Good Hotel Guide Review
You know it’s going to be grand when you hear that this 16th-century manor, ‘an attractive and characterful house’, was formerly a hospitality venue for Rolls-Royce. Today, under owners Christopher Trim and Kathryn Warner, it has become ‘five-star hotel meets the very best of British B&Bs’. In the grounds there is a conference centre, a skittle alley, the tower of ruined St Helen’s church, rose gardens, a fishpond with fountain, croquet lawn and walled kitchen garden. Our inspectors’ bedroom was ‘spacious’, and ‘handsomely furnished’, with some antiques and a king-size bed with Hypnos mattress, although lighting was ‘slightly too dim for comfortable reading’. Music is provided courtesy of Alexa devices. Public rooms have a wealth of original features, including ‘remarkable plaster ceilings’. One depicts a pelican, a Christian symbol of self-sacrifice, but there is no need to tighten your belt as you sit down at the same table with fellow guests for a breakfast or dinner cooked by Cordon Bleu-trained Kathryn, in which local, seasonal and home-grown ingredients shine. (Emma Hooper, and others)
snug, drawing room, breakfast room, dining room, in-room TV (Freeview), conference facilities, civil wedding licence, croquet, table tennis, terrace, 8-acre gardens, only conference centre wheelchair accessible, adapted toilet.
classical or guests' own choice, in drawing room, dining room.
not under 12.
Amex, MC, Visa.
room only, single £130–£240, double £150–£240. Breakfast £15, set dinner £32.50. 1-night bookings refused weekends May–Sept.
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