18. 3 in cottage in garden.
all year, restaurant closed lunchtime.
living room, drawing room, dining room, card room, bar, in-room TV (Freeview), free Wi-Fi, meeting facilities, civil wedding licence, 3-acre garden, heated outdoor swimming pool (10 by 15 metres, May–Oct), restaurant and bar wheelchair accessible.
sometimes, in public areas.
all ages welcomed.
allowed in 3 bedrooms and public rooms, not in dining room.
all major cards.
per room B&B £120–£230. Set dinner £27–£33. A la carte £35. Min. 2-night bookings at weekends.
Good Hotel Guide Review
‘We only called in for coffee, but were shown around by enthusiastic staff… and came away thinking what a wonderful place.’ A reader was impressed by this Georgian country house hotel, set back from the road, in lovely gardens. Bought by music industry executive Alex Payne in 2016, it has received a designer make-over. The result, more House Beautiful than Acid House, has not sacrificed period charm, say inspectors, while ‘the addition of a cocktail bar is a great improvement’. Individually styled bedrooms are priced according to size. ‘We didn’t find our “small” room small at all. It had a very comfortable king-size bed and two large windows’, no wardrobe, just hooks. All have a Roberts radio, Bramley toiletries, home-made shortbread, cafetière and ground coffee; fresh milk is in a fridge on the landing. A big shower head promised more than it delivered. Some rooms have an in-bedroom freestanding bath. In the ‘coolly elegant’ restaurant, Antony Ely cooks such ‘excellent, creative dishes’ as butter-roasted Wiltshire mallard, Jerusalem artichoke, red cabbage, pickled blackberries. There is further inventive cooking in sister establishment The Potting Shed, opposite. (David Haigh, and others)