Spa, gardens, a library of books and DVDs, gym and free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, Vi-Spring bed and free bottled water.
Each room bears the name of a bloom, in honour of the flora-filled grounds. Moringa is the most exotic, with a freestanding scarlet bath tub by the bed, golden walls and paintings of animals on the walls. Orchid and Peony come joint second, with a striking scheme of bright colours and leopard prints. For a guaranteed great night’s sleep, book into Honeysuckle: the suspension system of its Ammique bed will hold you in the perfect pose all night.
There’s a terrace at the bottom of the garden with a heated outdoor pool. The spa has a heated indoor pool with French doors leading straight out onto the gardens.
A copy of William Cobbett’s 19th-century horticulture manual, <i>The English Gardener</i>, to help you appreciate the grounds.
There are two dog-friendly rooms for those with pooches past the 10-month mark (no puppies allowed); the hotel charges £10 per pet, per night, and you’ll get a dog basket and bowl if you need one.
Welcome. Cots and extra beds can be provided. A babysitter can be recruited from local company the Hotel Nanny (www.thehotelnanny.co.uk), on request. The hotel advises booking a week in advance.
Older kids who will enjoy a spot of croquet.
The Crescent Suites have the most space, including a sitting area.
The extensive grounds are perfect for a bit of hide and seek or croquet, and Victoria Park is just down the road – its adventure playground is impressive. There’s a selection of children’s DVDs to borrow, and various toy boxes to be raided. At Easter, egg hunts are set up throughout the gardens.
Both pools have a shallow end, as well as inflatables on loan. There are set times for children to use the indoor pool, but, when it’s open, they can use the outdoor pool at any time.
Rates usually include a Continental buffet breakfast (£20 a person, £25 for a full English breakfast).
Children are welcome in the restaurant at lunchtime, but in the evening they must have the à la carte menu. Otherwise, a kids’ menu can be served in the bedroom lounge or on the terrace. High tea can be served in the Pantry before 6pm.
A babysitter can be recruited from local company the Hotel Nanny (www.thehotelnanny.co.uk), on request. The hotel advises booking a week in advance.
No need to pack
Dressing gowns – mini versions are supplied for kids.