Ilsington Country House

On the edge of Dartmoor National Park, with views to granite Haytor, the Hassell family’s hotel is ‘a little off the beaten tracks – but worth finding’. More

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TQ13 9RR
01364 661452

Hotel information


25. 8 on ground floor.


all year except 2–16 Jan.


lift, 2 lounges, bar, restaurant, Blue Tiger bistro, conservatory, function facilities, spa (fitness suite, sauna, heated indoor swimming pool), free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), civil wedding licence, 10-acre grounds, public rooms wheelchair accessible, adapted toilet.

Background music

all day in bar, in restaurant in the evening.


all ages welcomed.


allowed in bar, ground-floor bedrooms, conservatory, on lead in garden, not in lounges, restaurants.

Credit cards

MasterCard, Visa.


Per room B&B £135–£230, D,B&B double £202–£317. Set dinner £40, tasting menu (Fri, Sat) £55. 1-night bookings refused some weekends, bank hols, August.

Good Hotel Guide Review

On the edge of Dartmoor national park, with views to granite Haytor, the Hassell family’s hotel is ‘a little off the beaten tracks – but worth finding’. Promoted to a full entry this year, it has a spa for rejuvenation, lounges for chess, a lawn for croquet. Bedrooms range from the dog-friendly, ground-floor ‘standard’ with garden access, through to ‘deluxe’, with air conditioning, roll-top bath, two also with walk-in shower. Family suites have a sitting room with video games console. All rooms have home-baked flapjacks. When the huge grandfather clock in reception says it’s time for tea, there are scones, clotted cream, home-made strawberry jam. An informal all-day menu in the Blue Tiger (a riposte to the ubiquitous Red Lion) includes ‘simple but delicious’ bistro dishes served by ‘pleasant and courteous staff’. In the dining room, chef Mike O’Donnell’s modern British cooking finds favour. ‘A strength is the quality of the food. Highlights included fillet of beef; hake with a perfect smoked haddock risotto. The presentation was excellent, and not at the expense of portion size.’ Breakfast brings new-laid eggs from resident hens, home-smoked salmon. (Peter Anderson)

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10% discount voucher

This hotel accepts discount vouchers which entitle readers to a 10% discount off their normal B&B rate for a single night’s stay. To take advantage of this offer, you must present the voucher at the time of booking.

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Ilsington Country House
TQ13 9RR

Guest comments

'We were impressed by the cheerfulness, friendliness and helpfulness of the staff, a notable feature of this hotel, though we had no offer of help with luggage, and were not shown to our room. The evening meals were flavoursome and nicely presented. A good test is would you stay again. We certainly would. ' - Steven Hur - July, 2019

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Last updated: October 8, 2018. Information from the 2019 Good Hotel Guide