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The Lodge Avebury
Ranked #3 of 5 Avebury B&B and Inns
Reviewed 25 May 2009

One word can only describe this B & B and that is awful. An uncomfortable bed, a shower that didnt work and an awful breakfast. For £150.00 I expect a lot more - do yourself a favour and find somewhere else to stay.

  • Stayed: May 2008, travelled as a couple
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aveburylodge, Owner at The Lodge Avebury, responded to this reviewResponded 10 May 2010

Avebury is surrounded by a patchwork landscape of footpaths, down land meadows, bronze age burial mounds, Neolithic standing stones, big skies and trickling streams. The Lodge has sat amongst the stones for more than 300 years, it’s former owners including Baron Avebury who invented Bank Holidays and Alexander Keiller, architect of Aveburys’ restoration. Today, there is room for every visitor to find a corner of the henge in which to absorb this wonderful village and it’s time out of mind magnificence.

The Lodge has offered accommodation to a myriad of travelers from all over the World since it first opened on February 14th 2003. The décor has an Old World charm and individuality that most guests appreciate as an antidote to the minimalism, mini-bars and sparseness of hotel chains the World over. Besides, The Lodge is primarily a family home offering two rooms bed and breakfast, and isn’t licensed to serve alcohol; however, it nestles a short walk from both the Red Lion Pub and the local village store where those eager to imbibe alcohol are amply catered for.

It’s really rewarding to receive positive reviews of breakfast, cooked freshly each morning; most of the ingredients are either home grown or locally sourced and much of breakfast is organic too. Sat around a William IV table, on 19th Century French chairs, looking out over a 5500 year old henge, the light fragrance of beeswax polish & freshly ground coffee scenting the air as breakfast sizzles away comments more on a guest stay than any conversation; yet most guests embrace the opportunity for a friendly and relaxed chat in an impersonal and busy World. Many guests are eager to hear about the hidden gems of Avebury, Silbury Hill, West Kennet Longbarrow, Fyfield Down and the magical beauty of Windmill Hill, which one night amongst the stones.

Life’s a rich journey of experiences and as hosts , it’s rewarding that so many Guests have become life long friends; drawn to Avebury by the mystery of our ancient past. Renowned as an exclusively vegetarian Bed and Breakfast, The Lodge proves popular with vegetarians, vegans, those with dairy and gluten intolerance, whilst many Jewish, Islamic, Buddhist and Hindu visitors embrace our meat free breakfasts. Our emphasis is on allowing our guest their privacy whilst offering a friendly chat and the only thing we intentionally mean to grille is an occasional tomato!

With many rare and antiquarian prints displayed around our home compliment the antique furnishings, whilst The Lodge has featured in several glossy magazines and television style programs and as such, is furnished with an individuality that most guests embrace as an antidote to shopping mall chic.

Rooms are cleaned to a high standard and if an occasional leaf blows through an open window, it’s because the rooms are aired every day with the gentle breeze that blows from the South.

The last increase in our room rate came in 2007 and throughout the year, especially off season, we have offers and deals available, yet The Lodge remains busy throughout the year with much of the summer filling up with guests from all over the World, most eager to stay inside a 5500 year old stone henge. One room is en-suite, the Pelmet Room has it’s own private bathroom, all amply stocked with shampoos, hand washes etc. Both rooms have a 22” Flat screen TV with integrated FREEVIEW offering a wide variety of digital viewing using technology that supersedes the need for set top boxes. The En-suite room has a built in DVD player, where guests may simply slip their DVD into the side of the TV. Rooms both have their own hair dryers and additional heating for those requiring a room hot enough to grow bananas in.

Tea trays are replaced daily; they contain a selection of herbal teas, regular tea bags kept fresh in a small tin, coffee sachets and brown and white sugar sticks. Both rooms have kettles and as we live amongst chalk down land, the water from our taps is, we believe, superior to bottled water that often tastes of plastic. Making a tea with mineral water isn’t advised and in an environmentally friendly environment, we’ve resisted the fashion for designer water.

A little bit eccentric? Maybe we are and that's the reason why so many travelers visit time and time again and probably why some don‘t.

The Lodge Avebury is like no where else and most of our guests wouldn’t have it any other way.

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Reviewed 13 March 2009

Andrew is a memory man! He actually remembered what we did for a living! He'd lost weight but none of his humor and had the rooms on a 'special' rate. When I arrived the TV cameras were there from the BBC and some guy I saw doing some Brit show on PBS was getting upstaged by Andrew's knowledge of antiques! Give the guy his own show! You don't get all this at a Best Western!

  • Stayed: March 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 February 2009

I can not rate this place highly enough! Initially we planned to stay in Salisbury since the purpose of the visit was Stonehenge. However we were told by several people on Tripavdisor forum that Avebury is much less touristy and more interesting. I am really glad we have followed the advice and book The Lodge in Avebury.
The lodge has two rooms, both very nicely decorated. Many furniture pieces are antic. Bed is very comfortable and when you open your eyes in the morning the first thing you see right from your bed is stone circle!
Andrew is fantastic host and has witty sense of humor. Breakfast is made by Andrew and his lovely wife just for you and its very good quality! One of breakfast tables is just by the window and you do have the view over the circle while having the breakfast! (See the photo)
Next to Lodge is pub Red Lion and opposite this pub is very nice small antique shop run by the lovely couple. We have bought very some great things at great price.
Two miles from The Lodge is great pub “Waggon and Horses” which is featured in one of Dikkens novels. Ask Andrew for directions.
Despite the fact the we were there in January - not the most warm month of the year – we enjoy our stay immensely and would definitely go back there!

  • Stayed: January 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 August 2008

This is such a sweet little place! My hubby to be and I just got engaged there and we love Avebury almost as much as we do each other! Andrew, the owner of the B&B, is the nicest guy and I adored the shabby-chic European style rooms and the views are yummy!
Clean and individual, great food (although it is a vegetarian place) and a host who gave us a really nice bottle of Champagne which Brad and I sat and drank whilst the Sun set over the stones.
You would have to be dead not to love this place!

  • Stayed: July 2008, travelled with friends
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2  Thank BeverlyHillsCaroline
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Reviewed 2 August 2008

This is THE place to stay in Avebury, as the archaeologist Sir John Lubbock decided when he was working on the stone circle and Silbury Hill in the 1870s. Today The Lodge has everything you could wish for: a stunning view over the stone circle from your room, genial and friendly hosts, Andrew Blackall and his wife, very comfortable beds, and a great breakfast.

Stayed: July 2008
3  Thank ReginaldCamberwell
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Reviewed 4 May 2008

This place was really not what we expected. We'd stopped off in Avebury before to have a look at the stone circle (fantastic) but had not really got a sense of quite how small the village is.

The Lodge B&B is located right inside the circle (as is most of the village) which means you get tremendous views from the bedroom windows and the breakfast room. In addition, you can also see Silbury Hill from the upstairs window.

We stayed in the Pelmet Room which had a separate bathroom (down the hall, not en-suite) but this wasn't a problem. The room itself had a splendid grand feel to it with its antique furniture and is hung with paintings and tapestries. The bed was very comfy (we slept superbly both nights) and the room contained everything you would expect from a B&B of this standard - TV, tea and coffee etc.

The bathroom was spacious and contained a separate bath and shower. Some more paintings in this room including a David Roberts print of the Gizah plateau which we loved as we spent our honeymoon in Egypt. An excellent bathroom to chill-out in.

Breakfast was excellent both days. My wife is a vegan and was well looked after. I'm a carnivore who will happily eat vegetarian if the food is nice enough - and it was. I had a huge cooked breakfast which demanded a post-prandial walk around the stones.

The Blackall family were lovely hosts - funny and warm - and we would definitely stay here again. In addition, Avebury is a superb National Trust site with interesting museums and some tremendous walks with loads to see.

  • Stayed: May 2008, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank HolidayMonkey
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Reviewed 15 October 2007

This is an excellent place to stay right with in Avebury and within the standing stone circle. You can wake in the morning and see the stones, you can wander to your hearts content and even wonder the very small village at night. The night we wondered around there was a church bell concert, it was beautiful and added to the asmosphere of a cool fall evening.

Andrew and family are wonderful hosts. He has a good amount of knowledge about stone circles. Breakfast was great, only wish we could have stayed longer.

The room was spacious and the views were great. I highly reccomend this B & B when visiting the Avebury area.

  • Stayed: October 2007, travelled with family
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Address: The Lodge High Street, Avebury SN8 1RF, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Wiltshire > Avebury
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Avebury
Price Range: £167 - £199 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set right inside Avebury's 5500 year old Stone Henge, The Lodge Avebury is a beautiful Queen Anne country house with splendid rooms overlooking the surrounding henge and stones. Vegetarian cooked breakfast, stunning views, wonderfully furnished rooms full of antiques and antiquarian prints, comfortable beds and powerful, hot showers or bathrooms. Bedrooms have additional heating, hairdryers, wi-fi etc. The Lodge has featured in television shows such as Children of The Stones, Trust me I'm a dealer and Three in bed and has featured in numerous Antique, Interiors and Style magazines. Room rate per night £175 double (two people sharing a room)and £140 single occupancy (one guest occupying the room) per night including breakfast. All bookings are inclusive of breakfast and both rooms overlook the henge and stones. The Lodge is a small independent Bed and Breakfast, established in 2003, endeavoring to offer private accommodation to Avebury's visitors. Internally, The Lodge remains a home, with separate Guest areas offering visitors a good level of privacy. The Lodge is a 100% non-smoking business and home and all bookings are made with VISA, Mastercard or Debit and PayPal. Parking is adjacent in the High Street car park and a free permit is given to guests on arrival. Check-out is by 10am on departure mornings and Guests are asked to take off muddy shoes before entering the property. Rooms have a variety of complimentary beverages and breakfast is served in the dining room overlooking the henge. Access to the Avebury stones, the henge and Avenues, West Kennet Longbarrow and the Ridgeway and Silbury Hill is free and open 24 hours a day. PLEASE NOTE: THE LODGE IS AN EXCLUSIVELY VEGETARIAN B&B AND DOES NOT SERVE MEAT PRODUCTS OF ANY KIND. THE LODGE AVEBURY - A VEGETARIAN BED & BREAKFAST IN AVEBURY - ESTABLISHED 2003. ... more   less 
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