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“Faded Glory, Too Expensive” 3 of 5 stars
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The Pear Tree at Purton
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Church End, Swindon SN5 4ED, England   |  
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Ranked #2 of 31 Hotels in Swindon
Certificate of Excellence 2014
New Milton, United Kingdom
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19 hotel reviews
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“Faded Glory, Too Expensive”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2012

Just come back from a short break. Helpful, friendly staff, very quiet location and comfortable lounge. We had an executive room which was a good size and comfortable but the bathroom needs updating as does much of the hotel. There's a feeling that some TLC would not go amiss. There are two metal external staircases, painted white but covered in mould & moss and they really give a very poor impression of the managements attitude to maintenance. Food varied considerably from miniscule portions but with strong flavours, through bland and boring to very good. The breakfasts are prepared to order and good WHEN they arrive but give yourself plenty of time, half hour wait for a bowl of porridge is rediculous although it was good when it arrived The buffet part of breakfast is minimal with no fresh fruit. We felt it was way too expensive for what we got

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
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35 reviews 35 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2012

I've been to the Pear Tree a few times over the years and it used to be one of the best hotels around for a weekend getaway in a lovely location not too far from London. The food was always done well and the accommodation cosy and comfortable.

We went again recently and came away disappointed as we felt the place was looking tired and dated. The decor doesn't seems to have changed in 30 years and where they have redecorated, they have continued to paint everything pink - everywhere you look! The room we stayed in (an Executive - but I'm not sure what merited the description, a trouser press?) had been redecorated but carelessly, the fittings, especially the 'whirlpool' bath very tired and there were stains on the bathroom walls.

The food at the Pear Tree has always been good but again, they insist on using a chef who throws together a load of ingredients and calls it high cusine. They have been overtaken by a number of the gastro pubs in the area in my opinion and should simplify and reinvent the menu.

In value terms it was OK, we stayed one night with dinner, bed and breakfast for £190.

It could just be so much more and that's what disappointed me. The husband and wife team who own it are very pleasant but please just re-invest a bit, get an interior decorator in and some new ideas in the kitchen? The rest of the staff were universally lovely though so keep those!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2012

We had booked an "Executive Double" for Dinner, Bed and Breakfast. On arrival the receptionist appeared disinterested as she booked us in. One would have expected her to inform us about what time dinner was and where it would be served; however, we had to ask about this and about breakfast on our way to the room. The room we stayed in was called Nevil Maskelyne.

The room itself was smaller than we had expected, although nicely decorated. The bed was comfortable; however, you cannot open the windows so the room was hot even in October. To reduce the temperature you can turn on the air con; however, this was very noisy indeed! There is a small corner "spa" bath that even at 5ft 4 I found small! The spa jets have one setting which is very noisy and fairly ineffective.

The evening meal was very nice in the slightly dated conservatory. The service was by young waitresses who seemed very nervous. The wine list is reasonable, although it did seem strange that you can only by desert wine by the bottle or half bottle rather than by the glass.

We were really looking forward to the "Wiltshire Breakfast" but this was a little disappointing (apart from the gorgeous black pudding!). The conservatory takes on a more pleasant feeling in the morning when you can enjoy the view onto the lovely gardens.

Room Tip: Nevil Maskelyne room's windows do not open and it has a noisy air con unit
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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London
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012 via mobile

Held a family event at the Pear Tree. Superb service from attentive staff.
Food delicious and clearly prepared with a passion Held a family event at the Pear Tree. Superb service from attentive staff.
Food delicious
Would highly recommend
Beautiful gardens
What more to say..

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Somerset
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012

Stayed in Sept 2012 with partner, found it a very nice hotel with excellent friendly staff, liked the fact we could stay on the Saturday and Sunday whereas a lot of hotels of this type will make you stay a minumum of a Friday and Saturday (upping the cost), only downside was i had undercooked steak on the Saturday night (asked for medium and it was near enough blue), i did ask the waitress if she thought i was been a bit fussy but she agreed and offered to take it back, however i declined as i had really been looking forward to it so the damage had been done, the food however on the sunday was fantastic, cream of celaric soup with fried chorizio meat balls. then chicken breast, tarragon butter, Marlborough shiitake mushrooms, celaric puree and leaf spinach were both excellent and more than made up for disapointment of night before, would recomend as a weekend break but any longer and you might struggle with the menu as although very appetizing you are limted for choice, if you dont like fish you are down to four main meals to choose from, must mention how good staff are again, they made you feel very welcomle

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London
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5 hotel reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2012

We spent a weekend at the Pear Tree as part of a large family birthday party. We were there with 2 young children so had quite difficult requests (dinners, cot, keeping an eye on our baby monitor during dinner, etc.) which the hotel was very charming and helpful in solving for us. The staff were lovely, the food was really good and our room was perfect for a family group (an executive suite, basically 2 good sized adjoining bedrooms). It's set in very pretty grounds (we were lucky with the weather) and is generally a really nice place to spend a relaxing few days. In addition, we left our daughter's jumper there and they had posted it back to us before we even realised it was missing, which was impressive.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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66 reviews 66 reviews
38 hotel reviews
Reviews in 39 cities Reviews in 39 cities
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2012

We chose this hotel from the internet and were not disappointed. The setting is very good and the overall quality is high. The staff are helpful and friendly. The room was comfortable but little things like turning on the towel rails or the heating had not been done. We also felt that sheets and blankets were a little out of date and we would much prefer the duvet style of bedding. The food was excellent but the menu didn't seem to change and was the same as the one we'd seen on the website several weeks before. For our two night stay it wasn't a problem but beyond that some might find the menu restrictive.
All this might sound negative but they are small points and overall our stay was enjoyable and fair value. We'd spoken with the hotel before booking and they helped us to avoid clashing with a big party on one of our possible nights which for us would have been a major spoiler.
We'd stay here again.

Room Tip: We understand that dogs are allowed in the downstairs rooms, if this is a problem ask for an upstair...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Church End, Swindon SN5 4ED, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Wiltshire > Swindon
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Swindon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — The Pear Tree at Purton 3*
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Pear Tree at Purton provides the perfect place to stay, whether it is for a romantic getaway or a place to rest your head before a business meeting in nearby Swindon.Set in 7.5 acres of gardens, which include a wildflower meadow and a vineyard, it is a perfect rural setting to relax and unwind. Yet we are only 10 minutes away from Swindon and Junction 16 of the M4. We specialise in celebrations, from special birthdays to groups of old friends meeting up. Let us know what you are after and we will come up with a fantastic schedule to suit you all. ... more   less 
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