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.

Fox and Maple, Wickwar

Fox and Maple, Wickwar

Just 2 miles from the SWMA training facility, Charlie and Chris recently took over this beautiful country pub in Wickwar. Newly refurbished rooms and a totally re-vamped menu make this pub hard to beat.

Special SWMA rate of £50 per night for room only, £60 for a room and continental breakfast (please request this at the time of booking).

Want to check out their menu? Take a look.

Stuck for transport to the academy? Have a chat with the owners about transport options.

Contact Charlie and Chris on 01454299083 or email them at hello@foxandmaple.co.uk with any enquiries.

Address: 15 High St, Wickwar, Wotton-under-Edge GL12 8NE

The Old Cider House, Cromhall

The Old Cider House is a beautiful converted barn building set in rural Cromhall, only 1.3 miles from SWMA.

The accommodation is well appointed and split over 2 floors, with 2 double bedrooms and 2 sofa beds available, 2 bathrooms, a lounge and a well equipped, spacious kitchen diner. If the sun is shining there are also two private patio areas to enjoy, and a woodburner for when things are rather more inclement. The barn sleeps 2 – 6 people.

Kevin and Karen have made sure you’ll be comfortable and warmly welcomed, with WIFI in the accommodation, coffee machine and a fridge with a stock of ‘basics’ to get you started. Dishwasher and washing machine are also provided and there is plenty of parking.

Booking is through AirBnB using the link below. Please let Karen know in the notes that you are booking as a student here at SWMA for a special student rate of £95 per night (usually £120). Bookings for a minimum of 2 nights.


If you have any questions at all please drop Kevin and Karen a line through the AirBnB website, or download the app.


The Pepper Pot Caravan Park offers a variety of camping and accommodation options, including tent stays, Caravan & Camper standings and static caravans.

Set in the rural beauty of Lower Wick, it is just over 4 miles from the SWMA Training Facility, so is ideally placed as a base for the duration of your training here.

Rates per pitch are (per night):

Low Season:       £16 for a grass or hardstanding with Electrical Hook Up (EHU)

£18 for a fully services hardstanding (EHU  & Water)

Mid Season:       £18 for a grass or hardstanding with Electrical Hook Up (EHU)

£20 for a fully services hardstanding (EHU  & Water)

High Season:      £20 for a grass or hardstanding with Electrical Hook Up (EHU)

£22 for a fully services hardstanding (EHU  & Water)

Static Caravans are bookable for a minimum of 3 nights from a Monday, for 1 to 4 adults. Rates re £60 per night and/or £90 for a weekend.

All rates are subject to a special SWMA discount of 10% – please just quote ‘South West Maritime Academy’ when booking.

Not only is the location ideal; there is also an on-site Bar and Bistro. Hoggies is known for it’s good food, local sourcing and laid back atmosphere. It’s an ideal place to wind down after a hard day and grab some dinner, or to grab some breakfast before the day begins. A menu and further details can be found online at:


Address: The  Pepper Pot Caravan Park, Lower Wick, Dursley, GL11 6DD

Contact Jane on 07519 335357

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 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.continental breakfast*):

Standard Room £80 (usually £95)

Superior Room £90 (usually £105)

Executive Room £105 (usually £125)

*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


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 our students discounted rates of stay.

Rate: £89 per person per night including breakfast.

Check in 1500hrs, Check out 1100hrs.

Quote ‘South West Maritime Academy’ to access our special agreed SWMA student rate. Discount available on telephone bookings only.

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/


The Falcon Cottage is a beautiful guest house with a homely feel and comprises of 2 rooms with a shared bathroom. It has all the facilities you need such as WIFI, TV, hair dryer, tea and coffee making facilities and room to relax. Only 4 minutes – 1.5 miles –  from the our maritime training centre.

A continental breakfast is included

Cost: £30 per night
Double occupancy can be arranged

Contact April for more details

T: 01453 843528
E: april_haddrell@talktalk.net

15 Station Road, Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire GL12 8AA


The Gables is a local 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. They offer a specially discounted rate for those training with us.

Rate: £89 per person per night including breakfast.

Check in 1500hrs, Check out 1100hrs.

Quote ‘South West Maritime Academy’ for our special agreed SWMA student rate. Discount available on telephone bookings only.

For clients looking to book 8 rooms or more, please contact Lorna directly for a further discounted rate: lsaunders@webbht.co.uk


Tel: +44 (0)1454 260502

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

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

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.


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