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“We have a lot to offer you at Blunsdon House Hotel in Swindon. Not least, a warm, friendly atmosphere where high standards come as standard. Our top priority is to make you the centre of everything we do. We’re looking forward to welcoming you soon!”

Over 60 years of family heritage


Blunsdon House Hotel originated soon after the Bath and West Agricultural Show was held at Swindon in late 1957, when farmers Peter & Zan Clifford took in bed & breakfast customers to help out a friend.  The guest house became a licensed country club in 1960, and then a fully licensed hotel in 1962. We have climbed through hotel ratings of listed, approved, one, two and three star, to become the first four star hotel in the county of Wiltshire. It is still owned and cared for by the Clifford family, now into a third generation.

We have progressed by endeavouring to give value for money, and by keeping customer orientated, from our valued local village and town people, to national and international travellers. Our wish is to give satisfaction to everyone who comes through our doors. This outlook has permeated through to our staff, some of whom have been with us since we first opened.

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Blunsdon House Hotel is probably unique as a family owned and operated four star hotel and values very highly the many personal connections built up over the years. Generations of families have been visiting for all sorts of important happenings – Romantic dinners for two, weddings, christenings, anniversaries, birthdays and other special occasions, some groups have been making annual reunion visits for over 30 years.

Swindon has grown during this time and many multi-national businesses have moved to the town. As a consequence big hotel groups have also arrived but none even aspire to the same personal touch found at Blunsdon House. Constant reinvestment in facilities and a management ethos that dictates that guests are treated as individual people, not a room number, is frequently commented upon by many customers that have also become friends.

Over the years Community Service Clubs have based themselves at the hotel, and in turn we have been pleased to support them and their fund raising efforts whenever possible.

The hotel responds positively whenever possible to the numerous requests received for raffle prizes from local schools and charity organisations. The hotel is often approached by local people embarking on fund raising campaigns and the Garden Room (ballroom) may be offered free of room hire charges for worthy charitable events.

Our story


1800s - The beginning
Blunsdon House Hotel was probably built as a Hunting Lodge at the beginning of the 19th Century on the 400 Acre St Leonard’s Farm.
1800s - The beginning
1947 - The big purchase
The house changed hands several times until it was purchased by Peter and Zan Clifford in 1947. Blunsdon House became a farm with pigs, cattle and poultry.
1947 - The big purchase
1957 - The life changer
The year that changed Zan and Peter’s life was 1957, and the event was the Bath and West show. This huge agricultural show brought many visitors to Swindon.
1957 - The life changer
1960 - Getting licensed
In 1960 Blunsdon House became a fully licensed hotel. In the mid 1960’s it was one of only three hotels in Swindon to achieve AA and RAC listings.
1960 - Getting licensed
1980 - Four stars for Blunsdon
Twenty years after becoming a fully licensed hotel, Blunsdon House became the first four-star hotel in the county.
1980 - Four stars for Blunsdon
Present day
In 2017 after nearly 50 years of Best Western Membership, Blunsdon House Hotel joined Best Western's exclusive "Premier Collection" a soft upmarket brand including many of the UK's leading independent hotels.
Present day

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