The public are now invited into the gardens, which the website does not make clear, and there is a cafe set up there with very unattractive marker pen advertising on the wall outside. To be fair, I'm sure this will be replaced with a 'proper' sign soon.
The gardens and views are, of course, fantastic. Our room was lovely and full of character, with just enough of a ramshackle edge to stop it being overly slick. A saint watched over us from above the bed, and the huge bathroom had wonderful old painted parquet floors and decorative sinks. The staff were friendly, although quite busy with a cafe, and the lack of a common language didn't present a real problem.