What is the story?
The Grosvenor was so seedy that locals did their best to ignore it. Then, in 2019, Simon and Teresa Henderson rallied their neighborhood friends and took over the lease, enlisting the skills of interior designer Lottie Keith to align the place with the city’s gentrification – even if it doesn’t. has not forgotten its fly fishing and horse racing history.
The Cannon bedroom bathroom
What do we like about it?
There is a certain shade of petrol blue that is shorthand for contemporary chic. And that’s exactly the shade on the walls in the renovated upstairs hallways of the Grosvenor, with the oatmeal carpet a calm counterpoint (and a nice contrast to the old brown stair carpet, which I’m sure that he is on his exit).
There’s more blue in the Danebury lounge, with velvet sofas, a kilim rug and carved wooden wall panels showing former owner Tom Cannon on his winning horses.
The colors are bright and the fabrics fun in the bar and dining room, where the food is excellent. The kitchen has a ready supply of trout from the test, and other local ingredients are also plentiful (even Hildon’s water is four miles away). The dishes are more refined than pub grub and less intimidating than fine dining: lamb sweetbreads with French peas; Lemon sole with hazelnut butter and capers.
Of the 34 rooms, your favorite will depend on your configuration. The six garden rooms on the ground floor with direct access to the lawn are good for dog owners, less good for privacy seekers. Traffic noise may bother you in the front rooms of the main building, but there was the bonus of the serene hot air balloon that greeted me when I opened the curtains. Teresa’s pick is the quieter, upstairs Cannon, with its huge copper tub beneath a still life by local artist Josie Eastwood; many guests insist on the Mayfly, which has a four-poster bed.
The shops and galleries of Stockbridge make for a lovely (although potentially expensive) morning stroll. The Grosvenor can help arrange fishing, shooting, horse or car racing trips. Up the road past the thatched cottages of Longstock is the Leckford Estate, owned by John Lewis, which has water gardens, a farm shop and cafe.
Liz Edwards stayed at the Grosvenor, which offers double guest rooms from £150; main courses from £16 (thegrosvenorstockbridge.com)
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