I had read about the Ilsington Country House Hotel in the Lady magazine and decided that it sounded perfect for a long weekend break. And indeed it was.
My husband and I arrived for our Easter weekend special on Friday morning and although we were early, the welcoming receptionist directed us to the lovely Blue Tiger bar where we had a really nice lunch.
Our room (16) was large and comfortable with everything we needed (tea makings and delicious flapjacks). The bathroom was spotless.
Our room overlooked the front of the hotel to the gardens and we had wonderful views of the surrounding countryside. If we had stayed in high summer, the chat from the terrace below might have been disturbing with an open window. We plan to return in the summer so will request rooms at the back of the hotel overlooking the lovely hens with luck.
The food was really excellent with enough choice to keep it interesting over the three days we were there. I commend the chef on the fabulous banana caramel rice pudding. I would have eaten that every day if it had been on the menu - yum!
We highly recommend this hotel for the lovely staff - each and every one of them, the food, the comfortable room, the fabulous location, did I mention the food?
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This highly rated country house hotel is set in 11 acres of private land within the boundaries of the Dartmoor National Park. Award winning food is served in the main Restaurant whilst the Blue Tiger Inn with its large sun terrace offers more informal dishes of excellent quality. Emphasis is on local produce and homemade creations.Beautiful new Spa opening early 2015 with hydrotherapy pool, sauna, steam room, gym and indoor pool. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ilsington Country Hotel
- Best Western Newton Abbot
- Hotel Ilsington Country
- Ilsington Country House Hotel Dartmoor National Park