Good Hotel Guide Review
Welcome to Wonderland. On the edge of Dartmoor national park, Fran and Pieter Hamman’s Alice-themed hotel has been styled in the manner of a 19th-century collector’s mansion. ‘There are chandeliers everywhere – at least two in each bedroom,’ relate Guide insiders. You look around, wide-eyed, at ‘skeletons of a horse and emu, a collection of plates adorning the dining-room wall’, hats hanging outside the Cheshire Cat room. Curiouser and curiouser, the Mad Hatter room has wall-mounted doll’s houses, sunny Tweedle Deez has twin four-posters. All rooms have handmade furniture, ‘beautiful bespoke wardrobes from China, shiny patterned tiles on heated bathroom floors’, luxury fittings. Cigar aficionados may smoke in the humidor. At lunch and dinner, Josh Ackland uses local produce, herbs from the herb garden, in such dishes as pan-roasted lamb rack, peas à la française, thyme dauphine, asparagus; sage gnocchi, truffled Dawlish mushrooms, Parmesan velouté. In the morning, take a stroll in the wonderful grounds, or join one of the hotel’s guided walking tours to work off breakfast of chilli avocado on artisan bread, American pancakes, eggs Benedict.
9. 1, on ground floor, suitable for disabled.
reception lobby, drawing room, bar/library, whisky/gin tasting room, restaurant, Chef’s Kitchen patio, Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), civil wedding licence, 3½-acre garden, parking, public rooms wheelchair accessible, adapted toilet.
in public areas, not library or tasting room.
over-15s welcomed in hotel, children over 5 in restaurant with responsible adults.
Amex, MC, Visa.
per room B&B £199–£324. À la carte £45, tasting menus £50 (6 courses), £64 (8 courses).