The Rectory Hotel – Crudwell, Wiltshire
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Originally the rectory to a nearby church before it became a country house hotel, this grade II-listed Georgian building was revamped and re-opened by former music executive Alex Payne in 2017. Now it has 18 pared-back but beautiful bedrooms – 15 in the main house, plus three in a separate cottage – all kitted out with contemporary furniture; beds with smart velvet headboards in shades such as mustard or navy and roll top baths with Bramley products in the bathroom. All the little details have been considered, from the smart TVs to the honesty bar on each landing, stocked with brandy and whisky for anyone who fancies a nightcap. Downstairs there are two inviting sitting rooms with sink-into sofas, board games, paperbacks and in winter, a crackling log fire. Food is served in the relaxed wood-panelled dining room, the airy glasshouse and in the tranquil garden, where there’s a heated pool. Popular sister pub, The Potting Shed, is just over the road too, for equally delicious suppers and fine ales.
Doubles from £130
+44 (0) 1666 577194; therectoryhotel.com