Good Hotel Guide Review
A garden of more than 400 herb varieties gives plant fanciers and pollinators a buzz at Nicholas Dickinson’s Georgian country house hotel. Interiors are a well-judged blend of traditional and modish style. ‘It felt nicely but not intrusively contemporary,’ write trusted readers. ‘It’s hard to resist the stunning entrance lobby, where you can see straight out to the grounds.’ Most house bedrooms have been recently refurbished. Dog-friendly rooms around the spa garden have a private terrace, a freestanding bath and waterfall shower. All rooms have an espresso machine, home-made cookies and fresh milk, complimentary use of the spa. ‘Eating in the dining room with doors and windows thrown open on to tranquil grounds was close to perfection.’ Menus, inspired by fruit from the orchard, home-grown vegetables and herbs, might include a salad with sweet cicely, lovage, mizuna and salad burnet; monkfish with coriander and lime; queen of puddings with lemon verbena ice cream. Breakfast brings a full English or full herbivore, treacle-smoked bacon, smoked salmon, pumpernickel. ‘Highly recommended.’ (Anna and Bill Brewer, A and SA, and others)
26. 6 garden rooms, 1 suitable for disabled.
bar, sitting room, library, restaurant, in-room TV, civil wedding licence, conference facilities, terrace, spa, 12-metre indoor pool, 30-acre grounds, EV charging, public areas wheelchair accessible, adapted toilet.
in bar, restaurant.
all ages welcomed, free cots and extra beds for under-12s.
allowed in some bedrooms (£10 per night, bowl, treats), some public rooms.
D,B&B doubles from £249, room only from £159 (Mon–Thurs, breakfast £8–£15). À la carte £40. 1-night bookings sometimes refused Sat.