I honestly think when it comes to travel; one of my favourite things is discovering gorgeous hotels that are seemingly on your doorstep. The ones that don’t take two transfers, a VISA and a change of currency, but the places that feel all the further than they actually are- when really you’ll need little more than a rail card and a Pret porridge to get you from A to B.
So enter The Rectory. You may have heard a little about this gorgeous spot from my post earlier in the week- and I’m so excited to share a few more photographs from this beautiful bucolic bolt hole with you (I’ll be accepting my alliteration award later, thank you for asking).
Coming down from Leeds, the journey was more than worth it to arrive to an afternoon tea spread of homemade madeleines, financiers and warm fluffy scones in the garden under the shade- can every afternoon begin like this please?
Outside of the house is arguably one of the most stunning spots too (and just as beautiful as it is inside)- the amount of times we all declared it would be perfect for a wedding almost had me questioning some serious location decisions! Situated next to the local church yard (you can hear the bells every hour), it flourished with summer flowers, a croquet set and seemingly it’s own eco system of little butterflies and buzzing bees at every corner. There’s a feeling of it being a little like a home away from home, where you can kick your shoes off and mosey around the home- with it feeling itimate and cosy, but never pretentious or exclusive.
With 15 bedrooms and a cottage with additional rooms, each is designed with a modern eye- without taking away from the buildings heritage or rich history. With pastels, florals, geometric bathroom tiles and standalone bath tubs fit for a princess (plus Radio 4 and Women’s Hour buzzing away in each room), each corner holds host to some seriously gorgeous design treats- with the indoor glasshouse restaurant being the cherry on top. We dined along the central table- lit by candlelight, sharing everything from burrata, to warm donuts afterwards back at the cottage (when Love Island calls, after all…) It was the perfect place to take 5 in the countryside, and knowing it’s dog friendly as well as a little over an hour from London means it’s well up there on my list of places to visit- especially when the weather is this gorgeous. If you need me, you know where I’ll be…
The Rectory, Crudwell, Malmesbury SN16 9EP