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Gidleigh Park Hotel
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Chagford, Dartmoor National Park TQ13 8HH, England   |  
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Chagford
Kent
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18 reviews 18 reviews
11 hotel reviews
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“Excellent Hotel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2008

We have just returned home from a 2 night stay at Gidleigh. We were lucky enough to be upgraded to a master suite with sauna which was lovely although it did not have a view. The food was very good and we very much enjoyed the whole experience. The weather was even good enough for us to walk from the hotel onto Dartmoor which was great - the hotel provided us with some very nice sandwiches to take with us.
It's not cheap, but it is worth it!

  • Stayed February 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Herefordshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2008

We have just returned from a three night stay at Gidleigh and found it to be everything for which we had hoped. From the moment we were greeted at the door to the time we left the staff were superb and nothing was too much trouble (even sourcing soya milk on Sunday when they had run out!) Our room was a master room with a stunning view of the river and our only gripe was that the bathroom was rather compact with little space to hang the plethora of sumptuous towels. The knowledge and enthusiasm of the young sommelier was impressive and enhanced the dining experience. The food was excellent, beautifully presented and the canapes and petit fours were a delight. We are planning our return visit; it is expensive but worth it.

Stayed February 2008
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north devon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2008

I booked this as a birthday treat for my wife (shipped out the kids for the night!) she loves her food and so I looked for the best restaurant I could find within easy reach of barnstaple and this was it. As soon as she realised where it was a huge smile appeared and we weren't disappointed in any aspect of this hotel experience. We stayed in manaton with the hot tub and the room was delightful. We had dinner in the evening and I will never forget the dining experience from the moment we nervously walked down the stairs we felt comfortable with all the staff and we slowly began to feel at ease as its not the sort of place we would frequent more than once or twice a decade! however I would wholly recommend this as a really special treat-you will not be disappointed.
The next day I asked my wife how she enjoyed it and she said from the moment we entered the hotel to the moment we left that she felt like a princess! The only minor comment I would make was that both the website and the emailled photos didn't do this place justice, but I am sure they will survive on reputation alone.

Stayed January 2008
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2008

My husband and I stayed here for 1 night in the Manaton room between Christmas and New Year.

The hotel is rather isolated but followed instructions we’d been given and found it with no problems. The hotel was beautifully decorated for Christmas with roaring log fires and a lovely welcoming atmosphere.

We were quickly shown to our room by a very pleasant lady who advised us of walks around the area of varying length should the pouring rain stop! The room was a good size with a very comfy bed and a small sofa which wasn’t as comfy. Think it might have been a sofa bed. The room is one of the more recently converted ones at the top of the house and didn’t have much natural light and the lighting provided was a bit dim for me. There were lightweight waterproofs in the wardrobe and wellies provided at the hotel entrance should you have forgotten yours. From the bedroom was a corridor (with a roll top bath) leading to a door onto the terrace with steps up to another terrace on which the hot tub was situated. Was a bit disappointed to find a decanter of port was provided but no tea making facilities in the room although a pantry was situated on the floor below where you could help yourself to such things so not such a big deal.

The bathroom had a walk in shower and double sinks and bathrobes, slippers and L’Occitane toiletries were provided.

Dinner was included in the room rate but we opted for the “Tasting Menu” at an additional cost of £10 per person. The food was superb as was the service in the dining room and the wine recommendations of the young sommelier. We were in the “right hand” side of the dining room for dinner (as you face towards the windows) but for breakfast were in the left side and have to agree with an earlier reviewer that the tables for two in that part were far too close together and would have been very disappointed if we had sat there for dinner.

Breakfast (which had to be squeezed in as still full from the night before!) was another delight although the toast was brought to the table right at the start so was cold when we finally wanted to eat it.

The heavy rain finally stopped for half an hour after breakfast so we had a walk around the grounds which even in winter were lovely.

We stayed last year at the same time at the Cotswold House (in Chipping Camden) in the Hidcote suite, also with an outdoor hot tub and similarly terrible weather so it was hard not to compare the two, however if we were to pick one to return to then it would be Gidleigh Park for the food and service alone.

  • Liked — Food and service
  • Disliked — Nothing - except the weather but that's not the hotel's fault!
  • Stayed December 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bangkok, Thailand
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28 reviews 28 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2007

Gidleigh Park was outstanding before the refurbishment. Unfortunately things seem to have changed. The food is nothing like it used to be and service is no way near as personal as it was, as they are so busy now (not the fault of the waitors though, they try their best!). It seems its all about business now rather than a fantastic dining experience which is such a shame. Before it expanded Gidleigh Park was one of the few places really worth the money and how dining should be. Really disappointed, after visiting several times over the years we wont be returning.

Stayed August 2007
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2007

Stayed with my partner as a birthday treat - and what a treat this place is. I have known of Gidleigh for many years but have never had the opportunity of going before - regardless of cost, it will now become a regular occurrence. From the moment you arrive the feeling of peaceful tranquility is all around. We had the most fantastic room (the only gripe being that it was at the rear of the house and so lacked a view) with an enormous bathroom and sauna and the most comfortable bed in the world. All the staff are friendly and attentive, nothing is too much trouble. The Sommelier was outstanding; we couldn't make up our minds which white burgundy to have and he spent a long time discussing our options. The food at dinner was equally outstanding, beautifully presented and served. We spent the whole time we were there with a silly, relaxed grin on our faces and were sad to leave. The grounds, even in winter, were lovely to walk in and they are obviously doing some garden alterations which will be lovely in the spring. You can keep all your spas and minimalist chic; this beautiful place will always be head and shoulders above the rest.

  • Liked — Huge comfortable bed
  • Disliked — Lack of view from this particular room
  • Stayed November 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2007

On the positive side the location is spectacular and rooms and service excellent.

However we were bitterly disappointmented with the table we were seated on for dinner. We were eagerly anticipating a romantic intimate evening dining in a first class restaurant and chose Gidleigh Park, a country retreat, over other hotels as we assumed it would be guaranteed. We were shocked to be sat so closely to other diners in a layout comparable to an indian restaurant, certainly not what we expect in a Michelin star restaurant. Told the head waiter of our gripe, he was quite unsympathetic responding that they were now so busy since the refurbishment. Good for business but not what we were looking for. A real let down!

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Restaurant
  • Stayed November 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Chagford, Dartmoor National Park TQ13 8HH, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Devon > Dartmoor National Park > Chagford
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Chagford
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Gidleigh Park Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Charming, Tudor-style country house hotel set in 45 acres of secluded gardens and woodlands – 2 miles west of Chagford on the banks of the North Teign River. ... more   less 
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