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Helen Browning's Royal Oak

(265 Guest Reviews)

Guest Ratings

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Review Summary

  • Rooms 4.5
  • Value 4.6
  • Friendliness 4.9
  • Cleanliness 4.8
  • Facilities 4.6
  • Service 4.8
  • Location 4.7

Review Overall Rating

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Helen Browning's Royal Oak Information


We are a dining pub with rooms, in the middle of our own organic farm in the village of Bishopstone, on the edge of the Wiltshire Downs. Great service, informally, and a welcome as if it’s your own front room. Our 12 luxurious rooms are a world away from the crowd, with their own doors off a sunny, shared courtyard. Each uniquely stylish room is named and themed after a field on our farm here at Eastbrook, a perfect place to unwind in the beautiful Wiltshire countryside. Our rooms are set apart from the pub and delightfully peaceful.Sleep deeply in crisp cotton bedding. A hearty breakfast to set you up for your day, whatever it holds, and high speed wifi to keep you connected. Many of our rooms can be booked to accommodate families, check the descriptions for more details. We can also provide travel cots free of charge for the majority of rooms. We have two dog-friendly rooms, Kate's Folly and Barn Field (charge applies). You’ll eat and sleep well here. Generous organic food from our farm or our neighbours. A menu that changes most days and always with the seasons. All accompanied by excellent local ales, wines, gins and juices. Our family, friends, and farm workers have shared meals and beers here for 14 years and we only serve the food and drink that we enjoy ourselves. Circular walks to The Ridgeway National Trail that runs across our (tenanted) 1,400 acre organic farm start from our front door. Our farm boundaries to the south give access to thousands more acres of open land, criss-crossed with paths and bridleways, and the glories of pre-historic Wiltshire and Oxfordshire lie all around us. A beautiful garden, full of wild flowers, to enjoy in the summer and a proper fire to come back to when the days drew in. Always newspapers, magazines, books to borrow. Dogs and muddy boots welcome. This is your place to enjoy. Just a medium stone’s throw from Swindon station, with easy access to London and The Cotswolds.

Cleaning and safety

  • Disinfected between stays
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Social distancing
  • Staff protective clothing
  • High-touch surfaces disinfected
  • Linens washed to local guidelines
  • Common area doors left open
  • Request no staff entry to room
  • Staff trained in safety protocol
  • Socially distanced dining
  • Staggered time slots for dining


  • Baggage store
  • Bar
  • Free high speed internet
  • Free WiFi internet
  • Lounge
  • Restaurant
  • Stables
  • Bike lock-up
  • High speed internet
  • WiFi internet
  • Shop/boutique
  • Garden


  • On-site parking
  • Free parking
  • Electric vehicle charging

Children's Facilities

  • Babysitting
  • Children's menu
  • Children's books, videos, games
  • Highchairs
  • Children's play area

Business Facilities

  • Desk working station
  • Meeting rooms


  • Continental breakfast
  • Cooked breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Free breakfast
  • Farmhouse breakfast
  • Vegetarian options
  • Vegan options
  • Gluten-free options

Activities and Experiences

  • Animal watching
  • Archery
  • Bird watching
  • Canoeing
  • Clay pigeon shooting
  • Cycling
  • Dog racing
  • Fine dining
  • Fishing
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Golf - driving range
  • Horse riding
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain biking
  • Shopping
  • Skating rink
  • Theatre
  • Walking


  • Check in
    15:00 22:00
    Early check-in available on request
  • Check out
    Late check-out available on request
  • Child Policy
    Children welcome
  • Smoking Policy
    No smoking
  • Pets
    Pets by arrangement
Booking Terms and Conditions


We have one fully accessible room with no steps and handrails. We have additional rooms which provide easy access for people with limited mobility issues but you are advised to contact us for more details. The upstairs restaurant in the pub is accessed by ramp, and has a unisex disabled toilet.


  • Coach from Swindon Train Station (7.4 miles)
    Public Transport - walk from train station to Fleming Way, bus stop Q, catch No.47 bus, disembark at Bishopstone Pond, then walk 2 minutes to the Royal Oak pub.
  • Road from Swindon Train Station (7.4 miles)
    Driving - Take Prospect Pl, Union Row and Belle Vue Rd to Drove Rd/B4289 3 min (0.4 mi) Continue on Drove Rd/B4289. Take A4312, Dorcan Way/B4006, Merlin Way, Wanborough Rd ... and Body Horse Hill to Cues Ln in Bishopstone 18 min (7.4 mi)
  • Road from M4 (7.9 miles)
    Take M4 to Pack Hill. Take the exit for B4192 from Marlborough Rd/A419 4 min (4.0 mi) Continue on Pack Hill. Take Church Rd and Body Horse Hill to Cues Ln in Bishopstone 10 min (4.0 mi)

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