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The Old Bell Hotel

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Abbey Row, Malmesbury, Wiltshire, SN16 0BW
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The Oldest Purpose Built Hotel in England
  • The Oldest Purpose Built Hotel in England
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About

The Old Bell Hotel & Restaurant is a comfortable, country hotel full of character and charm, reputed to be the oldest purpose built hotel in England (c.1220) and Grade I Listed. The hotel nestles in the beautiful medieval Cotswold town of Malmesbury.

With crackling log fires, cosy corners, squashy sofas, plump duvets, fine linen and fabulous food and wine - this is pure indulgence.

The Old Bell Hotel is 75 yards from the famous Abbey House Gardens (open March - October) with over 2000 roses. These fabulous gardens were featured on BBC Gardeners' World in June 2002. Westonbirt Arboretum which runs the International Festival of Gardens event from June until September is 3 miles distant, and Highgrove, home of HRH Prince Charles, is also within 3 miles near the pretty town of Tetbury.

There is great shopping within 30 minutes' drive at Bath and the Swindon Designer Outlet. Or try an after lunch walk in the nearby Westonbirt Arboretum, followed by the newspapers and a traditional tea.

Experience History with comfort and delightfully individual.

We have 34 rooms individually designed and furnished with named after local historical figures and previous owners of this Grade 1 listed hotel. Each room is equipped with luxury bathrobes and Noble Isle toiletries plus 24 hour room service and free Wifi. We also have a number of dog friendly rooms.

Master

Master in size, decoration and facilities. They are made for King and Queens. One room has a four poster and the other a super king size bed. The rooms are uniquely decorated and offer Hypnos mattresses, shower over a bath or bath and shower, Nespresso machine, safe, fridge, flat screen TV (free channels), complimentary Wi-Fi, parking and 24hrs room service with our night porter team. Freshly baked cookies, fresh fruits and macaroons on arrival.

Junior Master

All five rooms are in our main house on either the first or second floor, they are uniquely decorated and offer King size Hypnos mattresses, shower over a bath, Nespresso machine, safe, fridge, flat screen TV (free channels), complimentary Wi-Fi, parking, 24hrs room service with our night porter team and freshly baked cookies on arrival.

Classic

These rooms are in the main house on either the first or second floor, they are uniquely decorated and offer king size Hypnos mattresses, shower over a bath, Nespresso machine, safe, fridge, flat screen TV (free channels), complimentary Wi-Fi, parking, 24hrs room service with our night porter team and freshly baked cookies on arrival.

Character

These rooms in the main house, are full of character and uniquely decorated. Larger than cosy room, they have stoneware with some exposed original beams and are situated on the first and second floors. King size Hypnos mattresses, shower over a bath, Nespresso machine, safe, fridge, flat screen TV (free channels), complimentary Wi-Fi, parking, 24hrs room service with our night porter team and freshly baked cookies on arrival.

Master Cosy

Both master cosy rooms are in our coach house, which adjoins the main house, have king size Hypnos mattresses and shower over a bath. The rooms benefit of a lounge space with a sofa bed, tea and coffee facilities, flat screen TV (free channels), complimentary Wi-Fi and parking, 24hrs room service with our night porter team and freshly baked cookies on arrival. These rooms are perfect for families

Cosy

Cosy rooms are in our coach house, which adjoins the main house. King size Hypnos mattresses, shower over a bath, tea and coffee facilities, flat screen TV (free channels), complimentary Wi-Fi, parking 24hrs room service with our night porter team and freshly baked cookies on arrival. Some of the rooms are large enough to accommodate either a Z-bed or a travel cot. Interconnecting cosy rooms are also available on the ground floor or first floor.

Ask for more details of our very special weekend breaks which are subject to season and availability.

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Booking Details:

Arrival Date:
Fri , 26th Apr 2019
Departure Date:
Sat , 27th Apr 2019
No. of Nights:
1
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Map & Directions

Road Directions

From M4, junction 17 M4 junction 17, follow signs to Cirencester and Malmesbury. Follow signs to town centre, turn left at top of High Street in front of Market Cross and drive round corner. Old Bell is then directly in front of you next to the Abbey. Parking at rear of hotel.

Public Transport Directions

Chippenham or Kemble railway station then taxi.

Facilities

Accessibility

  • Facilities for the Disabled

Catering

  • Additional meal details - Most with notice.
  • Bar
  • Cater for vegetarians
  • Half board supplement (£) - £40 per person
  • Room service
  • Serve breakfast - 07:30-09:30 (Sundays 08:00-10:00).
  • Serve evening meal - In the Loring's Brasserie or Edwardian restaurant 18:30 -21:00.
  • Serve lunch - In the Loring's Brasserie or Edwardian restaurant 12:15 -14:00.

Children & Infants

  • Accept children all ages
  • Cot Available
  • Food/Bottle Warming Available
  • Highchair

Establishment Features

  • Accept coach parties
  • Available for wedding receptions - Up to 80 persons.
  • Business facilities - Wired broadband in all rooms, wireless in public areas.
  • Central heating throughout
  • Conference facilities
  • Event venue
  • Garden/patio for guests use
  • Internet Access
  • Ironing facilities
  • Laundry service
  • Licenced for alcohol
  • Licenced for Weddings & Civil Partnerships
  • Night porter
  • Open all year
  • Pets accepted
  • Public telephone
  • Wedding Venue
  • Welcome single sex groups, eg stag/hen parties
  • Wireless internet (WiFi) connection available

Key Features

  • Country house
  • Haunted - Several images and incidents- unsurprising since the hotel is 800 years old and located next to The Abbey.
  • In countryside - Southern edge of the Cotswolds.
  • Non smoking establishment
  • Of historic, literary or architectural interest - Dates back to 1220, reputedly the oldest purpose built hotel in England.

Languages spoken

  • French spoken
  • German spoken
  • Staff Fluent in Languages - Other - French, German

Leisure Facilities

  • Access to golf course - Bowood, Castle Combe, Chippenham.
  • Arrangements for riding / pony trekking
  • Cycle hire
  • Fishing - License holders can fish 5 minutes from hotel
  • Gym - 5 minutes walk

Parking & Transport

  • Car parking
  • On site parking

Payment Methods

  • Accept Bank Transfers, Internet Payment or SWIFT/IBAN
  • American Express accepted
  • Maestro accepted
  • MasterCard accepted
  • Special group rates
  • Sterling Travellers Cheques accepted
  • Visa accepted
  • Visa Debit accepted

Room / Unit Features

  • CD Player in all bedrooms
  • Colour Television all rooms
  • DVD player all rooms
  • Electric shaver point
  • Four poster beds available
  • Freeview TV
  • Fridge
  • Ground floor bedrooms available
  • Hairdryer all rooms
  • Modem point in all rooms
  • Non smoking rooms available
  • Radio in all bedrooms
  • Tea & coffee making facilities in all bedrooms
  • Telephone all rooms
  • Units available with real log/coal fires

Target Markets

  • Aim to Attract Conferences & Business meetings
  • Christmas/New Year Programme
  • Honeymoon Breaks
  • Marketed as green/environmentally friendly
  • Marketed to any other specialist market - Garden enthusiasts
  • Special provisions for cyclists
  • Special provisions for lone female travellers - Well lighted parking with CCTV. Upgrade to room in main house (subject to availability). Locks and chains on all guest room doors.

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    TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

    • Service
      4.5 of 5 stars
    • Value
      4 of 5 stars
    • Cleanliness
      4 of 5 stars
    • Location
      4.5 of 5 stars
    • Excellent
      365
    • Very Good
      216
    • Average
      111
    • Poor
      47
    • Terrible
      34

    Recent Reviews:

    • emmahU7801LS
      London, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Couples
      Swoon
      5 of 5 stars
      Wednesday, 24th April 2019
      Because this is the oldest hotel in the U.K., they could quite happily trade on that and make minimal effort. But they’ve done such a good job - incredibly comfy beds, super cosy rooms that are... Read full review
    • 565ClaireC
      Cheltenham, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Family
      Easter Sunday lunch
      5 of 5 stars
      Sunday, 21st April 2019
      The staff where very welcoming and accommodating as we had a dog ate in lounge area which was nice. It did look like they hadn’t cleaned up after breakfast as there was toast in under the table. We... Read full review
    • eisak
      Wiltshire UK
      Trip Type:
      Couples
      Almost perfect!
      5 of 5 stars
      Monday, 22nd April 2019
      All very good BUT very oddly the menu displayed outside the hotel was different, and for us not as good as the one presented to us in the restaurant. Other than this annoyance everything was good... Read full review

    Awards

    • Other Awards Self-assessed Accessibility Information 2019

    Gradings

    • 4 AA Stars Hotel
    4 AA Stars Hotel

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