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Beechfield House, Beanacre, Wiltshire
Beechfield House is an attractive boutique hotel that offers great access to Bath and the National Trust Village of Lacock, located near the unremarkable town of Melksham. What is more, it has a heated outdoor pool in its courtyard that is a lovely place to relax in fine weather and hard to find in this neck of the woods. The late 19th-century house contains 24 bedrooms and a handful of private dining rooms alongside a restaurant and lounge-bar.
There are some great dining options within a 15-minute drive: Sign of the Angel in Lacock and The Longs Arms in South Wraxall.
You're well-placed to visit the National Trust village of Lacock and the Roman city of Bath is only 30 minutes' by car.
By car: around 50 minutes from Bristol, 2 hours 15 minutes from London and 3 hours 30 minutes from Manchester. Free parking on-site.
By train: London Paddington to Melksham (via Swindon or Westbury) takes around 1 hour 45 minutes. It's a 5-minute taxi ride (or 20-minute walk) to the hotel. thetrainline.com
Style & Character
The hotel suits families wishing to spend time by the pool in summer and groups who would enjoy celebrating in one of the private dining rooms. The heated pool is out in the courtyard and the smart loungers and well-tended flower beds around it gave it an upmarket, chic feel.
Service & Facilities
Groups can request a room to themselves when dining, at no extra cost.
- Swimming pool
- Board games
- Free parking
- Free Wi-Fi
Dogs are well looked after, with certain rooms ready to house them, though there is a £20 charge.
The Master Bedroom has a classic elegance to it, with a four-poster bed, fireplace and stained glass in the bathroom. The bedrooms in the main house have arched windows with lovely views over the courtyard and pool to the fields beyond.
Cosy, Snug, Classic, Comfy, Master Bedroom
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom with toiletries, bathrobes, hairdryer, tea and coffee facilities, bottled water, Roberts Radio, TV, free Wi-Fi
Food & Drink
We loved sitting out on the patio to eat breakfast on a sunny day, with the pool sparkling to one side and a coffee in hand. We recommend the duck with cauliflower, blackberry, croquette and romanesco.
The Restaurant: four dining rooms and terrace, classic British cuisine. Dishes include ribeye steak and pan-fried sea bass. All-day dining, open daily. Afternoon tea served daily, 2:30-5:30pm.