‘Keep heart’ reads a sign along the narrow, twisting lane to Gidleigh Park, ‘you are still en route.’ It may be remote, but it’s a haven of luxury. The Tudor-style house, surrounded by abundant gardens and embraced by river and woods on Dartmoor’s edge, has been in the deft hands of Andrew and Christina Brownsword since 2005. They sensitively upgraded the house, embellishing the interior with smart fabrics and arts and craft furniture, but refrained from adding a spa or gym (‘Dartmoor’s our gym!’). Instead, they created ‘spa suites’, the ultimate indulgence, with their own saunas and steam rooms. Gidleigh is as famous for its restaurant as its divine rooms, and January 2018 saw the arrival of an exciting new executive chef, Chris Simpson, who was previously at the two Michelin-starred restaurant, Nathan Outlaw, and has a reputation for outstanding but unpretentious cooking. The kitchen of one of England’s most spoiling country retreats will continue to delight.
Doubles from £275
+44 (0)1647 432367; gidleigh.co.uk
Gidleigh Park enjoys an exquisite location on the very edge of Dartmoor National Park. Dartmoor is a walker’s paradise: discovering this magical landscape on foot affords the opportunity to observe the wildlife and natural vegetation that are at home in Devon.
Gidleigh Park’s restaurant provides an elegant backdrop in which to savour dishes defined by the absolute freshness and seasonality of ingredients.
Treat yourself to a stay in The Pavilion, a charming self-contained thatched cottage in the grounds overlooking the croquet lawn.
CLAIM TO FAME
Kay Henderson, who with husband Paul first opened Gidleigh Park as a hotel, taught herself to cook mostly from books and is believed to be the first American woman to achieve a Michelin star.
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