We stayed at The Old Joinery recently for a family wedding nearby.
The property is absolutely beautiful, the little touches such as the cake and bread etc were just lovely as they felt very personalised and not just a little bag of groceries plucked from a supermarket. There were 6 adults and it was just so comfortable with space that we never found we got in each others way. The quality of the furnishings is wonderful, White Company bedding and towels and toiletries, extremely comfortable beds and absolutely spotlessly clean, we loved it. Even the cleaning products under the kitchen sink were set out like in a show house!!
If we hadn't been in the area to visit family and to attend a wedding then we would have happily spent the whole weekend in the property!
Thank you Nicola, 5 stars isn't enough in our opinion!
I want to add my praise to the other glowing reviews listed here for The Old Joinery. The place is lovely, and Nicola and Paul are as helpful and generous as they are friendly. I spent just one night here during a weekend between business meetings in Norwich and Oxford, with my heart set on seeing Stonehenge and Avebury. I am usually very organized about my travel, but someone else was supposed to be planning for me and rather dropped the ball. Thus, I ended up arriving after noon on a Saturday with no plan of how to get to the stone circle sites. Paul personally dropped me off and picked me up at Avebury (really close by) Saturday afternoon, and Nicola worked quickly for me on Saturday evening to arrange a car for me Sunday afternoon to take me to Stonehenge. She arranged a great price for the driver to drive me there (about 45 minutes), wait for me (about an hour and a half), and bring me back (another 45 minutes -- all for 60 pounds). I had some "currency issues" and she even worked out an arrangement so I could pay the driver without any fuss. She let me use my room later in the day than usual so I would have a place to be picked up by a driver to take me to Oxford.
The room itself was comfortable and modern. It even had that rare and coveted feature: ample accessible electric outlets to plug in electronics! The bathroom was modern and nice as well. An electric teapot and tea/coffee assortment plus biscuits are available in the room. The wifi signal is good, and the service acceptably fast. Nicola offers a very nice breakfast spread in a lovely enclosed sunroom. There is a common living room area in addition to the three bedrooms (each with baths -- I think the upstairs rooms have ensuite bathrooms; mine was just outside my bedroom door on the main level). The only thing I didn't like is that the doors are all locked and unlocked both inside and out with old clunky skeleton keys, so you have to fool around with the big keys just to open the front or bedroom door from the inside. I understand the charm, but it was a nuisance.
You can hike up to the Cherhill Horse cut into the hillside (dates from 1780) right from the B&B. I recommend it (but it can be very muddy and slippery, so dress accordingly). The view from the top of the Down is beautiful.
The Black Horse is a pub across the road, and the food was really good. They close for awhile in the afternoon, so check the hours (which were not correct on the web).
Americans -- long-distance taxis are not common at home, but it seems to be the way to get around in the English countryside if you aren't up to driving on the left side with a rental car. There are buses, but not necessarily convenient for tourists. Plan what you want to see in advance and contact Nicola to book with the drivers she has worked with. (and I don't mean to suggest counting on Paul to take you to Avebury -- it was a nice favor he did when I was stranded and Nicola was out at an appointment ). You can book the taxis well in advance.
Avebury is a must-see, and The Old Joinery is in an excellent location for visiting it. Although it might not have been the best location for visiting Stonehenge, in the end it worked out perfectly for me to pack in Avebury, Stonehenge, and a really lovely hike up to the Horse, all in a bit over 24 h. Thanks, Nicola and Paul, for making my weekend countryside vacation a big success!
Great stay, very nice people! Everything was up to scratch, clean, modern, lovely breakfast, also an amazing setting area, most importantly a great traditional country pub 50 yards away that serves nice food!
It was our second stay at the Old Joinery, yet again a warm welcoming reception with tea & cake.
Nicola is a warm , consicentious and generous host. All you could wish to relax in this wonderful place. We cannot recommend this B & B highly enough!
Stayed for a wedding at a nearby barn and had a lovely stay. The hostess was great. Breakfast was delicious. The room was lovely and clean and very quiet. Really lovely renovation of the workshop into holiday lets. Would certainly recommend.
We stayed for a night at The Old Joinery when we attended a wedding nearby. The owners were friendly and helpful. The room was clean, modern and looked lovely. We were even brought a slice of homemade lemon drizzle cake each on arrival. After a comfortable night we had a fantastic breakfast of full English (for my hubby) and smoked salmon with scrambled eggs (for me), fruit, croissants, toast with homemade jam.
We would definitely stay here again. Superb!
Reviewing at the request of the owner.
I stayed here for two nights in early September along with two colleagues. A warmer welcome you will not find anywhere, coffee and cake on arrival. There are three letting rooms in the detached barn all very nicely appointed but rather compact. I had one of the upper rooms,ELM? which had two single beds. The slopping roof means if you are over 5'9" or so you will need to remember to duck whilst negotiating at night to the bathroom. The bathroom or rather shower room, again nicely appointed, but again compact, at 6'3" I had to stoop in the shower and come out into the bedroom to swing a towel around my back.
Although situated right on the A4 the noise from the road at night was surprisingly un-noticable even with the window wide open, it was rather warm in the eves.
Breakfast was great with the usual fare plus a daily special.
Despite the size issues of this establishment I will return here if I am in the area again.