The Youngs’ experience at Savoy London and the Royal Household of Jordan stood them in good stead when they bought a derelict vicarage in 1987, turning it into a restaurant with 4 bedrooms. The beamed library with its original 1430’s fireplace, looks over the garden’s herbaceous borders and is packed with books and games.
The Pear Tree now has 17 bedrooms and a conference room and is run by Anne, her daughter Alix and husband Tim. Rooms overlook the garden and countryside and are named after notable Purton residents such as cricketer E H Budd. Situated in a peaceful, rural location it’s the Good Hotel Guide’s Best Country Hotel in 2015. “One of the family is always here’ said Alix. ‘We’re still very traditional – there’s pre-drinks in the library or bar before going through to eat and we know all our customers by name.’
Their popular restaurant serves simple, delicious Modern British Food. Dishes such as pan-fried turbot fillet with sauce vierge, ricotta dumplings and anchovy straw attract regular local diners. Still and sparkling wine from their vineyard in the grounds is also available to buy.
With Swindon railway station 5 miles away, they welcome business guests. It’s also popular with people wanting to relax or visit Bath, the Cotswolds or explore Purton & its many footpaths.
Perfect for small weddings and Christmas parties the hotel is family and dog-friendly – though the owners insist on dogs saying hello and having a cuddle when they arrive!
I grew up in Purton and love village life - we do see ourselves as part of the fabric of this lovely Wiltshire community and we're interested in its past, its present and its future. We are lucky to live in such a beautiful part of the UK.
We are always looking for great food sourced locally and we buy our pork from two main farms – one in Purton and another in Melksham. We would recommend looking for local producers to keep our economy strong and you can trace the source of your food.
This amazing historical park which is currently free to visit offers a day out for families, a range of events or simply a stroll around its extensive grounds. It’s an under-used Wiltshire resource which deserves a better profile. It combines pleasure, leisure and history. We particularly love the Walled Garden which is carefully tended and the staff are always happy to answer questions and share their knowledge.
What we’re very grateful for – here in Purton – is the unique character of Wiltshire that we can be urban with easy access to transport facilities (the M4 or the railway station) and then we are out in rural country side where you can feel peaceful and isolated if that’s your ideal. We love the fact that our guests are spoiled for choice when it comes to places to visit – they can go to Stonehenge, the Cotswolds, Bath, London or Lydiard Park. Or they can stay here and visit the cricket ground or the village. All are within easy reach.