Good Hotel Guide Review
For over 50 years, the Prideaux-Brune family have welcomed guests to their ancestral Jacobean manor house in an English country garden with the Divelish stream skipping through. A ‘lovely house in a lovely setting’, it has the feel of a much-loved home where guests are truly cared for; one reader with a toothache was relieved when the hosts arranged a next-day dental appointment and drove him to it. Interiors have been upgraded, but they retain their traditional feel, with antiques and blazing fires, and a grand piano in a gallery hung with ancestral portraits. As well as main-house bedrooms, some with window seats where you can look out over the garden, there are ten spacious rooms in a restored stone barn surrounding a topiary courtyard. Four are dog friendly; the Prideaux-Brunes’ black Labradors make canine visitors feel at home. Richard curates the ‘very reasonably priced’ wine list, while his brother Brian, with head chef Louis Haskell, cooks ‘varied and interesting’ dishes such as guinea fowl supreme with black pudding bubble and squeak. Relax in a deckchair on the lawn, or bring your gun and join a shooting party. (Chris and Angela Uncles, Martin Daly, and others)
16. 10 on ground floor in courtyard, 1 suitable for disabled.
all year except Feb.
snug, bar/lounge, dining room, gallery, in-room TV (Freeview), civil wedding licence, 14-acre grounds (3-acre garden, tennis, croquet, stream), EV charging, restaurant, lounge wheelchair accessible, adapted toilet.
all ages welcomed, cots £10, extra bed for under-13s £20.
allowed in 4 courtyard bedrooms (£20), not in main house bedrooms or public rooms.
B&B doubles from £195, singles from £155. Fixed-price dinner £40-£50 (2/3 courses).
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- Daily Mail: Britain’s best hotels and B&Bs for 2024
- Britain magazine: The 10 best British country house hotels
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- Huffington Post USA: Historic hotels in England you have to visit
- The Standard: 10 of the best dog-friendly hotels in the UK
- The Independent: Top 10: Dog-friendly hotels in the UK
Autumn/Winter Three Night Special Offer
Enjoy a three-night stay at Plumber Manor Country House Hotel for a special offer of £170 per person per night for a Superior Double/Twin Room including 3-course dinner, bed and breakfast, available until 27 January 2024 (saving you £100). Located in Thomas Hardy’s ‘Vale of Little Dairies’, Plumber combines the traditional feel of an ancestral Jacobean home with updated interior and facilities. It is run very much as a family affair, and is renowned for its genuine hospitality, refined restaurant, and quality wine list. This is a lovely time of year to visit Plumber with the colours turning to Autumnal hues of gold and amber and the open fires roaring in the bar and restaurant. Please mention the Good Hotel Guide when booking.