40. 8 in adjacent annexe, 2 suitable for disabled.
lift, lounge, cocktail bar, billiard room, restaurant, conference/function facilities, terrace, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Sky), civil wedding licence, 2-acre garden.
‘easy listening’ in public areas and restaurant at mealtimes.
all ages welcomed.
Amex, MasterCard, Visa.
 per room B&B from £140, D,B&B from £200. À la carte £45, set dinner £19.50–£23.50, tasting menu £70.
Good Hotel Guide Review
There is a country house feel to Peter Candler’s ‘friendly’, ‘surprisingly peaceful’ Tudor-style mansion in a wooded valley just five minutes by car from the city centre. Standing in ‘lovely’ grounds, the listed building is an eclectic mix of historical architectural detail: admire the Jacobean panelling here, the florid William de Morgan tiles there. Cherry-pick from individually designed, ‘beautifully appointed’, modern bedrooms, many with an individual feature – a private terrace, perhaps, or a window seat. All have freshly ground coffee, fresh milk, glossy magazines. Friends or family might book larger rooms with a shared lobby. ‘Our New House room had a lovely garden – compliments to the gardener. One gripe? Poor lighting. But the staff brought a lamp when we mentioned it.’ The ‘vast’ afternoon teas are popular with locals and walk-in visitors; in the evening, chef Michael Penaluna’s modern British dinners are no less of a treat. The ‘extraordinarily varied’ breakfast is worth waking up for: besides freshly squeezed juices and ‘excellent’ home-baked croissants, try Craster kippers with seaweed butter. ‘Good walks down to the dene.’ (SH, and others)
Information on otters and other wildlife.