Thirty years ago, when Imogen Skirving opened the doors to her apricot-washed Georgian house, she dreamt that people would feel as if they were in a home from home. Fast forward to today and Imogen’s granddaughter, Lila, and daughter Louise, are staying true to her vision. Set at the end of a lime tree avenue, this country oasis combines the charm and quiet eccentricity of an English country home with just the right amount of modern. The stylish bedrooms are a fine example – book the romantic Bohemia, once an artist’s studio, or bed down in The Agnews Chalet on the Croquet Lawn with its own veranda. The food (‘classic English with a twist’) is equally cosseting, lovingly cooked by long-standing executive chef Gary Booth. Local produce is the big thing, with dishes such as Belvoir pheasant, pancetta, BBQ swede and sloe berry. To top it off, the staff are fantastic, headed up by brilliant general manager Ben Rivett and maître d’hôtel, Michael Addison, who ensure ambiance and experience is top of the list. You feel like you have ‘come home’.

Doubles from £135 

+44 (0)1949 860559;