Need to know
38, including 10 suites.
11am; earliest check-in 2pm.
Double rooms from $93.50 (£72), excluding tax at 20 per cent.
Rates include full English or Continental breakfast.
There is a little garden area behind the hotel which is set up for croquet during the summer.
At the hotel
Courtyard, free WiFi throughout, free parking. In rooms: flatscreen TV, Roberts radio, free bottled water, White Company bathroom products.
Our favourite rooms
The Ilse-Crawford-overhauled rooms in the main inn and courtyard are all pictures of peaceful, pared-down rusticity, with spotless white walls, Welsh wool blankets and rush matting. For a glimpse of the inn’s history, check into Room 12, where there’s a section of hand-painted and National Trust-protected wall dating back to 1550. We also like Room 5, which has a raised bathroom area up a little stairwell. Room 1 in the main inn is the only room with his ’n’ hers basins. Courtyard Suite 101 was featured in Four Weddings and a Funeral and 102 – one of the largest – has a dramatic four-poster beneath an imposing chandelier. The courtyard rooms all have claw-foot tubs in the bedrooms.
Release your cares and tensed-up shoulders at next door at Red house Spa with Swedish, reflexology and volcanic thermal stone massages, all of which use warmed botanic oils. This soothing spa also specialises in Guinot brand facials (we’d go for the deep marine purify option, or the personalised made to measure treatment), Margaret Dabbs mani-pedis and a range of beautifying treatments. There’s a menu of healthy drinks and light bites, and daily yoga classes too.
Wellies for countryside trudging; don’t worry about reading matter though, you’ll find a stash of Penguin classics in every room.
Dogs small and large can stay in the Courtyard Suites and Main Inn Standard, Deluxe and Superior rooms, but they aren't allowed in the restaurant. See more pet-friendly hotels in Buckinghamshire.
Welcome. Cots can be provided for free and extra beds can be added to certain rooms for £20 a child, each night: call Smith24 to ensure you get a room with enough space. Dinky versions of adult meals and highchairs can be supplied in the restaurant.