is one of the West Country's best.Great walks - Wander along Capability Brown's Pleasure Walk through woodland gardens to Longleat House.Recommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape, Sawdays
The Lamb at Hindon 19 rooms from $146Salisbury, Wiltshire
Intimate English village Inn full of charm and history - an institution for 800 years. Renovated, elegant rooms are cosy and plush. Guests are welcomed by roaring fires, hearty meals, and beautiful surroundings. A country escape or a stopover en route further West.Romantic Break - Recently refurbished rooms are elegantly decorated with crisp linens and antique pieces, plus there's cosy dining in the bar.Country Escape - A picture perfect English country Inn, complete with inglenook fireplaces, flag-stone floors and heavy wooden beams.Great walks - The hotel has compiled a range of walks starting from the doorstep.Sights nearby - Stonehenge is a short drive away and well worth checking out.Recommended by - Sawdays
The Castle Inn Hotel 11 rooms from $146Chippenham
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
Red Lion Freehouse 5 rooms from $147Pewsey, Wiltshire
Michelin starred pub with rooms overlooking the River Avon. Food is exceptional with all ingredients either as local as possible or the best possible quality. Rooms pay great attention to detail and all have a lovely deck with river and countryside views.Views - Either of the beautiful Wiltshire countryside or the River AvonSights nearby - Just 9 miles from StonehengeFull of characterGreat walks - Good for walkers.Recommended by - Sawdays
Sign of the Angel 5 rooms from $147Lacock, Wiltshire
A wonderfully warm and homely 15th century inn in the exceptionally beautiful Lacock village. Newly renovated and bursting with character- think wonky beams, huge fires, antique beds, artful oak furniture and flagstoned passageways. The restaurant serves wonderful locally sourced cuisine. Heaven.Country Escape - Set in the National Trust village of Lacock and on the edge of the Cotswolds, this homely retreat is the perfect escape.Great walks - Bring a packed lunch from the the hotel and exlore the picteresque Cotswolds with walks starting straight from the hotel door.Sights nearby - Visit the impressive Lacock Abbey, taking in the impressive building and extensive botanical gardens.Romantic - Good for couples.Recommended by - Frommers, Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays
Castle Inn 11 rooms from $165Chippenham, 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 Methuen Arms 12 rooms from $171Corsham, Wiltshire
Set in the charming market town of Corsham, this rustic inn offers guests stylish, country chic rooms with roll top baths and exposed wooden beams. Relax next to an open fire or enjoy the cosy bar area. Delicious, seasonal, locally sourced food. Smart weekend bolthole.Local exploring - Bristol, Bath and Stonehenge are all within exploring distance.Great walks - Ideal for long country walksFishing - Chippenham Angling ClubFull of characterRecommended by - Sawdays
Woolley Grange 26 rooms from $196Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire
Jacobean Manor turned luxury family retreat in stunning gardens with pools. Comfortable, modern rooms are a great welcome after a day of activities. The restaurant caters to all dietary needs and occasions. Children clubs, games rooms, gardens and more gives parents a chance to relax at the spa.Families - Ideal for families with babysitting, kids hang out zones, an Ofsted-registered playroom and plenty of activites on the grounds.Hideaway - With the spa, pool table, table football, extensive grounds, yummy food and homely rooms, you'll find it impossible to leave.Swimming Pool - Indoor and Outdoor PoolFull of characterRecommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith
Howard's House 9 rooms from $233Salisbury, Wiltshire
A beautiful stone property in a quaint village. Beautifully renovated with white washed light rooms, some with four poster beds. A separate coach house for private events. Excellent British cuisine made from local produce. The ideal country retreat.Country Escape - A quaint village property with plenty of countryside pursuits such as fishing, shooting, walking and riding closeby.Fishing - The Nadder river is renowned for dry fly fishing, plus the hotel will even 'cook your catch'!Great walks - Walk in the stunning Stourhead gardens and parkland, plus the hotel will pack you a lunch.Sights nearby - Stone Henge is nearby and a must for anyone passing through this area.Recommended by - Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays
The Manor House 48 rooms from $331Nr 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 $355Chippenham, 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
Whatley Manor 23 rooms from $373Malmesbury, Wiltshire
Stylish country house hotel. Michelin-starred restaurant and award winning spa. Traditional furnishing and hi-tech luxuries. Grown-up's retreat.Restrictions on children5* Luxury - Very high service standards.SpaSwimming Pool - Indoor/outdoorRecommended by - Johansens, Kiwi Collection, Relais & Chateaux, Michelin Travel