FIRST LOOK: Butcombe Brewery reopens Wiltshire pub with rooms after ambitious refurb

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Butcombe Brewery has reopened The Methuen Arms in Corsham, West Wiltshire, following an ambitious renovation programme almost exactly 12 months after acquiring the property in 2016.

The pubs and inns business, part of the Liberation Group, purchased the venue in November last year and embarked on an redevelopment project to transform the interiors, with the bedrooms, public areas, bar and restaurant being given an overhaul.

The historic pub with rooms is home to 19 bedrooms and is situated next to the stately home and grounds of Corsham Court. The previous life of The Methuen Arms was as coaching inn with horse stables for 40 years and the building’s exposed stone walls and age-old timber beams can be found across the site.

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The renovation was headed up by Concorde BGW, with the work completed in two phases, with the refurbishment of the bar and restaurant and then the addition of five new bedrooms in the old stable block.

The bedrooms feature electric design touches including Roberts Radios, Rainfall Showers and Bramley products in the bathrooms.

A new garden area has also been introduced alongside a Green Room with bespoke seating and botanical artwork.

Speaking about the renovations, Jayson Perfect, managing director of Pubs & Inns at Liberation Group, said: “The Methuen Arms was a fascinating project because the space was steeped in history and had so much potential, but it needed to be unlocked. The more we looked the more gems we found, like the hidden parquet timber flooring. It was also important from the start that we created a destination that could act as a home away from home for both guests and locals – the pub is the cornerstone of any village, after all. The final result is absolutely stunning and altogether more welcoming for everyone.”


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