Good Hotel Guide Review
Wisteria festoons Wendy and Jim Sarton’s peaceful manor house, in a picture-postcard village at the heart of Constable country. Surrounded by brimming gardens with duck pond, it has ‘nothing chichi’ about it, just a ‘warm and comforting’ ambience, cosy parlours with beamed ceilings, cottage-style bedrooms exposing their oak ribs. The pricing is reasonable and no-nonsense: all rooms cost the same. Most are in converted buildings around the barn-cum-studio where residential art courses are held. We hear tales of the hosts’ kindness – a welcome with tea and home-made brownies by the fire; the day they got up at 5.30 am to cook breakfast for guests who had to make an early start. At night Wendy cooks a three-course dinner of local ingredients with choices at each course, always a vegetarian option. Maybe duck breast with green peppercorn gravy; pan-fried lemon sole with tartare sauce; mushroom and cream cheese pancakes. Art is in the air here: Constable attended school in Dedham; Munnings is remembered at the museum in his former home. After a freshly cooked breakfast you can cross the bridge over the River Stour into Suffolk and take a stroll to
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, restaurant, studio, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV, 6-acre grounds (pond, gardens), lounge and dining room wheelchair accessible.
all ages welcomed.
allowed in some bedrooms, not in public rooms.
per room B&B single £75, double £120, D,B&B double £105–£180. À la carte/fixed-price dinner, for guests only (or by prior arrangement), £35.
10% discount voucher
This hotel accepts discount vouchers which entitle readers to a 10% discount off their normal B&B rate for a single night’s stay. To take advantage of this offer, you must present the voucher at the time of booking.
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