Rooms are old, cold and bathrooms are ancient and even if they are very clean they look very bad. The staffs are what make this hotel. Apparently there is only one Chef?! And the restaurant is closed on Wednesdays and Thursdays but there is no warning about this on the website. The menu was quite varied with a good selection of meats, fish and other dishes to choose from. The portion size was good with a good selection of wonderfully cooked vegetables. The stuffed quail was one the best I have ever had. Better than in France! The puddings are all home made and taste fantastic.
BUT! I do have to write about the building - a very nice old Victorian building. The history of it can be found at the 'reception' – a table with concerts and events happening at Hazelwood. The building was so called 'rescued' by the present owners 20 years ago. In my opinion they have destroyed the building and its surroundings. One of the owners told me, that it is their choice to let the wild grow and not trimming it. I feel they live in a bubble. The estate had a cricket field were there are now sheep that are grazing, a tennis court which is part of the forest and many more features which have been left in complete disarray. It's such a shame that it is not kept up to date as it is part of British history.
In conclusion: The food, staff and location are great.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hazelwood is an early Victorian Country Guesthouse set in 67 acres of wild river valley in the heart of the South Hams, Devon.Nearby there are meadow walks and ancient sites to see and Dartmoor National Park is only half an hour away. In the opposite direction is the famous Devon coast with an array of award winning beaches and beautiful market towns to explore.The house has 14 comfortable bedrooms some en-suite with valley views.The fully licensed restaurant is open all year to all, serving delicious local and organic modern British fine food. Traditional cream teas are always available. Lazing on the blossom filled veranda in the summer is a treat whilst open log fores and candlelight provide that extra cozy feeling during the winter. Hazelwood continues to be a popular wedding venue and holds host to an eclectic programme of cultural and art weekends as well as concerts and gourmet dinners. Hazelwood is also available to hire for seminars, workshops, exhibitions and away days. Hazelwood offers good food, peace, beauty, nature, art and space to be. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Hazelwood Hotel Loddiswell
- Hazelwood House Devon/Loddiswell