I said I would be back last time, and finally here we were. What a stunning place this remains. There has been changes in staff, and the new manager is slightly different in manner to the completely charming lady we had last time, but he is helpful and present just as she was.
Our previous booking was remembered to an almost embarrassing level - we were upgraded once again to stay in Kitty, and were asked "and would you like two green teas delivered to the room at 8:30am in the morning, as last time". Well, yes thank you we would!
This time we took advantage of the tennis court and had a couple of sets to work off the food to come. The racquets and balls were a little tired, but then so was our technique and so it evens out. The kitchen garden was again a very pleasant space to walk around, and the grounds are as immaculate as ever. We made use of the pantry for teas and biscuits, and were ready for aperitifs at 7:45pm. Champagne, canapes, a sublime wine list, and spoilt for choice with the food. I was in heaven. We both had the tasting menu and it was very good, highlights being the mackerel and the beef. Service was again faultless and the cheese board a thing of delight - there must have been over 30 cheeses available and the young cheese waiter took his job seriously and was even studying up in his spare time on cheeses.
Particular mention goes to the french (?) waiter we had for dinner and for breakfast who had a fantastic blend of humour and professionalism. Equally the sommelier was all you would expect at an establishment like this.
Again, I did not want to leave, and again, we will be back. Yes, it is very expensive, but what price perfection?
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Gidleigh Park Chagford
- Hotel Gidleigh Park
- Gidleigh Park Hotel Chagford, Devon