Need to know
20, including three suites.
11am (non-flexible); check-in from 3pm.
Double rooms from $149.67 (£121), excluding tax at 20 per cent.
Rates include breakfast.
For extra brownie points, surprise Mrs Smith with an in-room aromatherapy massage.
At the hotel
Gardens, library of books and board games, WiFi. In rooms: flatscreen TV with Sky channels, free bottled water, telephone, cast-iron baths or rain showerheads, underfloor heating, Noble Isle toiletries.
Our favourite rooms
Treat yourselves with a stay at the John Pollard Seddon room, named after the architect who supervised the house’s extension in the late 1800s. It’s a bold pear green space, with aubergine purple cushions and a matching plump throw, overshadowed by a sculpted headboard that looks as if it’s been carved from the finest quality dark chocolate. All hail the bed: it’s a looming, majestic super king four poster, with bedposts carved in the same glossy cocoa wood that look like almighty, Lindt-coated asparagus tips. The bathroom has a deep double-ended, cast-iron tub and a romantic fireplace; a dangerous combo designed for sinfully seductive soaping. For a more modest option, go for the Blue Room (which comes with an aqua and mother-of-pearl colour palette, as well as a king-size bed and views over the sweeping lawn) or the Hanoi Room (a chocolate and raspberry coloured confection, with silk curtains, Asian lacquered artwork and traditional wooden furniture).
Swimwear for the beach; walking boots for traipsing around forests and castles; some old classics to read in front of the fire; bedsocks or slippers for optimum cosiness.
Welcome. The suites have sofa beds in the lounge and cots are available on request. Kids are welcome in the restaurant till 7pm; and staff can provide details of local babysitters.