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 upon 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 sitting room is fabulous and two new suites, one perfect for families, the other for honeymooners, have been created in the stable block, bringing the total number of stylish and unfussy bedrooms to 18. As for the grounds, they are a fantasy of dells and grottos, cascades and crags. Doubles from £190.
Name to Know: Head gardener Ben Ruscombe-King, who can take you on a tour of the grounds, which were designed by Humphry Repton 200 years ago.
See: One of the hotel’s magical open-air theatre productions staged in the garden at Endsleigh.
Eat: Foraging makes up a big part of the menu at Hotel Endsleigh. Last year we picked 40kg of wild mushrooms.
Buy: Go and pick your own strawberries at the local Lifton farm shop.
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