Good Hotel Guide Review
Callooh! Callay! On the fringe of Dartmoor national park, this Alice-themed hotel is a veritable cabinet of curiosities, a treasure trove of wit and invention. Owners Fran and Pieter Hamman have, say Guide colleagues, ‘achieved an amazing amount’ since 2013 when they set about transforming the Georgian property into a simulacrum of a 19th-century collector’s mansion. Public spaces include a cigar-smoking room dedicated to Churchill, where wine tastings are held. The highly individual bedrooms have handmade furniture and a luxury bathroom with 3D-effect marble tiles. Jabberwocky features mirrors fashioned from brushed-steel aircraft engines above the bed. In Tweedle Deez, with twin four-posters, a boxing glove recalls the pugilistic pair. Cheshire Cat, with illuminated coffee table and a shower for two, should make guests grin from ear to ear. In the restaurant, chefs Ben Palmer and Josh Ackland use seasonal ingredients ‘all sourced within a 50-mile radius’ to create classic dishes with a modern twist. ‘Attentive service’ at Sunday lunch accompanied ‘a hefty beef roast’ and locally landed fish on orzo. Reports, please.
9. 1, on ground floor, suitable for disabled.
reception lobby, drawing room, bar/library, whisky/gin tasting room, restaurant, Chef’s Kitchen patio, 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-16s welcomed, children over 5 in restaurant only.
Amex, MC, Visa.
per room B&B single £164–£234, double £199–£324. À la carte £40, tasting menus (whole table only) 6/8 courses £55/£65.
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10% discount voucher
This hotel accepts discount vouchers which entitle readers to a 10% discount off their normal B&B rate for a single night’s stay. To take advantage of this offer, you must present the voucher at the time of booking.
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This hotel accepts discount vouchers which entitle readers to a 25% discount off their normal B&B rate for a single night’s stay. Each printed copy of the Guide contains six vouchers worth in total about £150.Buy the guide
This hotel accepts room upgrade vouchers which entitle readers to a space available room upgrade. The voucher must be presented at check-in and is entirely at the hotelier’s discretion.