We recently stayed overnight at this hotel as it was part of our Groupon deal (Christmas Gift). We arrived earlier than check in time and when we asked what was good to do nearby the nice lady behind the desk gave us lots of ideas. As the village is small, there isn't much to do but she recommended the Woburn Sands (high street) which had some nice places to eat... unfortunately, being unprepared we didn't book and couldn't get a table! We ended up in Intu Milton Keynes which was lovely too!
When we returned, we checked in and went to our rooms. The rooms are lovely, dated but in keeping with the fascinating history of the building, and they are clean which is the most important thing for me. The bathrooms are clean too and very spacious (we had rooms 5 and 7). The brandy is a sweet gesture in each room (however we aren't brandy fans but its still considerate of the hotel).
The set menu was a good mix but I think I just chose poorly. I had the Italian meats to start but they were very basic meats which must've come from a supermarket packet. I then had the pasta but unfortunately, it was quite bland and not very tasteful, which is a shame because it looked/sounded gorgeous.
I had a bit of a mix up with the staff when checking out as they told us we had a £4.50 bill to setlle but I had settled this at dinner via cash (which was for a drink I ordered). Upon paying for the drink on the night of the meal, the waitress asked me to sign the receipt to say I had paid for it. When checking out, apparently signing the receipt meant that I was paying upon check out... The lady behind the desk clearly didn't believe me but concluded with "Well, on this occasion, I guess I will let this go but I will speak to the team" - I just thought it was an inappropriate way to handle the situation.
Regardless of this, I would definitely return, perhaps not on a Groupon Deal but for a short stay.
I recommend that you wear layers/warm clothes when downstairs as the building is old and the window/walls have cracks/gaps which let in a draft. less