There’s much to do at this colourful, comfortable place with a team of staff at hand if you should want anything – all dedicated to making sure your stay runs seamlessly. Interiors are designed by Sarah Fortescue, there are fresh flowers from the garden and seasonal produce for the kitchen. You can order picnic hampers or home-cooked suppers.
Book a tennis court, wander down to the lake and deer park, enjoy watching a long summer game of cricket or simply admire the gardens: a Georgian bath house, fountains, an obelisk and monuments are dotted through the azaleas, rhododendrons and camellias, which run into rolling parkland. The estate holds the famous Steam Fair in July.
Set up the barbecue on your terrace and enjoy an al fresco supper as the sun retreats and the stars come out. It’s hushed here so you should sleep peacefully.