My wife and I are part of a fairly large family and while we do look forward to Christmas and New Year with our children and grandchildren, I must admit that it does at times get a little (!) chaotic. I seem to end up surrounded by instruction books and batteries while my poor wife seems to spend hours chained to the oven. So when the festive dust settles and January rears its wet and windy head, we are more than ready to get away from it all and lick our wounds.
We live in Plymouth so when we noticed an advertisement in our local paper for a short break at Sampson's Farm in Newton Abbot (less than an hour away), we packed our bags and hit the road.
Not having stayed there before, we didn't know what to expect, although the many reviews on TA were by and large very favourable. Sadly, the weather was not, but on our arrival we were made very welcome by the owner Nigel and were shown to our room in the barn conversion...........and a very nice room it was. Not particularly large but very warm and cosy, with French blue woodwork and matching striped linen. Add to this a neat bathroom with complimentary toiletries and a small terrace (which would be lovely when the rain stopped) and we were more than happy. The roaring log fire in the hotel lounge gave us an extra dollop of icing on an already large cake.
Weather permitting, Sampson's Farm is perfectly placed for the adventurous tourist - The English Riviera (Torquay etc.), Dartmoor and Exeter are all within easy reach and many more local landmarks are only a day trip away.
We had booked our stay on half board and we were so glad we did. The food here is truly excellent. In fact I believe the place made a name for itself as a restaurant with rooms before it became a country hotel. Our evening meals and breakfasts were all terrific. Local produce (including their own eggs) and a top notch chef. Enough said.
Lousy weather......yes. Do I recommend Sampson's............as Old M. himself would say..........E-I-E-I-O!!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Charming 14c thatched Devon longhouse bed breakfast with additional ground floor en-suite rooms in the converted stables. We offer rustic charm with friendly professional service. Pick your own free range eggs for breakfast from our array of happy hens in the apple orchards. River walks along the Templers way 4oo yards down the lane, walk across to Stover Country Park, free Wellingtons on standby. Home-made cakes baked by my daughter Eliza and why not treat yourself to a Devon Cream Tea. Great location to Discover Dartmoor (Hound of the Baskerville country) Teignmouth, Shaldon and Dartmouth all close by. Visit the famous Eden Project only 90 minutes away by car. I am always on hand to guide you on what to see and where to go. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sampsons Farm, Restaurant & Rooms Hotel Newton Abbot
- Sampsons Farm, Restaurant And Rooms
- Hotel Sampsons Farm Country
- Sampsons Farm Country Hotel Newton Abbot, Devon