“An idyllic village setting, an ivy-covered inn and 12 seriously sexy rooms”
Spread over 2 floor, the 12 rooms are each exuberantly designed with bold splashes of colour and designer touches.
The best rooms in the house are the Luxury Suites, which have huge bathtubs and rain showers. Attic-floor Suite 4 has lovely whitewashed floorboards, cube light boxes and colourful chandeliers. Its lower floor has a daybed area and a dressing table, while the upper deck is filled with an enormous bed - wider than it is long!
We stayed in Superior Double 7. The bed itself was super comfy, with a thick duvet and plump pillows. Homemade brownies, bottled water and a Nespresso machines were very welcome, while towelling dressing gowns were great for lounging around and watching the plasma TV. It didn't have the best view (over the backs of houses and onto the street) so if that's important to you, request one that faces the village green. If it's the interiors that count, stay put.
We also liked totally kitsch Superior Double Room 12’s vibrant pink and green wallpaper. Although small, Standard Double Room 6 was bright and lovely. Small Double Room 10 is indeed tiny, but great for a romantic weekend away.
Ensuite bathrooms have REN products, and ours was dominated by an enormous bathtub. Be warned though: in this hotel, 'ensuite' can mean on the edge of the room and open-plan - so you may find your shower is actually in the bedroom!
The Miller's head chef deserves a special mention because his food was the highlight of our stay. From homemade scones served with tea in the pub, to a mouth-watering a la carte menu, this is a place that takes its food credentials seriously.
The slightly kitsch restaurant - cream leather banquettes, blue and green perspex vases - won't appeal to everyone, but it's light and spacious. There's an open fire in winter and a patio for summer spill-over. It's an easy atmosphere and the waiting staff really know their onions.
We kicked dinner off with lovely homemade bread and an entrée of scallops on a sweet potato puree, with a fried quails egg, bacon and black pudding. My friend tucked into foie gras with poached sweet rhubarb and both were excellent. We agonised over our main courses and eventually plumped for red mullet with crushed potatoes and wild rocket, and sirloin of Orkney beef with a watercress puree. It says it all that our conversation pretty much died during this course. Although we couldn't manage dessert (a real sadness!), they sounded great: pistachio mousse, chocolate fondant with Grand Marnier sauce, a good cheese board.
Open all day, the cosy pub also serves traditional, hearty sized, English meals. We tucked into fish and chips while patrons lounged by the log fire in shabby-chic chairs, reading the Sunday papers - just what we needed after a walk along the frozen riverside. The excellent local ale also helped warm the cockles.
A continental and cooked breakfast got our day off to a great start. The homemade pastries, poached organic duck eggs on toast and pancakes with blueberries were particularly good.
Children are welcome and will enjoy the walks and bike rides that the countryside offers. However, the hotel is popular with couples, so you might feel awkward if your kids were disturbing the romantic setting!
Children aged 3 and under stay free in the room with parents, children aged 4-12 pay a supplement for an extra bed. Children over 12 are considered adults.
Babies (0-1 years)
Both Luxury Suites (rooms 4 and 5) have a daybed that can be made up for children. The Superior Twin/Double rooms all have space for an extra bed or a baby cot.
Baby cots are available free of charge
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking