Need to know
22, including six suites.
Noon. Earliest check-in, 3pm, but flexible, on request.
Double rooms from $132.25 (£101), excluding tax at 20 per cent.
Rates do not usually include breakfast; options include a free ‘grab-and-go’ breakfast bag with fruit, yoghurt, juice and a pastry; a Continental buffet (£12.95 a guest); full-English (£20 a guest); and à la carte picks for a £5 supplement.
The hotel’s quirky style was honed by the fittingly named SpaceInvader design studio; they hung lacy swans from the restaurant ceiling, styled mounted deer heads with wigs and commissioned portraits of well-dressed animals to be hung in the spa and bar. A nod also goes to Tim Groom Architects, who restored the original features to their former glory.
At the hotel
Spa with a ‘mud room’ and beauty salon, lounge, laundry and free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, Roberts digital radio, Nespresso coffee machine, kettle, minibar, free bottled water and T London bath products.
Our favourite rooms
The Bridle Suite (a punny nod to the hotel’s horse-y past) is an impressive three storeys; intended for newlyweds and newly loved-up couples alike, the suite’s burlesque-themed wallpaper, which depicts ingenues swinging from chandeliers, may give you a few ideas… The Playground Suites live up to their fun-promising name with mod four-posters and freestanding bath tubs in full view of the bed, and if you want somewhere especially cosy, opt for a Club Plus Room, tucked snugly into the eaves.
The Pigsty spa is more fragrant than its name suggests, dressed with bucket lampshades and portraits of grand oinkers. Here, the three little pigs don’t need straw, sticks or bricks – they have their very own rhassoul mud room to happily wallow in. Organic Ila products, Tibetan-style massages and a ‘playpen’ where guests can snuffle down flutes of prosecco are so uplifting you’ll believe pigs can fly.
A whimsical wardrobe to rival the hotel’s decor. Bike-safety gear will come in handy for the BMX track, and wellies for countryside rambles.
The hotel’s public areas and some rooms on the ground floor are wheelchair-accessible.
Over-8s are welcome. An extra bed (for under-12s) can be added to the Club Plus Rooms for £35 a night. There’s lots to entertain little ones in the surrounding parkland.