Ruddy with red brick and brightened by white-sash windows, the exterior hints at the comfy luxury that lies within, and the location—off College Avenue in an undistinguished suburb—is forgotten as soon as you cross the threshold. Beyond a splendid, carved-wood double staircase, the drawing room is a symphony of gilded silk, with a white-marble fireplace, a 19th-century chandelier, and chic armchairs, a surprisingly soigné modern homage to country-house style. The
wood-paneled library overlooks a walled patio and garden. Guest rooms are spacious and elegantly furnished in a version of the Louis XV style. Orchids is the main restaurant, Perrott's Garden Bistro is a casual alternative, and the Victorian-style bar serves bar food until 5 pm.