Good Hotel Guide Review
In summer, visitors buzz like contented bees around a garden of almost 400 herb varieties at Nicholas Dickinson’s Georgian merchant’s house-turned-hotel. Trusted readers were ‘impressed from the moment we stepped into the beautifully decorated entrance hall and lounge area’. Main-house bedrooms are presented in classic style, with restful decor and an updated bathroom. There are more contemporary, dog-friendly rooms around the spa garden, with their own furnished patio, a freestanding bath and waterfall shower. All have a coffee machine, home-made cookies and fresh milk. ‘Our garden room, across a small courtyard full of flowers and herbs, was beautifully decorated and spotless.’ There is praise, too, for the service: ‘All requests were responded to straight away, and the staff seemed genuinely pleased to help.’ Other readers laud James O’Connor’s cooking of dishes such as ‘seared wood pigeon breast with creamed polenta, sea trout with sauce vierge, and thyme panna cotta with poached rhubarb and rhubarb sorbet – all delicious’. In the spa, treatments use herbs from the garden. (Andy and Sylvia Aitken, Carol Jackson)
26. 6 garden rooms, 1 suitable for disabled.
bar, sitting room, library, restaurant, in-room TV (Freeview), civil wedding licence, conference facilities, terrace, spa, 12-metre indoor swimming pool, 30-acre grounds, EV charging point, public areas wheelchair accessible, adapted toilet.
in bar, restaurant.
all ages welcomed.
allowed in some bedrooms, public rooms.
per room D,B&B £240–£460, room only £175–£420 (Mon–Thurs, breakfast £8/£15, continental/cooked). À la carte £40. 1-night bookings sometimes refused Sat.