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WHAT WE LOVE...

This small hotel in the Wiltshire market town of Devizes has 16 comfortable rooms, but it really prides itself on its award-winning restaurant and wine bar. The Peppermill overlooks the market square which comes to life on a Thursday when it hosts the farmers' market. The town centre is attractive, with an impressive collection of Georgian and Victorian buildings. The Kennet and Avon Canal runs through Devizes and out into attractive countryside, where you can enjoy memorable waterside walks. Alternatively, you could hire a canal boat for a relaxing day on the water. Devizes is within easy reach of many of Wiltshire's top attractions including Stonehenge, Avebury Rings and the fabulous walks and cycle paths of the Pewsey Vale.

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Alexandra Richards
Travel writer and photographer
Alexandra Richards is a freelance travel writer and photographer based in Dorset. She is the author of numerous guidebooks, including Bradt’s Slow Travel Guide to Dorset and the Bradt guide to Mauritius. She has a particular interest in food, wildlife, outdoor activities, remote places, travelling with children and encouraging an outdoor childhood.

THE DETAILS

Location

We enjoyed walking along the nearby Kennet and Avon Canal and marvelling at the 29 locks of the Caen Hill flight.

The hotel is in the market town of Devizes, which has a weekly farmers' market. On the edge of the Chilterns, visit Roundway Down.
By car: around an hour from Bristol, 2 hours from London and 2 hours 20 minutes from Birmingham. Paid parking available nearby.
By train: London Paddington to Melksham takes around 1 hour 45 minutes. It's a 15-minute taxi ride to the hotel. thetrainline.com

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Style & Character

The hotel is definitely aimed at foodies - the restaurant is the main attraction. It's also popular with business travellers. The courtyard is an inviting spot for drinks on a summer's evening.

Service & Facilities

For a relaxed and indulgent Saturday morning, try the bottomless brunch where the drinks flow freely for 90 minutes.

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Family rooms
  • Free Wi-Fi

Rooms

The pick of the rooms is the Bridal Suite with four-poster bed and large windows allowing in plenty of light. Nothing beat sinking into comfortable beds with quality mattresses and linen.

Single, Twin, Deluxe, Superior, Bridal Suite, Family Suite
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom with toiletries, bathrobes, hairdryer, mini fridge, TV, free Wi-Fi

Food & Drink

A lot of effort goes into making dishes look pretty on the plate; thankfully they taste as good as they look. We recommend the oven-roasted guinea fowl with rainbow chard, celeriac and potato fondants.

Restaurant: 2 AA Rosette-awarded, fine dining, Modern British cuisine. Locally sourced produce, seasonal menus. Open Tue-Sat for lunch and dinner, Sun for lunch and Mon for dinner.

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