Need to know
12 noon, although this may be flexible (subject to availability). Check‑in, 2pm.
Double rooms from $218.25 (£175), excluding tax at 20 per cent.
Rates include full English or Continental breakfast. You can rent the whole house, catered or non-catered (sleeping 12) for two nights from £2,600; additional nights cost £1,300 each.
Sun yourself in the extensive gardens attend afternoon tea (available on request).
At the hotel
Croquet lawn, gardens, chest of DVDs and CDs, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: plasma TVs, CD/DVD player with iPod connection, Nespresso machine.
Our favourite rooms
Room Five seduced us the most, with its generous size, double‑aspect views of the gardens, courtyard and surrounding countryside, retro lamps and sleek metallic wallpaper. Room Four may be smaller, but the hand‑crafted wooden four‑poster and the free‑standing French claw‑foot bath had our eyes wide. The Attic room can alternate between a double and a twin – and the sofa bed means it can sleep four if you have kids or friends in tow.
Bring an iPod to hook up to your room’s Bose sound system; in summer, be sure you’re dressed for the beach – it’s only an amble away.
A two‑night minimum stay applies at weekends.
Well‑behaved dogs are welcome for £10 a night – just give notice (so they can let the resident lurchers and Siamese cats know they’ll have company). See more pet-friendly hotels in Devon.
Children over 12 can stay. Extra beds (£35, with breakfast) can be added to your room. Babysitting with a local nanny costs £15 an hour.
Kids are welcome (but not in the restaurant after 6pm); cots (£10) and extra beds (£25, with breakfast) can be added to your room. Babysitting with a local nanny costs £15 an hour.