Need To Know
11am. Earliest check-in, 2.30pm.
Double rooms from $153.28 (£117), excluding tax at 20 per cent.
Rates include breakfast. Minimum two-night stay at weekends.
Keep an eye out in the gardens and lounges for the two resident cats.
At the hotel
Café/deli, free WiFi in some areas. In rooms: flatscreen TV, DVD player, radio as well as honesty bars.
Our favourite rooms
The Linen is an open-plan bedroom and bathroom with a fabulous decked balcony. The Red Room is super-spacious and even has its own private garden. The Venetian, for its incredible walnut king-size bed. The small but funky Seagull Room. Fantouche has a tiny balcony. The Opium Suite is a split-level home of your own. Boudoir is a zhuzhed-up attic room with sexy Michelangelo-esque fresco-style features.
Cool-box, so you can take some of the local produce home with you; slippers for the stone floor in the Opium Suite; outdoor gear for exploring the gorgeous countryside.
Minimum two-night stay at weekends.
Leave Fido at home: the two resident cats would make him most unwelcome.
Very welcome. Babysitters can be arranged, and children are well provided for, with monitors, highchairs and various other kit available. Baby cribs, sofa beds (and extra beds for under-12s) are from £10–45 a child, each night.
This hotel has super-green credentials: toiletries are in refillable pump dispensers; low-energy bulbs constitute 70 per cent of the lighting; rooms have Carbon Trust thermostats; toilets use 20 per cent less water and its garden is wildlife friendly.