great hall, morning room, library, bar/lounge, restaurant, billiard room, function rooms, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), civil wedding licence, 23-acre gardens and parkland, unsuitable for disabled.
all ages welcomed, only ‘well-behaved children’ in dining room (babysitting can be arranged).
allowed in bedrooms with £120 professional allergy clean, heated kennels available.
Amex, MasterCard, Visa.
 per room B&B £145–£600, D,B&B £250–£750. Four-course table d’hôte menu £75, tasting menus £95–£125.
Good Hotel Guide Review
There’s ‘birdsong in the air’ and ‘a great atmosphere of peace’ at this ‘glorious’ country house hotel, in large gardens descending to the River Wye, say Guide inspectors. The Jacobean mansion (Relais & Châteaux) once belonged to Sir Bernard Ashley; his ‘fabulous’ collection of art and antiques is displayed throughout, alongside fresh flowers, open fires and many Laura Ashley prints. Staff are ‘impeccable’: ‘everyone addressed us by name’. Overlooking the valley, traditional bedrooms are supplied with sherry, fresh fruit and water. ‘Spacious and lovely, our deluxe room had a chandelier, a sofa, two big squashy chairs; a claw-footed bath in the bathroom. The canopied bed had been made with blankets and sheets, as we’d requested.’ Chef Nick Brodie’s dinners, well supplied by the organic kitchen garden, are an event (though a guest this year hungered for larger portions). ‘The menus are elaborate and expensive, but the food, such as an exquisite veggie concoction to complement the turbot, was superb. I couldn’t cope with the fancy asparagus starter so asked for a small portion plainly done. “No problem” – and it was delicious.’
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