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“If This is Heaven.....”
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Gidleigh Park
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Chagford
Certificate of Excellence
Englefield Green, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
227 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 132 helpful votes
“If This is Heaven.....”
Reviewed 25 August 2014

.....I think we died and went to it.
After two days I did not want to leave and asked for another night -they thought they could find some room in the kennels!! LOL!! The staff are delightful and attentive and the smallest request was always met. i.e. we were concerned how slowly our shower was emptying so mentioned it to our waitress that evening when she asked how our stay was -when we used the shower in the morning we found that the blockage had evidently been cleared!!
We went on a wine lovers stay and the tour of the cellar and chat with Eduardo was great fun and we felt we had really got into the ribs of the role of the sommelier and the running of the hotel.
We opted out of the tasting menu as in the past in other places we have found this too much for our appetites and stomachs and then forget what we have had. I see we are not the only ones who suffer this! So we opted for two nights of the a la carte and the hotel offered a Michael Caines cookbook to make up the difference, which we didn't expect or ask for -a nice touch.
Lovely massage in our room, and the room!! Overlooking the front of the hotel, huge bathroom and shower you could swing the proverbial cat in, although this may be frowned upon in these PC animal loving days. However, I couldn't take the noise......... the ONLY sound at night was the gentle babbling of the stream thru the grounds -heaven. Lovely views over Dartmoor too.
There is also so much to see in and around the garden, including the extensive herb and vegetable plot. Walking the grounds at 11.00 i was greeted by the gardener with a box of lettuce -"I think somebody wants a sandwich' -you don;t get fresher than that!
The hotel and staff really preach relaxation and want you to enjoy it -even falling asleep in the drawing room is not frowned upon. And in the latter a selection of board games is available, including the largest Scrabble board I have ever seen!
There are no facilities in the room but a small kitchenette is available up the corridor with all the tea and coffee (Nespresso) you could drink and jars of 'home-made' cookies.
The nearby village of Chagford is a delight, very dog friendly too! Having lost our last dog some two months ago, we rapidly caught up on dog therapy in and out of the shops.
The lane upto the hotel, as are most lanes around Dartmoor, is twisty and narrow and for the only time did I really appreciate Avis at Exeter airport DOWNGRADING us when the vehicle we wanted wasn't available!
And why did we go? Mrs FBD was on a cookery course with Steve Groves at Michel Roux Jr's Cactus Kitchen and lunch break chat got around to where would you eat your last meal? Steve's reply without a pause was 'Michael Caines Gidleigh Park' -seemed a good excuse to go!!!

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Damien B, General Manager at Gidleigh Park, responded to this review, 31 August 2014
Dear FLYINGBLUEDOG

Wow thank you for such a lovely review, we are so pleased you enjoyed the Gidleigh Park experience, We must thank Mr Groves next time he is down. Thank you again, and we hope to welcome you back soon. Kindest Regards
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Dundas, Canada
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Reviewed 23 August 2014

Booked the two day wine lovers package to celebrate our 50th Anniversary. We had no problem negotiating the narrow track to the hotel and even travelled it the next day to spend a lovely day on Dartmoor. From arrival to departure everything was perfect. On arrival, staff were present to open the car doors and take the luggage into the hotel. Check-in was smooth and quick and we were soon in our room - there was a greeting card congratulating us on our anniversary in the room. We had been upgraded, I suspect because it was an important event for us and we ended up with a room with a balcony and fantastic view of the grounds - it was very warm during our stay so it was great to be able to cool the room at night by having the door to the balcony wide open - we were surprised there was no air conditioning which I suspect would have been very useful in the upper level rooms with only small windows. The grounds were beautiful and we had pleasant walks both days we stayed. We were very impressed with all the staff who would take time to acknowledge us pleasantly as we passed. In the afternoon on arrival we had a tour of the wine cellar (as per package) and then a tour of the kitchen - this was a real highlight seeing the preparations for the dinner being made and an explanation of the operation during mealtime - it was amazing to us to see how many staff were involved in preparing, cooking and finally serving a meal. On our first night (our actual Anniversary) we had the 8-course signature menu with wine pairings. I was really fabulous but unfortunately too much for us that we chose to pass on the cheese course and by the end were feeling both overfull and somewhat drunk - it wasn't until the next day, after explaining to the Manager why we had chosen to miss a course, that we realized that we had consumed the equivalent of over a bottle of wine each - while we may be wine lovers the quantity was a bit too much for us. The second night we had the 3-couse meal with wine pairings which was better for us in terms of the quantity of alcohol. However, both meals were tasty and, perfectly cooked and presented. All told it was a wonderful Anniversary and we felt Gidleigh Park was a really superb place for our celebration.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Damien B, General Manager at Gidleigh Park, responded to this review, 25 August 2014
Dear David42

We are very pleased to hear you enjoyed your anniversary stay with us, and are over the moon to hear you liked the room upgrade, we do try to make things that little more special when we can. We must apologise for leading you astray with all that wine, although we are sure you didn't mind really! Thank you so much for posting your review and we hope to welcome you back some day soon. Kindest Regards
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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 16 August 2014

This was our third weekend stay at Gidleigh and once again it was a real pleasure. For others in our group, their first, It was good to stay at a different time of year - previous visits have been in April & November. We booked a dog friendly room and were in Lydford. Everything you wanted for doogies enjoyment catered for. Although a lovely room, overlooking the garden & river, I think the rooms in the main house are much nicer and next time will leave dogs with family. The shower was over the bath with a sloping ceiling, so not good if you are tall. We were at Gidleigh for one of our family's 60th birthday and were joined by others for afternoon tea on Saturday. There were 7 of us and 3 afternoon teas were plenty for all of us. We enjoyed a la carte and tasting menus over the weekend, requesting the sommeliers select our wine (no wine flight this time) and that was a great success (as always) with each of us having the perfect wine to compliment our food choices and palates. We had a really fun time playing golf and walking the gardens. Took the suggested 2 hour walk with a picnic. Actually took us 4.5 hours, but it was at a leisurely pace, enjoying the scenery & taking photos. The staff are always so professional and so friendly. For those who think a chef just gives his name to a restaurant / hotel and is never to be seen, this is not the case here - again Michael Caines was "in residence". The only downside to Gidleigh is when you have to leave. It is expensive, but well worth it.

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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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Damien B, General Manager at Gidleigh Park, responded to this review, 20 August 2014
Dear SALLY186258

We are so pleased to read that you your friend's and of course your four legged companion enjoyed your Gidleigh Park experience. Thank you very much for your very kind words regarding the staff the service and of course Michaels food we very much appreciate it. I do hope you will all be back to see us soon. Kindest Regards
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Falmouth, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
22 reviews
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Reviewed 12 August 2014

We were very impressed with the Gidleigh Park Hotel. We spent an afternoon and one night at the hotel.

The service was attentive and the rooms well proportioned and tastefully furnished. There are no coffee making facilities in the room but you can go and make your own in the pantry and collect some homemade biscuits at the same time. Personally I would prefer to have facilities in the room as going up and down two flights of stairs to get a cuppa is a bit much at the price point of this hotel.

We had the 8 course dinner taster menu which was fantastic. Having eaten at 3 Michelin star restaurants, I do not think it is too long until this place gets its third star. It was very good indeed - my compliments to the chef and team.

My only negative feedback was that both the room where you have a pre-dinner drink and the actual restaurant were too quiet. In my opinion both rooms could benefit from some very low classical music just to take the edge off the silence. It felt as if you were eating in a library and someone would say "shush" and point to a sign if you spoke. Other diners were clearly conscious of speaking too loud, so we found ourselves whispering to each other in hushed tones. When we walked into the full pre-dinner drink area no-one was speaking at all, which made it feel very awkward as everyone gawped at the new arrivals.

That aside it was a great stay and fantastic food. I have already recommended it to two of my friends and would happily stay there again.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Damien B, General Manager at Gidleigh Park, responded to this review, 20 August 2014
Dear acehole007

Thank you for taking the time to post a review on Gidleigh Park we are so pleased you enjoyed the experience and do look forward to welcoming you back. We will of course take on board your feedback as we are always looking at ways to improve our offering. Kindest Regards
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Devon, United Kingdom
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350 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 163 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 August 2014

We have greatly enjoyed many excellent lunches at Gidleigh but this was our first experience of Afternoon Tea. We wanted guests from Australia to experience a 'quintessentially English' tea but we found the experience of being served all courses at once, rather overwhelming and very 'beige'. I much prefer tea to be a dainty , highly civilised meal , with each item starring in its own right. The sheer groaning volume of food seemed to eclipse the individual delights, which was a great shame. We will return to enjoy Gidleigh's lunches, I hope - but we will not repeat the afternoon tea experience.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with friends
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Damien B, General Manager at Gidleigh Park, responded to this review, 13 August 2014
Dear RWWDevon

Thank you for taking the time to post your report. It is disappointing to hear you did not enjoy the afternoon tea presentation at Gidleigh Park, we have always received favourable feedback and many of our guests return time after time. I do hope to welcome you back to Gidleigh Park in the near future, as you said maybe for lunch. Kindest Regards
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Folkestone, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 11 August 2014

We stayed two nights in late July and enjoyed excellent weather. We were able to walk the gardens and grounds and have a day walking on nearby Dartmoor, accessed on foot from the hotel.
This was our second visit and the welcome, the service, the room and the food were all as wonderful as we'd previously experienced. This is a simply outstanding establishment that richly deserves all the accolades it receives.
Despite living a very long way away we'll be back.

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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Damien B, General Manager at Gidleigh Park, responded to this review, 12 August 2014
Dear Trevor R

It was lovely to welcome you back and I am thrilled to hear you had such a great time with us. Gidleigh Park is indeed ideally placed for walks up onto the moor and it sounds like you made the most of it. Thank you very much for posting your review, we look forward to your third visit. Kindest Regards
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Chertsey, United Kingdom
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678 reviews
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Reviewed 11 August 2014 via mobile

This was my second visit to this lovely country house set in beautiful grounds. The high quality of the staff gives this hotel a family feel. From start to finish the quality of food and service was terrific and I can only give it a 5 star rating as nothing disappointed. I was fortunate enough to have Michael Caines drop by and have a chat. Needless to say the food and wines were exceptional.

Stayed July 2014, travelled with friends
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Damien B, General Manager at Gidleigh Park, responded to this review, 12 August 2014
Dear Alan M

I am very pleased to read you enjoyed your Gidleigh experience and happy to hear you got the chance to chat up with Michael and tell him how much you enjoyed your meal, thank you so much for posting your review, we look forward to welcoming you back. Kindest Regards
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Property: Gidleigh Park
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
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Chagford
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
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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