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Holne Chase Holiday Cottages
Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Ashburton
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“Intoxicating...”
Reviewed July 9, 2006

From the minute you turn off the road into the drive you know something special awaits.
You glimpse it through the trees, you arrive and it immediately says 'welcome'.
Looking beyond the slightly 'dated' decor of the reception area and drawing rooms I could only revel in the comfortable ambience that made me wish it was all mine.
Quietly unassuming but thoroughly efficient staff, a bedroom that I wanted to stay all day in, superb food and perhaps slightly unusual - meaning not a common occurence - other guests who were both interesting and interested allowing for very enjoyable post dinner drinks.
Although I was only able to stay one night - not nearly long enough - it was the highlight of my week. Certainly not enough time to enjoy all that this exquisite hotel offers.

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Reviewed July 9, 2006

Just returned from a lovely 4 day stay.Unlike the reviewer in April,we found the front of house staff very pleasant and helpful.The owners don't spend much time there these days(busy developing a luxury self catering complex up on the moor)but you wouln't really know. Generally the operation runs smoothly.
We requested a front facing suite but it was stretching the trades description act to call it front facing - one small window in the sitting room area.This was my only accommodation niggle and reception did offer to move us the following day.Nonetheless,the room was spacious and comfortable with the added benefit of its own private entrance for the dog.
Many of the guests had dogs with them and it was so refreshing to find a hotel that is truly dog friendly,a claim often made but rarely fulfilled.Only the restaurant was out of bounds.
We only ate at the hotel once in the evening and the food was ok but not spectacular.Chefs night off??Breakfast was exceptional except for the morning when they were unable to supply toast - noone in the kitchen having the commonsense to deal with the problem before the guests came down for Breakfast.
Grounds are tranquil with a vast lawned area and a sorry looking pond area crying out for a bit of TLC.Could be a great feature
All in all recommended but not cheap.

  • Stayed June 2006
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Reviewed April 17, 2006

We booked an Easter break at this hotel and, taking the price as an indication (£210/night), expected a pretty luxurious weekend. We were really disappointed. Above all, the things that really stood out (the lack of friendliness and 'jobs-worth' attitude we encountered) are nothing to do with cost, and could so easily be fixed. The room (a stable suite) was fine but there was no room service out of the main building, no turn-down service in the evening, and we had an absolute joke trying to get the hotel to book some activities and services for us. I make an exception for the dining room, where the food was good and the waiting staff friendly, although not particularly knowledgable.

  • Stayed April 2006
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Reviewed December 13, 2004

An exceptional home from home luxury long week -end. The attention to detail in the self-catering Garden Cottage was superb. It brings a whole new meaning to the concept of Self-catering! Egyptian Cotton sheets, log fire, Aga, Le Creuset pots and pans.... The starter pack of freshly laid eggs, butter, bread, coffee and a bottle of wine was really welcome. This coupled with a list of local specialist food shops and delicatessens made everything completely effortless. Beautifully decorated, unbelievably perfect setting in spacious grounds, and dog friendly too!
Thelma and Louise (our two Scotties) loved their stay.
Philippa and Sebastian are the perfect hosts.
This is a gem of a hotel utterly unpretentious, just perfect for a weekend break or longer stay.
We just can't wait to go back.

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Reviewed November 28, 2004

Holne Chase is set amongst some of the most beautiful countryside in Devon. The sweeping driveway down to the hotel fills the first-time visitor with anticipation and I wasn't disappointed on arrival. There is an air of old-world charm and elegance about the place - wonderfully relaxing and comfortable, and the perfect base for exploring the West Country. The grounds are lovely - very inviting for a post-lunch stroll, as the food is excellent. The friendly and attentive staff made me feel very welcome and I'll definitely go back. Highly recommended!

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Reviewed July 19, 2004

The hotel is set in beautiful grounds with no buildings apart from the hotel to be seen for miles and miles. We stayed in one of the stable suites which are a short walk from the main hotel. The facilities in them were good, with a downstairs lounge with a TV and chairs etc. Upstairs, although not very large the bedroom and en-suite were good, with another TV, bed side alarm clock and even a portable fan. One small complaint would be a "dog" smell in the lounge. This was mentioned to reception and they promptly installed some air fresheners which solved the problem. As the hotel welcomes dogs you have to expect this.

The hotel grounds were vast and the river walk was only a short distance away. The main hotel was clean and the staff very well presented and friendly. The hotel offers evening meals at around £28 for 2 courses or £35 for 3. Although the menu was good and changed daily and the food certainly matched up to these prices it would have been nice to have a bit more flexability. The breakfast was very good with an extensive menu.

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Reviewed August 11, 2003

This 'country house' hotel trumpets its dog friendly policies, luxurious accommodations and its location - so far so good. You book up, and you look forward to a few days away with your pooch in a country house hotel at the not inconsiderable cost of £140 per night plus another fiver for your doggie. So you expect something pretty decent for the money it is costing you. On arrival, the location was beautiful, with sweeping views and a feeling of seclusion. And then it went all downhill. The 'luxurious accommodation' I had been anticipating turned out to be a poky room at one end of the building with peeling wallpaper, chipped crockery and a door that refused to open fully into the bathroom and painfully threatened to remove part of your hip each time you tried to use the bathroom. Tired was not the word, and neither was luxurious. A word in the receptionist's ear brought about a change of room, only marginally better it has to be said, again chipped crockery and this time lights that failed to work. Other points to note - pathetically ancient portable televisions mounted on the bedroom wall is really not good enough in this day and age. At breakfast the next morning I was fascinated to discover that the chipped crockery issue extended to the dining table. I dont have to tell you that this is a health hazard and completely unacceptable. The corridors giving access to the bedrooms were grubby and gloomy with fetching waist high curtains on plastic rails that appeared to screen a shelving unit. You were warned about the resident dog's erratic behaviour... (struggled with this one - if the dog has issues why is he allowed to roam at will with strangers coming and going, often with their own dog?) children not allowed in the dining room after 6pm.. the staff didn't go out of their way to chat or pass the time of day - and yes, I paid good money for all this. Holne Chase was a big disappointment and I felt severely ripped off off - don't say you haven't been warned...

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Property: Holne Chase Holiday Cottages
Address: Holne Chase Holne Chase, Ashburton, Dartmoor National Park TQ13 7NS, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Devon > Dartmoor National Park > Ashburton
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Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Ashburton
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The hotel closed permanently in 2009 and is now under different owners. Available for long or short term let, Holne Chase holiday cottages are nestled within the Dartmoor national park are ideal to take you away from the hustle and bustle of the city. ... more   less 
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Holne Chase Ashburton
Holne Chase Holiday Cottages Ashburton, Dartmoor National Park

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