Having driven down a typically narrow and alluring Dartmoor road, approximately two miles out of Chagford, my husband and I arrived at the exquisitely beautiful Tudor style country house. We parked our car, walked a very short distance to the reception area and it was at this moment that we knew we would be treated to a very relaxing stay.
The door was opened for us and a gentleman named Adam kindly took our bag up to the room. Ann-Marie, the reservationist showed us the drawing room, bar area and en route to our room, the pantry, an are where you can help yourselves to hot drinks, natural spring water, yoghurts and home made biscuits (my favourite was the shortbread). As we settled in to our elegantly decorated and spotlessly clean room, Wallabrook, we heard a knock at the door. On answering it, we were greeted by a young lady delivering us two complimentary glasses of champagne, a gift from Gidleigh Park as we were celebrating our mini moon. A friend of ours had arranged with the staff for the room to be romantically decorated with roses and rose petals and for a box of home made chocolates to be on the side when we arrived (they were delicious!).
After taking a relaxing bath and getting ready for dinner, we made our way downstairs and enjoyed aperitifs and canapés in the drawing room. Magali, one of the sommeliers suggested a bottle of wine to enjoy with the eight (ten with canapés and petit fours) course signature menu, which completed the meal beautifully. The food was cooked and presented to perfection! After our meal, we kindly asked if we could enjoy the petit fours in our bedroom and this was no issue for the staff to organise.
The following morning we had a morning tea tray and newspaper delivered to our room. Having enjoyed tea and biscuits in our bedroom, we went down to breakfast. We were offered a selection of breakfasts, including a cooked English breakfast, Eggs Benedict and Porridge with whiskey. We both chose the cooked English breakfast which was again cooked and presented to perfection. After breakfast, we went back up to our room, gathered a few items and walked through the prepossessing manicured gardens and up to Dartmoor.
Arriving back at the hotel, we relaxed in our room before heading downstairs to the conservatory where we enjoyed a Gidleigh Park full afternoon tea! It was delicious and a well deserved treat after our morning walk. During our stay we were also offered a tour of the wine cellar which we found very interesting!
There is no other place like Gidleigh Park, we'd certainly recommend it and we'll definitely be back! We wish to take this opportunity to thank all the staff for their exceptionally high standards of service!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set majestically on the bubbling upper reaches of the River Teign, Gidleigh Park enjoys an exquisite location on the very edge of Dartmoor National Park. Famed for its culinary credentials, Gidleigh Park offers an air of tranquillity and romance within a Tudor-style country house, beautifully furnished by the Brownsword family and set within 107 acres of mature grounds. Adding to the five-star experience, the bedrooms at Gidleigh Park are of exceptional luxury. All individual in style and design, they feature the most stunning bathrooms, wet rooms and spa suites that inspire a true sense of indulgence. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Gidleigh Park Chagford, Devon
- Hotel Gidleigh Park