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Hotel Endsleigh – Milton Abbot, Devon

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Hotel Endsleigh – Milton Abbot, Devon

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Owned by Olga Polizzi, 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 designed by Humphry Repton, who also hid chimneys in the woods so that 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 recent redecoration means that it has never looked so good. The new sitting room is nothing short of stunning and a fabulous family suite has been created in the stable block, bringing the total number of stylish and unfussy bedrooms to 17. As for the grounds, they are a fantasy of dells and grottos, cascades and crags. Doubles from £190.

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Do: With an eight-mile exclusive stretch of the River Tamar running through the gardens and a ghillie to show you the ropes, a fishing trip is a must.

Eat: Enjoy fresh, locally sourced produce in the hotel restaurant.

Buy: Go and pick your own strawberries at the local Lifton farm shop



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