Good Hotel Guide Review
In the centre of a ‘handsome’ market town, this characterful town house hotel, formed from a row of diverse buildings, is made lively with modern colours, bold wallpapers and a collection of more than 400 gins from around the world. It is managed by Dominic Bishop for Premier Cru Hotels. ‘The unusual structure of the building means that clusters of rooms are reached by a series of winding staircases with lovely wooden banisters. It makes the experience intimate, private.’ Pick among individually styled bedrooms (there are five categories); many have antique furniture, uneven floors and quirky additions. There are no tea- or coffee-making facilities in the room, but order a tea tray, or take afternoon tea and morning coffee in the lounge or on the terrace. Gareth Howcroft is chef at Kitchen by Dominic Chapman, the hotel’s bright and informal restaurant. Study, Courtyard gin bar, restaurant (closed Sun, Mon night). Free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview). Background music. Functions. Picnic hampers. Free long-term parking within walking distance. Children and dogs (in some rooms) welcomed. Close to Blenheim Palace. 21 bedrooms (5 in adjacent town house; 1 suitable for disabled; 1 suite has a private steam room). Per room B&B from £159, D,B&B from £239.
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