The Old Bell Hotel

England’s oldest Hotel, the Grade 1 listed The Old Bell Hotel ( is located alongside the 12th century abbey in the centre of the historic, Wiltshire market town of Malmesbury in the Cotswolds, and has just re-opened following an extensive refurbishment. The Old Bell hotel dates back to 1220 when Abbot Loring established a hostelry for visiting dignitaries to Malmesbury Abbey, then an important and powerful seat of learning. The hotel has welcomed guests continuously since then, evolving over time and developing an eclectic architecture that spans the centuries. The ‘new’ Old Bell Hotel has been revived and refined with a renewed emphasis on the quality of accommodation and dining experience.

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Three things we love about The Old Bell Hotel

  1. You can spot traces of several different eras throughout the building, including a hooded stone fireplace in the Brasserie which dates from 1220 – believed to be the first ever flue chimney in England (!)
  2. The Food – talented Head Chef Frédéric Fetiveau and Pastry Chef and Chocolatier, Dominique Bon have transformed the hotels menu and food & drink concept. Make sure you try the desserts…and the expertly mixed cocktails…and the wild seabass and sea trout tartare…yum!
  3. The newly refurbished bedrooms – all 34 of them – are individually designed and furnished, and carry their own story, with many named after the hotel’s historical figures. Guests can choose from four-poster or king-size beds, classic bathrooms with roll-top baths and views towards the abbey next door or over the rolling Cotswolds countryside.