Good Hotel Guide Review
This 800-acre country estate, centred on a Palladian manor house, is a sophisticated yet fun adventure land offering chic rooms, breathtaking gardens, spa, apple orchard and plenty more. Golden Hadspen House is the core, and former home of the Hobhouse family (revered gardener Penelope Hobhouse helped create today’s gardens). Interiors mix grand architecture and antiques with designer furniture and witty touches; Karen Roos, who co-owns with billionaire husband Koos Bekker, is former editor of Elle Decoration South Africa. Expect eau-de-nil panelled walls and faux-classical portraits, open fires and polished side tables. Main-house bedrooms have a spare elegance with soft colours and marbled bathrooms while Stable Yard rooms are playful rustic-chic with exposed stone, wood-burning stoves and perhaps a mezzanine bedroom. New this year is the Farmyard, the Newt’s more rustic little sister, in a former dairy farm, with its own pool. There’s an all-day kitchen, or you can bike over to the Newt to eat plant-based fare in the Garden Café or menus composed according to whatever is fresh that day in the wood-panelled restaurant.
40. 10 in converted outbuildings, 17 in Farmyard, 3 suitable for disabled.
restaurant, bar, lounge, drawing room, library, lift (main house), bar, snug, kitchen, vitality pool (Farmyard buildings), in-room TV (Sky), spa (hydrotherapy pools, swimming pool), 800-acre estate (parkland, woods, orchards, café, cyder bar, farm shop, museum), EV charging, restaurant and bar wheelchair accessible, adapted toilet.
in public rooms.
all ages welcomed, family rooms.
Amex, MC, Visa.
B&B doubles from £375. À la carte £55.