.....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!!!
- 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