Ilsington Country House

Ilsington, Devon

‘This place has a lot going for it. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

‘This place has a lot going for it.’ A trusted reader commends this country house hotel and spa, ‘beautifully located’ on the edge of Dartmoor national park. Owned and run by the Hassell family since 1998, with ‘friendly, helpful and efficient’ staff, it is ‘very quiet’, with comfy, relaxing lounges. Rooms, which are being upgraded, have a neutral palette and splashes of bright colour. Dog-friendly rooms include those on the ground floor with garden access. Two second-floor rooms offer long views across the countryside; a smart bathroom with a roll-top bath and separate shower. There are family suites, and singles with a fine outlook. Dining is similarly flexible. The Blue Tiger bistro’s all-day menu includes a sharing platter of cold meats or fish, all smoked or cured in-house. In the dining room, Mike O’Donnell, also in his 22nd year here, exploits local produce – moorland meats, fish from Brixham – in such dishes as pan-fried lamb fillet, black pudding, niçoise vegetables, rosemary jus; seared red mullet, saffron-scented mash, red wine reduction, chive, vanilla and avruga caviar oil. ‘We couldn’t fault anything, food-wise.’ Breakfast eggs are laid by the house hens. (PA)

Hotel details


Newton Abbot
TQ13 9RR


01364 661452


25. 6 on ground floor.


all year except Jan.


lift, 2 lounges, bar, restaurant, bistro, conservatory, function facilities, spa, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), 10-acre grounds, spa/public rooms wheelchair accessible.

Background music

in bar, restaurant at dinner.


all ages welcomed.


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

Credit cards

MC, Visa.


per room B&B single £100–£200, double £135–£290. Set dinner £41, tasting menu (Fri, Sat) £58. 1-night bookings refused peak times.