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The Beckford Arms - Inn in Wiltshire

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Fonthill Gifford Tisbury, Salisbury, SP3 6PX, Wiltshire
England, United Kingdom

Charlie Luxton

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A gorgeous inn lost in lush country with hammocks in the garden, sofas in the drawing room and lovely local food in the popular restaurant

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A country-house inn on the Fonthill estate. You sweep in under the Triumphal Arch, which seems appropriate – this is one of the loveliest inns in the land. Outside, in the garden, you find hammocks in the trees and parasols on the terrace, then a church spire soaring beyond. Georgian interiors are no less lovely, a mix of original features and 21st-century style. There's a drawing room with facing sofas in front of a roaring fire; a restaurant with a wall of glass that opens onto the terrace; a bar with parquet flooring for an excellent local pint. Potter about and chance upon the odd chandelier, roaming wisteria and a rather grand mahogany table in the private dining room. Bedrooms are small but perfectly formed with prices to match: white walls, the best linen, sisal matting, good bathrooms. If you want something bigger try the pavilions on the estate; former guests include Byron and Nelson, though we doubt they had it so good. As for the food, it's lovely stuff, perhaps Brixham clam chowder, whole lemon sole, chocolate and Cointreau delice with blood orange sorbet. One of the best.

Children welcome
Suitable for guests with children aged 3 and over.
Credit cards
Credit or debit card payment accepted.
Wireless internet access available.
Public transport
Within 10 miles of a bus/train station.
Vegetarian meals
Available on request.
Licensed premises
Alcohol may be served.
Grounds for guests to explore.

Local points of interest from Charlie Luxton:

Local points of interest from
Charlie Luxton:

  • There are many beautiful walks around the Wiltshire countryside, right on the doorstep. We can provide you with maps so you don't get lost.
  • Head down to The Beckford Bottle Shop on Tisbury high street to sample some fantastic wines and soak up the atmosphere.
  • The bedrooms are stocked with our own Bramley products for you to try and are available to buy from behind the bar.
  • For a day trip out, we have Stonehenge, Stourhead House & Gardens and Salisbury close by.
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Guest feedback
"There were 9 of us in our group for a special celebration weekend. We all had a marvellous time - excellent food, friendly service and very good attention to detail. Would highly recommend the Beckford Arms"
August 2012

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Pub Stylish country-house inn on the Fontwell Estate, Wiltshire View more details


  • 7 Doubles
  • , 1 Twin/double
  • , 2 Pavilions for 2
Price:(i) £95 to£195 per night

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Dinner about £30.




Fonthill Gifford Tisbury, Salisbury, SP3 6PX, Wiltshire

Inn 7 Double rooms
Price: (i) £ 95 to £ 120 per night
Inn 1 Twin/double room
Price: (i) £ 95 to £ 120 per night
Inn 2 Pavilions, each sleeping 2
Price: (i) £ 175 to £ 195 per night

Charlie Luxton

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