On our February, 2004 trip, we fronted up in the town of Corsham at about 5 PM and were fortunate to find ourselves in luck regarding accommodations when we enquired at Thurlestone Lodge, the establishment that we had spotted in our single tourist booklet!
Thulestone is a grand old Victorian manor, owned and operated for 27 years by a pleasant couple, he having been born in Sri Lanka of English parents and his wife hailing from the Isle of Man. Our upstairs room overlooking both the street and a huge old Sequoia tree in their front yard, was very comfortable and it came complete with an ensuite bathroom. Sequoia trees were transplanted to England in 1857 when seeds were sent across from North America. They are used as ornamentals in many gardens and estates. My breakfast the next morning was one of the best of the trip, with excellent fried mushrooms and tomatoes thrown into the mix! We had a pleasant time chatting with the owners and also enjoyed reading their guest book. They have a lot of visitors from Australia and I noticed that we were the first ones for 2004! Based on past years, a few guests turn up in late April and then things start to pick up in May as you would expect. The cost of our stay was the standard 45 pounds (US$ 83). They gave us some very good information regading Lacock as a place to visit while in the area.
Bradford-on-Avon may be a nice little spot, but we had the hardest time of our trip finding a place in which to spend the night! One of my worries on this winter trip was about how many places would be open in the week leading up to Christmas and, with it getting dark by about 4:30 PM, the travel days were short before the hunt had to start.
As we rolled into town following our amazing day in 'Avebury', a village located in the midst of a circle of standing stones older than Stonehenge, we stopped at the first B&B we came across. A knock on the door revealed that it was already full, but the kind lady gave us some hints for town as well as a brochure on local accommodations. We descended the hill into the heart of Bradford, with its narrow and confusing streets quickly turning into a rabbit's warren as darkness fully took hold! To make matters worse, one of the main streets was undergoing construction, resulting in one-way traffic that resulted in a huge detour if you needed to go the other way. It was difficult to see the house street numbers in the darkness and we ended up going out of town briefly, then around the detour a couple of times as well as getting out on foot. The next B&B we tried was completely dark, after that another B&B said they were not open over the Season. Finally, leaving our car on the hillside above the detour, we walked to a nearby hotel, but the bartender said they were full. However, he did mention giving the Swan Hotel in the centre of town a try, but they might be full too. With nothing else to do, we walked down the steep hillside with the roadworks blockage (so we would not have to go around again in the car) and fronted up at the Swan Hotel. We finally hit the jackpot, the manager had a nice double room for us at 70 GBP (US$123) including breakfast! All this had taken us about 90 minutes from the time we arrived on the edge of town.
The Avon Hotel dates from the 1500s but has recently been renovated, now having 12 nicely furnished rooms with ensuite bathrooms. The hotel also has a very nice restaurant and wine cellar, as well as a cosy bar area with a roaring fireplace. Located in the centre of town beside the picturesque Norman-built bridge, the Swan Hotel makes a nice place to start a walking tour of Bradford.
Our room was on the second floor, overlooking the rear and had a King-size bed and one of the biggest bathrooms I have ever seen. Quite comfortable really, although the room temperature was a bit too hot for our sleeping tastes. No complaints though, the staff were friendly and we had an excellent breakfast here as well.
This photo was taken from the back garden of Thurlestone Lodge, just after we had finished breakfast. Towering over the house is their front lawn Wellingtonia Sequoia tree!
We had booked a room in the Rollstone Manor in Shrewton, close to Stonehenge. Coming from the airport we wanted to see Stonehenge and Avebury on one day and not drive too far afterwards.
Of all the hotels during our stay in England this year ( 2013) I liked this one the most. The gardens around it were beautiful, there were benches to sit and enjoy them and you could watch the horses in the fields next to it.
Our room was nice and large with some extras, for example there was a plug adaptor for visitors who had forgotten to bring theirs. It also had an alcove with a comfortable chair for reading,perfect for someone like me who brings several books along when going on holiday. The bedside tables were made out of old milk cans. This sounds strange but it fitted right into the room.
Downstairs there is a nice sitting room with a bar. There is also a restaurant, but as we didn't have dinner there I cannot say anything about it.
You need a car to get there - that's the only thing I didn't like about it,as otherwise I'd be back soon.
This is an old Coaching-Inn dating from 1737, at the market place on Devizes Town.
All room have en-suite, private car park, and you can enjoy Wadworth Ales !
This hotel said to be haunted~!
The Milford Hall Hotel in Salisbury is by a busy road called castle Road, which is about ten minute’s from town. It can accommodate of 60 diners & is open to both inhabitants & non-residents. Our Head Chef & his team are justly proud to offer a high customary & wide mixture of tasty, new dishes all year round. guests to the Milford Hall can have a simple, newly prepared sandwich, light bite or a full 3-course meal lunchtime & evening, 7 days a week. Vegetarian dishes are always offered & special dietary supplies can be catered for by priority agreement.
The restaurant is open for lunch from 12-2pm & for dinner from 6.30-9.30pm. Sunday lunch is good value at just £12.95 for 3 courses. Coffee & mints are on hand for £1.75 pp. Booking isimportant. Milford Hall is a few hundred yards from Castle Street, the main ring road around Salisbury & the A345 Amesbury Road, less than half a mile from the Market Square.
There's a car park at the rear, & you can get a sample menu on the website.
This pub is a wonderful place to go, its got really high-quality service, the staff work as a great team to see to you're needs, its a lovely calm environment in lovely quiet village, also has really good real ales; rooms are not en-suite although. We ate at this pub today. It was outstanding & quite realistically priced. The landlord was very friendly, the mood & environment were very enjoyable. Quiet pub with tremendous variety of real ales, & very friendly bar staff. They had Bateman's Rascal as guest ale.
The Swan was built over 150 years ago as a Coaching Inn - a watering & feeding stop for the horses, drivers & passengers of the coaches going between Salisbury & Bath. The old beams in The Game Bar, the customary English village public bar, reveals it hasn't changed much since then, but the stables have made way for the Skittle Alley, & the inn's lodging rooms has been modernized, as the En Suite Accommodation In addition, they now have the Cygnet Restaurant that would put to disgrace the basic fare that fed the traveler of yesteryear. The road runs rather close to the pub, other the other side is a car park & the river which runs through farmland. A short stroll through the neighboring village of Great Wishford takes you up to Grovely Woods, which is a large place to walk or cycle.
On the upper floor of this historic building you'll find the lodgings. They have twin, double & family rooms offered, most with views over the river Wylye & its water meadows. Rooms are also presented for single occupancy - please contact them for availability & cost.
All their rooms are non-smoking & are with:
• En-suite bathrooms
• colour TV’s
• Tea & coffee making amenities
• alarm clocks
Opening hours are 11am to 3pm at lunchtime & 6pm to 11pm in the evening. Nevertheless, Sunday hours are 12pm to 3pm then 7pm to 10.30pm. Checking in for lodgings may only be in these times.
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