2 lounges, 2 bars, 2 restaurants, 2 private dining rooms, business centre, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Sky, Freeview), civil wedding licence, 2-acre grounds (courtyard, gardens), public rooms wheelchair accessible, adapted toilet.
all ages welcomed.
allowed, not unattended in bedrooms, only guide dogs in restaurants.
Amex, Mastercard, Visa.
per room B&B single from £130, double £160–£290. A la carte £65. 1-night bookings refused during Burghley Horse Trials.
VisitEngland Four Star Hotel
Good Hotel Guide Review
‘As good as ever in all respects,’ writes a regular visitor after this year’s visit to Lawrence Hoskins’s popular hotel, a historic landmark of this Georgian town. ‘The reception staff, without exception, were helpful and extremely pleasant.’ Past guests including Charles I and William III might have agreed that some rooms are ‘quite small’, but would surely have appreciated the evening turndown, complimentary morning newspaper, tea or coffee, bathrooms with robes, upmarket toiletries. Larger suites enjoy such features as four-poster or half-tester beds, leather sofa, mullioned windows – a legacy of Lord Burghley’s 1597 rebuild of the inn. Public rooms have wood panelling, exposed stone walls, open fires and original signs for London and York, reminders of its days as a stagecoach stop. Daniel Lambert, formerly Britain’s heaviest man, whose walking canes decorate the entrance hall, would certainly have enjoyed the food, either the Garden Room’s less formal fare, where lobster spaghetti was ‘faultless’, or the Oak Room, where chef Paul Nicholls’s dishes include the likes of roasted rack of lamb, garlic, herb crust, redcurrant, rosemary. Breakfast was ‘excellent, cooked to order, plenty of choice’. (Helen Ann Davies, IB, and others)
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Sumptuous Sundays Special Offer
Indulge yourself! Stay in one of the fabulous bedrooms over a Sunday night from only £130 for two when you dine beforehand in the renowned Oak Panelled Restaurant. It is also possible to request Classic, Junior Suite, Four Poster and Single rooms. Morning tea or coffee is brought to you at an agreed time with The Times or Daily Mail, and a traditional Full English Breakfast of your choice awaits you in the Garden Room – all in the price of your room! Dinner is taken in the elegant Restaurant, chosen from the tempting, extensive and simply delicious menu, and needs to come to at least £35 per head, excluding wine and drinks. This rate is available on Sunday evenings, subject to availability, except on Bank Holiday Weekends when the Monday effectively becomes a Sunday! Jackets are requested for gentlemen – it is a special occasion after all. Please mention the Good Hotel Guide when booking.
This hotel accepts room upgrade vouchers which entitle readers to a space available room upgrade. The voucher must be presented at check-in and is entirely at the hotelier’s discretion.