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.
classical/easy jazz in public rooms, ‘whenever required’.
all ages welcomed.
allowed in 1 bedroom, not in public rooms.
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)
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.
An 18-hole, par-70 golf course, with views over Dartmoor, Burgh Island to the west, Bantham Beach and the River Avon.
Moorland area covering 950 square kilometres.
Over 4,000 animals from 400 species are displayed in realistic habitats, from local shorelines to coral reefs.