Need To Know
32, including 14 suites and two Forest Cottages.
12 noon. Earliest check‑in, 3pm.
Double rooms from $421.52 (£321), excluding tax at 20 per cent.
Rates exclude breakfast (around £16.50 for Continental; £25 for full English).
Pets are allowed in the outside lodgings – the Coach House, Crescent and Pavilions. In-room spa and beauty treatments can be arranged.
At the hotel
Library of books and DVDs, pool, snooker and billiards, mountain bikes and wellies for guests, walking and running trails, valet parking, helipad, free WiFi throughout. The Herb House Spa has an indoor pool. In rooms: flatscreen TV, CD/DVD player, preloaded iPod, free bottled water and Bamford bath products.
Our favourite rooms
For honeymoon‑perfect privacy, go for Pavilion 1 – it’s separate from the main house and has a dramatic black vaulted ceiling, four‑poster bed and a roll‑top bath in an alcove overlooking the green pastures outside. The bedrooms in the main house are also high on romance, thanks mainly to the elegant Italian marble bathrooms in soft grey and white – Rooms 1 and 2 have bath tubs beneath wide sash windows, and Room 11 has double sinks and an enormous bathroom. If you like a quirky attic abode, plump for an Eaves room.
The heated indoor swimming pool is family-friendly and has specific children’s swim (read: splashy) hours: from 8:30am to 10am Monday to Friday and from 8:30am to 11am on weekends and Bank Holidays. There’s also a hydrotherapy pool and an outdoor hot pool connected to the spa.
The Herb House spa is spread across three floors, with assorted treatment rooms (eight single, one double with steam room and garden, one bath house with indoor pool and steam room), a mud house, sauna, steam house, indoor pool, outdoor pool, sun deck with herb garden, a café offering uncooked or preserved food only and a bar serving juices straight from the garden.
Leave sensible shoes and coats at home – there’s a whole range of wellies and waterproofs to borrow.
Yes: in the outside rooms (the Coach House, Crescent and Pavilions), dogs stay for £30 a stay: beds and bowls are provided, as well as a Bonio wrapped up in a ribbon.
Little Smiths are well looked after at Lime Wood – cribs are £10, extra beds are £30; there’s a children’s menu and bikes and scooters on loan. Babysitting with a local nanny costs £60 an evening (48 hours’ notice required).