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“Good place to stay Swindon” 4 of 5 stars
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The School House Hotel
Hook Street | Royal Wootton Bassett, Hook SN4 8EF, England   |  
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Ranked #1 of 1 hotels in Hook
Hampshire
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“Good place to stay Swindon”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2011

We were looking for a very short notice night away around the Swindon area, there are the usual Premier Inns and Holidays inns, but we prefer places with a big more character and this is definitely that. We arrived quite late, around 9ish and were made very welcome and offered some food in their bar/restaurant which was very good. It is OK to find, just keep going all the way through Hook and it is on the side farthest from Swindon.

The room was OK, nothing special but fine for us and he hotel is laid out in a really lovely way. Would recommend this place for a stay in the Swindon area

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2011

We booked for a one night stay and paid £50 for a double with ensuite including contintental breakfast.

The outside of the building is very attractive and makes the most of its original features as a converted school house. The reception area, although small, is pleasant and functional. We were met by the owner, who completed our checkin swiftly, and we were allocated a double room with ensuite overlooking the rear fields.

The furnishings were in keeping with the old world charm of the hotel, including a wrought iron bed, and were comfortable. The modern conveniences included a small 14 inch tv and and a working WiFi signal (unusual in most hotels). The bathroom was dated, and could do with modernising/ repairs as there were several loose tiles on the wall of the bath.

The breakfast the next morning was substantial and included toast, jams, cereals, cheese, ham, and pastries, a very satisfying breakfast that filled the gaps. A cooked breakfast was available for an additional cost.

The location of the hotel is on the outskirts of Swindon, and would be perfect for a night away without the kids or for a touring holiday. I would describe the School House as more of a 'Bed and Breakfast' than a hotel, mainly because of its size, location, and facilities, but this makes it more appealing than a santised budget hotel. I wouldn't recommend it if you're looking for a big weekend away (e.g. hens night etc) as its approximately 15 / 20 mins from the centre of Swindon, and there aren't any local bars/pubs apart from onsite.

We were happy with our stay, and would have happily returned to the School House, that is until reading the previous reviews on TripAdvisor after our stay; we weren't aware of the room corkage charge or other rules as we weren't told of them at check-in, and as we booked via booking site, we didn't see the School House's own website. Reading the rules in their entirety now on the hotel's website, they are quite off-putting to potential guests, and sadly it would be enough to put us off returning again.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Swindon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2011

We recently held our 30th Wedding Anniversary Party at the Hotel and couldn't have asked for a better venue. We have eaten in the restaurant many times and cannot fault the food or service, hence why we chose to host our party there. The restaurant easily accommodated 40 guests and the owners, Karen and Tonny welcomed our suggestions regarding layout and menu options. The service was excellent on the night and the food delicious! We would highly recommend this hotel for the personal service, atmosphere and great food, sourced locally. It was perfect for a private party, tailored to our exact needs. Thank you Karen & Tonny for making our Anniversary so special!

  • Stayed February 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2010

Tony and Karen own this hotel and restaurant and give great service to their guests. We were welcomed by Karen at reception and she kindly served us at the bar in the evening while Tony was in the kitchen preparing dinner for my husband and I and our four guests. The table d'hote menu costs £15 and the a la carte works out at around £25 for 3 courses. The standard of the food and service is excellent. I would have expected to pay £65 a head for the same food in Brighton, where I live. Karen remembered all of our names for the evening which was rather nice to hear when she was serving us. Amazingly, she didn't even need to write down our orders. It is this kind of personal touch that made our stay so special. The breakfast was great and substantial. Home made porridge and scones and lots of fresh fruit. Delicious. A beautiful building, lovely furniture and fantastic hosts!!!

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Swansea, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2010

The surrounding area is disappointing in terms of quaint old pubs and amenities, and nearby Wooton Bassett has little to offer. Swindon which is nearby has all that you would expect of a very large town, but as we were looking for a short country break, we were concerned, prior to check in that we were in for a disappointing evening. We were immediately impressed with our room which was in keeping with the age and history of the building. The bar and restaurant lived up to expectations and the menu was extensive and food value for money! We would recommend the set menu - three courses £15 pp. A very pleasant continental style breakfast set us up for our departure. The owners were friendly and welcoming - we had a great evening!

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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doncaster
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2010

We both enjoyed our stay and the food was nice but the downloaded menu gave the impression that the meals were ordered in and reheated with the seasonal vegatables cooked in house. The room was very nice and clean the bed very comfortable as for tea and coffee there is a machine in the entrance. I would recomend it to anyone for the price and as a base it is perfect for touring a very nice area. As for the pie im a yorkshire man and £185 is too much so i can't give a review of that.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Southampton
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2010

Good parking and hosts pleasant enough. Outside the building is attractive inside all a little bit tired. Not suggesting it isn't clean and well presented, just needs a bit of a face lift, rather than a complete overhaul. Ate from the set menu at £15 per head, no complaints as you get what you pay for, but below average food. A la Carte menu read well but prices are high enough to encourage you to shop around. Not that there are any restaurants in Wotton Bassett, just lots of pubs full of sweary men, nice. Would be nice to have tea making facilities in room rather than to have to go to reception and get it out of a machine at 50p a vend. Continental breakfast was again below average and neither of us could drink the 'orange juice'. Feels like the owners have lost interest a bit which is a shame. My recommendation would be for the owners to take stock and decide what they want to do and if it is to run a hotel, then roll up there sleeves, give it all a
lick of paint and get on with it, charge an extra £5 per night and put tea & coffee in the room. Overall a disappointing stay which was a shame because the all the ingredients were there for it to have been quite special.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Hook Street | Royal Wootton Bassett, Hook SN4 8EF, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Wiltshire > Hook
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 hotels in Hook
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Schoolhouse Hotel is a small family run hotel in the Swindon countryside. The Schoolhouse Hotel and Restaurant is run in a comfortable and relaxed manner. Our food has a distinctive European influence without "pomp and circumstance". Seafood and fish, in particular flatfish are some of our specialties. Enjoy the comfort of our rooms and appreciate the company of your friends in our restaurant. We just look forward welcoming to you back. We enjoy to care as long as you care to enjoy! ... more   less 
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