Deep in lush Wiltshire parkland, the 17th-century Manor House is a quintessential country-house hotel, from its ivy-clad facade, very proper panelling & crackling winter log fires to its summer lawns & 18-hole golf course. Even the tablecloths & gleaming tableware in the Michelin-starred Bybrook Restaurant fit the mould. A talented kitchen team has made this one of the most impressive dining destinations in the area, although the food is accomplished rather than cutting edge. The confident menu focuses on simply prepared British ingredients, with imaginative offerings such as mi-cuit of organic salmon, quince purée, pickled vegetables & orange ahead of roast Brecon venison with a potato & truffle terrine, roasted salsify & chestnut purée. To finish, rich Valrhona chocolate fondant & a perfect caramelised apple tart fine are thoroughly enjoyable. The kitchen seldom misses a beat, the wine list is a cracker, & smiling service adds to the pleasure.