23. 6 within coach house annexe, 1 suitable for disabled.
drawing room, bar, cafe, dining room, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), civil wedding licence, spa, swimming pool (12-metre), 10-acre gardens (tennis court, croquet lawn).
all day in front hall, bar, cafe and spa, restaurant during opening hours.
all ages welcomed.
allowed in coach house annexe rooms (£15 per night), on lead in bar and lounge.
Amex, Mastercard, Visa.
per room B&B from £115-£149, D,B&B £191-£451. A la carte £43. 1-night bookings refused peak weekends.
Good Hotel Guide Review
‘Very enjoyable; a place for relaxing weekends and special occasions,’ say Guide inspectors of the ‘beautifully proportioned Queen Anne mansion in spacious grounds’. The Elms, under the new ownership of Tim Hopkins, has a ‘wow factor entrance: an impressive hall with large case clock, warming fire and grand staircase; at the top a stunning stained glass half-dome’. Happily it’s style with substance and ‘young, friendly staff on top of things’. Our ‘five-star’ arrival included ‘a chatty receptionist greeting, luggage carried upstairs’ and George the cat; ‘très soigné, he wanders the corridors checking on the cleaners’. The ‘vast’ room, Apricot, had ‘solid, old brown furniture, two pink armchairs and good bedside lamps’ and ‘a big outlook over the croquet lawn’; the bathroom had an over-bath shower and ‘plenty of space for toiletries’. There’s a ‘superb’ bar – ‘rather clubby with open fire, old books and interesting objects’ – while chef John Brandon’s ‘inventive, temptingly presented’ dinner included Iberico pork, apple and parsnips with cabbage and bacon. The ‘enjoyable breakfast had a huge variety of cooked choices with kippers, vegetarian, carb-free and detox dishes’.
10% discount voucher
This hotel accepts discount vouchers which entitle readers to a 10% discount off their normal B&B rate for a single night’s stay. To take advantage of this offer, you must present the voucher at the time of booking.
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.