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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.

Best places to stay in Wiltshire

Country Houses

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.

Country Pubs

Wiltshire abounds with country pubs and some have rooms too. For the best of the traditional places to stay in Wiltshire try:

But we would say beware; if you cannot find a room in one of our selection of the best places to stay in Wiltshire then book a hotel in Bath or stay with friends!

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  • The George & Dragon

    Devizes, Wiltshire

    Three comfortable bedrooms over a good country restaurant, specialising in seafood. This 16th century coaching inn is a good budget option in a fine part of the country.

    3 rooms from $71
    Restaurant  -  Recommended.
  • Compasses Inn

    Tisbury, 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.

    4 rooms from $109
    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 character
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide
  • The Limes

    Melksham, 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.

    3 rooms from $114
    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 character
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
  • King John Inn

    Tollard 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.

    8 rooms from $116
    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

    Salisbury, 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.

    8 rooms from $122
    Restaurant  -  Recommended.
    Fishing  -  Fly fishing on the Fonthill estate
    Great walks  -  On the Fonthill Estate
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays
  • The Rectory Hotel

    Malmesbury, 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.

    12 rooms from $135
    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 exploring
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape, Good Hotel Guide
  • The Bath Arms

    Warminster, 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.

    15 rooms from $148
    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

    Salisbury, 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.

    19 rooms from $153
    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
  • Red Lion Freehouse

    Pewsey, 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.

    5 rooms from $154
    Views  -  Either of the beautiful Wiltshire countryside or the River Avon
    Sights nearby  -  Just 9 miles from Stonehenge
    Full of character
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
  • Sign of the Angel

    Lacock, 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.

    5 rooms from $154
    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

    Chippenham, 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 stay

    11 rooms from $173
    Local 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

    Corsham, 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.

    12 rooms from $180
    Local exploring  -  Bristol, Bath and Stonehenge are all within exploring distance.
    Great walks  -  Ideal for long country walks
    Fishing  -  Chippenham Angling Club
    Full of character
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
  • Woolley Grange

    Bradford 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.

    26 rooms from $206
    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 Pool
    Full of character
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith
  • Howard's House

    Salisbury, 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.

    9 rooms from $244
    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

    Nr 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.

    48 rooms from $347
    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

    Chippenham, 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.

    42 rooms from $373
    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.
  • Whatley Manor

    Malmesbury, Wiltshire

    Stylish country house hotel. Michelin-starred restaurant and award winning spa. Traditional furnishing and hi-tech luxuries. Grown-up's retreat.

    23 rooms from $392
    Restrictions on children
    5* Luxury  -  Very high service standards.
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor

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