Good Hotel Guide Review
A private drive leads to this Victorian gentleman farmer’s Italianate country house, in wooded grounds and gardens, with ‘a lovely heated outdoor pool’. Owned and run by former banker Chris Whyte since 2006, it is child-friendly, dog-friendly, relaxed, and ticked the boxes for our inspectors. Bedrooms, some in the coach house, range from cosy to a master room with four-poster. Dual-aspect Beech had views of the drive, ‘a magnificent cedar and two neat parterres set into a large lawn’. Painted ‘a soft grey-blue’, it had ‘a super-king bed, a little sofa and coffee table’, plenty of storage, a Roberts radio, ‘a bath with powerful shower over it’. Some of the furniture was dated but now luxurious deep blue velvet curtains replace the old tatty ones. In a rather dark, atmospheric dining room, a short menu, partly sourced from the kitchen garden, brought ‘huge portions of very good salt-baked beetroot salad, ginger crumb, pear sorbet and goat’s cheese; perfectly cooked stone bass, artichoke purée, potato fondant, samphire, shellfish chowder’. Breakfast was ‘substantial rather than elegant’, but ‘the scrambled eggs were superb’.
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, mid-Mar to early Nov), EV charging, bar, reception rooms, dining rooms all wheelchair accessible.
light music in public areas.
all ages welcomed, extra bed £20.
allowed in bedrooms (£20 per night), public rooms.
B&B doubles from £129. À la carte £35.