6. 1 suitable for disabled.
all year, but no accommodation 25 Dec evening.
lift, bar, dining room, Oak Room, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), garden with outdoor seating, public rooms wheelchair accessible.
all ages welcomed.
‘friendly, well-behaved’ dogs allowed in 1 bedroom, public rooms except Oak Room (treats, towels provided).
Amex, MasterCard, Visa.
per room B&B £85–£150. A la carte £33.
Good Hotel Guide Review
In a ‘quiet, wooded valley’, this thatched village pub had stood empty and decaying for more than seven years, when three villagers stepped in to rescue it. ‘The interiors would not be out of place in the smartest glossies,’ say Guide inspectors, who were ‘welcomed with charm and warmth’. Past the bar/reception lies ‘a succession of drinking and dining areas’, with ‘well-chosen modern artwork’, wooden furniture by local designer Matthew Burt (‘I would give my eye teeth for the chairs’). Bedrooms have a cool, contemporary look, proper coffee, fluffy towels. Fonthill, overlooking the garden, had an emperor-size bed, a ‘whizzy’ shower, ‘brilliant lighting from ceiling spots’. Ashcombe, in the eaves, looking into the canopy of the eponymous oak, has a freestanding bath in a stone-walled bathroom, a super-king-size bed – and a beanbag for two. In the oak-beamed conservatory, Michael Smith’s inventive dishes might include poached and roasted chicken supreme, parsley root, pea purée, smoked bacon, sauce royale, or a simple rare roast beef sandwich with fries. At breakfast there is home-made granola, smoked salmon, avocado, free-range eggs. ‘A remarkable place.’ (JM, and others)