Good Hotel Guide Review
Deep in rural Wiltshire, on the edge of the Fonthill Estate and Cranborne Chase, this ‘lovely old Georgian inn’ is Dan Brod and Charlie Luxton’s sophisticated take on a country pub. ‘Bright, light’ country-chic bedrooms vary in size; as do the en suite bathrooms, with Bramley toiletries made by Charlie’s wife, Chloë. Two are a 15-minute walk across the estate. Inspectors in 2019 found on their ‘Welcome Tray’ ‘a small bag with “Treat” written on it and, inside, a lovely piece of chocolate cake’. After an aperitif in the ‘bustling bar’ came dinner in the restaurant where ‘well-spaced’ tables have ‘views of terraced gardens’. Food, using ‘local ingredients and suppliers’, is ‘top quality’, says another recent visitor, who had ‘charred mackerel, smoked beetroot purée, baby fennel’ followed by ‘sea bream with New Forest asparagus, Jersey Royal and Keta caviar’. The wine list, drawn from the pub’s extensive cellars, is ‘a delight’. Breakfast is ‘good’ though one visitor’s scrambled eggs, served by an ‘uninterested’ waitress, were ‘tepid’. But this was the only flaw in otherwise ‘excellent’ service from ‘an enthusiastic team’. ‘We loved the artwork, the atmosphere, the surroundings.’
10. 2 in lodges on the Fonthill Estate.
all year except 25 Dec.
sitting room (sometimes Sunday classic-movie nights), bar, restaurant, private dining room, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), function facilities, 1-acre garden.
in public areas all day.
all ages welcomed, no children in lodges.
allowed in 1 bedroom and public areas.
per room B&B £95–£195, D,B&B £155–£255. À la carte £40. 1-night bookings usually refused weekends.