Fabulous hotel - so well looked after with some of the best staff we have encountered... a peaceful homely and tasteful hotel with spectacular food. We feel so relaxed, thank you!

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Explore Wiltshire, the Cotswolds or local walks

The Pear Tree at Purton is set in the beautiful Wiltshire countryside just five miles from Swindon, between the Cotswolds and the Marlborough Downs. The hotel's convenient location puts guests within accessible distance by car from the numerous attractions in the Cotswolds, Wiltshire and nearby Somerset and Oxfordshire. The choice of places to visit during your stay at The Pear Tree is truly astounding, with Stonehenge, Blenheim Palace, Longleat, the Georgian city of Bath, Cheltenham, Gloucester and historic Oxford all within a 40-mile radius of the hotel.

Within the immediate vicinity of The Pear Tree is Lydiard House and Country Park as well as Swindon and Cricklade Railway: with the Cotswold Water Park just eight miles away.

We have some recommended walks that you can take around the hotel at the bottom of this webpage.

Nearby Swindon was one of the world's great railway towns for 150 years and houses the Museum of the Great Western Railway, pioneered by Brunel. The McArthur Glen Designer Outlet is also a popular shopping choice in Swindon for discounted designer fashions.

This part of Wiltshire is renowned for its prehistoric sites, with the best known being Stonehenge that stands on Salisbury Plain, west of Amesbury. Avebury is also one of the most important megalithic monuments in Europe and is well worth a visit.

In the run up to Christmas, Bath Christmas Market is well worth a visit to get you in to the festive spirit. Just 30 minutes away by train, we're a great place to rest after a hard day's shopping.

England is studded with country houses, and the West Country has some of the country's finest stately homes. Longleat, the ancestral home of the Marquis of Bath and the first safari park in England, is a fascinating place for a day out for the entire family while Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, is just 40 miles from The Pear Tree. Closer to the hotel is Bowood House and Gardens, the home of the Earl of Shelburne, with over 90 acres of gardens landscaped by 'Capability' Brown. Sheldon Manor, one of the oldest homes in England, and Corsham Court are also worth visiting.

Wiltshire White Horses

Wiltshire is the county for white horses - eight are still visible including Hackpen Hill, Marlborough, Cherhill, and Uffington ( just across the border in Oxfordshire ).

Other places to visit:

  • Abbey House Gardens, Malmesbury
  • Sudeley Castle, Winchcombe, Nr Cheltenham
  • Corinium Museum, Cirencester
  • Bowood House and Gardens
  • Buscot Park, Faringdon
  • Cotswold Water Park
  • Hidcote Gardens,Chipping Campden
  • Stourhead, Stourton, Warminster
  • Slimbridge Wetland Centre
  • Kelmscott Manor, Nr Lechlade
  • Westonbirt Arboretum, Nr Tetbury

How to get to us

From Junction 16 of the M4, take the Wootton Bassett exit and then follow signs to Purton. At the Best One, turn right and after a large 's' bend The Pear Tree is 50 metres further on (do not turn down the road towards the church) on the left-hand side.

British Rail

The nearest station is Swindon, approximately five miles from our hotel, where you can catch a taxi from outside the station.

Heathrow Airport

Follow signs onto the M4 at Junction 4a and travel westbound to Junction 16.

Gatwick Airport

Follow signs onto the M23 at Junction 9a and travel northbound to join the M25 at Junction 8. Travel clockwise around the M25 to Junction 4a / 15 and join the M4. Travel westbound to Junction 16.

Map

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Local walks

The Pear Tree is a great base if you’re looking for a short or long country walk in beautiful Wiltshire. If you’re not staying with us, why not pop in for lunch before donning wellies to explore the local area. Or if you fancy a quick bite to eat or a coffee at the end of a longer walk, pop in after you’ve finished. We’ve got a special welly storage area and are happy to store coats and bags. We’re happy to welcome dogs in the public areas, although not anywhere that we serve food. If the sun’s out, the garden is the perfect place to relax and enjoy a latte.
We’ve put together a selection of short walks starting and ending at the hotel, if you’re looking for longer walks we’d be happy to recommend some or you can just do all of them one after the other!

Route 1 – just under a mile

Turn right out of the hotel entrance and about 100 yards along the road look for the pond (very overgrown) and then the post box in the Cotswold stone wall on your left.

Just beyond that, turn left on to a footpath and almost immediately fork left to a kissing gate.

Go through the kissing gates and follow the footpath diagonally across the field. About ¾ of the way across the path will split, follow the path to your right and down a brambly path with allotments to the right.

You will see an old school building on your left, take an immediate right, past a chapel and follow the path round to the right.

Keep following this path, between cottages and past a cemetery on your left until you rejoin the road.

Why not detour via the church up ahead for a look around? It’s a beautiful old church that is one of very few that have a tower and a spire.

The hotel is back along the main road, about 100 yards on your left.

Route 2 – about one and a quarter miles.

This is more of a mini safari than a Sunday stroll so pack some sturdy wellies if it’s wet! It passes close to Toomer’s garden centre where you can find a little respite if needed.

Walk out from the back of the hotel, passing between the gap in the hedge, pass the vines to your right and the watering hole and wildflower meadow to your left. Follow the mown path, heading to the right and keep an eye out for the beehives on the far right of the field.

Pass through a small gate in a gap in the hedge and this will take you to Purton Cricket Club.

The footpath skirts the left hand edge of the cricket field and joins a track, often between high grasses. Continue along the track and just after the bench on your left, take a sharp right hand turn through the trees.

A short distance along this track, turn left on to a narrow path which leads to a copse. Cross a footbridge over a small stream towards a stile. This area can be a bit muddy if it’s been wet.

The footpath crosses the field ahead of you, but if is planted, turn right at the stile and follow the edge of the field. At the far corner, continue round to your left and you will see another stile. Cross the stile into a small field.

You will see a house on the other side of the field, this is in Stone Lane and to get there turn right and go round the edge of the field. Roughly opposite the house there is a metal gate on to the road – please make sure you close the gate.

Turn left and about 200 yards along the road is the garden centre.

Leaving the garden centre turn left on to the road and immediately left again to a footpath. Thus follows the garden centre fencing and then bends to the right towards a stile.

Cross the stile into a field and follow the right hand hedge, bearing left at the far end. On your right is the stile into the copse which you crossed earlier.
From here, retrace your steps to the cricket field and the hotel.

Route 3 – just under 2 miles

Walk out from the back of the hotel, passing between the gap in the hedge, pass the vines to your right and the watering hole and wildflower meadow to your left. Follow the mown path, heading to the right and keep an eye out for the beehives on the far right of the field.

Pass through a small gate in a gap in the hedge and this will take you to Purton Cricket Club.

The footpath skirts the left hand edge of the cricket field and joins a track, often between high grasses. Continue along the track, passing through gates and/or stiles, passing a thatched cottage on your right.

Turn right where the track joins the road. Follow the road for about 350 yards, veering round to the left and passing farm buildings on your right. Turn left on to a track that goes alongside the row of houses, passing over a cattle grid. This leads on to a footpath on your left, across two stiles and a large field.

Once you read the track/road, head left and go past Quarry Farm. The fields around here are where the Purton Pig from the Sunday lunch menu comes from – if you want to go and visit them let us know before you set off. You’ll then join the minor road called the Hyde (probably after Anne Hyde, daughter of the Earl of Clarendon and the first wife of James II who lived in the village).

Conitnue along the Hyde to where it meets the main road. Keeping going past the sports club on your right until you can safely cross the road (just after the second lot of tens courts you’ll have seen). Cross and go through the kissing gate, before heading over a small green area alongside the tennis courts which takes you on to a pathway. Follow this to the left, past the cemetery until you meeting the main road. Turn right and the hotel is 100 yards on the left.