10. In buildings around courtyard.
all year, except Christmas, restaurant closed Sun, Mon.
sitting room, dining room, museum/function room, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), civil wedding licence, 1-acre courtyard, two Tesla electric car chargers, unsuitable for disabled.
soft classical in sitting room and dining room.
not under 13.
allowed in some bedrooms by prior arrangement.
Amex, MasterCard, Visa.
 per room B&B £145–£295. Three-course market menu £50, tasting menus six to nine course £60–£75.
Good Hotel Guide Review
‘Panoramic vistas peppered with sheep and lambs’ surround Willem and Pippa Vlok’s ‘tranquil’ restaurant-with-rooms. One-of-a-kind bedrooms in stone and brick outbuildings sprawl around a courtyard (low automatic lights show the way). ‘Our rustic, well-designed room, up a short flight of stairs, had soaring rafters, a super-king-size bed and lots of quality fittings.’ Consider discussing bedrooms before booking: a ground-floor room on the way to the restaurant was found lacking in privacy. Pre-dinner drinks may be taken alfresco, or in front of a log fire in a ‘massive, stunning’ converted barn. Across the ‘delightfully laid-out’ gardens, chef Karl Martin cooks ‘wonderfully tasty’ daily-changing tasting menus, ‘ideal for one-off, very special occasions’. A typically succinctly described dish: venison, artichoke, walnuts, blue cheese, pear. ‘Our seven-course menu was a master class, with top-quality locally sourced ingredients.’ At breakfast, ‘good portions of wholesome offerings’ (smoked salmon, scrambled eggs, fresh fruit salad, home-made marmalade) are just right for country walks straight from the door. (JV, and others)
£125 B&B Special Offer
For all Good Hotel Guide readers: There is a special Bed and Breakfast rate of £125 at Old Downton Lodge. Valid Sunday to Thursday only. Can’t be used in conjunction with any other offer or any discount voucher. Please contact Willem on 01568 – 771 826 to make a booking. Please mention the Good Hotel Guide when booking.
10% discount voucher
This hotel accepts discount vouchers which entitle readers to a 10% discount off their normal B&B rate for a single night’s stay. To take advantage of this offer, you must present the voucher at the time of booking.
Guide Book Vouchers
This hotel accepts discount vouchers which entitle readers to a 25% discount off their normal B&B rate for a single night’s stay. Each printed copy of the Guide contains six vouchers worth in total about £150.Buy the guide
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.