Good Hotel Guide Review
An Italianate mansion in landscaped gardens and pleasure grounds is today ‘a lovely, classic country house hotel with a modern, quirky feel’. It is now part of the Experimental group, which plans to keep things running as they are. The ‘extraordinary and beautiful grounds’ are thought to have inspired Lewis Carroll’s Wonderland. ‘Interiors have been sympathetically modernised, with flair,’ readers write. There is playfulness here, from papier-mâché hunting trophies to the bold mixing of ’60s styling with original features. Rooms range from ‘good’ to ‘best’ via various superlatives. ‘Marvellous’ rooms have a balcony, lounge space, perhaps a modern four-poster. ‘Outstanding’ rooms in the stables have a balcony or terrace. All have a minibar, a deep bath and rainfall shower, exclusive toiletries inspired by the gardens. Dogs and children are welcome, and dining, in the restaurant or on the terrace, is more fun than fine, with dishes such as spinach and ricotta ravioli; poached chicken supreme, wild garlic mash. ‘The food was tasty and interesting, and the staff helpful and friendly.’ (Jane and Martin Bailey)
31. 15 in converted stables.
bar, sitting room, billiard room, restaurant, private sitting room, garden room and dining room, in-room TV, 55-acre grounds, civil wedding licence, spa (indoor and outdoor swimming pools).
in public areas.
all ages welcomed, extra bed £60 (incl. meals), no under-16s in spa without supervision.
allowed in 7 bedrooms (£25 per night), sitting room, terrace, not in restaurant.
Amex, MC, Visa.
B&B doubles from £222 (cooked breakfast extra, full English £10). À la carte £45. 1-night bookings refused Sat, some holidays.