Staying in a room with high timbered ceilings, a four-poster bed and mullioned windows feels very 16th-century, so it is a surprise to learn that Bailiffscourt Hotel and Spa actually dates from the early 1900s .
It is quite easy to imagine a contemporary of Henry VIII – Cardinal Wolsey for example – staying here in times gone by, but even though the whole building feels like an ancient manor house, Bailiffscourt is less than a hundred years old.
Built in 1927 in the medieval style for Lord Moyne, who was then Walter Guinness of the brewing family, and his wife Evelyn, architect Amyas Phillips reportedly searched the country for original stone, woodwork, doors, windows and fireplaces which give the hotel its 500-year old feel.
There are low ceilings and tapestries and winding staircases and narrow corridors and a whole rabbit warren of rooms downstairs which all make you feel as if you have gone back in time. Thankfully the service, food and essentials of life (such as bathrooms) are all very modern, so what you get is an old-fashioned country house atmosphere from a building which has actually been a hotel since 1948.
There are nice little touches too, such as board games and magazines dotted around the place, a map showing local walks and even a tiny bar. We arrived just in time for Sunday lunch, and were served a lovely meal of roast beef and roast lamb in the stone-walled dining room overlooking the courtyard. Continue reading Bailiffscourt Hotel: old-style charm in a perfect country setting