all year except Christmas, New Year.
library, lounge, dining room, free Wi-Fi, 2-acre garden (formal gardens, vegetable plot, orchard), unsuitable for disabled.
not under 12.
Credit and debit cards accepted.
per room B&B single £100–£110, double £120–£135. Three-course menu £40. 1-night bookings only on DB&B rates.
Good Hotel Guide Review
There’s an array of panama hats in the wide, panelled hall, and a neat stack of antique steamer trunks; there are Victorian club chairs and framed photographs from the days of the Raj. Here is a guest house as ‘idiosyncratic and characterful’ as its owners, Laurence Bristow-Smith, an author and retired diplomat, and his artist wife, Jennifer. Guests receive a ‘warm greeting’ before being shown to one of four rooms, each named after a political figure. Balfour has an antique four-poster bed and a chandelier. Curzon, with ‘spectacular views’ of gardens and water meadows, is decked out in vintage fabrics and an eclectic mix of period furniture. There is no TV in the rooms, but the house has a fine library with ‘a fascinating collection of well-thumbed books’ – and there’s always conversation to be had. At dinner, the host’s cooking owes much to the kitchen garden and sojourns abroad, from China to Milan via Morocco. Try feta-stuffed peppers or Chinese dumplings one evening; monkfish, squid-ink risotto, asparagus spears another. All is ‘very comfortable and relaxed’. Reach the town, a small fishing port, via a walk along the banks of the River Dee. More reports, please.