The Rectory

Crudwell, Wiltshire, United Kingdom Book from Book from £105 per night

Elegant country house hotel and restaurant, perfect for a romantic retreat in the Cotswolds
After a busy week in the city, the glowing buttery Cotswold-stone façade of this former Rectory was a sight for sore eyes. Set in the pretty as a picture Wiltshire village of Crudwell, the hotel underwent a huge 6-month renovation in early 2017, transforming it into an elegant and peaceful rural retreat. Step inside and it’s all deep velvet sofas, modern art, vintage maps and cosy window seats.

The 15 bedrooms have been given a more country house chic makeover; soft sisal flooring, sage velvet sofas, artfully strewn blankets and claw-foot tubs abound. The new marble topped bar, with its glittering array of bottles, will tempt you to sample pre-dinner cocktails. Later, head through to the welcoming restaurant for a decadent dinner. On a winters day there are roaring log fires in the lounge. In summer, the gardens are beautiful with a heated pool plus plenty of tables and seats dotted around. For days out, you're within easy striking distance of the antiques shops of Tetbury, Cirencester or even Bath. Pack a good book, some wellies and your appetite – Cotswolds bliss awaits.

Highs

  • The elegant on-site bar and restaurant for indulgent dinners, plus a buzzy sister pub just over the road
  • Large bright and airy bedrooms, many with in-room claw-foot tubs... And a spacious 3-bedroom cottage
  • There’s a heated outdoor pool (usually open May-Sept) and beautiful gardens for lazy summer days
  • A great Cotswolds location - easy to get to via train or car (90 minutes' drive from London)
  • Warm, friendly staff

Lows

  • Children can be accommodated but they may find the adult atmosphere a little boring
  • As is often the case in the Cotswolds, good food comes with a price tag to match
  • You'll need to ask at reception for the WiFi code (no phones in the rooms)
  • Some steep stairs to the top floor and low ceilings in the hallways
  • No twin rooms

Best time to go

A charming destination in any season - we loved the autumn colours during our visit, but in winter we can imagine the cosy rooms and log fires making this is a really romantic bolthole.

Our top tips

Leave the car behind and take the train. Its only a short cab journey from Kemble station to The Rectory. If you fancy a car-free weekend of walking, eating and relaxing this is a great place to do it.

Great for...

Great Outdoors
Honeymoon
Wedding
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 12
  • Restaurant and bar open daily
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Heated Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
Room: Bedroom Suite

Rooms

The Rectory has 15 light and airy bedrooms, plus a cosy self-catering 3-bedroom cottage in the grounds. Expect muted sage-green shades of Farrow & Ball, Scandi-inspired sheepskins draped over leather armchairs and large bottles of Green & Spring herbal bath products.

We liked first-floor Medium Room 1, a beautiful space with a dusky pink velvet bed. Up in the eaves, Medium Room 16 has a more scandi vibe and a separate sofabed (handy for those with young children). Our first-floor Big Room (6) was delightful. A huge kingsize four-poster bed was surrounded by an antique wardrobe, glass lamps, a sofa and a lovely vintage trunk table, plus 3 cosy window seats. It’s ensuite bathroom has a clawfoot tub and separate shower, plus twin basins. All other Big Rooms have an in-room tub. All rooms come with a kettle and teas; you'll find milk in the first-floor honesty fridge (on the landing).

Nestled in the hotel grounds, the modern Scandi-style 3-bedroom cottage (2 doubles and 1 twin room) has a kitchen, a big corner sofa and a wood-burner – perfect for cosy winter breaks.

Features include:

  • Bathrobes
  • CD player
  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Cots Available
  • Extra beds
  • Hairdryer
  • Internet access
  • Ipod dock
  • Phone
  • Radio
  • TV

Eating

Dinner is taken in the elegant candlelit dining room; log fires warm the panelled space during the cooler months. Menus are seasonal, but ours included veal (delicious) and lamb rump (a little of the rich side). The dessert, apple and maple syrup cheesecake with apple sorbet, was excellent. Staff were happy to advise on wine options from their nicely varied list. Freshly baked bread was nice touch.

If you want a more casual dinner, book a table at The Potting Shed pub across the road - the fish and chips, sausage and mash and steak sounds hearty as can be.

Served in the light and airy Glasshouse, breakfast is a help yourself array of cereals, homemade granola, yoghurt, juices, bread and pastries. There’s even some vodka and Champagne if you need an early pick me up. We tried the French toast, bacon and maple syrup, but poached eggs, avocado and smoked salmon are also on offer for a healthier start. Lunch is also served and cakes are available through the day.

For local restaurants, we like swanky Whatley Manor, the other side of Malmesbury. For something simpler, try the Vine Tree village pub at Norton.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Restaurant
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Room service
  • Vegetarian menu
Eating:
Activity:

Activities

  • Kick off your shoes, curl up in a window seat and lose yourself in a good book. Alternatively, hole up in your room choose from your TV's a film library
  • In good weather, relax in the garden with a G&T or splash around in the outdoor heated pool (mid-May to October)
  • Pull on some Hunters and go for a walk in the country - Westonbirt's arboretum is one of the finest in the world (15-minute drive)
  • You are on the edge of the Cotswolds. Visit nearby Tetbury and find some of England's finest antique shops or browse the quirky boutiques and delis of Cirencester (10 minute drive), a charming market town
  • Spend the day in Bath and treat yourself to a day at Thermae Bath Spa (40-minute drive)
  • Harry Potter fans might want to visit the National Trust's Lacock Abbey which has featured in 2 of the hit films

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Hiking
  • Shopping / markets
  • Swimming

Kids

The hotel can accommodate children but it is more of a grown up vibe and not ideal for little ones.

Best for:

Babies (0-1 years), Toddlers (1-4 years), Children (4-12 years)

Family friendly accommodation:

Some rooms can interconnect via a corridor. The cottage might work best for families, it has 3 bedrooms (including 1 twin room).

Kids Activities on site:

  • The walled garden is great for children to play in with several large lawns
  • The outdoor pool is heated during the summer months

Kid Friendly:

Location

The Rectory is located in the village of Crudwell, in Wiltshire. It sits between Malmesbury and Cirencester.

By Train
The nearest train station is Kemble (6km / 3 miles). It's 70 minutes from London Paddington sation. See Seat 61 for more details.

By Air and/or Car
Heathrow is about 1 hour away and Bristol is 45 minutes. See our car rental recommendations.

Detailed directions will be provided when you book through i-escape.

More on getting to the UK and getting around.

Airports:

  • Bristol 65.0 km BRS

Other:

  • Beach 200.0 km
  • Shops 5.0 km
  • Restaurant 0.0 km

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 8 independent reviews from i-escape guests

10/10
Room
9/10
Food
10/10
Service
9/10
Value
10/10
Overall

Outstanding hotel with great food. Lots of nice touches, beautiful interiors and a great pool - well worth a visit!

10/10,

Absolutely fantastic stay. Everyone was so helpful and friendly. Food is divine... especially the granola at breakfast! The Potting Shed down the road is fabulous too. The renovations were SO worth it, the hotel has a wonderful intimate feel.

10/10,

Beautiful hotel in a lovely setting, with just the right balance of luxury and homeliness. Delicious, high quality breakfast buffet. Dinner in the restaurant was also excellent, with a good value early bird menu during the week.

9/10,

Lovely hotel. Great spot. Great tie in with the local pub. Had the best roast dinner ever. Maggie (reception) most helpful, personable, warm and welcoming, as were the rest of the team. One small gripe, being woken up at 8.00 Monday morning to logs being loaded into a wheelbarrow! However, you should most definitely visit.

9/10,

We had a great 2-night stay at the Rectory to celebrate our Mum's birthday and it was worth splashing out for one of the large rooms which had very comfortable beds, were beautifully decorated, with large free-standing baths and big windows overlooking the tranquil gardens (we especially liked room 6). There was a fantastic choice of food for breakfast and the onsite restaurant and the sister restaurant a few metres away were good options for staying local in the evening. We didn't have a car but we managed to order taxis to take us around the area, but would probably recommend a car as the hotel is fairly isolated (in a good way). Would recommend for a relaxing weekend away!

9/10,

It was absolutely perfect. The restaurant was delicious, the room stunning and service etc excellent. We compared it to Babington House and thought The Rectory was much better, due to it being more personal.

10/10,

For a rare night away without the children we booked The Rectory and it exceeded all expectations. The bedroom and bathroom were beautifully decorated, as was the rest of the hotel. The bed was extremely comfortable and for once I had a great nights sleep! There was a good selection of tasty
breakfast items and we were made to feel comfortable having a leisurely meal with complimentary newspapers. I wanted time to slow down so we could enjoy more time there but alas it was time to head off after a walk in the pleasant grounds. The hotel ticked all the boxes for me and the staff were lovely. Hope to get back one day!

10/10,

We loved our stay. The family room was excellent and the food amazing. What really made it was the service though. Everyone was fantastic and made us really welcome.

10/10,

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