Good Hotel Guide Review
Fun time, mucking-in time and adult ‘me time’ are all part of the deal at this rambling Jacobean manor turned child-friendly and dog-friendly hotel, with extensive grounds. It was the first venture for Nigel Chapman’s popular Luxury Family Hotels (see also Fowey Hall, Fowey, and Moonfleet Manor, Fleet), and while the business has been sold, we are promised that it will be pleasure as usual. The house is ‘beautiful but quirkily unstuffy’, with unusual touches: a fairground carousel bear here, a sphinx there. Lounges have blazing fires, baggy sofas – and toy boxes. Family and interconnecting bedrooms, baby video monitoring, babysitting, an Ofsted crèche, games room, swimming pools and a spa make for complete relaxation. The children won’t be bored, with nature trails, fruit to pick, eggs to collect and even soap-making and pond-dipping. They can enjoy high tea or family meals in the orangery, with candlelit fine dining using a wealth of home-grown produce for adults. A trusted reader this year enjoyed a birthday celebration: ‘The staff were fantastic, helpful at every stage; the food was delicious.’ (Fiona Miller)
25. 11 in annexes, 2 on ground floor, 1 suitable for disabled.
2 lounges, 2 restaurants, cinema, 2 private dining rooms, in-room TV (Freeview), crèche, spa, heated indoor and outdoor swimming pools, civil wedding licence, 14-acre grounds, wheelchair accessible.
all ages welcomed.
allowed in bedrooms, public rooms, not restaurants.
Amex, MC, Visa.
per room B&B double £179–£319, family £219–£469. Fixed-price dinner £37.50, à la carte £40. 1-night bookings sometimes refused weekends.
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Gourmet Two Night Break Special Offer
Love food? How about this two night Gourmet Break? Enjoy a fabulous cooked breakfast on both mornings and, on your first evening, a gin tasting followed by a five course tasting menu by award winning Head Chef Jethro Lawrence. Bon Appetit! This two night break includes a pre-dinner artisan gin tasting and teach in session by the knowledgeable bar staff. There are three gins to contrast and compare: the hotel’s own Woolley Walled Garden gin produced by local Scout & Sage Microdistillery using botanicals from the walled garden, 6 O-Clock Jekka and Monkey 47. Truly a gin lovers heaven! Follow with a delicious 5 course tasting menu (see here) showcasing the very best of Jethro Lawrence’s cooking using locally sourced fresh ingredients, many from our own kitchen gardens. Jethro Lawrence trained under Simon Rogan and was a BBC Masterchef: The Professionals Quarterfinalist. His cooking delivers perfect flavour combinations masterfully presented. Rates from £363 per room for two nights based on two adults sharing a Small Double Room. Note: Stay on this break in November and you will also qualify for a complimentary West Country cream tea on arrival! Terms and Conditions: Please note this offer is valid Sunday to Thursday from 6th September until 30th June 2021. This offer is subject to availability and for new reservations only, excludes school holidays and festive period. This offer requires a 10% non-refundable deposit at the time of booking. Dinner inclusion to the value of £62.50 per person on one evening.