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This traditional inn sits at the heart of the 19,000-acre Ramsbury Estate, owned by Swedish H&M magnate Stefan Persson. The estate's farms, brewery, gin distillery and oil press supply The Bell's restaurant, bar and café, meaning food miles are kept to a minimum and the produce is as fresh as it gets. There are tastefully-decorated ensuite rooms equipped with everything you could need. The village of Ramsbury is blessed with good looks and a rich history. It's in an enviable position on the banks of the River Kennet and its streets are lined with pretty cottages. The bustling, attractive town of Marlborough is around six miles away, while the nearby Marlborough Downs and Savernake Forest offer superb walks.

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Alexandra Richards
Travel writer and photographer
Alexandra Richards is a freelance travel writer and photographer based in Dorset. She is the author of numerous guidebooks, including Bradt’s Slow Travel Guide to Dorset and the Bradt guide to Mauritius. She has a particular interest in food, wildlife, outdoor activities, remote places, travelling with children and encouraging an outdoor childhood.

THE DETAILS

Location

The Kennet Valley and the rolling hills of the Marlborough Downs are picturesque and unspoilt, making this superb walking country.

The inn is located in the village of Ramsbury, set within the Wiltshire countryside. It's part of the Ramsbury Estate, which spans over 19,000 acres.
By car: around an hour from Bristol, 1 hour 45 minutes from London and 2 hours from Birmingham. Free on-site parking.
By train: London Paddington to Hungerford takes under an hour. It's a 10-minute taxi ride to the hotel. thetrainline.com

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Style & Character

Soothing cream and beige hues create a light, unfussy interior, while prints of fish and game reinforce the country feel.

Service & Facilities

The café is a very clever addition and is usually busy with both locals and hotel guests.

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Garden
  • Pet-friendly
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi

Rooms

All the rooms are well maintained and spotless, but (Superior King room) Pike is one of the largest and feels the most luxurious. The rooms successfully combine traditional features and light, contemporary décor. They are well-maintained, spotless and elegantly furnished.

Twin, Deluxe King, Superior King
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom with toiletries, bathrobes and slippers, tea and coffee facilities, TV, free Wi-Fi

Food & Drink

'Fresh, local, seasonal' isn't an empty slogan here. With so many ingredients coming from the estate, menus are both local and sustainable. Using top quality meat sourced from the estate, steak is what The Bell does best.

Restaurant: locally-sourced produce and award-winning beers and spirits. Pub classics include steak and pie. Open Tue-Sat for lunch and dinner, Sun for lunch.
Café Bella: informal dining, no booking required. Serving breakfast, light lunch and afternoon tea. Open Tue-Sat, 8am-4pm.

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