Good Hotel Guide Review
An Arts and Crafts house in ‘beautiful’ landscaped gardens, run as a country house hotel, is promoted from the Shortlist this year at the urging of a trusted reader. Recent extensions, housing a gym, spa and guest accommodation, are ‘designed to resonate sympathetically with the older building’. A ‘smallish’ annexe room had ‘a comfortable bed, a coffee pod machine, a bath with overhead shower’. Some rooms have a more contemporary edge, others open on to the herb garden; all have bathrobes, slippers, ESPA toiletries. In the original house’s ‘most attractive wood-panelled dining room, with mullioned windows and thick glazing bars’, Paul Evans’s ambitious dishes use seasonal and home-grown produce, perhaps South Coast hogget loin and belly, salt-baked kohlrabi, fermented black garlic, ewe’s curd, lamb jus. In the ‘light, stylish’ annexe brasserie, ‘twice-baked cheese soufflé and a duck confit with plenty of meat (slightly salty jus)’ were enjoyed. A ‘first-rate breakfast’ (rather wasted on laptop-browsing conference delegates) included ‘delicious scrambled egg, tender, thick bacon, tasty black pudding. Service was very courteous, supervised by an alert manager.’ (Robert Gower)
43, 11 in Knight’s Suite, 12 in Orchard House, 2 suitable for disabled.
2 lounges, brasserie (Thurs jazz pm), restaurant, lift, Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), civil wedding licence, function facilities, fitness suite, spa (indoor pool), 10-acre garden, terrace, public rooms wheelchair accessible.
in public rooms.
all ages welcomed.
in some bedrooms, gardens, not in public rooms, charges apply.
Amex, MC, Visa.
per room B&B single from £124, double £129–£401. À la carte £65, table d‘hôte menu £37, tasting menu £65.