Good Hotel Guide Review
Hidden down a drive in remote mid-Devon, this Victorian country house and fine-dining restaurant blends modern design with original features to startling effect. Tabitha Amador-Christie has given her Tudor-Gothic family home a bold make-over with sugar-pink walls up the staircase, bright butterfly wallpaper in the drawing room and a stuffed ostrich overlooking proceedings in the powder-blue bar. Taxidermy is a recurring theme. Despite quirky touches, the atmosphere is quietly refined with antiques and pretty coloured armchairs, wood-burning stoves in grand fireplaces, and shuttered windows overlooking the grounds. There are walks from the doorstep, tennis and a games lawn. Dinner is an ambitious affair with canapés and amuse-bouche followed by dishes such as trout with beetroot, yogurt and lime, and lamb with Provençal vegetables, potato purée and wild garlic. Bedrooms have a modern elegance, with soft colours, contemporary and antique furniture, while bathrooms have striking wallpapers. Home-baked treats, chocolates and flowers add a homely touch. Lazy breakfasts include fruit compote, pancakes and eggs Florentine.
all year, except 3 Jan–1 Feb, closed Mon, Tues.
lift, lounge, bar, restaurant, in-room TV (Freeview), 25-acre grounds (tennis court, games lawn), EV charging, civil wedding licence, public rooms wheelchair accessible.
light jazz in public rooms.
all ages welcomed, extra bed £50, children's meals offered in lounge/bar.
allowed in 3 bedrooms (£15 per night, bed, treats), in grounds, and in public rooms apart from restaurant.
Amex, MC, Visa.
B&B doubles from £179. À la carte meal £75, tasting menu £90.