The Old Bell Hotel

Charming 4 star Hotel set in Malmesbury, Cotswolds

Member since May 2018


Just £99 per person £198 per room

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Sitting proudly next to the 12th Century Abbey in the heart of the historic, vibrant and charming market town of Malmesbury you'll find The Old Bell, England's oldest hotel.  Grade I listed but restored to the height of elegance, glamour and English charm, this family-owned hotel is a romantic haven for lovers of fantastic food, dramatic cocktails and outstanding service.

  • England's oldest Hotel
  • Individually designed bedrooms
  • Easy M4 access
  • Garden terrace
  • Located in the heart of Malmesbury
  • Excellent Rosette Restaurant

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Character Room

Stay in a Character room and receive:

  • Glass of Prosecco each on arrival (value £7 pp)
  • 3 course dinner for two each night from the A la carte menu (typical value £40 pp)
  • Full English breakfast daily

1 night stay

Package Price: £99 per person per stay (based on two sharing) £198 per room

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Classic Room

Stay in a Classic room and receive:

  • Glass of Prosecco each on arrival (value £7 pp)
  • 3 course dinner for two each night from the A la carte menu (typical value £40 pp)
  • Full English breakfast daily

1 night stay

Package Price: £119 per person per stay (based on two sharing) £238 per room

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2 night stay

Package Price: £237 per person per stay (based on two sharing) £474 per room

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Package Price: £351 per person per stay (based on two sharing) £702 per room

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Facilities at The Old Bell Hotel

With features dating from 1220, this family run hotel is set in a traditional inn and coach house, only a four minute walk to Malmesbury town center.  Seeped in rich history with elegant furnishings and English charm.

Superbly located on the edge of the Cotswolds, within easy reach to Bath or enjoy Malmesbury which has many historical points of interest as well as a thriving high street, Artisan Market, music and arts events.

All the 34 bedrooms are individually designed & furnished with many named after historical figures. Luxury bathrobes & toiletries, 24 hour Room Service, free wifi, Laundry Services and Freeview are provided.

The Refectory and Bar provide a perfect place for relaxing times with drinks and delicious food. Guests also enjoy spending time in our cosy lounge areas perhaps with books, newspapers, light refreshments and in the winter, a roaring fire. On a beautiful day there's nothing better than spending time in the terrace garden.

The Old Bell
The Old Bell
  • 34 Bedrooms
  • Four Poster Bed
  • Children Welcome
  • Internet Connection in Rooms
  • Dogs by Prior Arrangement
  • 1 AA Rosette Dining

Good to know

  • Hotel check-in time: 3:00 PM
  • Hotel check-out time: 11:00 AM

Parking Facilities

There is complimentary parking at the rear of the hotel.

Disabled Access

We want to ensure you enjoy your visit to us regardless of any medical condition, disability, impairment, or learning difficulty. However, as this is known to be the oldest hotel in England, you may wish to give us a call so we can explain the hotel layout.

The hotel does have some ground floor bedrooms, however the bathrooms all have a bath with shower over.  Rooms with walk in showers are located on the first floor. 

History of the hotel

In 1220 Abbot Loring erected a hostelry for visiting dignitaries to Malmesbury Abbey, then an important and powerful seat of learning. The Old Bell Hotel, nowadays a mix of architecture which is mainly Edwardian, has welcomed guests continuously since then. There are traces of every century throughout the hotel, including a hooded stone fireplace in the Brasserie which dates from 1220. In the later seventh century, the site of the Abbey was chosen by Maildubh, an Irish monk who established a hermitage, teaching local children. Toward the end of his life in the late seventh century the area was conquered by the Saxons. Malmesbury Abbey was founded as a Benedictine Monastery around 676 by the scholar-poet Aldhem, a nephew of King Ine of Wessex. The town of Malmesbury grew round the expanding Abbey and under Alfred the Great was made a burh with an assessment of 12 hides. In AD 941, King Athelstan was buried in Malmesbury Abbey having died in Gloucester in October 939. The choice of Malmesbury over the New Minster in Winchester indicated that the King remained an outsider to the West Saxon court. A mint was founded at the Abbey around this time.

Child Policy

Children are welcome in certain room types, the maximum additional beds in a room is one.  Additional charges are applicable.

Dogs Policy

Dogs are welcome in certain rooms, the charge is £25.00 per night.  Max 2 dogs per room. 

The Rooms at The Old Bell Hotel

Classic room

All three rooms are in the main house on either the first or second floor, they are uniquely decorated and offer king size Hypnos mattresses, shower over a bath, Nespresso machine, safe, fridge, flat screen TV (free channels), complimentary Wi-Fi, parking, 24hrs room service with our night porter team and freshly baked cookies on arrival.

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Classic room, The Old Bell

The Old Bell - Classic room

Character room

All five of these rooms are in the main house, are full of character and uniquely decorated. They have stoneware with some exposed original beams and are situated on the first and second floors. King size Hypnos mattresses, shower over a bath, Nespresso machine, safe, fridge, flat screen TV (free channels), complimentary Wi-Fi, parking, 24hrs room service with our night porter team and freshly baked cookies on arrival.

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Character room, The Old Bell

The Old Bell - Character room

The Refectory Restaurant

The Refectory Restaurant boasts an AA Rosette, let talented Head Chef, Frédéric Fetiveau create delicious Modern British food & classics for your guests, choose drinks with drama from our extensive Bar menu with expertly mixed cocktails and hand-picked fine wines and champagnes. On lighter days and summer nights our garden and terrace is a great space to begin your celebrations and even barbecue.


Opening Times

Breakfast:

7am - 10am Monday to Friday

8am - 10.30am Weekends

Lunch:

12pm - 4pm Monday to Saturday

12pm - 3pm Sunday

Dinner:

6.30pm - 9pm daily

Afternoon Tea:

12pm - 6pm daily


The Refectory Restaurant restaurant, The Old Bell

The Old Bell - The Refectory Restaurant restaurant

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The Bar

Enjoy drinks with drama from the extensive range of expertly mixed cocktails, fine wines and champagne by the glass. Plus a wide selection of gins and spirits, hand picked beers & ciders, soft and hot drinks.

Open every day from 11am to 11pm and 11am to midnight on Saturdays only.


Opening Times

Breakfast:

7am - 10am Monday to Friday

8am - 10.30am Weekends

Lunch:

12pm - 4pm Monday to Saturday

12pm - 3pm Sunday

Dinner:

6.30pm - 9pm daily

Afternoon Tea:

12pm - 6pm daily


The Bar restaurant, The Old Bell

The Bar restaurant, The Old Bell

The Old Bell Hotel Location

Map & Directions

Address

Abbey Row
Malmesbury
Wiltshire
SN16 0BW

There is complimentary parking at the rear of the hotel.


How to get here

Easily reached from Cirencester, Swindon, Bath, Bristol, the Cotswolds and London, just a few minutes drive from junction 17 of the M4.


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Location & Local Attractions

Experience the historic and glamourous atmosphere in the Grade 1 listed Hotel next door to the stunning 12th Century Abbey in the centre of the historic, vibrant and charming market Town of Malmesbury.

Malmesbury Abbey

The 12th century Abbey dominates the Malmesbury landscape and can be seen from miles around. Here you can see the tomb of King Athelstan, the first King of all England. The Abbey has its own events and services schedule, be sure to call in and see what's happening or visit www.malmesburyabbey.com.

Athelstan Museum

Named after the first King of all England, the Athelstan Museum can be found in Malmesbury Town Hall. With free admission, a visit provides a fantastic insight into the history of Malmesbury. For opening times please visit www.athelstanmuseum.org.uk.

Market Cross

The Market Cross dates back to 1490 and remains a centre for events and gathering in Malmesbury, just as it was intended to be back in its day. Take a seat and watch the world go by.

Abbey House Gardens

Named as one of the world's greatest gardens, Abbey House Gardens is located a short walk from our hotel, through the Abbey Cloisters. The Gardens are open seasonally from the beginning of April until the end of October. The beautiful tulip and rose displays (depending on when you visit) are sights like no other. For admission details please visit www.abbeyhousegardens.co.uk.

The Royal Gardens at Highgrove

Visit the magnificent organic gardens of Highgrove, the private residence of HRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, between April and October. Full details can be found at www.highgrovegardens.com.

Westonbirt Arboretum

With 17 miles of stunning woodland paths and an internationally important tree collection, The National Arboretum at Westonbirt is a great place for all ages to explore and also welcomes dogs. Spring sees the spectacular rhododendron, azalea and magnolia displays and Autumn is the time to see the impressive leaf colours. Visit www.forestry.gov.uk/westonbirt for a full list of concerts and events.

Bath Abbey

Enjoy a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage city of Bath and marvel at the amazing architecture of Bath Abbey. Experience its history and immerse yourself in the special atmosphere. For a list of events and service times please visit www.bathabbey.org.

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Anon, stayed: July 2018

The overall rating shown above says it all I hope . We thoroughly enjoyed our stay .Everyone was friendly and helpful and all about the hotel was excellent.

Very happy, Jean Britton.

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RE, stayed: July 2018

Stayed at the hotel on a dinner, bed and breakfasts deal. The hotel was beautiful. Staff were helpful and friendly and the food was lovely. Really enjoyed the break and would stay again or recommend to others.

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Great weekend break

Gerald S, West Sussex, stayed: July 2018

We stayed here for our 40th wedding anniversary, lovely hotel right next to the Abbey. Our room was in the old part of the hotel and was very spacious, with a lovely large bed. There was a coffee machine and a kettle with a good choice of tea, also lovely cookies. Only down part of room was bathroom bit small, but you don't spend much time in there.. Restaurant was very good, high standard of cooking most items were home made, bread was delicious, also the scotch egg was home made was outstanding. Breakfast again very good, lovely coffee and a good choice. The staff were outstanding, always someone around, but not in your face. Terry the barman knew his drinks and his recommendations were always spot on. Rob the night porter was very helpful, nothing too much trouble.
Would recommend this hotel to anyone. Look forward to going again.

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Fabulous!!!

Pam, Northamptonshire, stayed: July 2018

From the minute we arrived the staff were welcoming, helpful and attentive! The location was perfect next to the Abbey and in the town. Lots to see and do! The food was superb! (Even my wheat and dairy intolerance was well catered for!) All in all a fabulous night away! Thank you to all involved!!!!

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Anon, stayed: June 2018

The hotel was busy when we arrived. It has a pleasant outdoor eating area at the rear that was very popular as the weather was lovely. There was also a private function taking place. That is probably why we were not offered the welcome glasses of prosecco that were specified when we booked but it really didn't matter. The room was nice and roomy, there was a good hospitality tray, plenty of cupboard space and a large modern wall-mounted TV.
Dinner on the first evening was disappointing but better the next day and breakfasts on the two days were good.
Parking was difficult. There were signs to disabled parking which was a small area just before entering the main car park but this was full during our stay apparently being used by non-disabled hotel and restaurant guests. The main parking area was not large but a space had been kept for us when we arrived which was good as there was a lot of manoeuvring going on with people trying to come and go.
It was a nice short break in an interesting hotel located adjacent to the ancient abbey.

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