A showy Victorian edifice, all turrets and elaborate plasterwork, this hotel with 5 acres of gardens, a spa, and a pool was the original inspiration for Toad Hall in The Wind in the Willows. It's a great place for families—most rooms are spacious enough for several people, and there are excellent facilities for the kids. The overall tone eschews glitz in favor of vintage character. You can dine in the sumptuously paneled formal restaurant or in the more relaxed
Garden Room, which opens onto the terrace.