Hotel Highlights

  • Prodigious wine list and a menu to dine for
  • Simply stunning Dartmoor scenery
  • Spoil yourself with goodies from the pantry

Overview

A spectacular Tudor-style manor home on a beautiful plot of land in wild and rugged Dartmoor in Devon, Gidleigh Park hotel offers spacious and sumptuous rooms where antique pieces sit alongside contemporary furnishings. The comfortable luxury of it all makes it difficult to venture out, but the gorgeous grounds and woodlands teeming with wildlife beg to be explored. When you’re done hiking, you can fortify yourself at the hotel’s outstanding restaurant.

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Facilities

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Need To Know

Rooms

24, including the Pavilion, a self-contained thatched cottage.

Check–out

11am, but later check-out is possible by arrangement.

Rates

Double rooms from $370.62 (£221), excluding tax at 20 per cent.

More details

Rates include full English breakfast.

Also

If you’re in need of anything during the day, you can pop into the Pantry on the first floor, where you can help yourself to fruit, yoghurts, tea and coffee.

At the hotel

In-room spa treatments and massages, 18-hole putting course, croquet lawn, tennis court, bowling green, free WiFi throughout, DVD library. In-room amenities: flatscreen HD TV, DVD player, Vi-spring mattresses, L’Occitane toiletries.

Our favourite rooms

Cranbrook, one of the three spa suites, is the most romantic, with twin roll-top baths for you both to bask in side-by-side, and a toasty-snug feature fire fitted in the wall alongside. Dartmeet, however, is also a sore temptation, given that its bathroom boasts a large marble bath, double shower, steam room and sauna. The gorgeous two-bedroom Pavilion is ideal for family stays, or for friends who want to combine the privacy of self-catering with the attentive luxury of a boutique hotel.

Packing tips

Leave your wellies at home – the hotel has a supply of boots and brollies for guests yomping the grounds. A guide to UK wildlife would be a worthwhile addition to your luggage – the hotel’s grounds are home to a wealth of woodland critters.

Also

The hotel has three dog-friendly rooms and four lit and heated kennels in the grounds. Smoking is not allowed inside.

Children

Are welcome, with extra beds for £60 a night. Cots are free and there are toys and games, including croquet, available. Babysitting is £16 an hour (with a minimum £40 charge), with notice. Under-eights are requested to dine between 5pm and 6.30pm.

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Weddings

This property is suitable for weddings

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Food & Drink

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Hotel Restaurant

Modern European cuisine-maestro, Michael Caines has helped the hotel’s glorious restaurant to bag two Michelin stars and a glimmering reputation. The gastro-licious food is accompanied by one of the most impressive wine lists in the British Isles.

Hotel Bar

Decorated in the appealing style of the Arts and Crafts movement, the bar and loggia are an elegant but informal place to enjoy afternoon tea, pre-dinner drinks or an evening of fine wines and cocktails.

Last orders

Lunch is available midday to 2.30pm; dinner from 7pm until 9.30pm. The bar is licensed to serve 24 hours a day.

Room service

After breakfast, an array of light bites are available during the day (hot food is not served in rooms), and sandwiches and paninis can be brought to you after 11pm.

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Dress code

Up to the nines, but no further.

Top table

For the full old-world oak-panelled experience, take a seat in the corner of the Meldon dining room.

Local Guide

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Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Local restaurants

Gidleigh Park's restaurant is gastronomic heaven, with Michelin-star decorated chef Michael Caines' deliriously delicious tasting menu to try; however, high-quality local produce and a hearty West Country approach to portion sizes mean it's worth hunting down local foodie spots. The Three Crowns ((0)1647 433444, http://threecrowns-chagford.co.uk) in Chagford – a 10-minute drive or 30-minute amble away – serves a meaty menu, where local sausages and steaks take pride of place, in an attractive Dartmoor granite-built manor house. The White Horse Inn ((0)1647 440242), a 10-minute drive away in Moretonhampstead, may not look terribly exciting from the outside, but within is  a menu beloved by those in the know, a bright dining room and a charming cobbled courtyard. Pub fare worthy of high praise is to be found 20 minutes' drive from the hotel at the Ring of Bells Inn ((0)1647 440375), North Bovey. The menu has locally sourced stars including River Exe mussels, North Bovey steak and line-caught sea bass from Brixham. 

 

Local bars

Cosy, white-washed Chagford country pub the Globe Inn ((0)1647 433485, www.theglobeinnchagford.co.uk), is warm and welcoming with a huge stone fireplace and a range of local ales on tap.

 

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Rugged, rocky Dartmoor

Gidleigh Park

Chagford, Devon, TQ13 8HH, United Kingdom

Planes

The nearest airport is Exeter International, a 40-minute drive from the hotel. Flybe (www.flybe.com) flies in from all over the UK and Europe.

Trains

Exeter Saint David's is 30–40 minutes away by car. First Great Western (www.firstgreatwestern.co.uk) runs services across the UK, including direct ones to London Paddington in just under two and a half hours.

Automobiles

Nearby motorways include the M3, M4 and M5. From the M5 (or A303), you'll need the A30 which will get you to Exeter, after which you'll need to use the A382 and follow signs to Chagford (and not Gidleigh, confusingly).

Reviews

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Anonymous review

by Jessie Ware , Sultry singer-songwriter

‘Keep heart you are still on route’, a sign reads on a winding road at 10pm on a Friday night. Thank God! We have been driving for six hours (never go out with a boy who works in a school and can only leave when everyone else wants to escape London). But now we are definitely in the country, in the middle of nowhere, where not even the trusty SatNav can guide us. Instead, we must re...

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Gidleigh Park

Anonymous review by Jessie Ware, Sultry singer-songwriter

‘Keep heart you are still on route’, a sign reads on a winding road at 10pm on a Friday night. Thank God! We have been driving for six hours (never go out with a boy who works in a school and can only leave when everyone else wants to escape London). But now we are definitely in the country, in the middle of nowhere, where not even the trusty SatNav can guide us. Instead, we must rely on these warming signs to lead us to Gidleigh Park hotel.

It is all rather exciting, and the last half hour of the drive reminds me that I am a Londoner with no country nous. Our last almost-trip to Devon was a couple of years ago, when my boyfriend wanted to camp in Dartmoor. I cried and booked two tickets to Ibiza. To be able to come to Gidleigh Park is a welcomed upgrade.

We fall into Gidleigh, the cosiest of country manors, leaving the sound of the Dartmoor spring water stream outside. Oil paintings and old maps line the walls, and 1920s-style furniture with tapestried cushions is everywhere for us to dive into. And there’s the smell of a wood fire burning. It’s classy, welcoming and so calm.

As we head up the beautiful oak staircase to our room, Cranbrook, Norah Jones seems to have joined us – via an iPod dock. The lyrics of Come Away With Me drift over us, soundtracking our gasps and giggles at the sight of two baths side by side, the sauna in our room, a remote-controlled glass fireplace and decanted madeira. I feel like we’re in a Richard Curtis film.

It’s late, but the kitchen is still happy to make us up a cheeseboard and we play backgammon in the drawing room with a delicious bottle of Carménère. Gidleigh is known for its wine cellar and Michael Caines' twice Michelin-starred restaurant, so I’m ready to pretend I’m Masterchef’s Greg Wallace for the weekend.

The next day, we ask where to go for a walk. Gidleigh Park provides tailored rambles in the grounds, walking boots and waterproofs; they will even pick us up if we have too many ales at the Three Crowns in the nearby sweet little village, Chagford. Gidleigh has thought about everything so you don’t have to: as soon as you lay foot on their grounds, you are theirs to look after. Umbrella, fine leather walking attire and cameras at the ready (and a massage booked for when we return) I explain to my boyfriend that this is how we shall do the countryside from now on. We opt for the two-hour walk (it took us three hours) and it was heavenly. Through the lush forest along the stream and up the hills to the open moors, it’s romantic and strenuous enough to make you feel like you deserve a cream tea.

Although I'm not usually keen on having massages in my hotel room, it totally works at Gidleigh Park. This hotel is meant to be a home. There is no gym and no reception area, so all the sterility of a corporate beast is banished. After my La Stone Therapy and our side-by-side bubble baths with the remaining Carménère, I feel like Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman; we are overexcited, a bit drunk and both thinking we could get used to this.

Seeing as we managed to slip in an afternoon tea (worth having just for the carrot cake) about three hours before the weekend’s finale – a meal in Michael Caines’ restaurant – we take a tour of the grounds to exercise off the cream and work up an appetite. Three hours later (and a sauna to sweat out the remaining darjeeling and egg mayo), the moment we had been waiting for arrived: dinner. We even meet the celebrated chef, who is kind and charming. I fire questions at him about where he is from, how long he has been at Gidleigh and who makes the best Sunday roast. He happily answers everything and recommends the Dartmoor Inn in Lydford – having already reserved a table there, I feel pretty pleased with myself. So giddy with excitement that he will be on the pass tonight, without a second thought we choose the signature eight-course tasting menu and wine pairing.

Quail’s egg and bacon, aubergine mousse and butternut squash canapés are followed by lobster with cardamom curried mayonnaise, foie gras with madeira jelly and truffle salad, and then coffee and petit fours. We chink our Riesling and celebrate every morsel. It is the most beautiful and the best-tasting food I have eaten. Our night of culinary awakening concludes as we high five over the last mouthful of chocolate mousse and orange sorbet. I wish I could give Michael Caines a third Michelin star there on the spot.

Gidleigh Park is a magical place. It has a history that every member of staff is proud to be a part of. We were indulged and taken care of, and simply seeing how much everyone loves working at this luxury country retreat made us love the place even more. The warmth, hospitality and pride of the staff made our weekend. Next time we’re taking the rooftop room with a hot tub outside.


 

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Reviews of Gidleigh Park from Smith members

Whenever you book a stay through us, we’ll invite you to comment when you get back. Read the Guestbook entries below to see what real-life Mr & Mrs Smiths have said about this hotel…

BlackSmith

Stayed on 15 Mar 2014

We loved

Adam on reception was very friendly and really helpful. Almost everywhere has such attention to detail. We didn't leave the hotel!

 

Don’t expect

There were some areas of the grounds which are a bit scruffy and tired; considering there is not much else to do there other than walk around the grounds, then this was a bit disappointing.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on 26 Aug 2013

We loved

Excellent service, accommodation and location.

Rating: 10/10 stars

SilverSmith

Stayed on 24 Oct 2012

We loved

The service and the food. Oh, the food... it was wonderful.

Rating: 8/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on 1 Jun 2012


As always, we had a great stay with fantastic food. We tried the tasting menu on our first night and the signature menu on the second. Hospitality was first-class and nothing was too much trouble.

Rating: 8/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on 4 May 2012


Thank you Mr & Mrs Smith for recommending Gidleigh Park to us. My husband and I went for a long weekend to celebrate our wedding anniversary and had a wonderful time. The place is gorgeous, the staff very attentive and the food is to die for. We were given a room with a hot tub on the roof, Manaton, which we used every day after our long walks on the moors. Apart from the quality of all of the food (even the picnic lunch was superb), what made Gidleigh Park stand out was the awareness of the staff. No one wrote anything down but everyone knew what we were eating, what I was allergic to and how we took our tea and coffee. A wonderful weekend which we will definitely repeat.

Rating: 8/10 stars