While we traveled around the English countryside, one of my goals was to not just see parts of history but to experience it as well. During a couple day tour of the Wiltshire region, we were invited to stay at the Rollestone Manor, who’s name alone evokes a little bit of wanderlust of its own.
Rollestone Manor is a 13th century major home in the small village of Shrewton. The manor house has original parts dating from 1242, with newer portions added and updated in the 1700 and 1800’s. With a location that is within 2 miles of Stonehenge, Rollestone Manor’s location is perfect for a night or two as you explore the Wiltshire area.
The bed and breakfast offers guests updated rooms with WI-FI, updated and roomy accommodations as well themed rooms named for previous owners of the property. The manor house comes steeped in history and each room has a different story. We stayed in the Sir Nathaniel suite, which not only offered corner views of the garden spaces but plenty of space for our stay. The room was named for Sir Nathaniel Holland, he portrait-painter and foundation member of the Royal Academy who purchased the home in 1791. With a large king sized bed, two sitting areas and a large bathroom with towel warmers.
The area around Shrewton has limited offerings within a short distance, but guests of the bed and breakfast don’t have to go far for locally sourced and delicious food. All guests are treated to a a full English breakfast in one of their two dining spaces. Offering gluten free options, fresh local honey and a wide selection of tea.
With delicious local food and modern options, many guests will forget that the home they are staying in has been on that site for several centuries. While many larger attractions are within a short drive or only a day trip away, guests may want to just wander around the property to find beauty scenery or up to St. Andrew’s Church that is next to the manor house. Surrounded by neighborhoods and farm houses that are evoke the images of ideal English cottage in a visitors mind with stone facades and thatch roofs. For an authentic bed and breakfast experience in the English Countryside, Rollestone Manor is what any tourist will be happy with. It is close enough to major attractions but is remote enough that it is the perfect place to relax or take a get away.