This delightful Regency cottage orné is set down a mile-long drive in its own secret valley. Built for the Duke and Duchess of Bedford, its gardens were laid out by Humphry Repton, whose plans included siting hidden chimneys in the woods so they could see smoke curling prettily above the trees. Today, over a delicious meal, you can gaze on the same view from lovely terraces. Repton’s Yew Walk, the River Tamar and the tumbling woods beyond are a mesmerising sight. With its wooden floors and doors, Endsleigh brings to mind an endearingly old-fashioned Scottish shooting lodge, but one artfully blended with contemporary luxury and owner Olga Polizzi’s stunning eye for design. The 19 bedroom are stylish and unfussy and include three suites in the stable block. One is perfect for families, another for honeymooners, while the newest is a quirky and delightful conversion of the former hayloft. As for the grounds, they are a fantasy of dells and grottos, cascades and crags.
Take long walks through the grounds, there’s a corridor stocked with Hunter wellies in every size. You’ve a good chance of spotting kingfishers, otters, falcons and even the occasional deer. There are many hidden follies to so take their map as your guide.
Back at the house the library table groans under the weight of just-baked scones, quenelles of clotted cream and strawberry jam, cakes and finger sandwiches. It’s the highlight of everyday.
Tavistock is about fifteen minutes away from the hotel and is a lovely little market town on the edge of the moors. Country Cheeses is irresistible if you are partial to a good cheese.