“A spoiling restaurant with rooms in a beautifully restored Georgian villa, where classy antiques sit alongside fabulous contemporary art”
The 11 rooms are characterised by comfortable beds (kingsize, super-kingsize or emperor), large windows, metal lampshades, antique radiators and a variety of fabric textures. Some are decorated in understated tones of grey and green, others have bold wallpaper and colourful tiles set against white panelled walls. Blankets across the beds add an additional splash of colour, and modern art is dotted around the walls. Spoiling bathrooms come with thick towels, plush bathrobes and natural toiletries by 100 Acres.
Room types differ by size and bathroom facilities. The 2 Cosy Rooms are the smallest and have showers only; Very Good Rooms are larger, with a bath, a shower or both; for garden views, request Room 5 or 7. The 2 Excellent Rooms are vast and worth the splurge if you can afford it. Room 6 also has garden views as well as a double-sided TV that you can watch from the bed or the wood-topped in-room tub, plus a separate bathroom with a walk-in shower; Room 3 has an enormous bathroom with a cast-iron tub, a slate-lined shower and a Victorian tiled floor.
We stayed in Very Good Room 4. We loved the blue and white geometric wallpaper, the turquoise accents, and the lovely bathroom with its refurbished roll-top tub, ample drench shower and pull-chain toilet. Our only disappointment was the noise from the patio area beneath, which was rather loud during our Friday-night stay.
All rooms have a selection of posh but pricey drinks and snacks, as well as Nespresso machines, iPod docks and Loewe TVs with Sky and an Apple TV movie library. The nightly turndown service brings hot-water bottles, cookies and hot chocolate, and you can request a complimentary pre-breakfast delivery of juice, pastries and your choice of newspaper.
Food in the restaurant - a sophisticated space centred around a long bar with bright turquoise stools - is locally sourced, organic, and seasonal wherever possible. The style is modern British with a twist and, although a little pricey, it’s very good indeed.
The lunch menu includes focaccia sandwiches, small plates (perhaps Wye Valley asparagus with poached egg, or watercress and potato soup) and salads (butternut squash with lime and chilli, mussels with samphire and tomato). There are also a few larger dishes - grilled salmon with blood orange and pine nuts, rump of lamb with cannellini beans and wild garlic - plus indulgent seafood platters.
The dinner selection focuses on steaks cooked in the wood-fired ‘Josper’ oven - choose your cut (there are around 20, including Ruby Red Devon and Welsh Wagyu), your sauce (everything from classic Bearnaise to an exotic Argentinian Chimichuri) and your sides. There are also plenty of starters and seasonal mains, including a few vegetarian dishes. We opted for tuna tartare and crab gratin, followed by hake with clams, a rump steak with peppercorn sauce, and delicious carrots with cumin and dill butter. We topped it off with a tasty treacle tart with ice cream: delicious.
The continental breakfast (included in the rates) is similarly good, with a generous offering of cereals, fruit, pastries and cheeses, plus a ham - what a treat! Cooked breakfasts, including the full English, are available for an additional cost.
The restaurant’s wine list showcases small, international producers chosen by executive sommelier Lionel Periner, formerly of La Trompette in London. There’s also a selection of local beers and ciders, and the clubby Crazy Eights bar has fantastic cocktails, as well as bar food, a patio for alfresco drinking and dining, and a counter where you can pull up a stool and sample Neal’s Yard cheeses from the dedicated wine and cheese room.
Children of all ages are welcome, though we’d say this is a sophisticated hotel that’s better suited to couples. Baby cots and rollaway beds can be added to Very Good and Excellent Rooms.
Babies (0-1 years)
Cots Available, Extra Beds Available
Staff can recommend a babysitting agency.
Children's meals available on request.