Situated against the lush backdrop of Dogmersfield Park, this red-brick Georgian mansion puts on a handsome face with its mix of swanky contemporary design and carefully preserved period detail. Pitched adjacent to the elegantly proportioned Four Seasons Restaurant, the hotel’s Bistro offers something more casual in a high-ceilinged room with French windows opening onto the terrace. Lunches are equally suited to families and the business crowd, thanks to a flexible menu of international standbys – think chilled gazpacho, pulled pork sandwiches, home-smoked sausages with BBQ beans, ploughman’s, pizzas or beef and ale pie. Dinner is slightly more ambitious with grills and a few cheffy ideas added to the mix, while puds might include tarte Tatin, blackberry and lime cobbler or strawberry and white chocolate cheesecake. Otherwise, explore the farmhouse cheese selection.