Good Hotel Guide Review
‘Staying here was an experience,’ wrote Guide inspectors of Nick Dent’s Georgian farmhouse hotel, which is so dog-friendly it even hosts doggie birthday parties, and where creative reuse has been raised to an art form. A scrap-metal horse crops the grass. A sheep sports a spark-plug fleece. Within, even a bicycle has been upcycled as a washstand. The decor is ‘genuinely rustic, with wooden boxes piled up to form shelving … lots of interesting visual stimuli’. Yet there is nothing Steptoe here. House and annexe bedrooms have modern comforts, maybe an in-room roll-top bath, an emperor bed, ‘crisp bedlinens’, Bramley toiletries. There is a gin bar off ‘a clubby sitting room’, while in the restaurant gin features along with home-grown produce in many of Sandor Szucs’s dishes. For instance, ham-wrapped monkfish with a saffron gin sauce, or pear and mango cake, blackberry mousse, mulberry gin sorbet. A kids’ menu is mercifully free of mother’s ruin. Meanwhile, four-legged friends can tuck into sausages at breakfast, have afternoon tea, or hold a party, with optional bow ties and neckerchiefs along with a menu of cookies and cakes.
19. 15 in outbuildings, 1 suitable for disabled.
gin bar, snug, restaurant, conservatory, in-room TV (Freeview), civil wedding licence, function facilities, 11-acre grounds, 11-metre indoor heated swimming pool, gym, giant chess, parking, public rooms wheelchair accessible, no adapted toilet.
soft, all day in public rooms.
all ages welcomed.
allowed in certain bedrooms (£15 per dog per night), public rooms, not restaurant.
Amex, MC, Visa.
per room B&B double £155–£215, D,B&B £225–£285. À la carte £40, tasting menu £59.