"We took tea in the library, which provided yet another view on the stunning grounds. With the pomp and ceremony such splendour required, our Earl Grey came in a heavy silver pot, and was served with delicious homemade cookies. On reflection we found them a little too delicious...."
"The gardener told us he was planting hundreds of daffodils. It was all the encouragement we needed to determine that a return visit was absolutely necessary; once I have replenished my stock of superlatives."
"These are caring people; from the staff who sprinkle fresh garden herbs on one's salad and rush off to find out for you who won the Grand prix, to the gardener who toils lovingly in the big herb and vegetable garden; and Mary herself, nurturing the ducks, geese and black swans that fill the hotel's private wildfowl reserve."
We moved into the splendid dining room, in a light-filled conservatory lined with mirrors and flowery murals that give a sense of "Midsummers Night Dream" like airiness."