An important 16th-century turreted gatehouse with many treasures. It’s romantic too: hideout of Prince Rupert in the Civil War, resting place of celebrities and politicians, inspiring retreat for writers. You enter through an archway to the dining room with an Adam Dant ceiling, open log fire and oak table. The kitchen is opposite and has creamy green painted cupboards with all the equipment you need to dazzle. Up the original winding oak staircase to the drawing room with hand-blocked wallpaper, original mouldings and decorated fireplace. The Thatcher suite (yes, she stayed) has an ornate canopied bed with feather bedding and a swish turreted wet room. The enormous second bedroom up another floor is filled with books, and has a four-poster bed with fabric by Melissa White. There’s a bath in the room too and a separate loo and shower. Views from here soar over the manicured gardens; you also have your own private little patch of Tudor bliss with a fountain. The beamed Coach House, adjacent to the Hall and equally lovely can be booked at the same time. Laura can organise a candlelit three course dinner if you book ahead, just ask.