Need to know
11.30am (12.30pm for Smith guests). Earliest check-in, 3pm. Both are flexible, subject to availability.
Double rooms from $214.06 (£158), excluding tax at 20 per cent.
Rates usually include Continental or full-English breakfast.
Hurley House is really a restaurant with rooms, and what a restaurant it is: in 2017, AA named it a five-star restaurant with rooms and awarded it two Rosettes for culinary excellence, and it won the Open Table Diners’ Choice award. Book the private dining room (which seats up to 22 people) for an extra-special dinner; folding doors open onto the terrace, so you can dine alfresco when it’s warm. If you’re planning a bigger do, the large, gardens let you bump up your guest list to up to 300. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner Monday to Saturday, and for lunch only on Sundays.
At the hotel
Garden, open-air terrace, free high-speed WiFi throughout. In rooms: TV, underfloor heating, air-conditioning, Dualit tea- and coffee-making kit, minibar with free fresh milk and bottled water, Floris bath products.
Our favourite rooms
Our pick for a cosy weekend away would be the HH Superior Room with a private terrace: planted with softly-scented flowers and dotted with alfresco seating, it’s the ideal spot for a morning cup of tea. Inside, the room is decorated in classic, English country house-style with a touch of Shaker cosiness (wooden floors, beamed ceilings and neutral colours). Thanks to the underfloor heating, super-soft bedding and spa-quality bathrooms, every room feels well thought-out and comfortable: you’ll be especially glad of this after several wind-blown, mud-spattered country walks…
There’s no spa as such, but there’s one treatment room where you can have manicures, pedicures, massages and facials using top-drawer brands including Valmont, Kure Bazaar and Pinks Boutique. We’re particularly fond of the head and shoulder massage. Be sure to book treatments well in advance, as the one on-site spa therapist is in high demand.
Bring your wellies, Barbours and warmest woolies as English weather is notoriously unpredictable. Waterproofs are a must – even if you’re coming in July.
The restaurant, bar and two rooms (one HH Superior and one HH Premium) are accessible for guests with mobility issues.
Children are welcome. Highchairs, changing mats, and games are available. The restaurant can adapt meals or heat up baby food. Extra beds (£40 a night) and baby cots (free) can be added to some rooms (three HH Superior and one HH Premium).