Good Hotel Guide Review
Readers paint an appealing picture of a stay at this characterful timber-frame manor house in deepest Constable country, where residential art courses are a big draw. ‘Perfect weekend break. So comfortable and welcoming,’ writes one. Another praises the ‘casual, relaxed air, which is a big part of the charm’, and ‘friendly hosts’ Wendy and Jim Sarton, who dispensed with check-in formalities in favour of tea and home-made cakes. Four bedrooms are in the hall, with exposed beams and wonky floors. Annexe rooms around the art studio have pleasing rustic style, the occasional quirk (one room was accessed via the kitchen). ‘The public rooms are beautiful’, with ‘lots of comfortable sofas’ in the beamed lounge, where you can sit with a drink by the fire as you peruse Wendy’s menu. Readers enjoyed the ‘delicious food’, although one found the duck breast and pork fillet a little overcooked. But the ‘other dishes were perfect, particularly the salmon with a Cajun crust’. After ‘an excellent breakfast with plenty of fresh fruit as well as cooked dishes’, you might visit the Munnings Museum. (Diane Stephens, Mary Hewson, J and AD)
20. 16 in annexe around art studio, some on ground floor suitable for disabled.
all year except Christmas–New Year.
2 lounges, bar, dining room, studio, in-room TV (terrestrial), 6-acre grounds (pond, gardens, fields), lounges and dining room wheelchair accessible.
all ages welcomed, extra bed £25.
allowed in some bedrooms (no charge), not in public rooms.
B&B doubles from £130, singles from £95. À la carte/fixed-price dinner, for residents only (or by prior arrangement), £35.