22. 4 on ground floor, 5 in lodge, 2 suitable for disabled.
all year except 25 Dec.
bar, dining room, function facilities, drying room, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), civil wedding licence, 2-acre grounds (walled garden, kitchen garden, dark sky observatory).
all ages welcomed.
allowed in public rooms, by arrangement in some bedrooms (£10).
Amex, MasterCard, Visa.
per room B&B from £115, D,B&B from £160. À la carte £27.50.
Good Hotel Guide Review
A ‘very special place in a very beautiful part of the world’, this informal hotel and restaurant is run by Dee and Richard Slade with one eye on planet Earth and another on the stars. Eco-friendly touches include carbon-neutral heating and hot water systems; a dark-sky observatory is highly recommended. ‘The owners have made a historic coaching inn into a characterful modern pub and hotel with invariably friendly, helpful and efficient staff,’ say fans in 2016. Bedrooms are individually styled: five timber lodges have a spa bath and a separate sitting area. ‘Our large, very comfortable luxury double room was like a junior suite; high-quality touches included the cafetière that came with a generous sachet of fresh coffee.’ Chef Edward Shilton’s cooking is ‘superb’. ‘The marvellous tasting menu comes with matching wines; a wild mushroom and truffle soup had a concentrated flavour; the imaginative beetroot “semifreddo” starter was unusual and delicious. The chef was much in evidence, and keen to chat.’ An ‘inspirational and enthusiastic’ guided tour of the stars, with ‘plenty of pairs of binoculars’, is ‘well worth booking’. (Pauline and Stephen Glover)
10% discount voucher
This hotel accepts discount vouchers which entitle readers to a 10% discount off their normal B&B rate for a single night’s stay. To take advantage of this offer, you must present the voucher at the time of booking.
Guide Book Vouchers
This hotel accepts discount vouchers which entitle readers to a 25% discount off their normal B&B rate for a single night’s stay. Each printed copy of the Guide contains six vouchers worth in total about £150.Buy the guide