16. 5 in extension, 1 suitable for disabled.
2 lounges, bar, 2 restaurants, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), civil wedding licence, 20-acre grounds.
classical in public areas after midday.
all ages welcomed, no under-9s in restaurant in evening (early teas for children).
allowed in some bedrooms, not in 1 lounge or restaurant.
Amex, MasterCard, Visa.
 per room B&B £170–£280, D,B&B £260–£340. Set dinner £45, gourmet menu £90 (incl. wines).
Good Hotel Guide Review
In springtime, wisteria festoons Jean-Pierre Mifsud’s 18th-century manor house, an ‘oasis of tranquillity’ set amid orchards and woodlands in the Taw valley. The atmosphere is one of ‘peace, comfort and relaxation’ – ‘yet it’s reasonably close to places of interest for active days’. There are oriental rugs on wood floors, and books to borrow by the log-burning stove; larky murals in the drawing room and restaurant add personality. Throughout, ‘universally charming staff make you feel welcome’. Overlooking the terrace and garden, bedrooms vary in size. Each room has individual (traditional or more modern) style, and every one is supplied with ‘all the necessities’, plus mints, fresh fruit and home-made shortbread. At dinner, sample chef Richie Herkes’s ‘excellent’ three-course menu (including, perhaps, crab cakes, smoked salmon boudin, tomato concassé; loin of Ryeland Mendip lamb, dauphinoise potatoes, asparagus) or go for broke: ‘the unmissable tasting menu, the best we’ve had, is very special for lovers of fine food’. In Wales, the owner’s Lake, Llangammarch Wells (see entry), shares the same cosseting feel. (MC)
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