Ilsington Country House

Ilsington, Devon

‘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. More

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)

Hotel details

Address

Ilsington
Newton Abbot
Devon
TQ13 9RR
England

Telephone

01364 661452

Bedrooms

25. 6 on ground floor.

Open

all year except 3–14 Jan.

Facilities

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.

Background music

in bar, restaurant during day, some areas of spa.

Children

all ages welcomed.

Dogs

allowed in some bedooms, 
1 lounge area, bar, conservatory, garden (on lead).

Credit cards

MC, Visa.

Prices

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.