Need to know
61, including three suites.
11am. Earliest check-in, 3pm. Both are flexible, subject to availability.
Double rooms from $144.49 (£104), excluding tax at 20 per cent.
Rates usually include breakfast (buffet and Full English) and use of the spa.
Keep an eye out for the magnificent, hand-painted staircase in the main house – it's adorned with pictures of stags, gambolling in the Cotswolds countryside.
At the hotel
Spa with seven treatment rooms, sauna, gardens, gun room, boot room, fitness suite, and free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, iPod dock, minibar and 100 Acre bath products.
Our favourite rooms
The Arkle suite is surprisingly light and airy, considering that it’s kitted out from top-to-toe in oak panelling. It has a lucky streak, too: named after Arkle the racehorse (who notched up 14 big wins in just two years), and is a favourite with visiting jockeys. They probably love it for its princely four-poster. Or its striking original fireplace. Or its vast bathroom with a roll-top tub and shower. The Istabraq suite, set in the eaves of the Great Hall, doesn’t skimp on drama, with its soaring dark Tudor beams and glittering split-level bathroom with under-floor heating, twin basins, roll-top bath and palatial shower. Another of our favourites is the Kauto Star suite: feminine, light and airy, it's the perfect choice for brides (or a romantic weekend).
The outdoor pool, flanked by white-cushioned wooden sun loungers, is operational and kept at a deliciously warm 30 degrees between March and November. The pool is positioned near the hotel’s newest block of rooms, Woodland Court.
Hit the spa for a pampering session in one of their seven treatment rooms; we’d plump for an algae wrap or Nemaste of India: body brush, scalp, hair and full-body massage. There's a jacuzzi, sauna, steam room, relaxation room and juice bar, too.
Don’t weigh your case down with binoculars for spying on the horses/race-goers, the hotel has telescopes for this purpose, and you can keep snug and dry with their stash of Dubarry wellies and coats from the boot room. Ladies/gents yearning for a smooth mane can request hair straighteners from reception; phone chargers, dental kits and spare tights are also available. Prestbury is supposedly Britain’s most haunted village: bring your preferred method of protection against the undead – garlic, black salt or holy water, perhaps?
Bring your dog too, for £25 a night. Canine companions aren’t allowed in dining areas (but are welcome n reception), and not all rooms are pet-friendly.
Cots are free, extra beds are £30 (this includes breakfast), and babysitting with a local, Ofsted-registered nanny can be arranged for £15 to £20 an hour. The hotel reckons that when it comes to young uns, it’s best suited to juniors and teens.
Juniors, and older children who will be confident in the pool and grounds.
The Traditional rooms are adult-only, as are most of the Classic rooms, and Tower rooms aren’t suited for children either. Opt for a Luxury room for the most space.
When little ones arrive, they'll be greeted with a welcome pack full of goodies, from colouring books to stickers and puzzles. They also get their own mini bathrobes and slippers, plus a rubber duck for the bath. Outside in the grounds, there’s plenty here to keep them entertained – croquet kit, outdoor swimming pool, gorgeous grounds, links to the local polo club, and so on. Every night, children will have cookies and milk provided in the room to help get them off to sleep.
The outdoor pool has a shallow end, but it isn’t monitored, so swimmers must be accompanied by an adult guardian.
Little Smiths are welcome in the The Horse Box at any time, and can dine in the Restaurant after 7pm. Staff will make packed lunches, heat up baby milk and baby food, and provide high chairs.
The hotel can arrange for an Ofsted-registered local nanny to watch your children for £15 an hour on weekdays, £20 an hour on weekends and bank holidays. This service must be booked at least a week in advance.