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“Bluebell walk and Lunch”
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Gidleigh Park
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Chagford
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 28 May 2014

A most enjoyable experience ,.the Head Gardener took us for a leisurely walk to the Bluebell Wood , explaining all about the gardens and grounds , ( Only 4 staff look after 107 acres )
This was followed by a most excellent lunch in one of the most exquisite hotels in the country .
The attention from the staff was second to none ,..

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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Damien B, General Manager at Gidleigh Park, responded to this reviewResponded 31 May 2014

Dear Ronnie925

Andrew and the garden team will be so pleased you enjoyed your tour, they really do work hard and it shows, especially as you mentioned there are just four of them for 107 acres.
It is also very pleasing to hear you enjoyed lunch afterwards. Thank you for posting your review and hope to see you again soon. Kindest Regards

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Reviewed 28 May 2014

If you are looking for a truly stunning destination then look no further than Gidleigh Park, without doubt it is up there and rightly so with the best in not only the UK but the world, and it's here on my doorstep in beautiful Devon.
From the moment you enter through the gates you are blessed with the most glorious visions of elegance and beauty, sheer tranquillity in every direction you choose to gaze. The building itself is a mark of all the hard work and dedication that Andrew and Christina Brownsword have put into it over the years in restoring this magnificent country house hotel to what it is today.
When you enter through the front door of the hotel, you are greeted with warmth and professionalism that seems to be very seldom seen or appreciated in today's hectic world. We were then shown to the drawing room we were offered complimentary champagne and canapes that were a work of art all on their own, whilst contemplating over the lunch menu, still taking in the stunning scenery through the vast picture windows looking out across the acres of land.
The lunch itself was without doubt, one of, if not the best dinning experience we've ever been privileged to enjoy, It would be a severe injustice to single out any particular course, as each one was delivered, with a full in depth description by the excellent chef de rang, and each time it was not only a work of art, but bursting with fantastic natural flavours, that tantalised every taste bud, leaving you anticipating the next course.
It would also be very unfair to praise any individual for making our lunch so very special and a true memory that will live with us both forever, but please pass on our sincere thanks to Fabio our chef de rang, full of knowledge and a credit to Gidleigh Park and no doubt a loss to the Dorchester. A huge thank you to Michael Tweedie, the senior sous chef and the whole of the kitchen brigade for cooking for us the most remarkable and stunning lunch we have had in recent years, (and believe me we have had quite a few). There is something very satisfying to know that even when the great MC is not at the helm, that the 2 michelin stars of Gidleigh Park are in very capable hands. That in itself, is a true testament of all the training and hours and hours of hard work that MC has put into Gidleigh Park over the years, in making it a true culinary destination for anyone who appreciates fine dinning . Lastly a warm thank you to the young French sommelier lady, who gave us a fascinating and informative wine tour of the cellars, including the 13,000 bottles of wine held within the cellars.
Once again a huge thank you to everyone who made our whole afternoon at Gidleigh Park such an enjoyable day.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Damien B, General Manager at Gidleigh Park, responded to this reviewResponded 31 May 2014

Dear Dez T

What a fantastic review, thank you for taking the time to give such a in depth and truly personnel insight into your experience with us. I am sure I speak for Michael and the whole team here when I say we are very humbled to read such high praise, we do what we do because we love giving people fond memories and of course we strive to be the best at what we do. It was a real pleasure to have you dine with us and I hope you get the opportunity to visit us again soon. Kindest Regards

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Reviewed 27 May 2014

Looking for the best stay in the south west of England? Look no more. Gidleigh Park has it all. Friendly, professional, helpfull and smiling staf, exellent rooms, wonderful gardens and grounds and not to forget; an upper class kitchen. Gidleigh Park is an high end experience!
Thanks Damien, thank you all. We will be back.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with family
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Damien B, General Manager at Gidleigh Park, responded to this reviewResponded 31 May 2014

Dear Rene R

Thank you so much for your very kind review, we are very humbled to read such high praise,
You are of course always very welcome to return and we look forward to having you back with us. Kindest Regards

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Reviewed 20 May 2014

The location of the hotel and the timing of our visit allowed us to see and appreciate the wonderful
gardens and grounds. The bluebells were a delight and in full magnificence.The room was excellent
and all the staff charming, But there were a few issues worth mentioning. The dining chairs have no real lumbar support and ,I found, pretty uncomfortable [ unlike the bed which was excellent]. The waiters will keep topping up your wine / water glasses which can be rather intrusive We asked them to refrain from this. Some of the staff have such thick accents that we really could not understand them - better to have this information written out - it would save time, leave us in no doubt what we are being served, and , maybe, make a nice souvenir! You can't keep asking people to repeat themselves! As for the food - we were incredibly impressed with the obvious skill and dedication shown in the kitchen, But some of the courses simply lacked flavour or, for us at least, had the wrong balance. The turbot and shellfish for example should have been a taste sensation. It wasn't.
And the rhubarb dessert was far too acidic to enjoy. All the other courses were good, but the tastiest
dishes were the little "extras", although I'm not sure what some of them were for reasons stated.
The next day's meal was better, but in terms of overall satisfaction, I preferred the breakfasts which
are near to perfect.

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Damien B, General Manager at Gidleigh Park, responded to this reviewResponded 22 May 2014

Dear CharlesSomersetEng

Thank you for taking the time to post your review we do appreciate your feedback. I will of course take all your points on board as we are always looking to improve our offering even further.
I am pleased to hear you had a overall good experience and I am glad to know you found our breakfast perfect, that is great praise indeed. We hope to welcome you back in the near future. Kind Regards

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Reviewed 17 May 2014

I attended a business lunch and from the moment I stepped onto the terrace I knew that I wanted to return for a longer stay with loved ones to share the experience with them.

One is taken care of as soon as entering the hotel and the staff, without exception, are courteous, professional and attentive to client requirements without being stuffy of too formal. The house, which has been restored and refurbished with exceptional sensitivity and taste looks out across a lovely park to moorland in the distance. Sipping champagne on the terrace in the sun with the sound of a stream gently trickling by is a lovely way too start a weekend!

I have long wanted to experience the top flight cuisine at Gidleigh and the luncheon was truly wonderful. Not only a visual feast but simply stunning flavours and textures for the palate. I was one of a party of 25 and everyone had a wonderful time and enjoyed themselves immensely. Five courses and each one was a treat.

The whole team at Gidleigh should be very proud of what they have achieved. it was clear that all the other guests at the hotel were relaxed and enjoying the experience and it just makes for a wonderful stay. I was only there for 4 hours and am just about to book a return visit for later in the year with my family. Cannot wait to return.

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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled on business
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Damien B, General Manager at Gidleigh Park, responded to this reviewResponded 22 May 2014

Dear Johnfbobrien

I am so pleased to hear we made such a positive impression on you when you came to visit Gidleigh Park for a business lunch. It is lovely to know you enjoyed the experience so much you will return with the family, we are so pleased to hear that.
Thank you for taking the time to post your review we greatly appreciate your kind feedback. Kindest Regards

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Reviewed 11 May 2014

Well what can I say, a truly amazing lunch at Gidleigh Park.
We were greeted by the delightful manager and looked after impeccably by fantastically attentive staff.
We enjoyed champagne on the terrace overlooking the stunning gardens, before being escorted to the restaurant for a mouth watering marvel! Our lunch was absolutely wonderful and followed by coffee and petites fours in the beautiful sitting room.

From the minute we arrived we were treated like royalty.

We can't speak highly enough of this perfect place, with it's fabulous team of staff and glorious setting.

The manager even took the time to show us the one vacant room they had and from what we saw it was pure luxury.

We are going to indulge in an over night stay very soon.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank louandrich2014
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Damien B, General Manager at Gidleigh Park, responded to this reviewResponded 12 May 2014

Dear Louandrich2014

Thank you for your very nice comments, it was our pleasure to show you around, we are very proud of the house and love to show it off. I am also so pleased to hear you enjoyed your lunch with us. It would be a pleasure to welcome you back maybe for a stay over, who knows, Kindest Regards

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Reviewed 10 May 2014

Absolutely superb service, food and surroundings. We were treated with the greatest considerateness and courtesy. Our room was upgraded and we had wonderful views. Everything about this place is perfect (and we are very seasoned travelers). We were joined by other family members for dinner and our tasting menu was heaven from beginning to end. My wife had the vegetarian menu and was extremely impressed by the attention to detail - even her canapes were vegetarian.
The beauty of the gardens and grounds is quite magical.

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Thank Floralgy
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Damien B, General Manager at Gidleigh Park, responded to this reviewResponded 11 May 2014

Dear Floralgy

Thank you for taking the time to post a review, we are so pleased to hear you enjoyed the experience. Your remarks on the staff the service and the cuisine are greatly appreciated and very humbling. My garden team will also be very pleased to hear you enjoyed our wonderful grounds. Please do come and visit us again you will be very welcome. Kindest Regards

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Address: Chagford, Dartmoor National Park TQ13 8HH, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Devon > Dartmoor National Park > Chagford
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Chagford
Price Range: £238 - £397 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Gidleigh Park 5*
Number of rooms: 24
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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