Beechfield was built in 1878 for a local gentleman farmer named Richard Keevil, whose initials are carved in the pediment over the bay window on the left of the building. It remained an impressive family home for ninety years, until it was converted into a hotel in the late 1960s with the word “House” added to its name.
History & development
This grade II listed property was built in an Italianate square house style with a three windowed service wing to the rear and a three-storey symmetrical three windowed front. The House was subsequently bought in 1890 by the Blake family, who owned a brewery in Trowbridge. A century later the property was advertised in Country Life magazine in March 1979. Beechfield House was described as a gracious country home with three reception rooms, six bedrooms and three bathrooms. Priced at £90,000, it was bought by two local businessmen with plans to turn it into a top hotel and the house was transformed while still keeping the atmosphere of a luxury country house. In the 1980s the Coach House stable block was converted to bedrooms and a new restaurant extension was opened.
In June of 2006, Beechfield House was purchased by its current owners and the new team began a major programme of refurbishments and improvements. All bedrooms and bathrooms have been upgraded, the roofs have been completely renewed. The downstairs have all be updated and refurbished. The gardens continue to be improved and the kitchen garden is being reclaimed and used to grow fresh produce for the hotel kitchens. We have installed our own 2.5km dedicated fibre broadband cable, connecting us directly to the Melksham telephone exchange, offering our guests free superfast broadband wifi throughout the hotel. In April 2015 we completed the total replacement of our commercial kitchen which will enable us to deliver ever higher standards of dining. In 2017 we begin a programme of redecorating all our bedrooms, bathrooms and reception areas.
We were very proud to recently be awarded 4 AA red stars, Inspector’s Choice 2016-17 and achieve 2 AA rosettes for our food offering.
"A gem of a country house hotel, within easy reach of Bath, the Cotswolds and everything this delightful region has to offer."