Need to know
11am. Check-in from 3pm (flexible, depending on availability).
Double rooms from $101.48 (£79), excluding tax at 20 per cent.
Rates include a full English or Continental breakfast.
Local therapist Anouchka will see to all your stress-busting needs. Bookings must be made directly for in-room massages; ask at reception for contact details.
At the hotel
Gardens, private dining room, petanque piste, library including DVDs, and free WiFi. In rooms: flatscreen TV, DVD/CD player, iPod dock and the hotel’s home-made Bramley toiletries.
Our favourite rooms
Room 1, nestled into the corner of the building above the sitting room, is one of the larger rooms, with both bath and shower. Room 5 is a cosy suntrap, with elegant mirrored bedside tables and a small stone fireplace. Note to big packers: the Beckford's rooms don't have wardrobes, just wall pegs and hangers.
Walking attire; a classic Agatha Christie for fireside reading; bed socks and big knits for snuggling up on the sofa; a dog.
If you want your dog to join you, book Room 6.
Dogs are allowed, in Room 6 only; please request this room when booking. For £10 a night, you get a bed for Fido, plus a bowl and biscuits. See more pet-friendly hotels in Wiltshire.
Little Smiths are more than welcome, with cots provided free for babies. The restaurant has a menu tailored to tots.
There is space to add baby cots – ask the hotel and they will provide them.
Little Smiths can ramble in the sprawling garden, or read a book in one of the hammocks under the shady trees. There's a petanque piste, plenty of board games, and PG DVDs to watch from the comfort of your room. Sometimes family movies are played on the projector in the Sitting Room, and the hotel can organise fishing lessons or horse riding.
Children can eat in the restaurant at any time, and there is a menu tailored to tots. The emphasis on homely, comforting fare should make meal negotiations easy.
No need to pack
Travel cots are provided – they don’t cost extra, but need to be booked.