Art dealer Ivor Braka’s recreation of a particularly delightful 19th-century coaching inn, with the huge help of interior designer Robert Kime, has been wowing guests ever since it opened in 2011. ‘In the words of Dolly Parton,’ Ivor says ruefully, ‘it took a lot of money to look this cheap.’ The look is helped by the quirkiness of the gabled flint building itself, which sits inside vast, deer-filled Gunton Park. Chef Stuart Tattersall presides over delicious, imaginative dishes, including grills on an open fire, and guests tuck in at sharing tables. There’s a divine residents’ sitting room decorated with paintings by seriously famous artists, courtesy of Ivor. Indeed, the whole place is filled with edgy, sexy art: Tracey Emin, Damien Hirst, you name it. As for the bedrooms, they are enchanting. If you stay in Ellis, look twice at the old prints to the left of the dressing table, but not if you objected to Tracey Emin’s naughty plates above the bar.
Doubles from £95
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Be sure to explore the sculptures in the surrounding Deer park including the ones on the driveway
It is difficult to resist the succulent steaks and venison delights cooked on an open fire in the Elk room
Gunton park apple juice from the estate orchards and homemade seasonal preserves.
CLAIM TO FAME
Lily Langtry, mistress of King Edward VII, had secret trysts with him here in the 1890’s, when he was shooting on the Estate. One of the rooms is named after her, with photos of the both on the walls.
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