I have stayed at St Elizabeth's House twice while on business in the area, and both times have been hugely impressed with this small boutique hotel.
The building is Georgian - a spacious, high-ceilinged house with plenty of room and bright, airy rooms. I stayed in the Palmer room on both occasions. The decor is tasteful - a blend of period features (old radiators, panelling, sash windows etc) and decent furniture with a Farrow-and-Ball paint job. The Palmer is spacious - those high ceilings again and a big bay window. The bathroom is equally large - big sink, freestanding bath and a cavernous, walk-in wet room with big raindrop head shower. Pleasingly, an issue with a dodgy valve and low water pressure was fixed for my return trip. There's free wi-fi in the hotel, and my room had a big flatscreen tv, fridge/mini bar, hairdryer, safe and tea and coffee making facilities. Think there might have been a trouser press too, but I've never used one :). My one tiny quibble (and here everyone's preference is different) is that the bed is a bit soft.
Elsewhere in the hotel, the communal spaces are equally pleasing - a big bar with low lighting and comfy seats, 1920s/30s posters on the walls, unobtrusive music, Doom Bar ale on tap and a lovely terrace area out the back. Also plenty of car parking.
The real jewel in the crown however is the restaurant. I'm incredibly picky and usually prepared to be underwhelmed, but boy can this chef cook. A big range of excellent dishes on the reasonably-priced a la carte menu didn't disappoint - tonight for example a mushroom amuse bouche, seared scallops in a fish veloute with mushrooms and a pan-fried chicken breast wrapped in parma ham on a rich risotto, accompanied by unadulterated vegetables. Delicious. Last night was sirloin steak - one of the juiciest, most flavourful and well-cooked steaks I've had in a while. Service is friendly, attentive, but never over the top, and there are lots of nice touches like a jug of iced tap water with orange and lemon as standard. Quite right too, but the small things make a difference.
Overall, I am really really impressed with this hotel - a great experience. If it wasn't for the stupendously long trip to get here, I'm sure I'd come more often. Great value for money (hotel and restaurant) and highly recommended.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- St Elizabeth's House in South Devon is a celebration of luxury, style and service. This Devon hotel combines contemporary, state-of-the-art features whilst retaining the Georgian manor's traditional charm. Situated in the historic village of Plympton St Maurice and surrounded by 9 acres of sweeping lawns and beautifully landscaped gardens, St Elizabeth's House offers an idyllic retreat from the stresses of busy lives. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- St Elizabeth`s House Hotel Plympton
- St Elizabeth's House Plympton, England