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Howard's House Country Hotel & Restaurant
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Teffont Evias
Certificate of Excellence
Devon England
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37 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Good but pricey! Room didn't justify the rate”
Reviewed August 26, 2013

A last-minute booking meant we had the last room in the hotel for a Friday night. We had been recommended the quality of the service, food and ambiance and in those respects we were generally pleased with our decision to stay. The room turned out to be at the top of the house, in a garret type space, up a steep short flight of steps, and unfortunately the residents in the next room had a dog which gave an occasional bark! We were rather cramped but had a good choice of teas and ground coffee in the room. the newspaper arrived early.at the room door.The table d'hote menu had only two choices per course, but the food was very good. Excellent breakfast of scrambled eggs and smoked salmon. The table linen was pristine and so was the general presentation and decor. Pleasant garden. At £270 for two including three course table d'hote dinner, we thought a high price for an inadequate room. The staff asked if I wanted to add anything (ie tip) to the bill - I did, but rather a cheek I thought (are they on low wages?!)

Room Tip: Ask about the room- don't take it for granted (but we did have Hobson's choice).
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Celle, Germany
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed August 10, 2013

We enjoyed a tranquil and relaxing stay in this lovely, small hotel embedded in the beautiful Wiltshire countryside. Right from the start we were made to feel very welcome and appreciated the attentive and friendly service as well as the care that had been taken in the many small details that enhanced our stay (the fresh flowers on the tables, the homemade biscuits in the rooms, the White Country toiletries etc.) It was a real treat to come back to to the hotel after a day of sightseeing and spend the rest of the day on the terrace in the lovely gardens with afternoon tea.
The dinner was also excellent, beautifully prepared from fresh regional products, and delicious (and very reasonably priced as well).. The rooms have apparently been refurbished recently and our room was very stylish, spacious and comfortable and had good wifi reception. We had a gorgeous view of the gardens and the village church.Thanks to the good weather, we were able to enjoy the very tasty cooked country breakfast accompanied by an assortment of fresh pastries
on the terrace.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Dumfries, Scotland, United Kingdom
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66 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed July 23, 2013

It was a heavenly place to stay but attention to detail lets them down. The truly perfect meal was well presented however the waiter (manager) should make sure that his trousers are not stained and the chef if he is to appear should not be dressed in track suit bottoms that a sliding down creating a large expanse of sweaty skin. This attention to detail continues in the bedroom ours was charing but a very dirty shelf in the wardrobe was disgusting, no zapper for the TV, curtain rail coming away from the wall, badly fitted door handle on the bathroom door caused me to scratch my hand and last but not least three pairs of nickers in the tea table draw. At these prices things have to be perfect and they were not.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Chester, United Kingdom
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47 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed June 28, 2013

This is a fantastic place. I've enjoyed a great weekend in Howard's House. The quality of the service, the location, the staff, rooms and facilities are just great. Howard's House is a gem in Wiltshire.
The only 'negative' aspect I wish to note is the restaurant. The food was good and the ingredient were all fresh and local. You can actually see the care in selecting the best. However portions are VERY small (especially considering the bill).

Overall a very good place to stay. I would recommend it to everybody

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed June 24, 2013

we were recommended howars house by a friend. we came for quite weekend breaks for many years. It has a magnificent 'old world' charm, hidden away i a most lovely part of Wiltshire some 10 miles west of Salisbury-which is really a must see when staying there.my wife always said I was more relaxed after a weekend here than after a 2 week holiday.The rooms are beautifully designed and maintained and the food in class of its own. we enjoyed the area so much that we bought a house in the next village and now live here full time. therefore we no longer stay at the hotel but regularly return to the restaurant for their excellent fare.

Room Tip: the gardens is magnificent-see if you grt a room overlooking it.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
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68 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed June 10, 2013

We have been visiting Howard's House for the last eight years for those 'special' occasions. It is tucked away in the little village of Teffont Evias in the Nadder Valley and is surrounded by beautiful countryside. The grounds of the house are well kept and on our recent visit, were bursting with English country garden flowers and birds. The service is attentive and although, not opulent, the lounge areas are clean and comfortable. The bedrooms are spotlessly clean and fresh although the floors, as in most old buildings do creak a bit, but this adds to the charm of the place.The food is very good and I particularly liked the meringue and prune desert, which I can assure readers, was certainly home made. The staff go out of their way to make sure your stay is memorable and want to know if there is anything you think can be improved. It is not cheap, but as I say, Howard's House is for that 'special occasion'.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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London
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
Reviewed May 8, 2013

Howard's House is not somewhere that you would find by chance, tucked away as it is in the depths of the Nadder Valley west of Salisbury. However if you want a taste of a comfortable, quiet hotel deep in the English countryside than this is the place for you. The rooms are spacious, cosy and well appointed. Unusually for an old house the water pressure in the showers is excellent.
The service is attentive from a small and seemingly very hard working team and the restaurant was a delight for both dinner and breakfast.
A place for a treat.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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Property: Howard's House Country Hotel & Restaurant
Address: Teffont Evias SP3 5RJ, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Wiltshire > Teffont Evias
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Teffont Evias
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Number of rooms: 9
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