- Style Fairy-tale fishing lodge
- Setting Unspoilt Devonshire woodland
Guests at the Hotel Endsleigh are, while style-conscious, more Boden than Balenciaga, as you would expect of a clientele who choose to weekend in this remote and beautiful valley between Devon's Dartmoor and Cornwall's Bodmin Moor. The house, a grade I-listed shooting-and-fishing lodge, is insanely pretty, and the setting is magical: it is easy to see why the Bedford family, who at the time owned a third of Devon, decided in 1812 that this was the prettiest spot in the county on which to build their house.
Need to know
- Rooms 16, including two suites and a gatekeeper’s lodge.
- Rates Double rooms from $252.45 (£154), excluding tax at 20 per cent.
- More details Rates include a full English breakfast.
- Facilities The lodge is set in 108 acres of soul-enriching woodland and gardens, including a stretch of the Tamar river and a croquet lawn. Massages can be booked with 24 hours’ notice. Library, free WiFi, badminton, table tennis, games. Rooms have flatscreen TVs, DVD players, and CD players on request.
- Check–out 11am. Check-in, 2pm, but if you arrive earlier the porter can take care of your luggage while you explore.
Children Many rooms at this family-friendly hotel have space for an extra child’s bed (£30) or cot (free). Three of the suites have sofa-beds, suitable for teenagers or extra adults (£30). Babysitting and listening can be arranged.
- Hotel closed The hotel closes for two weeks every January.
- Also Two-night minimum stay at weekends.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms Room 8 has a marvellous garden view, as does Room 5, which also overlooks the river. You can see the river and the garden from the bathroom of Room 3. Suite 1 on the ground floor has direct access to the gardens through French doors. The Gatekeeper’s Lodge has private, enclosed gardens, and a fridge for keeping that champagne ice-cold.
- Packing tips Outdoorsy gear.
- Also Massages can be booked with 24 hours’ notice. Picnics, horse riding, archery, clay-pigeon shooting, falconry, fishing, private guides, Pilates/yoga instruction and bicycle hire can all be arranged (some activities require advance notice).
Food and drink at Hotel Endsleigh
- Hotel restaurant There are two dining rooms serving Modern European cuisine, using organic and locally sourced ingredients. The menu changes regularly to reflect the seasons.
- Dress code Groomed, but relaxed.
- Top table In the larger dining room, ask for a table overlooking the croquet lawn. For an intimate dinner, the Quiet Room seats up to four and looks onto the pretty parterre. Outside, there’s a nice sheltered nook on the Long Border Terrace.
- Last orders Lunch, 2.30pm; afternoon tea, 5.30pm; dinner, 10pm.
- Room service Drinks and tea available 24 hours a day. Light snacks (fruit platters, smoked salmon) available, 7am–11pm.
- Hotel bar There is a 24-hour honesty bar, which includes a great selection of wines.
Also worth knowing
- Weddings This property is suitable for weddings. More details