Welcome to the South West Maritime Academy list of local accommodation providers, all of whom are based around the training facility and the villages of Charfield, Cromhall, Wickwar, Wotton-Under-Edge and Falfield.

Recommended options include B&Bs, Hotels and Guesthouses.

The list of local accommodation options below is recommended for all courses taking place out of our main training facility at South West Maritime Academy, Cromhall Quarry, Cromhall, South Gloucestershire, GL12 8AA unless stated otherwise.

SWMA are pleased to support local businesses as a key component of our training provision.

The Piggery

The Piggery is a beautifully converted 1 bed studio-style cottage.

“This unique place was the piggery in a former life, connected to our beautiful 250 year old cottage. Now renovated to a high spec ‘The Piggery’ is open for guests. Beautiful vaulted ceiling with original beams and wrought iron chandelier.

Cozy studio layout with kitchenette and dining area, double or twin bed options. Spacious and luxurious ensuite wet room. Freeview TV and Wi-Fi. Private entrance and off-street parking. Guests have access to their own private patio with amazing views.”

Run by Melissa and Wayne, The Piggery is located less than 4 miles from South West Maritime Academy, and can be booked through Air BnB through the link below:


Ideal if you want to enjoy some rural peace and self catering*


*Kettle, Fridge and Microwave provided

The Gables - Best Western Hotel

The Gables is a family run hotel which is part of the Best Western Group.

Located in rural Falfield, the hotel is only a 3.3 miles (just a 6 minute drive) from our training facility at Cromhall Quarry, and offer SWMA students a discounted rate of accommodation.

Rate: £89 per person per night including breakfast.

Lunches: The Gables can supply packed lunches with a wide variety of food options, please enquire either by phone before your stay or when you check in at reception.

Check in 1500hrs, Check out 1100hrs.

Quote ‘South West Maritime Academy’ to access our special agreed SWMA student rate. The discounted rate is available on telephone bookings only, just give Anthony and his team a call on the below phone number.

If you are an SWMA client looking to make bookings of 8 rooms or more then you can access a further discounted rate. Please email Lorna to discuss your requirement – lsaunders@webbht.co.uk .


Tel: +44 (0)1454 260502

Email: reception@thegablesbristol.co.uk

Address: The Gables Hotel, Bristol Road, Falfield, Gloucestershire, GL12 8DL.

Website: https://www.thegablesbristol.co.uk/

Forthay Bed & Breakfast

A beatific country house in the hamlet of North Nibley, roughly 2 miles from our training facility, Debs and Charles have a variety of rooms available including en-suite and twin room options.

As well as Bed and Breakfast there is also the option to book in for dinners too, as well as a guest snug with WiFi, books, magazines and even a bar!

Debs and Charles are pleased to be able to offer people training with us a special rate of £90 per night including breakfast and a single course dinner – just mention South West Maritime Academy when you call to book.

For availability and further details please call 01453 549016, email to forthaybandb@gmail.com or take a look at their website at https://www.forthaybedandbreakfast.co.uk/contact .

Address: Forthay Bed and Breakfast, Forthay, North Nibley, South Gloucestershire, GL11 6EA


The Swan is a lovely 17th century hotel based under 4 miles (less than 10 minutes’ drive) from our training facility at SWMA.

Offering a range of 15 en-suite rooms, they have something for everyone and kindly offer our students a discounted rate when staying.

There is a free public carpark 100 yards from the hotel, and the restaurant offer freshly prepared food, with the CAMRA award winning bar offering a range of local beers.

Rates (per night inc. light breakfast*):

Standard Room £90 (usually £105)

Superior Room £100 (usually £115)

Executive Room £115 (usually £135)

*A cooked breakfast can be added for an extra charge as per the menu cost.

All offered prices are applicable during non-peak periods only – details on request.

To access the SWMA Student discounted rate either quote ‘South West Maritime Academy’ on the phone when booking or that you are attending a course with us if booking by email.

Bookings subject to Swan Hotel’s standard Terms and Conditions.

Contact: info@swanhotelwotton.com or 01453 843004

Address: Swan Hotel, 16 Market Street, Wotton-Under-Edge, Gloucestershire, GL12 7AE

Ramada by Wyndham, Bristol West

Ramada by Wyndham is a hotel situated just off of Junction 19 of the M5 near Gordano. It is perfectly placed for a stay if you are training with us from our berth at Portishead Marina on one of our STCW Fast Rescue Boat (days 2 and 3) or RYA Powerboat Level 2 courses.

The hotel is just a short distance – 3.6 miles – from Portishead Marina.

You can access our SWMA exclusive student 15% discount off of the cheapest rate available at the time of booking by contacting the Hotel directly and quoting our discount code, which can be gained from us by request.

Discount currently available on telephone bookings only.

T: +44 (0)1275 373709

Ramada by Wyndham, Motorway Service Area M5 J19, Portbury, Bristol, BS20 7XG.

Couzens Close B&B

Lovely B&B room only a 12 minute drive from the SWMA site (6.4miles).

Females preferred on a 2+ night basis, accommodation hosted by female SWMA instructor.

Double bed for single occupancy with sole use of family bathroom.

House is located in a quiet close in Chipping Sodbury.

WIFI, hairdryer, full use of kitchen and dining room as well as a garden.

Offroad parking.

Small dog and cat on premises.

£42 per night including self-serve continental breakfast.

Contact Sabrina – 

T: 07730 355690

E: sabsdunk@yahoo.co.uk


45 Couzens Close, Chipping Sodbury, Bristol, S.Gloucestershire, BS37 6BT.

Days Inn, Michaelwood Services

The Days Inn is a hotel based within Michaelwood Services, around 4 miles (8 minutes) from the SWMA training facility.

As part of the Ramada Group, they offer our students a discounted corporate rate. Please request the SWMA code from our reception team.

Address: Days Inn by Wyndham Michaelwood M5 Welcome Break Service Area GL13 9JS
Phone: 01454 261513


Ideal for crew or company group bookings

Enjoying an enviable position overlooking some of the most beautiful farmland in Gloucestershire, this traditional cottage within the Tortworth Estate is a fantastic base for those training with us at SWMA. Less than 1.5 miles away from the training facility, it is a 4 minute drive or 25 minute stroll. This cottage has 3 bedrooms, sleeping up to 6.

On entering this home, you will find the warm and welcoming open-plan lounge/kitchen/diner. With traditional wood burner and TV/DVD, the lounge is an ideal space for relaxing and entertaining in. There’s both an attractive dining area and a useful kitchen island. The stylish kitchen is well-equipped with an electric oven and hob, microwave, dishwasher and fridge/freezer. Exploring further, there’s a charmingly furnished snug with TV / DVD. You will also find a utility room, equipped with washing machine and tumble dryer, and a separate shower room with WC. Moving up to the first floor, you will find two bedrooms, each with original exposed beams. There’s a comfy king-size room, and a twin zip-and-link (which can be made up as a super-king-size on request at time of booking). You will also find a bathroom, complete with shower over the bath and WC. Heading up to the second floor, which is accessed via a steep flight of steps, you will find two cosy attic rooms, each with a single bed and limited headroom.

Stepping outside, you can relax in the large enclosed garden, which is fully furnished with BBQ, and enjoy an al fresco meal.  There is ample off-road parking available.

.This is self-catering accommodation.

Cost: £565 – £1271 for 4 nights, or just £23.54 – £52.96 per person per night if booking as a group or crew.

Contact Beth for more details.

T: 01608 692575
W: https://www.holidaysinthecotswolds.co.uk/cottages/tortworth-estate–keepers-cottage

*This cottage is one of several available options through Holidays in the Cotswalds, with others being similarly local but of different sizes and capacities. They are ideal as group or crew houses, and would be ideal for consideration for companies booking group or bespoke courses with us. Others include:

–  Tortworth Estate – Church Cottage (3 Bedrooms,Sleeps 6)

–  The Tortworth Shepherds Hut (1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2)

–  Earl Barton Cottage, Charfield (1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2)

–  Thousand Acres Coach House, Wotton-Under-Edge (2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4)


Take a look at https://www.holidaysinthecotswolds.co.uk/cotswolds-cottages?viewmap=true to see options and check prices and availability.


Tortworth Court is part of the De Vere hotel group and is set on the Tortworth Estate amidst 30 acres of grounds, and offers beautiful accommodation just a 5 minute (1.4 mile) drive from our training facility. Bookings include access to leisure facilities including the pool, gym and sauna.

£92 per night per person Bed and Breakfast Sunday – Thursday and £139 per night Friday & Saturday. This rate is based on sole occupancy of a standard double or twin room.

Quote ‘South West Maritime Academy’ for the special agreed rate.

Want a closer look before you book? You can take a virtual explore of Tortworth Court Hotel through the following link: https://www.devere.co.uk/smart-space/virtual-experience/

Discount available on telephone bookings only.

T: +44 (0)1454 263000

Tortworth Court, Tortworth, Wotton-Under-Edge, GL12 8HH