all year except 16 Dec–2 Jan, 16 Feb–7 Mar.
drawing room, library, dining room, billiard room, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), 6½-acre garden on 850-acre estate (farm, woodland, croquet, pheasant/clay-pigeon shooting, 2 lakes, rowing, fishing), unsuitable for disabled.
not under 9.
allowed in bedrooms, not in public rooms.
 per room B&B £160–£310. À la carte £36.50. 1-night bookings refused weekends 16 May–1 Sept.
Good Hotel Guide Review
Grandeur and charm come in equal measure at the Dunn family’s ancestral home, a Tudor manor house standing in extensive, ‘well-maintained grounds’ that are ‘a pleasure to explore’ in any season. (Shooting parties come to bag pheasants in the late autumn.) Guide inspectors this year were impressed by the ‘handsome building’ – its ancient portraits, ‘roaring fires’ and ‘luxurious reception rooms’ – and the ‘friendly, accommodating staff’. Peter Dunn, the ‘personable, impeccably dressed patriarch’, died in 2016, but Jane Dunn remains in charge ‘and still does all the cooking’. Traditional bedrooms are each ‘delightfully different’. ‘Our high-ceilinged, opulently furnished room had a comfy four-poster bed, gloriously draped but requiring some dexterity to clamber in. Down a short flight of steep steps, the spacious, marbled bathroom (cool during a winter frost) had an enormous bath.’ At dinner, the hostess, a Master Chef, uses garden and estate produce in her ‘well-balanced menu’. A typical dish: grilled saddle of wild rabbit, thyme and three-mustard cream sauce. Breakfast, ‘hearty’ and cooked to order, is accompanied by ‘delicious juice’ from apples in the orchard.
Stone House will close on 31 January 2018.
This hotel accepts room upgrade vouchers which entitle readers to a space available room upgrade. The voucher must be presented at check-in and is entirely at the hotelier’s discretion.