When traveling, usually the focus is the attractions and the destination. For us, the lodging sometimes becomes an afterthought along the way, it’s a place we drop our things and pass out for a few hours in between adventures. But recently we found a bed and breakfast that could make us stop, pause and enjoy a moment in the countryside. We were invited to stay at the Pear Tree Inn while we were visiting the attractions and the surrounding area, a beautiful 17th century farm house turned Bed and Breakfast and restaurant.
Our trip to the Pear Tree Inn wasn’t as smooth as I had hoped since our data on our phone had a glitch that day. But thankfully a call to the Inn resulted in easy to follow directions from where we currently were. The parking lot was almost full as dinner was currently being served and guests had checked into for the evening. But the gentle glow from inside and warm exterior was welcoming before we even went into the B&B.
After a quick check in we were taken to our room on the second floor of the main level – and our first thoughts was “they know how to dress a room”. The Pear Tree Inn is inside a 17th century farm house, but the interior reflects more of a trendy, funky and even quirky interior. The elements of the inside are fun and bring in the comforts of home. We loved the fuzzy pillows, the furry blanket, robot accent and accessiblity to several outlets to charge our gear. Guests are treated to Wi-Fi, coffee makers, heated towel bars, and full cable service. With comfortable beds, a full sized bathroom and even a seating area, the rooms have everything a guest could ask for.
We decided to to have dinner at the Pear Tree Inn Farmhouse Kitchen that evening and weren’t disappointed. The menu is changing often with the seasons and what is available locally. For me, the best surprise was not only the availability for gluten free options but also house made gluten free bread. From homemade pumpkin soup, baked chicken, and lemon and raspberry possets we weren’t disappointed in anything we ate there. If you plan on visiting, be sure to have their house made fudge – we liked it enough to order some to bring home.
Before we left the Pear Tree Inn the next morning (our stay unfortunately had to be shortened one day), we did take advantage of the breakfast included in our stay. The kitchen offers homemade jams, chutneys, in season fruit and yogurt, juice and a full menu to order from. We couldn’t leave without enjoying at least one English Breakfast from the kitchen.
If you stay at the Pear Tree Inn, be sure to take some time to explore the grounds surrounding the beautiful farm house. Not only will you find the name sake pear trees on the property, but also beautiful gardens, sitting areas, ruins and plenty of places that a photographer would love. Walking on the property, all I could hear was birds in the trees and a light breeze. It was a nice moment of calm and one to take in the country side.
The Pear Tree Inn Farmhouse Kitchen is located in Whitley, about 10 minutes from Lacock, 30 minutes from Stonehenge, an hour from Salisbury and about 30 minutes from Bath. The location is great for day trips throughout the whole Wiltshire area. We want to send a big Thank You to Jackie and her whole staff for a great stay, delicious food and Bed and Breakfast we not only were sad to leave, but hope to make it back to soon.
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