We stayed here (a family group of 6 of us) at the end of Sept 2011. On arrival we were welcomed with a cup of tea and home-made cake. The owners (Nicola and her husband) could not have been nicer or more helpful. The bedrooms and bathrooms were simply lovely - spotlessly clean and well equipped. Our hosts even arranged for an early breakfast - so we would be on time for a 9.00am wedding on the Saturday morning. What a fabulous place to stay - I would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone.
Easy to find at the side of the A4 (although the Old Joinery is set back slightly from the main road), the Black Horse pub is literally opposite, but the entrance is a little hidden, so slow down in good time.
My husband and I chose to stay here for his 60th birthday weekend, and had a fabulous time. The view of the white horse, monument and hills from the breakfast room is beautiful. We were lucky with the weather, and found lots to do nearby. We had a great morning at Devizes Caen Hill locks on the Avon and Kennet canal, saw Silbury Hill, the West Kennet Long Barrow, Avebury, Marlborough etc etc, and my husband had two hours of fantastic microlighting at GS Aviation just south of Marlborough. Although there is a small microlight centre in Yatesbury, a mile from the B&B, I think we made the right choice as there were several different fixed wing microlights to choose from as well as the flexiwing. He certainly had a day to remember.
Nicola and Paul were great hosts, and we thoroughly enjoyed the tea and cake when we arrived, beautiful breakfasts and recommendations for local restaurants for meals. They also gave us phone numbers for taxis. They couldn't have been more helpful.
On my husband's birthday, Nicola brought out glasses of bucks fizz at breakfast which really set the tone for the whole day, and in fact the whole weekend. It couldn't have gone better!
My only (very slight) gripe, would be that the Oak room we stayed in with the king size bed had sloping ceilings which meant there wasn't a lot of head room around the bed, and in the bathroom headroom was restricted at the basin and for men at the toilet.. This didn't spoil our enjoyment however, and the overall fixtures and fittings were of a very high standard. All immaculate (the property hasn't been open a year yet) and everything you might want was at hand.
A fabulous few days that we'll remember for a long time!
The welcome was very friendly on arrival and I felt nothing was too much trouble. Once inside, the standard of my room was excellent with all of the furnishings and finish being of very high quality. There was a great pub across the road and I had a great evening meal and a good chat with the Landlord - Bob.
Breakfast the next morning was excellent also. I will definitely be back.
I stayed at The Old Joinery on the night of a friend's wedding. I live overseas, so was keen to find somewhere homely in the English countryside, which I miss so much. I struck gold with The Old Joinery - it was perfect! Spotlessly clean, stunning countryside surroundings and wonderful hospitality. It's not often you get a freshly brewed cuppa when you arrive! The owners were incredibly friendly and helpful and the breakfast was absolutely delicious. If you're looking for a play to stay in or around Calne, you don't need to look anywhere else. I hope I get to go back again someday.
We booked The Old Joinery as it was close by to a sponsored walk that we were doing in Avebury, and boy, and I am glad that we did as what a find it was!
As there were 6 of us, we were lucky enough to book the whole place out and it meant that it felt like a real home from home as all 3 double rooms are in a converted barn type building at the back of the owner's property and so completely stand-alone.
There is no expense spared with the accommodation and everything is spotlessly clean and beautifully decorated. I loved the little details such as slippers and robes in the rooms, The White Company linens, towels and toiletries, the box full of board games and kids games in the living room and the little handmade polar bears on the ends of each bed!
Nicola and her husband, the owners, simply can't do enough to help you and the cooked breakfasts, done on the Aga, are wonderful and filling! I particularly loved the welcome tea and homemade cake!! Although breakfast isn't usually served until 7.30am, they both got up early for us to ensure that we had a full breakfast before our sponsored walk, even though that meant a 6am breakfast time! So many places wouldn't have cared and simply left us with cereals and fruit - if we were lucky! They also go to the trouble to have a folder full of any sort of info you may want, from where to eat (complete with guest reviews!) to bus timetables, nearest supermarkets and places of interest. They also re-arranged their weekend plans to let us stay on the Friday night as well as the Saturday, and we're so grateful to them that they did, as The Old Joinery is one of the best places I've stayed at in a LONG time!!