Discover our luxury hotel in the Cotswold town of Malmesbury

Truly original Cotswold hospitality

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Welcome to The Old Bell Hotel, our Grade I listed hotel, rumoured to be England’s oldest hotel.

Welcoming guests since 1220

Historic suites or cosy rooms

Our hotel has been looking after travellers since 1220 and today benefits from stunning, high design interior spaces and a wonderful warm ambience with antiques and quirky treasures collected from our owners travels around the globe.

Delicious food, drinks & cocktails

Enjoy delicious food and drinks sourced from local suppliers combined with attentive and warm hospitality, luxurious individually designed rooms and high design interiors where there’s always something new to see!

This is an excellent hotel in a great location....nice rooms and good food.

Expedia 10.0 Excellent - December 2021

Delicious Christmas afternoon tea. Took five of my friends for Christmas afternoon tea, including two of us gluten free. On arrival we were welcomed to our table and immediately offered teas and coffees. These came out quickly shortly followed by a tea stand full of goodies and a basket with warm scones, cream and jam. The snowman were delicious and much admired and the fondant presents delightful. As someone who has had quite a few gluten free afternoon teas, this one came out top. The bread was delicious and not the usual stodgy gluten free bread and the selection of cakes were impressive especially the fruit scones. The staff were attentive and friendly and made us feel really welcome. We will certainly be back!

Tripadvisor - December 2021

We had a single overnight stay here with dinner and breakfast. We found the staff were very friendly and helpful. The manager is very hands-on and was often to be seen keeping an eye on things. The room we had was comfortable and well appointed. Dinner was excellent and we had the good fortune to have Jack for our waiter who looked after us attentively without being overbearing. All options on the breakfast menu were included and it was full of delicious options. They even did their best to accommodate special requests. The bar was cosy with an open fire and we had our coffee there. Hoping to stay again some time.

Google 5/5 - December 2021

Exceptionally pleasant and helpful staff in the most charming of settings, it oozes charm and character. the historic building is beautifully decorated and furnished the restaurant is stunning and the food superb.

Booking. com 10/10 - December 2021


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