Percy's Hotel
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Percy's Hotel

Coombeshead Estate, Virginstow EX21 5EA England
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Set in 50-acres of stunning countryside, streams and woodland, the panoramic views extend over both Bodmin moor and Dartmoor. This luxury privately owned country hotel offers peace and tranquility in a relaxed environment with organic kitchen gardens and 50 acres of pasture & woodland. Unpretentious dining, free Wi-Fi and parking. Dogs welcome in some of the rooms.Hotel awards include South West Small Hotel of the Year for two years running and runner up for Small Hotel of the Year for Great Britain. All of the rooms share a homely ambiance, are spacious and equipped with king size beds, Egyptian cotton linen and fluffy towels and robes as standard. Free Wi-Fi access, flat screen TV, designer toiletries and much more besides. There is a range of room types available, from Standard, Superior and Deluxe options as well as one suite.Among the many restaurant awards, an article written by by Giles Coren gave Percy's 9/10. Diners are well looked after and are treated to a culinary experience to remember. Specialising in modern British cuisine, everything is cooked to order & beautifully presented. Flavoursome rather than fussy, all dishes are made from the very finest locally sourced or homegrown organic ingredients. Lamb & pork are reared on the Estate and the kitchen garden provides vegetables, herbs, salad leaves. The two orchards provide apples which are juiced and offered to guests for breakfast. The peaceful surroundings and excellent grounds make Percy's an ideal venue for special celebrations and private hire. Wildlife abounds including a family of beavers, who have been very busy in stream and ponds and bring much delight to guests who tip toe down to the valley to see them at dawn and dusk.
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Jannerbloke wrote a review Sept 2009
Plymouth, United Kingdom13,157 contributions6,705 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
It is a little too far to drive from Plymouth just for supper. We have eaten here five times and stayed once.We have always had an excellent meal. Sometimes the selection on the small carefully constructed seasonal menu is better than others. it is a converted old farmhouse with a newer bar section at the back. The owners previously operated a brasserie/restaurant in harrow. They are interested in race horses and have a determination to leave you alone during the day. Their dogs will lead you round the farmland which is unspoilt and has some replanted woodland. We think that the food/drink can be expensive. The operation seem s to be owned by a husband and wife team. The wife is an excellent chef. The husband has a superior and slightly patronising approach to front of house. There seems to be an excessive anxiety to preserve the purity of the experience he wants to provide which we think for most peole would not mesh with relaxation and the fun enjoyment of food. Thats a pity because within their own terms they try very hard. they do not seem to be aware of the impact of the product on the punters. The website is worth a look and with a bit of reading between the lines you will get the picture. Percy's remains one of our favourite restaurants. if we were close by and preferably with two four or more friends we would not hesitate to dine there.
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Date of stay: November 2008
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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LoveyOxon wrote a review Oct 2007
Oxfordshire1 contribution4 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Just had a super mid week break at Percy's and would def. go there again. In fact we are quite tempted by their New Years Eve package

We took along our own black labs Flash and Willow who loved making new friends with the resident dogs. To be frank it is a perfect place to go with well behaved animals as the property is quite far back from the road so they can run around without fear of them being run over. Our room had direct access to the courtyard which mean't the dogs could be let out for their morning 'ablutions' without either of us having to dress - heaven

We were one of two couples staying and yes the dining room as quiet, but it did mean that Tina's approach to chef-ing was more laid back that it could have been if the hotel was full. My idea of heaven is being asked what I would like for my supper & it being remembered that I like a G&T before dinner

If you are two minds about whether to go having read other reviews change your minds immediately. It really is a lovely experience !!
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Date of stay: October 2007
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
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5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Iain5Lewis wrote a review Apr 2006
UK48 contributions97 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We've stayed here a couple of times now and often talk about when we can get down there again.

The good points ( and they really are very good ) :
Location - if you go for a walk around the estate it's very tranquil. You'll often be accompanied by a Labrador or 2 and there are several pairs of Wellington boots to borrow if you haven't brought your own. Also, it's a good starting point for exploring Devon or Cornwall being right on the border.
Bathrooms - well appointed and clean - no lime scale or damp as we've seen at some "top" hotels we've stayed at ( a certain Spa hotel in Bath springs to mind )
Food - is some of the best prepared & presented I've known. I don't normally like pate, but Tina's is great. Don't miss out on the fresh bread. The breakfast sausage is something unique.
Fresh filter coffee, real milk & home made biscuits are waiting in your room. None of this single portion Nescafe & UHT rubbish.

The down side :
The menu is limited and doesn't appear to offer much choice. Both times we've stayed the menu was the same for a Friday & Saturday night ( I guess some of this comes from using local, in season produce ).
The beds aren't that great ( to be fair they're not terrible, just not what you'd hope for ).

Would we stay there again or recommend it - definitely. What we really enjoy is the feeling that we're staying with relatives ( best way I can describe it ) - the owners don't want to become your new best friend, but they're their if you want for anything.
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Date of stay: April 2005
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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4.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Trek71 wrote a review May 2010
Altarnun, United Kingdom16 contributions12 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
We received a wedding voucher for Percy's - a very kind gift indeed. As parents of an 18 month old child, we arranged a babysitter (i.e. grandparents!), booked a table for 8pm and looked forward to a special evening.

Whilst the food was okay - and no more than that - it was a long wait! Our starter arrived at 9pm and our main course arrived at 10pm. It is also worth noting that there were only 2 choices of starter (parfait and scallops) and main course (turbot and roast beef) on the menu, and 16 people in the restaurant......

We decided to leave at 10.15am and drive home (only 30 minutes but we were conscious not to take advantage of our babysitters).

What made the whole experience even more disappointing was the attitude of the front-of-house: a very patronising and disintered man. At one point he actually walked away whilst I was trying to explain that we found that the wait of 2 hours for a main course was rather long. He clearly that that we weren't used to eating out and were comparing his restaurant to a fast food establishment (which, of course, we weren't).

I agree with the comments from other reviewers about the lack of atmosphere.

All in all, definitely not worth the money (£40 for 3 courses, £7.50 for the extra cheese course). We could recommend so many great restaurants and pubs in this beautiful area, but sadly not Percys.
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Date of stay: May 2010
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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1.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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CornwallListener wrote a review Jun 2010
Cornwall38 contributions30 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
(Note: This is of the restaurant only) Very (!) late review but from the other comments here it does not as look as if much has changed. Service was painfully slow, starters and mains were fine (but not spectacular), desserts average, but the atmosphere was terrible. Sadly all down to the owner who just appeared incredibly patronising - although as others have said here it may just have been awkwardness. The fact that we still vividly remember this meal two years later is, in this case, not a good sign! There is probably a group of people who would feel at home here, but as people who simply enjoy good food in a pleasant environment we didn't.
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Date of stay: August 2008
2.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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ZeusnGoose wrote a review Mar 2007
London59 contributions33 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
I'd been looking forward to this date for a couple of months. My grandfather's 80th birthday and the first time in a good five years or so, that the whole family had managed to get together. We'd all paid the £150 for the night each, and thought it would be well worth it. A night away in beautiful surroundings, with an acclaimed chef cooking organic produce from her own stock, and using vegetables and herbs from their gardens.

There were 10 of us in total, the "kids" took the seperate out building, which, granted, had its own kitchen, and each room its own bathroom as you'd hope. It did also home a HUGE living area with sofas and dining table, although I'm not sure you'd want to share with other couples whom you didn't know?

The evening meal was 50/50, the lamb and pork were, I have to admit - out of this world. Tender, organic, melt in the mouth delicious, but the rest left a lot to be desired. Breakfast too, wasn't up to much I'm afraid, and agree with an earlier comment about the sausages and too much garlic!

The hosts were very disappointing, although I think that could be more to do with the fact they appeared to be socially inept, as opposed to just rude. I think it was probably more ignorance than arrogance.

We had 5 different rooms throughout the hotel, and unfortunately only two of the 5 whirlpool baths "whirled" which was a shame, because it's things like this that they add on their website to string you in, and added extras that when dont work, cause disappointment.

I doubt very much I'd be going again. There are so many country hotels and restaurants to choose from, and I genuinely don't think this one is value for money, nor of a particularly high standard. A shame, as the potential was there.
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Date of stay: September 2006
2.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
2.0 of 5 bubblesCheck-in / front desk
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
1.0 of 5 bubblesBusiness service (e.g., internet access)
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Liz B wrote a review Mar 2013
Maresfield, United Kingdom21 contributions14 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
sorry to say that this did not live up to expectations; the rooms are in a converted granary - the decor (curtains, upholstery) is faded, carpets a bit grubby and the sofas very uncomfortable. Although advertised that this separation of accommodation from the restaurant gives peace and quiet, sadly our whole meal in the restaurant (where we were the only guests) was punctuated by the full sounds of the kitchen - washing up, cooking, clattering - far from peaceful. The bar area is very small and the set up - having to walk across the courtyard to get to it and the restaurant - would be very frustrating if it was raining. Food was OK but nothing special - and at £40 per head for a set menu , no choice, very average and very overpriced we thought - we've eaten better this week for a lot less and even tea and coffee is extra. Unlike other places we stayed during the same week's holiday, Percy's was sadly lacking in ambience and personal touch. In fact, we invited the owner and his wife (who had been cooking) at the end of dinner to share our champagne and have a glass with us - as a toast- as it was our silver wedding anniversary that day. We still can't understand why he thought it appropriate to whisk off the remains of our champagne with alacrity - never to reappear with his good lady to toast our celebration. We can only hope they enjoyed quaffing our champagne!! Not only was there no acknowledgment of our special event - they weren't even there to say goodbye the next day. Very disappointing. Wish we had been aware that ,this is a B&B in nicely converted outbuildings - not, in the traditional sense, a country hotel with the cosy public areas, and amenities such as a pool, spa or games room one might expect. Nice cotton sheets!!
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Date of stay: March 2013
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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DevonEddy wrote a review Feb 2008
Barnstaple, United Kingdom125 contributions72 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Percys is okay. But its main problem is the lack of atmosphere. The rooms are in a separate converted barn and are spacious but in terms of decor and amenities are rather tired. Food is of a high standard but took a long time to arrive.
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Date of stay: February 2008
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
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3.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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andrew g wrote a review May 2007
London9 contributions8 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
After some last minute searching, we found a deal on B&B at Percy's and escaped London and headed west. As promised on the website, we received a great reception from one of the labradors. We met Tina, and were shown into our room, which was clean and modern. DVDs were available to borrow, fruit and a sample of cake presumably made here, laid out ready. We'd read about the estate and headed out (wellies were indeed available) and followed one of the labradors around the grounds seeing the horses, piglets and woodlands - Very relaxing and exactly as we'd hoped.

But, in the evening we'd chosen to eat elsewhere. Here's where the problems became apparent. The proprieters take their food very very seriously. Arriving back at about 9:30, it was difficult to obtain attention for a quick drink at the bar, and I definitely felt we were interrupting Tony's dinner service.

Breakfast was very good (and fresh, we waited on the hens to lay) but served in a 'library' atmosphere where hushed voices whispered polite observations about the food.

Dinner the next day was slightly less formal and worked better - (we were fitting in with "the plan".) We arrived for pre-dinner drinks and ended up going for Toni's short but assertive recommendation for the Greek Red (okay surprisingly, but £24?). After chatting to the other guests, (one couple also not here specifically for the food, and another re-visiting the restaurant but not staying this time.) we headed in. Thankfully, there was some light background music, so not so hushed this time.

I felt good about the food (must be healthy - it's organic!), but the 'super orangey' duck was a bit of an shock at first. All in all, good but I've eaten better for the price.

Despite the contrived but very welcome hospitality (borrow our dogs, wander around as you like), Percy's desperately needs a friendly (human) face to great you. Just adding a lively part- time receptionist/barperson with a sunny disposition might make a dramatic difference and could help offset the formality, open up the experience and make it more about the guests.

I enjoyed my stay, but the hosts perhaps need to lighten up a little.

N.B. Take a 'do not disturb sign' , and maybe a travel iron as you don't have either and you're unlikely to be able to want to ask for them.
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Date of stay: May 2007
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Andrew M wrote a review May 2006
Devon, UK40 contributions56 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Visited Percy's for a romantic Dinner and overnight stay, the setting is very nice, peaceful and romantic. We stayed in the lavender room which was very nice and of a good size. It has a large comfy bed and very nice bathroom.

The hosts are very pleasant, made good conversation and overall have created a very nice Hotel and Restaurant which we would recommend.

However they are at the top end of the cost scale when it comes to charging, which is probably why they only had four tables on a saturday night for Dinner.

The Food is safe and of consistant quality so no complaints

The wine list is good although at these prices you would expect the wine to be breathing at the table - not opened and poured with the meal.

Nobody minds paying for top quality but they are not in that league.

Charging £350 for with an overnight stay with dinner and wine is a bit too rich even if you do grow the herbs in the garden and the pigs only have a field or two to travel to the kitchen !

Nice people, nice place, nice food but at these prices it is not special enough to be on the "lets return" list with so many other places to choose from.
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Date of stay: May 2006
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Elisabeth M wrote a tip Dec 2018
Fordingbridge, United Kingdom31 contributions10 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"All rooms have very comfortable beds good bathrooms some with jacuzzi. Tea and coffee hairdryers television wifi."
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SteveW000A wrote a tip Jun 2018
UK5 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Just talk to Tony or Tina on the phone - they are very helpful and will help get you a room for your needs."
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Katherine J wrote a tip Jun 2018
10 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"There are only 6 rooms, some with a separate seating area if you need more space."
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LadyLynda67 wrote a tip Aug 2017
Stourport on Severn, United Kingdom3 contributions3 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"With 8 rooms this is an excellent restaurant with good rooms in a separate building. 2 can be booked to become a private pair."
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Janeepee wrote a tip Feb 2017
Leicester23 contributions15 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Sage - worked well with the dogs and a small kitchen too if needed"
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Which popular attractions are close to Percy's Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Dingles Fairground Museum (3.7 miles), Roadford Lake (2.3 miles), and Strawberry Fields Lifton Farm Shop (4.1 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Percy's Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Percy's Hotel?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Percy's Hotel?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Percy's Hotel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Percy's Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Lifton Hall Restaurant, Arundell Restaurant & Bar, and The Clovelly Inn.
Is Percy's Hotel located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.4 miles away from the centre of Virginstow.
Are pets allowed at Percy's Hotel?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Is Percy's Hotel accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.
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