Hotel Endsleigh

Milton Abbot, Devon

‘An enchanting destination’ is how readers describe Olga Polizzi's Regency hunting lodge, which stands by the River Tamar in an Elysian landscape designed by Humphry Repton. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

‘An enchanting destination’ is how readers describe Olga Polizzi’s Regency hunting lodge, which stands by the River Tamar in an Elysian landscape designed by Humphry Repton. Built for the 6th Duke of Bedford and his Duchess, Georgiana, it has eight miles of riverbank on which to fish for salmon and sea trout. Readers arrived in winter to find ‘the fires roaring’ and the members of a shooting party departing. Bedrooms have a restrained elegance, with hand-painted wallpaper, fresh flowers, vintage bathroom fittings, Mitchell and Peach toiletries. You can take afternoon tea in the panelled library, dine on dishes such as haunch of venison, ragout, piccolo parsnip, garlic cavolo nero. ‘We had venison, duck, lamb en croûte, perfectly cooked,’ another reader reports. At breakfast there is ‘good fruit salad, excellent porridge’, kippers, local sausages. ‘The croissants were a bit small but freshly baked and the waiter brought me three to make sure I wouldn’t go hungry!’ ‘We left with a warm glow of a brilliant two days away.’ See also sister hotels Tresanton, St Mawes, and The Star, Alfriston. (Peter Anderson, C and ES)

Hotel details

Address

Milton Abbot
Tavistock
Devon
PL19 0PQ
England

Telephone

01822 870000

Bedrooms

19. 1 on ground floor, 3 in stables, 1 in lodge (1 mile from house), 1 suite suitable for disabled.

Open

all year.

Facilities

drawing room, library, card room, bar, 2 dining rooms, in-room TV, civil wedding licence, 108-acre estate (fishing, ghillie), EV charging, public rooms wheelchair accessible, adapted toilet.

Background music

none.

Children

all ages welcomed, cots free, extra bed £40.

Dogs

allowed in bedrooms (£25 a night), lounges, not in restaurant (but allowed in library at tea time).

Credit cards

MC, Visa.

Prices

B&B doubles from £240. Set-price dinner £62.50. 1-night bookings refused Fri, Sat, but ring to check.