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“Brilliant, affordable, clean motel-style accommodation.” 4 of 5 bubbles
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The Carpenters Arms Motel
Ranked #18 of 24 Hotels in Swindon
Plymouth, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
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“Brilliant, affordable, clean motel-style accommodation.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 May 2012

I've been booking rooms for my operatives for a number of weeks now and Bob the proprietor couldn't be more helpful. The rooms are budget priced, but well appointed and very clean. The Carpenters is well situated to reach north Swindon. I can highly recommend the Carpenters, and if ever we've got a job up that way again I'll certainly use it for our accommodation.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled on business
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Thank Jill H
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Canterbury, United Kingdom
1 review
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 April 2012

The Carpenters Arms, one of Swindon’s gems.

Working 150 miles away from home for two weeks is a difficult time for anyone. I was very lucky to find this amazing place on line and called to make the reservation. On the initial booking contact, the chap on the end of the phone was extremely helpful and reassuring.

On arrival on my first evening I was made very welcome; the room was very good extremely clean with all comforts in side. The business is run very professionally and has a great family feel about it. The food is very good with plenty of variety to suit all tastes and pockets.

I would like to thank Bob and Barbara for their very warm welcome to their lovely motel and when in Swindon again I will of course book to stay, “if there is room”.

Even if you do not need to stay please go and have a drink in the bar and perhaps try the food you will not regret the experience.

Bob and Barbara my best wishes for this year and many more to follow

Room Tip: all of the rooms are excellent trust Bob and Barbara to select for you
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Derek K
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freedomWiltshire, General Manager at The Carpenters Arms Motel, responded to this review, 1 April 2012
Hi Derek,

Thank you very much for your kind review. Both Barbara and I really enjoyed our chats, as did some of the other guests. We do try and make the Carps a home from home.

Hope to see you again in the not to distant future.

Bob and Barbara.
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Newquay
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2011

We stopped over for one night, to break up the journey from Cornwall. The rooms were clean, comfortable and well equipped with everything that we needed, lovely to find a bath as well as a shower. The food was good and competitively priced. Very friendly owners we were made to feel very welcome. Would like to return in the future.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with family
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Thank NewquayTony
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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2011

This is ideal place to stop as a work overnight or for longer stays. I stayed approximately 3 months and would not hesitate to stay again. It is reasonably priced and the accommodation is a good size with nice facilities. Pub has good food at reasonable prices

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled on business
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Thank Spider W
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freedomWiltshire, General Manager at The Carpenters Arms Motel, responded to this review, 22 September 2011
Thank you so much for your review. We try to maintain the relaxed atmosphere that our guests seem to appreciate. We are glad you enjoyed your extended stay with us, and good luck with your next contract.
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Bedfordshire
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2011

Great place to stay just outside Swindon with 9 motel style rooms all well equiped. Pub has nice local beers and refreshinbgly over 7 veggie options on the food menu. Would happily stay here again.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Thank RedJock
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freedomWiltshire, General Manager at The Carpenters Arms Motel, responded to this review, 12 September 2011
Thank you so much for your kind review we do our best to ensure all guests have a nice stay. I have passed on your kind words about the food to my wife, herself a vegetarian, hence the range available.

Look forward to seeing you soon.
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Melbourne, Australia
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2011

The food was so good and the room was so comfy that we decided to stay another night. The shower was the best one I've had on our holiday so far. I loved the selection of music (classical) in the dining room. Check in and check out were quick and hassle free. Plenty of room for parking and a very quiet area but only a short drive to Swindon if you want shops.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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freedomWiltshire, General Manager at The Carpenters Arms Motel, responded to this review, 26 August 2011
How Julie, Barbara and I are so pleased you enjoyed your stay, and you felt so comfortable that you stayed another night.

As for the music, I personally hate loud obtrusive, toneless stuff blaring out. Many people comment about the relaxing nature of the music.

Once again thanks for your kind words.
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Stoke-on-Trent
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2011

What can I say? This is not a corporate hotel, but a small country pub with chalets attached. The rooms are a good size and clean; the hosts are very friendly and helpful; and I can thoroughly recommend the food!

Excellent value and a refreshing change from the ananymous corporate hotels.

I've stayed there many times and wouldn't consider anywhere else in the area.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Peter T
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freedomWiltshire, General Manager at The Carpenters Arms Motel, responded to this review, 19 August 2011
Thank you so much for your comments Peter. I hope you new contract in sunnier climes goes well, and perhaps we'll see you sometime in the new year.

Bob and Barabara
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Property: The Carpenters Arms Motel
Address: Old Vicarage Lane | South Marston, Swindon SN3 4ST, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Wiltshire > Swindon
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Business Hotel in Swindon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — The Carpenters Arms Motel 3*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Carpenters Arms Motel Swindon, is on the Wiltshire/Oxfordshire border and provides you with quality rooms at guest house prices. In the country but just minutes from Swindon, Shrivenham, Wanborough, Blunsdon RMCS, Honda as well many other towns.Our reputation for quality accommodation, food and Arkells Real Ales has grown to reach the number one for accommodation in Swindon, on the biggest review site in the world, TripAdvisor. If you wish to stay Monday to Thursday you need to book early as we have long term satisfied guests who stay weekly. Why choose the rest when you can choose the best. The Carpenters provides an ideal haven for the business traveller or tourist seeking peace and tranquility. The Carpenters Arms lies approximately 3 miles north of Swindon and is ideally placed for visits to Bath, Cheltenham, Stratford-upon-Avon and a host of Cotswold beauty spots. If you are looking for a boisterous, noisy, over the top establishment, The Carpenters is not for you. ... more   less 
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