Good Hotel Guide Review
A Saxon royal hunting lodge in the Gloucestershire countryside, rebuilt over centuries, is run today as a private hotel by ‘lovely hosts’ Christopher Trim and Kathryn Warner. This was previously a hospitality venue for Rolls-Royce, and they cater to conferences, but the ambience is that of an intimate country house party and is not the least corporate. The ‘beautiful and historic building’ has stone mullion windows, a Tudor arched stone fireplace and 16th-century plasterwork ceilings. The ruins of medieval St Helen’s church stand serene in the grounds. Bedrooms have fine antiques, home-made biscuits, views of the churchyard or rose garden and croquet lawn. The drawing room and snug have comfy sofas, rich fabrics, books, prints and pastoral landscapes. At 24 hours’ notice (72 hours, for special diets), Cordon Bleu-trained Kathryn cooks a three-course dinner that is ‘nothing short of exceptional’ for assembled guests, with produce from the walled garden and local farms. Breakfast brings freshly baked pastries, maybe eggs Benedict, home-made jams, the full English or vegetarian if you wish. (Neil Bartlett, Mary Hills, and others)
all year (whole house booking only at Christmas), dinner Mon–Sat.
snug, drawing room, breakfast room, dining room, in-room TV, conference facilities, 8-acre gardens, parking, EV charging, public rooms wheelchair accessible, adapted toilet in conference centre.
in drawing room, dining room.
not under 12.
Amex, MC, Visa.
B&B doubles from £160. Set-price dinner (24 hours’ notice) £27.50– £32.50 (2/3 courses). 1-night bookings refused at weekends May–Sept.