Good Hotel Guide Review
‘After a journey along the bumpy road, we were welcomed at the door by Lisa and Clinton, who took our cases up the rather steep stairs to a lovely room.’ Readers enjoyed this year’s stay at the Lovells’ ‘remote’ 1920s house, built by Clough Williams-Ellis for Hollywood actress Hedda Hopper. It stands between golf links and brine, amid the wild beauty of Romney Marsh. ‘It’s a very personally run place,’ say Guide inspectors who had ‘one of the best sea-facing rooms’, with ‘lovely windows giving a glorious sunrise, a nice, big, wooden four-poster’. Small quibbles: dim lighting, no slippers, and ‘the bathroom had a cold tiled floor’. Guests gather at 7.30 for drinks and ‘delicious nibbles’ by the lounge log fire, before ‘the highlight of our stay, dinner’, cooked by classically trained Mr Lovell. ‘No choice, but we had corresponded about our requirements. We had smoked fish pâté, delicious cod – so fresh – and a selection of small, tasty puddings.’ Breakfast brings ‘nicely cooked bacon and sausages’, ‘specially baked croissants’. Praise for ‘the very friendly, young staff.’ Full marks to the ‘caring, hard-working hostess’ and her husband, ‘a great chef’. (Peter Wainman, and others)
all year except 2 weeks over Christmas and early Jan (open New Year), dining room open Tues/Wed/Fri/Sat evenings only.
bar, sitting room, first-floor lounge with sea views, dining room, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), small function facilities, 1-acre garden, unsuitable for disabled.
14 and upwards welcomed.
only guide dogs allowed.
Amex, MC, Visa.
per room B&B single £80–£95, double £110–£160. Set dinner £49. 1-night advance bookings refused weekends.