Good Hotel Guide Review
Frilly waves lap the sands of Harlyn Bay, a short stroll from Robin Hutson’s seventh Pig (see index), but it is the seaside of JMW Turner that is conjured here. Behind a Georgian facade, medieval and Jacobean interiors are dramatic and brooding. ‘The love Judy Hutson lavished on this property is evident in every element,’ writes an inspector. ‘Everywhere feels relaxed and atmospheric.’ House bedrooms are reached via ‘an impressive staircase’ under a cupola, ‘with enormous stormy seascape’. All have a monsoon shower, some a freestanding bath. ‘The tiniest has a sea view, with the loo and shower tucked behind the bed.’ Welcome extras include fresh milk in a fridge and beach mats. Ground-floor rooms in the Stonehouse annexe have a private terrace. ‘Seriously chic’ garden wagons have a wood-burner, bathroom and outdoor shower. In the restaurant, kitchen-garden produce shines in dishes such as wood-roast Cylindra beetroot, crispy gnocchi and herb risotto, or chargrilled line-caught mackerel with celeriac and pickled apple. On warm days, eat outside at the Lobster Shed. ‘The classic lobster grill and the Thermidor were both superb.’
30. 15 in courtyard building, 4 in garden wagons.
bar, Map Room, 3 dining rooms, snug, civil wedding licence, Potting Shed treatment room, Lobster Shed (alfresco dining), kitchen garden, orchard, 8-acre grounds, EV charging, public rooms wheelchair accessible, adapted toilet.
all day in public areas.
all ages welcomed, no charge for extra beds.
Amex, MC, Visa.
room-only doubles from £155. Breakfast £13.50–£18.50, à la carte £42.