Good Hotel Guide Review
‘We would certainly go again,’ write trusted readers after a stay at the Hassell family’s country house hotel and spa in wooded grounds, with Dartmoor on the doorstep. On arrival at reception – redesigned since last year – they were ‘greeted by a charming lady’, but no one offered to help with their luggage. Rooms are decorated in restful shades, with antique pieces and a sleigh bed. Most have a bath and overhead shower. Two deluxe rooms have a roll-top bath and walk-in shower. ‘Our spacious superior room overlooked the terrace and the nicely kept front garden.’ There were ‘moreish’ flapjacks on the tea tray. After a game of croquet, guests can take a cream tea on the lawn. In the dining room, chef Mike O’Donnell uses local, seasonal produce and day-boat fish in dishes such as seared beef fillet with an ox-cheek fritter, hake with slow-cooked octopus and squid-ink gnocchi. For veggies, there was risotto, all ‘very flavoursome and nicely presented’. Pre-dinner drinks in the lounge were accompanied by ‘a tasty canapé’. Breakfast brings ‘very tasty’ bread too, and eggs from happy hens. (Steve Hur)
25. 6 on ground floor.
all year except 3–14 Jan.
lift, 2 lounges, bar, restaurant, bistro, conservatory, function facilities, spa, indoor pool, in-room TV (Freeview), 10-acre grounds, spa/public rooms wheelchair accessible, adapted toilet, ramps.
in bar, restaurant during day, some areas of spa.
all ages welcomed.
allowed in some bedooms, 1 lounge area, bar, conservatory, garden (on lead).
per room B&B single £110, double £125–£220. Set dinner £33.50–£39.50, tasting menu (Fri, Sat) £58. 1-night bookings refused peak times.