"A sublime country house in a secluded corner of the Devonshire countryside."

Need to know

    • 16 rooms.
    • Hidden on the edge of Dartmoor by the Tamar River
    • British countryside escape. Perfect for walking, riding and fishing.

We love

  • Fireplaces
  • Afternoon tea and deep baths.
  • Country house relaxation at its best.

Top Secret

The fairy-tale 108-acre grounds and garden were designed by Humphry Repton in 1814. Don a jacket and a pair of wellies – thoughtfully provided to guests in the boot room – and stroll through the rolling landscape on a late autumnal afternoon.

Origins

Doyenne of the luxury hospitality sector, Olga Polizzi, the eldest daughter of Sir Rocco Forte, has the hotel business in her blood. Mrs Polizzi has carefully overseen the redesign of every room at the Endsleigh down to the smallest detail. From the art that hangs on the walls to the rustic bath steps, the design triumphs in blending the high and low-brow.

The Review

Built by the Duke of Bedford in 1811, Endsleigh house on the banks of the Tamar River has lived many lifetimes in its 203-year history. A picturesque hunting lodge, a quiet country guesthouse, the nerve centre of the Endsleigh Fishing Club and, since 2005, one of south-west England’s most spellbinding boutique hotels. Bought by renowned hotelier Olga Polizzi, and lovingly restored to its Regency-era splendour, the Endsleigh Hotel has 16 suites – each with a unique layout and character – and many boasting exquisite original features like antique fireplaces and ornate hand-painted Chinoiserie wallpaper.
From the moment guests step into the dimly-lit oak-panelled reception, with its heavy marble busts and the comforting hiss and cackle from the open fire, they are transported back to an older England, a place that runs at a different pace to London – a four-hour journey and half a world away. The drawing room and the well-stocked library, with its heaving bookshelves, overlook the gardens and offer guests the perfect place to enjoy an indulgent afternoon tea, with sandwiches, cakes and scones. 
Dinner is a rather grander affair, with hearty British ingredients – venison, pigeon, salmon – presented in a distinctly French style. The cellar at the Endsleigh is incredibly thoughtfully stocked, with old and new-world wines, including an excellent collection of white burgundies and a delicious selection of dessert wines. Breakfast is more assuredly British, and features stalwarts like a locally-sourced full English and deliciously buttery smoked kippers, which on sunny mornings, are ideally eaten al fresco, on the light-drenched terrace overlooking the lawns.

Location

Hotel Endsleigh

  • Address: Hotel Endsleigh, Milton Abbot, Tavistock, Devon PL19 0PQ
  • Travel info: A 50 minute drive by car from Plymouth train station or 1hr from Exeter St David’s train station. 3hr 30mins from London.

Key Features

  • Restaurant

  • Bar

  • Pet Friendly

  • Car Parking

  • Free Wifi