Hotel Endsleigh

César award:Country House Hotel of the Year

Tall, ancient trees tower over this ‘beautiful’ estate of gardens and woodlands, streams and waterfalls, follies and grottos. On the banks of the River Tamar, the 19th-century hunting and fishing lodge is today an ‘unpretentious and comfortable’ family-friendly luxury hotel owned by Olga Polizzi. She has restored the building ‘with charm and taste’, said Guide inspectors, who found it ‘a glorious place, run with a generous spirit’. Adam Cornish is the manager; the ‘friendly but never over-attentive staff quickly know you by name’. There are many public spaces to relax in: a library ‘full of real books’, several outside loggias, and finely decorated sitting rooms (including one with hand-painted wallpaper). The grounds are scattered with loungers, croquet, table tennis – ‘so much to do you never need leave the estate’. The bedrooms are ‘charmingly done’; most have views of the gardens. Chef José Graziosi’s modern menus are served in the panelled dining room; the dishes include many locally sourced, foraged and seasonal ingredients. Afternoon tea is a ‘lavish’ affair; breakfast has an ‘excellent’ buffet, ‘lovely, chunky’ brown toast, leaf tea. ‘Almost magical.’
  • A lovely, unpretentious and comfortable luxury hotel, decorated with charm appropriate to the old building. Difficult to describe in a few words the beauty of the estate with its flowery parterre, huge herbaceous border, tall, ancient trees, streams and waterfalls, constant sound of running water, and wide meander of the Tamar. Lots of lovely walks. Lots of nice sitting areas inside and out. No Muzak anywhere which was wonderful. Our room was charmingly done. Neat little bathroom; plumbing that does not need a degree to operate. The panelled dining room must be much as it was when the house was built. Food was good if not exceptional, in the modern manner. Not cheap at £40, but we were charged only £30 as we’d only taken two courses. At breakfast an excellent buffet, chunky brown toast, leaf tea. Service always helpful, friendly but never over attentive. No fuss. No obsequiousness. No chits to sign. A glorious placae.

    C E, 28/08/2013

  • High quality of peace and comfort. Lovely from the moment you arrive. Fantastic staff, always at hand. Atmosphere of attention and car. Beautiful gardens tumbling down to the river.

    Ruth West, 05/08/2012

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Local attractions

Dartmoor National Park
Moorland area covering 950 square kilometres.
Tavistock
A charming market town.
Tamar Valley Railway
Runs from Gunnislake to Plymouth, where you can see the historic naval dockyards or take to the sea.

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Discount Vouchers

This hotel accepts the following discount vouchers:

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Contact Details

Hotel Endsleigh

MILTON ABBOT Devon England PL19 0PQ

Telephone

01822 870000

Discount Vouchers

This hotel accepts discount vouchers which entitle readers to a 10% discount off their normal B&B rate for a single night's stay

Further Information

Bedrooms

17. 1 on ground floor, also 1 in lodge (1 mile from main house).

Open

all year.

Facilities

drawing room, library, card room, bar, 2 dining rooms, free Wi-Fi, civil wedding licence, terraces, 108-acre estate (fishing, ghillie available).

Background music

none.

Children

all ages welcomed (children's menu, baby-listening, games).

Dogs

welcomed, not in restaurant, or 'near afternoon tea table'.

Credit cards

Amex, MasterCard, Visa.

Prices

[2015] per room B&B from £190, D,B&B from £250. Set dinner £44. 1-night bookings refused weekends.

GHG voucher offer

Buy the guide and claim 25% off B&B rates on certain dates