Good Hotel Guide Review
Surrounded by ‘lovely grounds’ rolling down to the River Stour, this ‘beautiful, well-preserved’ 16th-century manor house enters the Guide this year on the urging of trusted readers. High marks for the ‘timeless, relaxing atmosphere’ and ‘warm professional welcome’. The ‘project’ of hands-on Jane Pusey; she is helped by husband, William, and Gertie and Summer, ‘a pair of flat-coated retrievers of impeccable manners’. Books, curios and antiques fill the large, elegant drawing room. ‘It feels like staying at a friend’s home.’ Bedrooms are full of character: mullioned windows, wonky exposed beams, a chest-of-drawers-sized alcove. ‘Our room was huge, with a very comfortable king-size bed draped in crisp bedlinen, independently controlled heating, good lighting; fluffy towels, a bathroom with bath and powerful separate shower.’ Good secondary glazing ensured a perfectly quiet night. One quibble: ‘Not enough seating, given the size of the room.’ ‘Breakfast had no real choice but an excellent full English of local produce, plus muesli, superb home-made preserves (and a small jar of Marmite, much to my pleasure).’ No fresh orange juice, but ‘very good coffee’. (Sue and John Jenkinson)
0178 8974 0264
28 Feb–14 Dec.
hall, dining room, drawing room, free Wi-Fi, in-room (Freeview), 3½-acre grounds.
allowed (confirm when booking), not in dining room.
per room B&B single £65–£85, double £110–£120. Phone to check for 1-night bookings.