I arrived at the dead of night, not being sure if I had stumbled into the hotel I had booked, or someone's farm home! The air was quiet, a horse neighed and a dog barked...
Here is our review, based on our 9B's criteria:
* Bedroom - Room 1: full of character with a bay window and view over the fields, with books to read and traditional furniture.
* Bed - best night's sleep in ages.
* Bathroom - ensuite with everything needed.
* Breakfast - a pleasure to have it overlooking the countryside with proper farmhouse crockery! Cereals, fruit and cooked breakfast, or anything you'd like.
* Bar - there isn't one. It's a farmhouse.
* Bods - very friendly.
* Budget - great rate booked through a popular 3rd party website.
* Back (i.e. would we return?) - Yes, this was a pit stop for work but would love to come back with the family.
* Beyond the hotel...the villages around the hotel are amazingly pretty, or gentrified, depending on your point of view. The countryside is inarguably attractive and worth loitering if you can. In my room there was a signed autobiography of the owner of nearby The Butchers Arms. I flicked through his amazing story and resolved to call in on the way home.
***Addendum - I did call into The Butchers Arms in Priors Hardwick on my way back, and bumped straight into the patriarchal Lino in the bar area. The uninitiated should not be fooled by the pub-style name; this is a place for fine dining and taking your time, not a quick beer and Ploughman's in the saloon; although local real ale is available ***