At Oldbury Tours we have chosen an exclusive selection of accommodation near Stonehenge and Avebury, within our Unesco World Heritage region. We believe that combined with one of our bespoke tours of the Avebury and Stonehenge World Heritage Site the accommodation we recommend will give you the best possible experience during your stay in the area. While all sharing our philosophy on how to deliver a truly special service our exclusive selection includes all accommodation types: luxury hotels, farm stays, pubs, self-catering cottages and bed and breakfast accommodation and even shepherd’s huts.
Our recommended luxury hotels all lie on the edge of our touring region and make excellent starting points for a bespoke tour. They all offer accommodation of the highest quality and each include something that will make your stay in the area extra special whether that be a spa, Michelin starred cooking or an idyllic village setting.
North of the Region – Whatley Manor
Whatley Manor is a 5 star hotel in the village of Easton Grey near Malmesbury on the edge of the Cotswolds right in the north of the county of Wiltshire. To quote from their website Whatley Manor is ‘a beautifully restored Cotswold manor house hotel and spa that draws on creative talent from around the world to offer a supremely enjoyable and civilised experience. It’s a passion for quality and excellence that Whatley Manor offers, and a philosophy for a way of doing things that is hard to find in the modern world.’
South of the Region – Howard’s House Hotel
Howard’s House Hotel is in the most idyllic setting, the village of Teffont Evias in the Wylye valley. The peacefulness of the surroundings are effortlessly shared by this gorgeous country house hotel. Tranquility is the keyword here, nowhere more obvious than in the spacious terraced garden with its babbling fountain surrounded by gently sloping lawns. Driving into the village from the B3089 Hindon Road is an experience in itself, you feel like you are entering a space unknown and special, a hidden, unspoilt corner of Wiltshire.
The hotel itself, the main building dating from 1623, consists of 10 immaculately maintained rooms and despite its outward appearance is unpretentious and unfussy. There is a relaxed, informal and comfortable feel to the whole place that is promoted by the friendly staff. Each room is tastefully decorated and fully provisioned, with windows looking out over the courtyard, gardens, village or countryside.
There is also a fabulous restaurant on site run by an award winning chef.
West of the Region – The Bath Priory Hotel
If you would like to stay in luxury in the centre of a truly historic city then this is an ideal location for you. As they say ‘the Hotel is just a short walk from the city centre of Bath, and is an ideal location for those wishing for a break from the hustle and bustle of the city, but still close enough to enjoy the sights.’
The kitchens are overseen by Michelin star Executive Chef Sam Moody and the dining rooms boast splendid views over the landscape gardens.
The hotel was built in 1835 as a private house on land once owned by The Priory of Bath Abbey, and retains the decoration and adornments of a gentleman’s residence. If you are yearning for a well earned spa break, then the Garden Spa, complete with indoor and outdor pools and the full range of beauty treatments, will let you indulge yourself only a few minutes from where our Roman ancestors enjoyed the same luxurious treatment.
Centre of the region – Bowood House Hotel, Calne
Situated at the heart of the Bowood estate, Bowood Hotel, Spa and Golf Resort is a luxury country hotel on the outskirts of Oldbury Tours’ home town of Calne. As one of the finest hotels in Wiltshire, Bowood offers a contemporary and stylish stay within the grounds of an historic country house. The hotel boasts stunning views across the Wiltshire countryside, their own championship golf course and beautifully sculpted gardens as well as fantastic spa facilities and fine dining in the Shelburne Restaurant. The rooms were all personally designed by Lady Lansdowne combining traditional features with modern luxury.
The hotel grounds also contain Queenwood Lodge, a Georgian manor house. Queenwood Lodge sleeps up to 8 adults in 4 twin or double rooms and prices quoted are inclusive of your own personal host and chef, to cook you breakfast and dinner.
Excellently placed Four Star hotels.
Near Avebury – Jurys Inn, Swindon
Jurys Inn is a comfortable modern hotel situated in the centre of Swindon ideally placed for the railway station only eight minutes walk away. It is within very easy reach of all the city’s amenities including Windmill Hill Business Park, The Brunel shopping centre, the Wyvern Theatre and many restaurants, cafes and pubs as well as being handily placed for the prehistoric sites of Wiltshire.
The 229 stylish bedrooms offer guests choices including standard double, superior & executive range, all of which are designed to provide guests with the comforts of home. Many of the spacious rooms can actually accommodate up to three adults or a family of four.
Near Avebury – Chiseldon House Hotel
Chiseldon House is an award winning country house hotel set in the stunning Marlborough Downs, only 20 minutes drive north of Avebury and within a stone’s throw of The Ridgeway, an ancient route and national trail and Liddington Castle, an iron age hill top fort. The Grade II listed Georgian building dates from 1827 and offers beautifully appointed rooms, an excellent restaurant and large immaculately maintained private gardens for guests to enjoy. A recent TripAdvisor review describes their visit as ‘all in all a perfect experience’.
Near Stonehenge – The Holiday Inn
Just off the A303 this modern, air-conditioned hotel is not only the closest hotel to Stonehenge but also an extremely comfortable and welcoming place to stay. Completely renovated in the last few months, despite only being nine years old, the contemporary hotel has a spacious and very friendly feel. As they say on their website ‘whether you’re travelling for business or on holiday, you’ll enjoy the superb amenities and boutique-style services that set us apart from other hotels’.
The hotel has 103 rooms and a very good mid-priced restaurant. A recent reviewer said she had stayed with three generations of her family for three nights and ‘everything was superb’.
Centre of the region (mid-way between Avebury and Stonehenge) – pubs, bed-and-breakfast, self-catering and farm-stays –
The George and Dragon, Rowde
The George and Dragon is a firm favourite with Oldbury Tours. Dating from the sixteenth century it is a coaching inn with bags of character. There is a permanently friendly feel about the place and the mood is relaxed and welcoming. Christopher (Chippy) Day has been landlord at the pub for twelve years now and is responsible for its success. He is determined to keep the George and Dragon affordable to all despite high demand, applying this philosophy to the bedrooms as well as the Sunday lunch. The three recently renovated bedrooms have large double beds, are fully en suite and are individually designed with style and modern comfort in mind. If you mention Oldbury Tours when you book they will give you a 10% discount.
The George and Dragon also has an award winning restaurant. Famous for fish, the restaurant receives daily deliveries from St. Mawes, Cornwall often including lobster and crab for its award winning menu. Complimented in many food guides, it has also been awarded 2 AA rosettes & an Egon Ronay Star. I am sure you will enjoy your stay here.
The Sign of The Angel, Lacock
The Sign of The Angel is a 15th century coaching inn located on the edge of the Cotswolds in the heart of the National Trust village of Lacock: perfectly positioned for access to Wiltshire’s great heritage.
The pub encompasses the key elements of a traditional Inn – great tasting food and drink, large open fires and homely rooms for those staying overnight. There is a beautiful cottage garden where guests can enjoy lunch or cream tea next to the stream.
The 5 guest rooms offer a cosy, home-from-home feel. An oak panelled sitting room, provides a great space for guests to have a drink and relax after a day strolling the village or visiting the local area.
We can highly recommend the restaurant which is top class.
Huntlys Farmhouse – Bed and Breakfast
Margot and Richard have been welcoming guests in to their delightful home for over 20 years. Still part of a working farm the charming farm house dates back to the seventeenth century with the main guest accommodation in the oldest part of the house. A large handsomely appointed double or twin bedroom with ensuite shower room is adjoined by an annexe style room with a desk and additional bunk style bed. Another double bedroom is set in to the eaves at the front of the house and there is a separate private bathroom for guests’ use. An award winning breakfast is served in the dining room in front of a huge open fire place which can be lit in winter. In summer months breakfast can also be taken on the patio by the lawn at the back of the house. The village of Manningford Abbots is set along a quiet lane in absolutely idyllic English countryside and is perfectly placed for trips to both Avebury and Stonehenge.
Willow House, Manningord Abbots, nr. Pewsey
Willow House is a beautiful Victorian property set in an acre of grounds and surrounded by a number of wistful Willow trees. The house sits nestled in the Vale of Pewsey and backs directly onto Salisbury Plain with beautiful views and a wealth of wildlife. Conveniently sited on the A345, the house is shielded from the road by high hedges and mature trees. Willow House has three rooms available for B&B: including an en-suite double. They also have a self-contained studio that has independent access, a double room, en-suite wet room, sitting room and small private garden and patio. The studio is also suitable for longer holiday lets and has a kitchenette and fridge for guests who are staying for extended breaks.
A full English breakfast is served in the dining room which overlooks the garden using local produce as well as eggs from their own chickens and freshly baked bread.
The Lamb on the Strand, Semington near Devizes
There is a really lovely feel to this traditional wayside inn: the welcome is warm, the food and drink excellent and it is perfectly placed for a tour of the Unesco World Heritage Site of Stonehenge and Avebury. Situated near the charming village of Semington only 15 minutes west of Devizes, it is very close to the wonderful Kennet and Avon canal for leisurely walking, jogging, cycling and of course boating and the beautiful town of Bradford-on-Avon is only a few minutes away by car. The pub has two dog-friendly self catering cottages on its grounds that offer self-contained accommodation of a very high standard with the option of breakfast delivered to your door! A returning guest commented that they had now stayed in both cottages and found that ‘both are delightful and homely. We are looking forward to returning!’ Another that: ‘Room was fabulous and food was amazing. On arrival check in was made simple, the cottage was perfect, clean fresh and cosy. The food was outstanding along with the service.’
Harepath House self catering studio apartment, Bourton nr Devizes
Claire runs an immaculate self contained flat in an absolutely delightful setting. If peace and quiet is what you are after with stunning views across open farmland to rolling hills and star-filled night skies then this is the place for you. Completely renovated over the last 5 years the studio flat has every modern amenity including washing machine and tumble drier, shower room and fully equipped kitchen. With a completely separate entrance the apartment is part of a lovely group of buildings nestled at the end of a very quiet lane in the unspoilt Vale of Pewsey. Despite its secluded feel you are only a seven minute walk from a traditional pub and a few minutes drive from the bustling historic Georgian market town of Devizes with it’s pubs, restaurants, shops and excellent museum. Only a couple of miles from Olbury Tours’ home in Calen it is the perfect base from where to explore the prehistory of Wiltshire.
Tichborne’s Farm Cottages near Devizes
Set deep in the beautiful rolling countryside at Etchilhampton near Devizes Tichborne’s Farm Cottages are fully equipped, pet friendly, spacious, modern and have Wi-Fi internet access.
The stables have been converted into three pet friendly four star,holiday cottages (Linnet, Swallow & Kestrel), and have very well equipped kitchens, full central heating and fabulous ‘healthopaedic’ mattresses that react to the weight and temperature of the body by moulding to its shape.
Guests share the barbecue, patio area with lawn, creating a pleasant sociable atmosphere.
A laundry room with washing machine, tumble dryer, upright freezer and heated room for drying boots and clothing is available.
Avebury Region – pubs, bed-and-breakfast, self-catering and farm-stays
Heritage Bed and Breakfast, Calne
Heritage B&B is a luxury bed and breakfast in the heart of Oldbury Tours’ home town of Calne. Ellie and Gillian have done a magnificent job renovating this large late Victorian stone-built house and have only been open for business since February 2017. No expense has been spared and the attention to detail is remarkable. The accommodation consists of one kingsize and one double room upstairs and a ground floor single all of which are en-suite and furnished to the highest standard. As well as bed and breakfast they separately offer afternoon tea. A range of delicious home made scones, brownies, cakes and biscuits are offered to guests and non-residents (minimum six people) who book in advance. I know that your hosts will make you feel extremely welcome.
Meadowbank House, Liddington
Jane Howes provides a true home from home in her immaculately kept house in the lovely village of Liddington. Nestled below Liddington Castle, the earthen banks of an iron age hill fort on the Ridgeway long distance path, Jane particularly welcomes walkers on their way to or from Avebury.
The house has three luxurious double rooms with a choice of modern private facilities or shared bathroom. One of Meadowbank House’s best features is a large guest sitting room with lovely views over the garden and surrounding countryside and a log fire for the cooler evenings. Guests also have access via French windows to a terrace with outside seating. Wireless internet is available throughout the house.
Jane specialises in home cooked breakfasts to please any palate or diet and will prepare packed lunches for any of her guests heading out for a day’s walking. At the northern limits of Oldbury Tours’ region Meadowbank House is none the less ideally placed for exploring Wiltshire and heading further afield to Windsor and Oxford for example. With Swindon moments away it is also a splendid base for anyone working in the many local businesses or at the Great Western Hospital.
The Old Forge, East Kennet Bed and Breakfast
Laura and Leslie run an established 4 starred and multi award winning, very homely bed and breakfast in the lovely village of East Kennet. The Old Forge is a charming and beautifully restored old smithy set on the edge of the Avebury World Heritage Site with the unexcavated Neolithic East Kennet Long Barrow on the hill behind and the river Kennet running through the bottom of their garden having only recently left its source near Silbury Hill. Parts of the house date back to the fourteenth century which give it a fair amount of history of its own! They have four very reasonably priced comfortable and tasteful rooms and include breakfast in the cost. While I was chatting to Leslie in the dining room two partridges and a female pheasant were pecking around the garden steps. It is a perfect rural retreat and touring base, exactly what I would hope for from a traditional English Bed and Breakfast.
Buttle Farm B & B and Self Catering Cottage
Buttle Farm is situated in the conservation village of Compton Bassett, an idyllic location close to Avebury in North Wiltshire. Their barn conversions were completed in May 2016 to the highest standard and have been awarded Visit England’s highest rating – 5*Gold. Offering great flexibility, the Chalk Barn is available with 2, 3 or 4 super-king bedrooms. The four huge bedrooms have vaulted ceilings, super-king sized beds with Egyptian cotton bed linen and stunning en-suite bath and shower rooms. There are two bedrooms in the main cottage – all ground floor level – plus two additional rooms across the yard.
As if that is not enough Robert and Sara Buttle also run a rare breed pig farm where the emphasis is on quality of life for the free range pigs. Their breeds include Tamworth, Mangalitza, Large Black, British Saddleback and other varieties of native breeds. They have their own charcuterie on site where they craft their own award winning salamis and cured meats as well as selling fresh pork.
Quality is the keyword in everything they do at Buttle Farm.
Ridge House Bed and Breakfast, Fyfield
Virginia Hemery has been running this immaculately kept bed and breakfast for the past 3 years. Ridge House is situated moments from the Avebury World Heritage Site just off the A4 on the way to Marlborough. The rooms are very well appointed and there is a generous amount of living space downstairs. The views from the bedrooms across fields to West Woods are simply lovely and you only have to look at the reviews to get an idea of the welcome you will receive: ‘One of the best bed and breakfast places we have ever stayed in’ is pretty high praise I’d say.
Beckhampton Bed and Breakfast
Simon and Catherine offer you ‘a warm Wiltshire welcome’ at this exceptional bed and breakfast accommodation in their 175 year-old cottage. As they say on their website the accommodation is ‘full of charm and character’, your extremely welcoming hosts offering delicious food with a full Wiltshire breakfast which they assure me takes some walking off.
Situated within the Avebury World Heritage Site and opposite a traditional pub, they also have an outdoor hot tub for a relaxing end to the day. The trip advisor reviews say it all with headlines such as ‘What a B & B should be’ and ‘What a wonderful introduction to England’.
Highway Hill (near Avebury) Shepherds Huts and Bell Tents
If you really want to get away from it all then you can’t find a more perfect rural retreat than Highway Hill. Here you can completely immerse yourself in a totally English experience and enjoy the peace and quiet of the real countryside. On the edge of the Wessex Downs at the bottom of a beautiful wooded chalk escarpment their three gorgeous shepherd’s huts are all uniquely appointed with comfort in mind. First opened last summer (2017) they are all individually and tastefully furnished with wood burners, very comfortable living space and loads of personality. The kitchen areas and bathroom facilities are all brand new and very well equipped. Lots of outside space gives you plenty of options of where to relax, eat your meals and enjoy your surroundings. For an even greater ‘back-to-nature’ feel there are also two bell tents for hire in the summer months and more exciting development plans for the future….
Down a tiny country lane next to a working farm there are alpacas, ponies, ducks, geese and very friendly goats on site to complete the country idyll and, to add to the quintessentially English feel, the site is owned by the 8th Viscount Sidmouth a direct descendant of Henry Addington the former British Prime Minister.
Stonehenge Region – pubs, bed-and-breakfast, self-catering and farm-stays
The Red Lion, East Chisenbury
The Red Lion is a very special pub set in the Avon side South Wiltshire village of East Chisenbury just a 10 minute drive from Stonehenge. The food is of the very highest quality; they have had a Michelin Star since 2013. The accommodation, Troutbeck has been open since 2012 and consists of 5 ‘unique bedrooms’ in the nearby riverside bungalow – ‘a retreat for our guests that echoes the same principals and attention to detail we implement at the pub in all of its fixtures, fittings, and quirky surprises.’
The Lamb Inn, Hindon
The Lamb is a wonderfully traditional wayside inn situated in the centre of the beautiful village of Hindon in the West Wiltshire Downs, only a twenty minute drive from Stonehenge and half an hour from Salisbury. They pride themselves on their eighteen, individually appointed boutique-style bedrooms, four of which even have their own private garden terraces. The emphasis is on comfort, a traditional experience combined with modern accommodation including flat screen TVs and complimentary wifi. There is an extensive bar and dining area but the restaurant also has two stunning private dining rooms for hire.
The bar area is dog friendly and well behaved dogs are welcome to stay in some of the rooms but please ask the hotel directly about availability and any extra charges.
The Polebarn Hotel, Trowbridge
hat makes the Polebarn such a great place to stay is the combination of an extraordinary building and wonderful hospitality. Natasha and Liam run the hotel in the way that the building was designed. The house, unsually for Trowbridge, was built of golden Bath stone in 1789 (the year of the French Revolution) as a town house for a wealthy mill owner and his family and you still have the feeling of being welcomed into someone’s home. The ten bedrooms are all en suite and individually designed, grand and spacious doubles next to more cosy singles as you would expect in a family house. The hotel is in the centre of the bustling town and is very handily placed for our tours, ‘half an hour from everywhere’ as Liam says.
The entrance hall is a beautiful example of Georgian architecture that once housed the original owner’s organ, designed by Thomas Chippendale Jr. no less. Apparently Mr Clark used to leave the front door open so that passersby could appreciate the hymns he played, and perhaps be reminded of what they had promised at church the previous Sunday! He also welcomed people into the hall to listen and they gathered along the galleried landing which still surrounds the hall.
The Old Post House, Great Wishford
This charming bed and breakfast is in a character Grade II listed building. The 17th century house is set in a delightful village halfway between Stonehenge (7 Miles) and Salisbury (5 Miles) in beautiful countryside with miles of bridleways to explore and in sight of the River Wylye, known for its excellent fly fishing. There are a selection of good pubs nearby for evening meals. The house has three clean, pretty en-suite guest rooms and breakfast is prepared from local produce and cooked on the Aga.
The Resting Post, Heytesbury
The Resting Post is situated in the delightful village of Heytesbury, midway between Bath and Salisbury, and just 20 mins west of Stonehenge in the Wylye valley on the edge of Salisbury Plain.
The owners, Angus and Felicity McLellan ran the Post Office and Stores here for 16 years until April 2003 when the property was tastefully converted to offer 3 bedrooms all with en suite facilities. The house is a Grade 2 listed building dating back to the 17th century and retains a great deal of its original character.
A recent review says: ‘Fantastic little B&B…Cracking breakfast and very comfy bed. Would definitely stay again.’
Lodge Farmhouse Bed and Breakfast, Broad Chalke
Lodge Farmhouse Bed and Breakfast lies in a superb rural position on the most southerly ridge in Wiltshire, with commanding views of perhaps 1000 sq miles of Southern England, from the Isle of Wight and the New Forest to Purbeck. Your hosts, Janet and Michael Roe, will ensure comfortable B&B bedrooms, cheerful service and a delicious breakfast that will set you up for whatever you choose to do in this captivating and unspoiled part of England. They would be delighted to help you plan your day and to recommend places to visit and advise where to eat and drink
The Old Bakery, North London
If you are looking for some special accommodation in London either before or after you come and visit Wiltshire I can highly recommend Nina Anstee’s family-run 4**** luxury apartments. The Old Bakery is a 17th Century Grade II listed historic house that stands at the heart of the delightful Winchmore Hill conservation area with very easy access to the centre of London.
We are yet to add the other categories of accommodation but they will be here very soon. Thank you for your patience