Plantation House

‘No airs and graces here’: guests enjoy the ‘friendly informality’, ‘care and concern’ and ready supply of leaf teas (‘oh, joy! More

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Plantation House
Totnes Road
PL21 9NS
01548 831100

Hotel information




all year, restaurant closed midday, some Sun evenings.


lounge/bar, 2 dining rooms, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), terrace, 1-acre garden, unsuitable for disabled.

Background music

classical/easy jazz in public rooms, ‘whenever required’.


all ages welcomed.


allowed in 1 bedroom, not in public rooms.

Credit cards

Amex, MasterCard, Visa.


per room B&B £110–£230, D,B&B £190–£410. Set dinner £39.50. 1-night bookings sometimes refused.

Good Hotel Guide Review

‘No airs and graces here’: guests enjoy the ‘friendly informality’, ‘care and concern’ and ready supply of leaf teas (‘oh, joy!’) at Richard Hendey’s small hotel, in a restored Georgian rectory between Dartmoor and the Devon coast. ‘Richard, a welcoming host, seemed to be everywhere.’ Settle in with tea and cake upon arrival, or opt for a locally brewed beer from the bar; the lounge is a pleasing place to be in, with tropical plants and garden blooms, modern artwork and artefacts. There are ‘lovely treats’ in the countryside-view bedrooms: bottled water, fruit, home-baked cake and biscuits; a hot-water bottle at bedtime. ‘Our beautifully furnished room at the front of the hotel had good views.’ Dinner, using garden produce, wild ingredients and local meat and seafood, is ‘very good’. With John Raines, Richard Hendey cooks ‘first-class’ multi-course meals with ‘unusual, enjoyable combinations’, perhaps slow-cooked Devon duckling, wild garlic dauphinoise, stir-fried greens, roast baby onions. Breakfast well on home-made bread and marmalade, ‘excellent’ fruit salads, tasty cooked options. ‘Well located for exploring the South Hams.’ (Mary Coles, and others)

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Plantation House
Totnes Road
PL21 9NS

Guest comments

'This is a delightful place to stay, peaceful and friendly with delightful well equipped rooms. The food is outstanding, subtle combinations of flavours that are perfectly balanced. Really uncommonly good even despite the difficulties of making gluten free food for me, although it felt as though nothing was missing. A real treat. ' - Jenny Balson - May, 2017
'We enjoyed our first stay here as a break on a journey home, but it is a very good location for the South Hams area with coast and countryside nearby. Richard was most welcoming and seemed to be everywhere not just in the kitchen, his food is very good and has some unusual touches and different combinations, which were very enjoyable. Our bedroom (21) was beautifully furnished with good views at the front of the hotel. ' - Mary Coles - July, 2016
'The report in the GHG mentions 'the extra touches'. How true this is! One is the presentation of fresh fruit salad with a little Greek yogurt at breakfast. The food generally was first-class. Another excellent feature was the option to have a lighter dinner, culled from the main menu or, as happened with us, got in specially. Richard's friendly informality is delightful. The ideal host, going out of his way to ensure that his guests are as comfortable as possible ' - Robert and Rosemary Ingram - March, 2015
'Very nice little hotel. The food is excellent and the staff welcoming and friendly. A bit noisy at times with a busy road passing the front. ' - Peter Anderson - June, 2014

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Tourist attractions

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  • Dartmoor National Park

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