Hotel Review: The Bell at Ramsbury, Wiltshire
A 300-year-old inn which offers comfortable rooms, an excellent restaurant and a cosy café. It's part of a sprawling estate with its own farms, kitchen garden, brewery and distillery, all of which supply The Bell. Ramsbury is an idyllic village stretching along the River Kennet and surrounded by beautiful countryside.
Rooms available from £110 per night
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The Bell lies at the centre of the village of Ramsbury, surrounded by attractive, mostly Georgian, cottages. The inn is part of a sprawling and productive estate. The village stretches along the banks of the River Kennet; the surrounding Marlborough Downs and nearby Savernake Forest offer excellent walking country.
By car: around an hour from Bristol, 1 hour 45 minutes from London and 2 hours from Birmingham. Free parking on-site.
By train: London Paddington to Hungerford takes under an hour. It's a 10-minute taxi ride to the hotel. Book trains to Hungerford.
THE LOOK AND FEEL
The 300 year-old building has been thoroughly renovated. Calming, neutral colours allow characterful features (such as original oak beams and fireplaces) to shine. The rooms, which are named after fish and game birds, have an unfussy country style. After a long countryside walk, hot chocolate and cake in the café hits the spot.
The restaurant, bar and café mean there are plenty of options when it comes to food. This is a small hotel though so there are no additional facilities. If you need to work there is good Wi-Fi. Hotel guests receive 10% off the Ramsbury Estate brewery and distillery tours.
- Free parking
- Free Wi-Fi
BED AND BATH
Rooms are in either the main building or the converted coach house. Decorated in calming, neutral tones and with contemporary country furniture they feel elegant, light and clean. Bathrooms are modern and come with fluffy bathrobes and White Company toiletries. Look forward to comfy beds and a good night's sleep.
Room types: Twin, Deluxe King, Superior King
Key amenities: ensuite bathroom with toiletries, bathrobes and slippers, tea and coffee facilities, TV, free Wi-Fi
FOOD AND DRINK
The food and drink offering here is varied, with a bar menu for traditional pub food, a restaurant serving a creative, modern menu, a tapas bar on weekends and a café for light bites and tasty cakes. The estate provides much of the produce, right down to the beer served in the bar.
Restaurant: locally-sourced produce and award-winning beers and spirits. Open Tue-Sat for lunch and dinner, Sun for lunch.
Café Bella: informal dining, serving breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea. Open Tue-Sat, 8am-4pm.
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