Good Hotel Guide Review
A man for all seasons, Raymond Blanc has created something beautiful at this 15th-century manor house where he has held two Michelin stars since 1984. ‘From the minute you draw up at the honey-stone building with its prolific lavender, everything is perfect,’ says a Guide insider. Bedrooms, some with private garden, draw inspiration from Blanc’s travels (around the world and through life). Vettriano has deep red walls, Venetian masks; Snow Queen a four-poster and purple silk wallpaper printed with snowflakes. ‘This is a wonderful hotel,’ writes a reader whose ‘enormous room with a giant bath and bathroom’ had a real log fire. The gardens, with wild-flower meadow, mushroom valley, orchard and organic potager, supply a wealth of fresh heritage produce for the set menus. ‘There were some outstanding items: artichoke hearts in tiny dice with truffles; a soupe au pistou that shows how simple ingredients can be elevated to an extraordinary level; delicious apple and Calvados sorbet.’ ‘If you’re lucky enough to be there when Blanc is around, you’re in for a treat – he stops and speaks at length to his guests.’ Expensive but worth it.
32. 22 in garden buildings, some on ground floor, 1 suitable for disabled.
all year, restaurant closed for lunch Mon–Wed.
2 lounges, champagne bar, restaurant (vegetarian/vegan menus), private dining room, in-room TV (Sky, BT, Freeview), cookery school, civil wedding licence, 27-acre grounds, EV charging, public rooms wheelchair accessible, adapted toilet.
in some public areas.
all ages welcomed, extra bed £65.
allowed in some bedrooms (£30 a night).
Amex, MC, Visa.
B&B doubles from £590. Set menus lunch £190, dinner £220, child £25.