It's a wonderful house in a lovely location. We stayed in the Folly which was a self-catering self-contained little house in the grounds. It was very charming and - contrary to other reviews - clean and modern where it mattered, authentically antique and quirky elsewhere. No complaints and loved it. The tennis court is wonderful and the honesty bar is a nice touch. The pool is unusual but works. The games room is a bit of a wreck but no matter.
So why didn't we love it? It was the atmosphere and general frostiness emanating from the owners. You can get a flavour of it in other reviews and even more in the intemperate responses from the owner on here.
There didn't seem to be any concept of service from the two owners. Rather you felt as if you were being done the honour of being allowed to stay in their house. Despite paying for the privilege of being there, we felt tolerated. The other staff seemed very nice but in their shadow. I felt a real sense of relief on departing and when we arrived in our much less grand (and far cheaper) hotel the next night, it was a pleasure to be greeted with a smile and made to feel at home.
So, it's a lovely house and a lovely location but I won't be going back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Eccentric, quirky, unique, relaxed, different - Fingals is all of these and much, much more! A handsome Grade 2 listed Devon farmhouse which is mentioned in the Doomesday Book, Fingals has been family owned and run by Richard Johnston for the past 34 years. Richard has lovingly transformed the farmhouse into a luxurious country house bed and breakfast with self-catering cottages nestling in a tranquil Devon valley set back from the River Dart. As soon as you step through the front door you experience the warmth, relaxation and comfort which seems to hug you as you arrive! It is a home away from home. Fingals offers 5 self catering units and 3 bed and breakfast rooms which share the facilities yet are all completely private. There is a heated swimming pool, grass tennis court, Games Room and Gym for all our guests to enjoy. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Fingals Hotel Dittisham
- Fingals Boutique B&B Dittisham, Devon