We stayed for one night as a starting point to our week in the West Country. We arrived late afternoon and checked in quickly and easily - staff very friendly explaining our options for breakfast in the morning due to us having our dog who understandably couldn't go in the restaurant.
Our room was a good size with lovely views over the front gardens. We had been given a small upgrade which nice and I think that basically gave us the views and a slightly larger room, which is always nice to have.
The bed was very comfy and the bathroom was nice enough. Although looked a little dated with a floor which had clearly had previous water damage. It was also a bit dusty in places. The shower however was great and the towels super soft and fluffy!!
We had a good nights sleep - only slightly disturbed by noise around midnight/1am from some other guests in the hallway - not the hotels fault and luckily only around 10 mins before silence!
The hotel is in a really nice location - 20 mins from the middle of Plymouth and with Dartmoor literally on your doorstep.
After a dog walk on the moor we had dinner in the bar which would accomodate the dog - with treats included for him too!
The barman was very friendly and helpful and when we asked about food he checked with the kitchen on any delays as there was a wedding being catered for - good of him to do this but actually there wasn't too long a wait and we don't mind that anyway as like to linger through the evening.
The menu - I felt - was a little lacking in choice - steak, burger, fish and chips, other fish option then salads. It would have been nice to have something like a chicken main (other than salad) or lamb/pork etc. The starters were nice - very tasty prawn starter. The mains were tasty but both steaks were overcooked. We didn't say anything as they still tasted nice and weren't tough but not as we ordered - we put it down to the kitchen being busy. The accompanying chips etc all very nice and well cooked.
We had breakfast in the bar the next day so we could have the dog with us - its buffet style with the usual bacon, eggs etc but also a choice of continental plus smoked haddock, which I tried. All nicely cooked and tasty although the toast we had was not toast - more like lightly warmed bread! Disappointing that it was ready sliced bread too - perhaps high expectations but in the West Country with all their wonderful produce it would be nice to have nicer bread.
All in all our stay was nice enough but it was just lacking a little something. I htink there is another review on here that talks about the hotel being done up - and I think that is part of it - it feels a little like a work in progress. It was lacking a little in special touches which would set it apart and felt a bit like a chain style hotel. Reading the reviews they clearly have a lot of weddings which they do well and it is certainly a lovely setting for that but it did feel a little like everything was focused on that wedding and general guests not so much. The restaurant also has great reviews and it was a shame we couldn't try that but understandable that the dog can't be allowed in.
Its one to keep an eye on perhaps - if it is mid transformation then once it all comes together im sure it will be lovely. They certainly have a great setting to build on.
We wouldn't not go back but would try other places first. Just slightly disappointing but not bad. Perhaps our expectations were too high.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on the edge of Dartmoor National Park, just a few minutes from Plymouth city centre, Tavistock and close to the border with Cornwall. A friendly welcome awaits you at this country hotel set in nine acres of stunning and tranquil moorland garden.Recently refurbished, now boasting four luxurious and modern suites, comfortable bedrooms with garden views, and family and dog friendly accommodation. The Wildflower Restaurant and Dartmoor Bar offer deliciously seasonal menus using locally sourced ingredients. Devon Cream Teas are served in the Lounge or al fresco on the terrace. Complimentary car parking and free Wi-Fi for all guests.The beautiful Crystal Room with its twelve chandeliers and ornate mirrors, and the four state of the art meeting spaces offer events for up to 160 guests.This is The place to be for dining leisure, business, weddings and events. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Moorland Garden Hotel Yelverton, Dartmoor National Park, Devon