Good Hotel Guide Review
Enjoying ‘an incomparably beautiful position by the Tamar’, Olga Polizzi’s Regency hunting lodge stands 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 and 100 acres of formal gardens, woodlands, follies and grottoes to explore. Bedrooms have a restrained elegance, with hand-painted wallpaper, fresh flowers, vintage bathroom fittings, Bramley toiletries. 'The room was big, lots of storage and a view of the splendid gardens,' wrote readers. Another, with mobility issues, asked to change their first-floor room for one with a more accessible bath and shower. Families would enjoy the two new spacious suites. You can take afternoon tea in the panelled library, but save room for an 'excellent menu' at dinner. Seafood is strong here, with dishes such as scallop and morteau sausage, turbot with seaweed and beurre blanc, but there are plenty of dishes inspired from the land, such as venison, pork and duck breast. At breakfast there is ‘good fruit salad, excellent porridge’, kippers, local sausages. ‘We left with a warm glow of a brilliant two days away.’ See also Tresanton, St Mawes, and The Star, Alfriston. (PA, and others)
21. 1 on ground floor, 5 in stables, 1 in lodge (1 mile from house), 1 suite suitable for disabled.
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.
all ages welcomed, cots free, extra bed £40.
allowed in bedrooms (£25 a night), lounges, not in restaurant (but allowed in library at tea time).
B&B doubles from £260. Set-price dinner £67.50. 1-night bookings refused Fri, Sat, but ring to check.