Need to know
62, including three suites.
11am. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Double rooms from $159.89 (£129), excluding tax at 20 per cent.
Rates include breakfast (buffet and Full English) and use of the spa.
At the hotel
Spa with seven treatment rooms, sauna, gardens, gun room, gym, and free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, iPod dock, minibar and Noble Isle 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.
The outdoor pool, flanked by white-cushioned wooden sun loungers, is kept at a deliciously warm 30-degrees all-year round. The pool is positioned near the hotel’s newest block of rooms, Woodland Court.
Hit the spa for a pampering session; we’d plump for an algae wrap or Nemaste of India: body brush, scalp, hair and full-body massage.
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. Ladies/gents yearning for a smooth mane can request hair straighteners from reception; phone chargers and dental kits 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 the Main House, though, 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.
There’s plenty here to keep young bloods entertained – croquet kit, outdoor swimming pool, gorgeous grounds, links to the local polo club, and so on.
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 Brasserie at any time, and can dine in the Beaufort Dining Room 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.