In ever way superb, from being transported in an open carriage to the welcome (unusual drink : mine was carrot, ginger , mint and I think cardamon) - greeted gently on the front lawn to see the view before being taken to our room. No "front desk" but registered within our room (elegant understated) which made one feel a welcomed guest in a Stately Home rather than in a sumptuous hotel. Our 24 hours were unrushed, gentle , calm and thoroughly restorative after long travel . The service was excellent, subtle always courteous and friendly. The bathroom with its deep free standing bath, separated shower with that lovely sunflower shower head and His and Her basins were of an elegant home rather than a hotel. The historic tour late afternoon was fascinating and we enjoyed the Art Deco the carved wooden panels in the rooms, the amazing collection in the library. It was hard to believe this had all been rescued from a place that had become derelict. The attention to the smallest detail made one forget this had all been restored. The food was excellent- we ordered the Continental Breakfast and wondered how on earth one could have coped with the Full breakfast. Continental offered tiered plate of large choice of "danish" a large plate of croissants (superbly fresh) cold meats and cheese, a wide selection of cereals. elegantly cut fruit cappuccinos and champagne. I was handed 2 typewritten copies of recipes I had inquired about. The pool is tucked away discreetly to the side and although not part of the original, looks as if it is carved out naturally from the rock (even though is wasn't). In minutes a young man silently appeared at my side bearing a tray of ice cold cloths. bottled water, bottle sprays of facial mist , sunscreen and an assortment of newspapers, magazines. I later ordered a light lunch. The spa was a wing unto itself. At first it seemed more expensive than spas at other 5* hotels but the one hour foot reflexology transported me "into another planet" (and the masseuse was able to detect some ailments I have!) It was hard to tear ourselves away. We had had very high expectations but this surpassed even those. A lovely touch on departure: we were given framed photos of our arrival in the carriage, as gifts, cuff links for my husband and jeweled bangles for myself. On commenting I would have to "fight my 6 year grand daughter for these), my host immediately sent fort bangles for her. There were only 2 other couples staying there when we were there, but a conference group had just left and another about to arrive. I believe this gets booked for weddings and conferences a great deal but the atmosphere and outstanding service is such that I doubt that would interrupt a "non group" couple like ourselves for being cossetted every minute int the utter tranquility of this place. Yes, the room rate is high, but more than worth if for a most unique experience. We felt the restaurant was most reasonable compared with European prices. Highly recommend.
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