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The Pear Tree at Purton
Ranked #5 of 25 Hotels in Swindon
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 26 August 2010

We stayed recently on a DB&B basis. The Hotel stands in its own beautifully kept gardens in a perfect position for The Southern Cotswolds and Wiltshire's attractions. If you are looking for spa's and indoor pools, forget it,this is a perfect country house hotel and better for it. Food at breakfast and dinner was faultless, so was the service. We can't comment on the standard rooms but our superior was large with seating area, patio,and multi channel flat screen TV. If your looking for Peace and Quiet, Good Service look no further

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 July 2010

Only visted for a meal but very pleased with the standard of the restaurant , service and food. The hotel has a lovely setting for summer meals , with 2 large conservatories overlooking pleasant gardens and a small pond.
We and our friends felt unhurried and had a relaxed an enjoyable evening .
The food is well presented . I am not sure if I could classiffy it to any particulay style but the ingredients were fresh and the cooking competent . I had the lamb which was nicely cooked but had a rather uninteresting assortment of vegetatbles . The starters and desserts were very good.
Overall I have no hestitation in recommending this restaurant to anyone who is looking for a pleasant country destination

Stayed: July 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 June 2010

Living and working in London its hard to find somewhere that is not too far away for a relaxing couple of days in the country.

We heard about the gardens and service at the Pear Tree and thought to give it a go. Our arrival was lovely, greeted by a smiley receptionist who kindly escorted us to the room. The room itself was a lovely size, overlooked the garden and even had a spa bath - a real treat. Dinner was outstanding, from the enjoyable summer views over the vineyard and outside chess set, to the delicious and surprising canapés given while we enjoyed our pre dinner drink. Breakfast was amazing, none of this hot buffet business you often find in hotels these days. A true Wiltshire breakfast.

This hotel is perfect if you want to get away from it all and enjoy the country, this is a true country hotel. If you are looking for a city hotel in the country go somewhere else. I cant help but think some of the not so favorable reviews haven't quite grasped the fact that this is a quiet country retreat, not a full blown city hotel.

We will be back !

  • Stayed: June 2010, travelled on business
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Reviewed 24 May 2010

Sunday night is not always the best night to stay in a hotel as it can be very quiet - and The Pear Tree was certainly this last night. Why don't they have a little background music so that you can converse at the dinner table in more than a very hushed whisper? We expected to have a fine dining experience, but it seems that they are trying that bit too hard to come up with something different - the only warm starter was fennel soup with prawn dumplings! My companion declared it the wierdest thing he has ever eaten. The food didn't get any better really, my rib-eye steak was so covered in a rich, sickly sauce that it was impossible to tell what was meat or fat. The hotel building and surrounds are delightful and the bedroom plenty big enough but quite bland. The staff (all 2 of them) were very helpful but it was quite awkward trying to find someone to get a drink. The only cider was Strongbow which was a let down being so close to cider country. Back to the room, sadly the bed was hard and the pillow lacked any oomph so a good nights sleep was impossible. On a positive point the breakfast was first class, unfortunately on the hottest day of the year it was served in the conservatory - phew! We may have picked the wrong day of the week for atmosphere but the food and beds would have been just the same.

  • Stayed: May 2010, travelled on business
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Reviewed 8 May 2010

I have been to the Pear Tree many times and never left disappointed. There is always a warm welcome and you are guaranteed a fine dining experience.

  • Stayed: May 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 February 2010

Family run hotel, part of the "Pride of Britain" independent marketing group - Anne & Francis Young have a wealth of experience around the world and it shows. We were returning for our 4th stay over several years. Lovely individually designed, named rooms, spacious and well appointed (and they do now have tea and coffee making facilities, see previous reviews, as well as sherry, complimentary bottled water and home baked shortbread). Public rooms plush and welcoming, grounds are delightful (too icy to explore this time) and Francis is growing vines to make his own wine soon.

Only one gripe - the spa bath and hand held shower in our room (Maria Williams) were fine, but the overhead shower was never more than lukewarm - a previous reviewer has made the same observation - odd; and the heating system was bizarre, we had to set the thermostat at 25 degrees to get the room even remotely warm but the bed was very comfy and my requested non-allergenic pillows were already in place (a rarity!).

Food is generally very good, although as we stayed 3 nights, a little variety in the menu would have been nice (it stayed identical throughout - not even a special to ring the changes). The restaurant is a large conservatory, in two halves, at the rear of the hotel - in Jan/Feb this was very cold and it would have been nice to have the heaters on BEFORE the guests arrived and shivered. We wore warmer clothes the second night! Best dishes? - stilton cheesecake or trout rillettes as starter; salmon and scallop rosette or sirloin steak for main.

Not cheap, but look on their website and there are often special 2 or 3 night DB&B deals which make it more affordable. (We got 3 nights DB&B at £507 for 2 including half a bottle of champagne - although you need to budget £20-£30 a bottle at least for wine, plus drinks and coffees - our full bill came to £649)

A lovely venue for a family celebration, or a special break for two (and close to Swindon with its amazing Steam Museum and designer shopping outlet, on the site of the old GWR works).

  • Stayed: February 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 December 2009

Me and my boyfriend have visited the Pear tree at least six times in the last year and have additionally stayed there twice, even though we only live twenty minutes away.
The food is always completely gorgeous, so much choice and variety if often takes us a very long time to choose our food. Having eaten there six times and each time had four courses and having shared each plate of food with my boyfriend it means that I have tried nearly fifty pear tree meals and I am yet to try something I haven’t loved!

On arrival you sit in the lounge and eat canapés whilst choosing your meal, once chosen you go into the restaurant which overlooks the beautiful gardens and have your three courses, this isn’t counting the delicious warm breads and palette cleansers you eat between your starter and the main! The meat is always cooked beautifully with lovely sauces and there is always an extensive vegetarian and fish option. Me and my boyfriend both work in a Michelin star restaurant and the pear tree’s standard of food is certainly not far off. We always have dessert and cheese and then have coffees in the lounge which always come with gorgeous little brownies and Turkish delight, which makes it impossible to turn down coffee, no matter how full you are!!!

If you stay the night then the breakfast is to die for… Definitely the cooked breakfast!

The dress code is formal and my only criticism is of some of the guests that stay there, being only eighteen I often wear a dress and heels and too many times have I had to endear jealous, bitter old women make comments about what I am wearing. I completely ignore them but on a couple of occasions they have left me feeling slightly self conscious, however, next time a comment is made they will be receiving a comment that really will make them gasp so ignore them ladies… The pear tree is definitely not a place to wear jeans!

  • Stayed: December 2009, travelled as a couple
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Address: Church End, Swindon SN5 4ED, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Wiltshire > Swindon
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Swindon
Price Range: £99 - £144 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — The Pear Tree at Purton 3*
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Pear Tree at Purton provides the perfect place to stay, whether it is for a romantic getaway or a place to rest your head before a business meeting in nearby Swindon.Set in 7.5 acres of gardens, which include a wildflower meadow and a vineyard, it is a perfect rural setting to relax and unwind. Yet we are only 10 minutes away from Swindon and Junction 16 of the M4. We specialise in celebrations, from special birthdays to groups of old friends meeting up. Let us know what you are after and we will come up with a fantastic schedule to suit you all. ... more   less 
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