Good Hotel Guide Review
Where better for a hotel with its own art studio than a village at the heart of Constable country? But you don't have to sign up to a residential painting course to enjoy Wendy and Jim Sarton’s inviting half-timbered manor house. ‘We had an excellent stay,’ write readers this year, impressed by the way they balance ‘welcoming informality and homely atmosphere’ with ‘great service and professionalism’. Traditional bedrooms look out on flourishing gardens and a pond, brimming with flowers and wildlife. A fire was lit in a beamed lounge for the new arrivals, in case they should wish to sit there, ‘which we did, with much pleasure, before and after the evening meal’. Wendy’s menus offer a choice of dishes such as lemon sole with tartare sauce, and duck breast with green peppercorn gravy, while vegans can be catered for with notice. ‘The food was absolutely freshly cooked, piping hot and ample portions.’ You can breakfast on ‘a remarkable selection of fresh fruit, including Wendy’s notable compote’, and creamy scrambled eggs, before a walk to Willy Lott’s Cottage, scene of The Hay Wain. (Jonathan and Angela Dare)
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), lounge 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 £120, singles from £75. À la carte/fixed-price dinner, for residents only (or by prior arrangement), £35.