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.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Percys Hotel Virginstow