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Gidleigh Park
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Chagford
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed July 16, 2013

The garden is splendid, the building is beautiful and the food by two Michelin stars chef Michael Caines simply brilliant!
We stayed only one night, but never wanted to leave! It's the perfect base to discover Dartmoor.
Its only limitation is its location, which makes it difficult to reach for only a week end from London

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 15, 2013

We spent 2 nights at Gidleigh during June 2013. Gidleigh is a very secluded country house hotel in Dartmoor. To reach Gidleigh you will need to navigate some challenging single track roads - but don't be put off - it is well worth the effort.

Whilst we visited Gidleigh, primarily for the fine dining experience that it offers, the grounds are spectacular. Our June visit afforded an amazing view of the bluebell woods and there are a number of most enjoyable walks that can be taken in the large grounds.

The hotel itself is beautifully furnished, with well appointed bedrooms, beautiful flowers throughout the hotel, and traditional and luxurious public rooms. Everything about the hotel was in the very best taste.

Great fun was to be had on the putting green (designed by Peter Aliss) - but the star of the show was still the food - fantastic food combinations and perfect wine pairings, produced and served to the highest of standards.

Highly recommended!

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 14, 2013

I was treated recently to eat at Gidleigh Park, I was fortunate to be taken by helicopter, the flight over the hotel was breathtaking, the grounds beautiful without being over the top formal. We landed and were met by the first of what became a line of the most delightful, proffessional and friendly staff, you do not buy staff like these they want to be part of a first class team. We went into the hotel and were met with such a warm welcome. The walls are adorned with a rich mix of traditional art and quirky humourous artwork, I felt at home. Champagne on the terrace. Then Taken to our seats in a delightful dinning room we were given the best description of the wines we were to receive, the picture painted was full of colour and taste, I could not wait to taste the wine, they were everything we had been led to believe. Then the food came, a visual celebration of cullinary excelence, wow. The wine flowed, the conversation with people not met previously was rich and enlightening. All of this enjoyment and pleasure was greatly added to by the staff, I must congratulate the staff for performing a beautiful, graceful and proffessional theatre on the most wonderful stage. Thank you. Ian

Room Tip: did not stay-sadly
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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with friends
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1  Thank diggy1
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Reviewed July 12, 2013

On tuesday the ninth of July my wife and i had Lunch at Gidleigh. The weather was a glorious, the meal first class, and the staff and service were as usual 'top of the tree brilliant'. It made for a really pleasant occasion which we finished with a stroll around the grounds before setting off home. We have eaten at Gidleigh before and are always impressed with the proffessional standard displayed by everyone involved at this establishment.

Room Tip: Did not stay at the hotel
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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 10, 2013

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?

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank tal27
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Reviewed July 10, 2013

Treated to dinner and a night at Gidleigh Park for our 30th anniversary. As we live fairly locally, the road to the hotel didn't surprise us unlike some other reviewers. When we arrived, we were given a free room upgrade because it was a special occasion. The staff were incredibly efficient but friendly and nothing was too much trouble. I particularly liked the larder idea, a kitchen with everything you need to make tea, coffee, chocolate and help yourself to beautiful home made biscuits. The dinner was out of this world. We had the tasting menu and had plate after plate of the most fabulous food we'd ever eaten. The grounds are very special and we explored before we left the following day.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Di M
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Reviewed July 8, 2013

My husband and I stayed here for the weekend to celebrate our wedding anniversary and thought it was beautiful. The road up to the hotel is very narrow and bendy so you have to be very careful. When you finally get the hotel you breathe a sigh of relief. What a sight though! A very impressive building set among wonderfully maintained gardens. Check in was handled well and we were shown to our room on the second floor. We had booked the deluxe room with a private roof terrace and we were very impressed. A table with 2 chairs on one side, 2 sun loungers and a hot tub on the other with a lovely view over the garden and tennis court. Dinner in the restaurant was fabulous and the main reason for our visit - see separate review. Our package included champagne and canapes before dinner, evening meals on both nights with wine, a cellar tour and a bottle of port with a decanter as a leaving gift.

I took advantage of the gorgeous weather and took to the sun loungers on Saturday while the husband watched the Lions game. Both happy with our morning, we picked up our pre-ordered packed lunch (charged around £25) and headed out for a walk. The hotel provides maps for 3 different routes and we opted for the 2 hour one which was long enough in that heat. Not for the unfit or infirm as the hills are very steep. The boundary walk is much shorter and easier on the legs.

At £1735 for 2 nights, it's not cheap and leads me to my first gripe. Although staff were aware of our anniversary at the time of booking (the manager even mentioned it on our first night) - there was nothing to celebrate the fact. Paying that amount of money surely warrants a vase of flowers in the room and a card? Apparently not.
My second gripe is not being offered our cellar tour until we were packing up to leave on Sunday morning. Last gripe is having been charged £31.50 for 2 beers from the bar and £48 for wine we did not have. My husband doesn't check bills before signing for them, so we'll have to live with it.

These gripes would not deter us from visiting again. Our room was beautiful and the bathroom had a lovely walk in shower as well as a roll top bath. Everything was spotless and our room was cleaned in the time it took us to have breakfast. The food in the restaurant was top class and worthy of the Michelin stars it holds. Pricey, but you get what you pay for.

Room Tip: Book the deluxe room with the hot tub on the terrace
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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Damien B, General Manager at Gidleigh Park, responded to this reviewResponded July 12, 2013

Dear Amy70,

Thank you very much for your review and for your kind words about your room and your dinner in the restaurant. We were really lucky with the weather over the weekend and it is good to know that you put the loungers to good use whilst your husband enjoyed watching the Lions beating the Australians.

I have acknowledged your comments and I would really like to have the opportunity to resolve these issues with you directly and would appreciate if you could contact me directly on generalmanager@gidleigh.co.uk.

Kindest regards

Damien Bastiat
General Manager

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Additional Information about Gidleigh Park

Address: Chagford, Dartmoor National Park TQ13 8HH, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Devon > Dartmoor National Park > Chagford
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Chagford
Price Range: $324 - $688 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Gidleigh Park 5*
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set majestically on the bubbling upper reaches of the River Teign, Gidleigh Park enjoys an exquisite location on the very edge of Dartmoor National Park. Famed for its culinary credentials, Gidleigh Park offers an air of tranquillity and romance within a Tudor-style country house, beautifully furnished by the Brownsword family and set within 107 acres of mature grounds. Adding to the five-star experience, the bedrooms at Gidleigh Park are of exceptional luxury. All individual in style and design, they feature the most stunning bathrooms, wet rooms and spa suites that inspire a true sense of indulgence. ... more   less 
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