15. 2 on ground floor, 7 in stableyard conversion.
all year, dinner served Mon/Wed/Fri/Sat depending on demand; cold platters on other nights, children’s high tea every day.
hall, drawing room, library (honesty bar), music (sitting) room, conservatory bar, dining room, cinema, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), civil wedding licence, 20-acre grounds (landscaped garden, tennis).
all ages welcomed.
allowed in 2 bedrooms.
all major cards.
 per room B&B £160–£200. Set dinner £20–£25. 1-night bookings sometimes refused weekends.
Good Hotel Guide Review
With ‘no rules – just plenty of warm, friendly staff, and wonderful food and service’, Wendy and Simon Bennett’s Victorian fantasy castle continues to win rave reviews. ‘The magic of the castle lies in its owners. They’re passionate about it, and rightly so.’ In ‘lovely’ grounds, the hotel has ‘a feeling of indulgence, without any ceremony – you’re made to feel at home’. There are ‘warm fires’, a ‘relaxing’ lounge with a grand piano and music books, a cinema complete with popcorn; four nights a week, a dinner menu, ‘sensibly limited in choice’, is ‘attractively served’ and communally – some say rowdily – eaten. (Platters of local meats and cheeses are served on other nights.) ‘We all made friends over dinner.’ Choose among eclectic bedrooms, each more characterful than the other (though a guest this year thought housekeeping could be stepped up). ‘Ours was beautifully decorated in period style, with a huge four-poster bed and an open fire; books and a chesterfield armchair in an anteroom; our very own turrets.’ ‘Breakfast is a nicely laid-back start to the day.’ (Kris Didymus, Mike Long, and others)
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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
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