In-room spa treatments and massages, seasonal 18-hole putting course, croquet lawn, tennis court, bowling green, free WiFi throughout, DVD library. In-room amenities: flatscreen HD TV, DVD player, Vi-spring mattresses, L’Occitane toiletries.
Cranbrook, in the Master room category, is the most romantic, with twin roll-top baths for you both to bask in side-by-side, and a toasty-snug feature fire fitted in the wall alongside. Dartmeet, however, is also a sore temptation, given that its bathroom boasts a large marble bath, double shower, steam room and sauna. The gorgeous two-bedroom Pavilion is ideal for family stays, or for friends who want to combine the privacy of self-catering with the attentive luxury of a boutique hotel.
Leave your wellies at home – the hotel has a supply of boots and brollies for guests yomping the grounds. A guide to UK wildlife would be a worthwhile addition to your luggage – the hotel’s grounds are home to a wealth of woodland critters.
The hotel has three dog-friendly rooms and four lit and heated kennels in the grounds. Smoking is not allowed inside.
Are welcome, with extra beds for £60 a night. Cots are free and there are toys and games, including croquet, available. Nanny services, which start at £159 for five hours, can be arranged. Under-eights are requested to dine between 5pm and 6.30pm.
Are welcome, with extra beds for £60 a night. Cots are free and there’s a variety of toys and games, including croquet, available. Nanny services, which start at £159 for five hours, can be arranged. Under-eights are requested to dine between 5pm and 6.30pm.
Babies and up – children of all ages welcomed.
The Loft Suite has a double and a twin room. The Pavilion (a thatched cottage in the grounds) overlooks the croquet lawn. There's no charge for babies in cots sharing their parents' room. It costs £60 (b&b) for older children.
Children love running around the large grounds and exploring Dartmoor National Park and its wildlife. There are tennis courts and rackets available to borrow, plus croquet and a small putting green (open from Easter to September). Toy boxes brimming with toys for all ages can be found in the first-floor Pantry.
Rates include full English breakfast.
Only children aged eight or older can dine in the restaurant for lunch or dinner. For younger children, High Tea is served in the lounges from 5pm–6.30pm. Staff are happy to heat up milk and baby food, and prepare child-friendly packed lunches.
With notice, Gidleigh Park can arrange nannies from half-days to entire stays. Prices start at £159 for a half day for this outsourced service; all nannies have at least four years' experience and relevant checks.
No need to pack
There are plenty of high chairs in the restaurant. Child-sized wellington boots are available at reception.
Every room has a TV and there are DVD players and a small selection of children's DVDs to borrow. The Pantry, located on the first floor, is open 24 hours a day. It has a kettle and is stocked with milk, tea, coffee and homemade biscuits. It also has a fridge in which guests can store baby food and milk. The valet parking is a useful service when you've kids in tow.