Garden, snug, sheltered courtyard, selection of books to borrow, free WiFi. In rooms: flatscreen smart TV, Roberts DAB radio which connects with MP3 players, Birchall teas and coffee from Mozzo Coffee, still and sparkling water from Blenheim Palace, fluffy bathrobes and Bamford toiletries.
Each room is different, so favourites will change according to whether you’re particularly drawn to mustard and navy hues, geometric patterns or taxidermied birds. However, the Premium Double Rooms are our choice for the bit of extra space they offer, especially handy for families.
A copy of the Racing Post if you fancy a flutter. And bring sturdy boots for hiking the downs.
Go all Famous Five, having a ‘jolly hockey sticks’ time on a picnic in the countryside (must be ordered 24 hours in advance).
All ages are very welcome. There’s a kids’ menu (the milkshakes will go down a treat), changing facilities and highchairs to borrow in the restaurant, and extra beds (for under-12s) can be added to some rooms for £20 a stay.
All ages are welcome, juniors will probably get the most enjoyment from bombing around the garden and countryside.
A baby cot or fold-out bed (for under-12s) can be added to all rooms for £20 a night; however, the Even Bigger Comfy Luxe Rooms or Lookout Room 5 will be the comfiest. There are twin rooms for tweens and teens.
There are some board games and puzzles at the pub, but it’s likely you’ll want to get some fresh air as a family on gentle trails through the downs. If you have a car, and it really will come in handy, you can visit Legoland Windsor, Go Ape and Windsor Castle or arrange for kayaking sessions and play paintball.
While simple, the kids’ menu has the same high-quality produce the adults’ menu does, albeit in simpler more bite-size form, with Kelmscott sausages and mash, battered fish, mac and cheese and mini roasts, plus ice-cream for desserts and a milkshake menu.There are baby-changing facilities onsite and highchairs to borrow too.
No need to pack
There’s not a great deal of baby kit onsite, so be prepared if you have a very little one; otherwise bring any favoured toys and distractions.