Good Hotel Guide Review
‘A stunning Georgian building with wonderful grounds’, this 1820s mansion has been run as a hotel by ‘lovely, friendly’ hosts Susannah and Stuart Macpherson since 2003. It is a guest-centred place, ‘very traditional, tidy, clean, rather old-fashioned’. Public rooms have antiques, log fires, wall-to-wall patterned carpeting, ornate plaster ceilings. Bedroom decor, from small doubles to a four-poster suite, is contemporary. Superior rooms have a roll-top bath and walk-in rainforest shower. ‘Bathroom good, with under-floor heating, waterproof TV in bath’ – for watching the soaps, maybe. Mountain views are the most sought-after. A warm-water hose awaits your dog’s return from a walk to see the giant sequoia. In the impressive octagonal dining room, the chef gives a contemporary spin to classics, in dishes such as corn-fed chicken breast coq au vin in bramble wine jus. Some readers, staying a few nights, weren’t blown away by the food at breakfast or dinner, but noted that the restaurant is popular with local diners, and ‘Stuart clearly has enormous respect from his team’.
21. 4 on ground floor, 1 suitable for disabled.
all year excl. 23–26 Dec.
lounge bar, drawing room, hall, restaurant, in-room TV, conference facilities, wedding facilities, 8-acre grounds (9-hole golf practice area), EV charging, ground floor wheelchair accessible, adapted toilet.
in lounge bar, restaurant.
all ages welcomed, under-5s free, extra bed 5–15s £25, over-15s £35.
allowed in bedrooms (£10 per night), not in restaurant.
Amex, MC, Visa.
B&B doubles from £215 (single occupancy rates on application). À la carte £45. 1-night bookings refused New Year.