We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

“4 stars?” 1 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Old Rectory

Best prices for -
Check In dd/mm/yyyy Check Out dd/mm/yyyy
Prices are for 1 room, 2 adults
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 4 more sites!
The Old Rectory
Ranked #7 of 7 Lacock B&B and Inns
CRAWLEY
Level Contributor
51 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“4 stars?”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2012

Stayed here for 1 night in October, the house is absolutly lovely with lots of original features all very impressive.
What is not so impressive was the quality of our stay, you expect certain standards when staying away and in many aspects this B&B failed to live up to requirements.
Check in time is restricive 5-7 pm, the towels in the bathroom are old and really poor quality, i think an earlier reviewer sumed it up well it is like drying yourself with sandpaper. Our bathroom had mould / mildew on the walls, the welcome folder was old, torn, dirty, missing loads of information just generally a bit shabby all round.
On coming in we noticed a sign asking guests to take their rubbish home with them and leave it in the bins in the rooms....... that is a 1st (not quite sure how much rubbish they expect a room to generate), again when going away and you stay at a paying property you expect fundimental things like waste disposal not to be an issue.
I think what finished it off for us is that our room had the strongest smell of smoke, it got into all our clothes, laying there at in the evening smelling like someone in the room was smoking it just made for a generally unpleasent stay (by the way i am a smoker but this was exceptionally nasty) to cut a long story short we couldnt wait to leave and at 7.30 the next morning we were up and packing, didnt stay for breakfast and left.
To be fair the land lady called us when we got home to discuss our reasons for early departure but seemed disinterested in what we were saying, the smoking was put down to their lodger in the attaching room smoking....... as far as i am concerned as a business premises if the smoke effects customers / public this is covered in the smoking ban.
Really wouldnt recomend it.

Room Tip: If you want to smell smoking all night pick room 2, it joins the lodgers room
See more room tips
  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
3 Thank STUART E
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Res_8, Owner at The Old Rectory, responded to this review, 23 November 2012
As I discussed with the reviewer, we too were most distressed that another guest should defy both legislation and the 'no smoking' signs that we have and smoked in his room that night. In ten years this has happened extremely rarely. The small amount of mould in the ceiling due to the extreme weather conditions we have experienced recently has been removed.
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a Review

143 reviews from our community

Traveller rating
    49
    32
    24
    26
    12
See reviews for
22
78
9
12
Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Traveller tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (31)
Date | Rating
  • Danish first
  • English first
  • French first
  • Japanese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Malaysia
Level Contributor
128 reviews
46 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2012

I have wanted to give my kids the experience of staying in an old English cottage, and thought The Old Rectory just about fit the bill.

I booked via internet and there was some mis-communication with regards to our arrival time. I have stated clearly that we would be arriving at noon, and Elaine the landlady said it would be fine. But when we arrived, we found a note at the door stating that check-in time is at 5pm. I called her on the phone twice but couldn't get through to her. So, we decided to visit the Lacock Abbey first, and went back to the Rectory at about 1.30pm. Luckily, we caught her driving in. At first, she didn't seem very friendly when I told her about our pre-arrangement, and insisted that check-in time was 5pm. However, she said since we were all there, we could just check-in immediately. She showed us around the place and we were given a family room upstairs - a 4-poster bed, a single bed and a roller bed. The room was quite small (with the added roller bed) but sufficient for our purposes. The walls looked a little old and stained but I thought it suited the whole ambience. The bathroom was small but clean. Take note though that the washing basin is situated outside of the bathroom.

Even though there were other guests in the house, we didn't see them till the next morning. We sort of had the whole place to ourselves that evening. We rented bicycles and cycled around Lacock village and at the car porch and driveway of Old Rectory. We also played with Misty (their dog) and my kids really enjoyed playing the fussball at the "games / living room". We also found the beds to be very comfortable and had a good night sleep.

Breakfast was efficiently served at our requested time. Elaine came to check on us during breakfast and she was substantially more friendly then.

Our only 1 minor complain - We found the bath towels were really worn out and a little stained (I didn't dare to use the face towel, which looked really dusty). But we didn't raise this matter to Elaine as we weren't expecting a 5-star facility at a B&B.

I am glad we chose this place over other accommodation at the village, as The Old Rectory is quite a beautiful building (exterior-wise), with the old Eng. charm and enough outdoor space for our family to explore around. Other B&Bs at the village would lack the needed space for my kids to run around as most of them also double up as restaurant / pubs at the ground floor.

Even though it is situated just next to a main road, the noise is only obvious outside the house. Once you are inside the house, you can hardly hear any traffic noise at all.

The road from Old Rectory to the village (5 min. walk) is rather narrow (and surprisingly the cars move very fast on this small road), so do be careful when you walk along that road, especially at night.

A reference for Malaysian readers :- staying here felt very much like staying in one of the Eng. cottages in Cameron Heights or Fraser's Hill. So, if you like that sort of experience, do give this place a try.

Room Tip: ask for one facing the garden or at the front of the house
See more room tips
  • Stayed November 2012, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank Stayoshi
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Bicester, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
12 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2012

The Rectory is a beautiful building, and the room was comfortable. The shower was pretty bad, not very powerful and the towels were small too, so I had to dry myself as quickly as possible to keep warm.
For breakfast, you needed to fill out a form the night before and choose what you would like. It was very clear on my sheet that I was a vegetarian, so when I was presented with one egg on a muffin, with a tiny hash brown and a tomato, I had to laugh. My husband had the full English, so he had a more substantial breakfast, but still his portion was for a child. A breakfast is designed to set you up for the day, this certainly wasn't the case here. The food was warm, and not very hot.

Lovely place, but the breakfast was very disappointing.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
2 Thank Ali A
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Blackpool, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
71 reviews
48 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2012

The driveway up to the Old Rectory sets your mind in the mood for an enjoyable step-back in time, but with all modern facilities. The Old Rectory reflects the ambience, history and culture of the National Trust village of Lacock but at the same time has a warm and welcoming feeling. The gardens are delightful. My room was one of the smaller rooms, booked as double for single occupancy and in terms of value for money and the little added thoughts by the owners, providing extra comfort. There was some very slight road noise in my room but nothing to cause concern unless you are a very very light sleeper. Even though it was reasonably warm days the evenings were cold...but the Old Rectory had their central heating working AOK. No cold guests. The guests lounge was also delightful. This is an added treat as there was a TV (all channels) and Wi-Fi in my room. I am happy to recommend the Old Rectory. Guests are invited to choose their breakfast before retiring and the choice is very good including eggs and salmon as well as full English. All the food is sourced locally so real “English village / farm fresh” I look forward to the possibility of staying again.

Room Tip: The rooms at the front I suspect will be totally quiet from road noise, and the view of the gardens...
See more room tips
  • Stayed September 2012, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank travelaurauk
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
13 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2012

Stayed 1 night as we visited Lacock on the way back from the South West. It's a really nice home/B&B and the room was great. 4 Poster bed in a lovely room with a very modern bathroom suite.

Breakfast cooked to order (& to perfection) in the morning. They also offer a discount if you eat at either of the pubs in the village (which we did) which was a great bonus.

Lacock is a lovely place to visit, but you don't need more than a night there.

Room Tip: We stayed in the 'Bishop's Room'. Nice 4 poster bed & lovely view out the front
See more room tips
  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
1 Thank Alex C
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2012 via mobile

I have been reading some of the TripAdvisor views here, and am staggered at the comments some people have made.
We have just left The Old Rectory after a four night stay, when we booked all the bedrooms plus the annex for a family wedding, held in the area.
We found the accommodation comfortable, relaxed and we were virtually allowed to use the place as our own home, with little or no interference. It was lovely.
The breakfasts were substantial and quickly served. Those younger family members who had difficulty getting up after hard partying, were allowed to eat it in their room, without question. Again, a real home from home.
I actually loved the comfortable, faded 'country, feel to the place. Some of the people writing reviews on here should have booked into the nearest travel lodge or Hilton. They certainly would not be capable of appreciating a lovely old village like Lacock. Or comfortable old family home like the Rectory.
Dust in the fireplace....? Er....yes. Tesco bags used as bin liners...? Of course...who doesn't?
An additional hand held shower attachment.....? Get a life.
I would like to thank Elaine for giving us the run of her home and for looking after us so well and have no hesitation in recommending The Old Rectory. Lovely place, lovely people.

Stayed May 2012, travelled with family
Helpful?
2 Thank AnnieBUTCH
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
oxford
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 April 2012

We stayed for two days at the Old Rectory and thoroughly enjoyed our stay.We stayed in the Bishops room which has beautiful views over the garden.
Lacock village is only 3 minutes walk away and we had great food at the local pubs. The beds were comfortable and breakfast was good.. Elaine was welcoming and helpful . Overall we liked the relaxed atmosphere.

Sietske
Oxford

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank sietske b
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Hotels you might also like...
Also consider these accommodations in or near Lacock
0.3 mi away
The Red Lion
The Red Lion
#1 of 1 in Lacock
4.0 of 5 bubbles 259 reviews
3.0 mi away
Premier Inn Chippenham Hotel
3.2 mi away
Shaw Country House Hotel
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
1.9 mi away
Beechfield House
Beechfield House
#1 of 1 in Beanacre
4.5 of 5 bubbles 669 reviews
2.8 mi away
BEST WESTERN PLUS Angel Hotel
3.7 mi away
Guyers House Hotel
Guyers House Hotel
#1 of 5 in Corsham
4.5 of 5 bubbles 576 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Been to The Old Rectory? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about The Old Rectory

Property: The Old Rectory
Address: The Old Rectory Cantax Hill, Lacock SN15 2JZ, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Wiltshire > Lacock
Amenities:
Free Parking Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 7 B&Bs / Inns in Lacock
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — The Old Rectory 4*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Delightful Victorian Rectory, just a stroll from the beautiful village of Lacock, famous for its film location. Excellent pubs nearby. Large elegant rooms with all facilities. Beautiful views over garden. Recommended in the Independent on Sunday and Wiltshire Breakfast Award. 12 miles from Bath. ... more   less 
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com, Odigeo, Book Direct Rooms, Priceline, Hotels.com and Agoda so you can book your The Old Rectory reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
The Old Rectory Hotel Lacock
The Old Rectory Lacock, Wiltshire

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing