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“The Perfect Potato” 5 of 5 stars
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Coombeshead Estate, Virginstow EX21 5EA, England   |  
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Virginstow
Exeter, United Kingdom
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10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“The Perfect Potato”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

A surprise birthday trip to Percy's for the night with dinner - we've been meaning to come here for a while. We should have come sooner - everything about the place oozes calm, understated luxury, comfort and peace. So many lovely little details in the room on arrival - a jug of fresh milk in the fridge, slices of fresh ginger bread to have with your tea, instant wifi access (it's remote, but not stupidly so), good quality bed and bath linen, a big whirlpool bath, everything you need to relax and get really comfortable.
We went for a stroll around the farm before dinner and made friends with the gorgeous horses, dogs and sheep and enjoyed the beautiful views.
Dinner was - as you would hope - the high point. A four course 'no choice' set menu suited us - choosing the wine from a short, well-edited list (with Tony's expert help) the hardest part of the proceedings. The food was exceptional in its freshness, simplicity and flavour. So often a meal can be a bit 'peaks and troughs' but every single element of every course was necessary, delicious and carefully considered. A testament to this is the fact that, for me, the highlight of the menu was the simply steamed, utterly plain new potatoes that accompanied the sea bass fillet with sauce béarnaise. It's been a long time since I ate potatoes of such perfect texture and flavour.
A good night's sleep in a comfy bed, a delicious Full English, and altogether a perfect overnight stay. Next time we'll stay longer. Highly recommended.

Room Tip: 'Tarragon' was large, well appointed and peaceful with a separate entrance.
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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PercysOrganic, Owner at Percy's Hotel, responded to this review, July 24, 2014
Thanks so very much for a great review. Glad you had a good experience for your birthday surprise. The potatoes are a variety called Franceline - they have been a favourite of mine for many years so I am thrilled that you liked them. Very much hope to see you again sometime and thanks also for the tweets!
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
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Swindon, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Just stayed for the one night but it was great - location, service, food and facilities exactly what we were after and makes it a really special little place. Loved seeing the sheep on the farm and the friendly cats!

Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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PercysOrganic, Owner at Percy's Hotel, responded to this review, July 3, 2014
Great to meet you both! Thanks for taking the time to write a few lines - very much appreciated!
Hope you had a great holiday and very much look forward to seeing you again sometime. Best Wishes!
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Street, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

I was taken here for my birthday, one nights stay with dinner. Wonderful setting, perfect rooms, ours even had a whirlpool bath, the food... was outstanding, perfectly cooked, perfectly presented... nothing more to say other than just wonderful.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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PercysOrganic, Owner at Percy's Hotel, responded to this review, July 3, 2014
Thank you for such a generous endorsement! We are delighted that we were able to step up to the mark for your birthday celebration and very much look forward to cooking for you again sometime. Belated Birthday wishes!
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Plymouth, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

I wanted to get away for the weekend and decided to try out Percy's Hotel. From the moment I arrived until the time I drove away I was well looked after and found myself completely relaxed.

Travelling alone can sometimes be difficult and daunting but not at Percy's; the friendly, intimate environment was suitable for everyone, and it made for a really fabulous time. I was staying in the Lavender Room and I certainly made the most of all of the facilities, including the double Jacuzzi hot tub, the coffee machine and the fluffy dressing gown. Nothing was over the top (no shower cap, cotton buds and shoe shiner on offer) however the comfort was certainly there and I did not find myself wanting for anything.

After a stroll around the grounds and sitting quietly by the ponds for a while, watching the fish and birds go by, it was time for the main event; the award winning 4 course dinner. What a treat it was! Tina's cooking/chefing is out of this world and the majority of ingredients used is local, fresh and very well flavoured. As a veggie of 25 years it is easily one of the best meals I have had at a restaurant; well seasoned, good ingredients, great presentation and just the right combination of carbs and veg. I completely trusted the fact that there was no contamination happening behind closed doors and, having spoken to Tina (and having read her book) she is someone who can use good ingredients well and understands how foods work together. The 4 course meal was fabulous and I was left completely satisfied and not uncomfortable.

The nights sleep was the best I have had for a long time with a really comfortable bed, good heavy curtains to limit the light (but not unnaturally blacking everything out so you woke up not knowing what time it was) and total peace and quiet.

Waking up to my alarm (something I don't often do!) the slow start, and no requirement to check out early, meant I could get to breakfast without having to wake up 40 mins before hand to shower and pack...instead it was a leisurely start, where I could leave the packing until I was ready.

And what a breakfast! Delicious! Fresh, tasty and well prepared. Every flavour bursted in your mouth and it set me up for the day!

On leaving I couldn't resist buying Tina's cookery book (which she signed for me) in an attempt to recreate some of her ideas. I also treated myself to a beautiful sheep skin rug-maybe not very veggie friendly some might say, but at least I know that the animals will have been lovingly looked after by Tina and Tony.

All in all I would recommend Percy's to anyone needing a relaxing get away or just a meal out with a difference, someone wanting luxury but not pretentiousness whether alone, in a group or in a couple. You really won't be disappointed.

Room Tip: Peace and quiet, fantastic food, friendly staff, friendly animals, nice walks in the grounds
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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PercysOrganic, Owner at Percy's Hotel, responded to this review, July 3, 2014
Thank you Emily so much for such a brilliant review. It was a great pleasure to meet you and to talk with you. So pleased that you were able to enjoy the grounds as well as the food. We look forward to seeing you again in the not-too-distant future with your friends and remember - if you have any questions about recipes or tips just drop me a line or call and I shall be more than happy to advise.
Best Wishes and have a great summer!
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Gatlinburg TN
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45 reviews 45 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

To find a gem like this in this part of England is not easy, but boy is is worth it! Being from the states, we found the countryside beautiful, even driving on the wrong side of the road! Spent 4 glorious days there....playing with the animals, walking in the woods, seeing a horse get broke for the first time.....and so much more! We were treated like royalty by Tina and Tony. They are very nice and down to earth. The food was some of the best that I have ever had.....period! Wonderful presentations of just fresh, flavorful food. Great bacon and lamb, which are directly from their working organic farm, and the organic greens that graced every plate were delicious. The wine list is varied and Tony always has a good suggestion to pair with the evening meal. Full bar is available too. Be prepared to gain a few pounds, I know I did! Our room was comfy and clean and it was great to have a fridge. The bed was heavenly! I don't know if we will ever return to this part of England, but if we do, it will be to go back to Percy's!

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Tina2105, Owner at Percy's Hotel, responded to this review, June 8, 2014
Thank you so very much for taking the time to write such a glowing review. Serious apologies for the narrow, winding roads to get here but pleased that you were able to master the other side of the road without incident. Should you visit again, we shall dig out some exhilarating walks on Dartmoor for you to work up an appetite and soak up the views before sitting down to dinner. Good luck with all your future travels. Very much hope to see you both again in the future. Take care, T & T BW.
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London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

Just returned from a 2 day stay over the bank holiday weekend. A very pleasant and relaxing break. As others have mentioned Percy's is a working farm and comes with the associated charms (you will be welcomed by a tail wagging Labrador and perhaps a goose!). The accommodation is contemporary, spacious and well equipped (the double whirlpool bath is a real treat).
The food is excellent, with a huge emphasis on organic and sustainable sources many of them local. The menu is a set 4 courses changing daily. We have no criticism of this, just let tony know if there is something you don't eat in the morning and they will adapt the menu. The hosts Tony and Tina will make you feel exceptionally welcome and provide as much assistance as they can. Someone has previously commented on Tonys manner, I simply can't believe it. He is friendly, knowledgable, welcoming and has a great dry sense of humour (if you want to be pandered over like a tourist in Florida then go there instead!).

We would recommend Percy's to anyone. A great weekend indeed.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Tina2105, Owner at Percy's Hotel, responded to this review, June 8, 2014
Many thanks indeed for such a great review. We cannot always guarantee the weather over the Bank Holiday weekends, but we do try to get everything else right as far as possible. So pleased you enjoyed what we try to achieve and very much look forward to seeing you both again in the future.
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Grantham, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

Often to you to nice places, nice hotels with nice food and you feel uncomfortable. The people are are so far up their own rears, you feel on edge and dont relax.

Tina and Tony and Percy's couldnt be further from that. Relaxed atmosphere, but nothing is too much trouble. Food that is simply devine. Reasonable wine prices.Rooms which are very nice (not cutting edge) but very clean.

We had an issue in the room, but Tony sorted it... and the most important thing was .. he cared. In fact, that is the reason i give this review such a good mark. These guys care about you when they visit them.. that in my books goes a long long way

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Tina2105, Owner at Percy's Hotel, responded to this review, June 8, 2014
Hello ChrisseyBoy - thanks for the great review and reference to the wine prices as well. We do try to do our homework on the wines (the bi-annual tastings are a real chore...) in fact we had a tasting just last week and have some tremendous new wines on the list. Very much look forward to seeing you both again when you are in the area. T & T BW.
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Address: Coombeshead Estate, Virginstow EX21 5EA, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > Devon > Virginstow
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Virginstow
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set in 130-acres of stunning countryside, streams and woodland, the panoramic views extend over both Bodmin moor and Dartmoor. This luxury privately owned country hotel offers peace and tranquility in a relaxed and informal environment with extensive organic kitchen gardens and 60 acres of woodland. Unpretentious dining, free Wi-Fi and parking. Dogs welcome in some of the rooms.Hotel awards include South West Small Hotel of the Year for two years running and runner up for Small Hotel of the Year for Great Britain. Each of the 7 en-suite bedrooms has its own unique character. All of the rooms are spacious and are equipped with king size beds, Egyptian cotton linen and fluffy towels and robes as standard. What they do share however is a homely ambiance infused with luxurious touches and comforts. Every room includes complimentary Wi-Fi access, flat screen TV, DVD player, designer toiletries and much more besides. There is a range of room types available, from Standard, Superior and Deluxe options as well as one suite.Among the many restaurant awards, an article written by by Giles Coren gave Percy’s 9/10. Diners are well looked after and are treated to a culinary experience to remember. Specializing in modern British cuisine, everything is cooked to order beautifully presented. Flavoursome rather than fussy, all dishes are made from the very finest locally sourced or homegrown organic ingredients. Lamb & pork are reared on the Estate and the kitchen garden provides vegetables, herbs, salad leaves. The two orchards provide apples which are juiced and offered to guests for breakfast.The peaceful surroundings and excellent grounds make Percy’s an ideal venue for special celebrations and private hire. ... more   less 
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Percys Hotel Virginstow

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