Good Hotel Guide Review
‘It’s like staying with friends in their country retreat,’ said our inspectors on a visit to this ornate Italianate Victorian house in woodland and gardens, with the ‘huge plus’ of an outdoor heated pool. It is ‘well set back’ from the A350, though ‘faint traffic noise’ might travel on the breeze. Bedrooms range from the smallest, in a coach house, to a master room with a handsome four-poster. A ‘good-sized’ mid-price room had a super-king half-tester bed with ‘dazzling white linen’ and ‘a guide to Buddhism as well as the usual Gideon Bible’ in a bedside cabinet. Dual-aspect windows made it ‘airy and light’. You can enjoy a lunchtime sandwich or afternoon tea on the terrace, in the bar, or by the fire in a ‘spacious sitting room’. The pool now has a bar. In a low-lit blue dining room, our inspectors enjoyed ‘pan-seared scallops, parsnip purée, tempura-fried courgettes, wild garlic’, and sirloin steak with twice-cooked chips. Generous servings included ‘heaps of veg and salad’ from the kitchen garden. Breakfast on local free-range eggs, Wiltshire bacon, grilled kippers and freshly baked pastries, before visiting the lions at Longleat.
24. 8 in coach house, 4 on ground floor suitable for disabled.
all year (exclusive use only, New Year).
morning room, bar, 4 dining rooms, in-room TV (Freeview), 8-acre grounds (12 by 6 metre heated pool, end Mar to early Nov), pool bar, EV charging, bar, reception rooms, dining rooms all wheelchair accessible.
light music in public areas.
all ages welcomed, extra bed £50, children's menu.
allowed by prior arrangement in bedrooms (£20 per night), public rooms.
B&B doubles from £149. À la carte £35.