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“Idyllic!”
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Percy's Hotel
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Virginstow
Certificate of Excellence
Centralia, Texas
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76 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Idyllic!”
Reviewed August 12, 2011

My husband and I spent the most wonderful three days at Percy's. The food was fabulous, very carefully prepared. We joined another couple for dinner at the suggestion of the host, and we had a great time. In the morning, we visited the hen house to choose our eggs; that was an experience! During the day, we took long walks and also toured the area. We loved our trip and look forward to returning before long.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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devon
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Reviewed July 18, 2011

We liked the idea very much of a comfortable country hotel growing and preparing its own food, and indeed this is what they did. However, we never felt a particularly warm welcome, and teh rooms while perfectly functional did not feel particularly special. In addition the food while using excellent ingredients was in some cases bland and in others excessively flavoured with the herbs which happened to be in season. Nothing was seriously wrong but it didn't make us want to come again.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Norfolk, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed April 9, 2011

Arrived at the hotel for a two night stay to find we were not expected, although we had pre booked.
We found we were the only guests staying at the hotel and were upgraded to a suite, which was nice. However the room was full of huge flies, some dead, lots still alive.
The complementary cake on arrival was non existant, and we were advised that dinner options would be limited!
Went to dinner and were informed of what we would eat, no choice at all. Long wait for food as the chef had gone to the vet. Food poorly presented, badly cooked and very dissapointing considering her reputation.
Breakfast was worse, little choice, cheap cereals, and the worst bacon ever received, mostly fat.
So poor decided to check out early. Shocking hotel.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 22, 2010

My Husband and I booked this night away at last minute. Just an hours drive from us it was the perfect Country retreat. When we arrived, we dropped bags and straight away went off to explore the 130 acre estate, guided by Percy's very own sheepdog and tourguide 'Sophie' ! Being foodies and 25 years experience ourselves in the hospitality trade in Cornwall, we immediately recognised that Percy's is very special. We are used to dining at Rick Steins and Fifteen, but Percy's offer so much more. Attention to detail starts with producing its own produce onsite, most things being harvested only a couple hours before service, and Chef/Owner Tina cooks everything to order using her fantastic Swiss induction cooker. You don't get rushed to finish before a next sitting, the dining experience lasts all evening, and the food - we have have never tasted so much flavour. Percy's raises the bar for all other Restaurants ! It was really refreshing to meet two people (Tony and Tina) so passionate about their product, and they were the perfect hosts. We can't wait to go back !

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
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Cornwall
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed June 3, 2010

(Note: This is of the restaurant only) Very (!) late review but from the other comments here it does not as look as if much has changed. Service was painfully slow, starters and mains were fine (but not spectacular), desserts average, but the atmosphere was terrible. Sadly all down to the owner who just appeared incredibly patronising - although as others have said here it may just have been awkwardness. The fact that we still vividly remember this meal two years later is, in this case, not a good sign! There is probably a group of people who would feel at home here, but as people who simply enjoy good food in a pleasant environment we didn't.

  • Stayed August 2008, traveled as a couple
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Cornwall
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Reviewed May 3, 2010

We received a wedding voucher for Percy's - a very kind gift indeed. As parents of an 18 month old child, we arranged a babysitter (i.e. grandparents!), booked a table for 8pm and looked forward to a special evening.

Whilst the food was okay - and no more than that - it was a long wait! Our starter arrived at 9pm and our main course arrived at 10pm. It is also worth noting that there were only 2 choices of starter (parfait and scallops) and main course (turbot and roast beef) on the menu, and 16 people in the restaurant......

We decided to leave at 10.15am and drive home (only 30 minutes but we were conscious not to take advantage of our babysitters).

What made the whole experience even more disappointing was the attitude of the front-of-house: a very patronising and disintered man. At one point he actually walked away whilst I was trying to explain that we found that the wait of 2 hours for a main course was rather long. He clearly that that we weren't used to eating out and were comparing his restaurant to a fast food establishment (which, of course, we weren't).

I agree with the comments from other reviewers about the lack of atmosphere.

All in all, definitely not worth the money (£40 for 3 courses, £7.50 for the extra cheese course). We could recommend so many great restaurants and pubs in this beautiful area, but sadly not Percys.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
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Devon
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Reviewed September 19, 2009

It is a little too far to drive from Plymouth just for supper. We have eaten here five times and stayed once.We have always had an excellent meal. Sometimes the selection on the small carefully constructed seasonal menu is better than others. it is a converted old farmhouse with a newer bar section at the back. The owners previously operated a brasserie/restaurant in harrow. They are interested in race horses and have a determination to leave you alone during the day. Their dogs will lead you round the farmland which is unspoilt and has some replanted woodland. We think that the food/drink can be expensive. The operation seem s to be owned by a husband and wife team. The wife is an excellent chef. The husband has a superior and slightly patronising approach to front of house. There seems to be an excessive anxiety to preserve the purity of the experience he wants to provide which we think for most peole would not mesh with relaxation and the fun enjoyment of food. Thats a pity because within their own terms they try very hard. they do not seem to be aware of the impact of the product on the punters. The website is worth a look and with a bit of reading between the lines you will get the picture. Percy's remains one of our favourite restaurants. if we were close by and preferably with two four or more friends we would not hesitate to dine there.

  • Stayed November 2008, traveled as a couple
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Property: Percy's Hotel
Address: Coombeshead Estate, Virginstow EX21 5EA, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Devon > Virginstow
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Virginstow
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set in 50-acres of stunning countryside, streams and woodland, the panoramic views extend over both Bodmin moor and Dartmoor. This luxury privately owned country hotel offers peace and tranquility in a relaxed and informal environment with extensive organic kitchen gardens and 50 acres of pasture & woodland. Unpretentious dining, free Wi-Fi and parking. Dogs welcome in some of the rooms.Hotel awards include South West Small Hotel of the Year for two years running and runner up for Small Hotel of the Year for Great Britain. Each of the 7 en-suite bedrooms has its own unique character. All of the rooms are spacious and are equipped with king size beds, Egyptian cotton linen and fluffy towels and robes as standard. What they do share however is a homely ambiance infused with luxurious touches and comforts. Every room includes complimentary Wi-Fi access, flat screen TV, DVD player, designer toiletries and much more besides. There is a range of room types available, from Standard, Superior and Deluxe options as well as one suite.Among the many restaurant awards, an article written by by Giles Coren gave Percy's 9/10. Diners are well looked after and are treated to a culinary experience to remember. Specializing in modern British cuisine, everything is cooked to order beautifully presented. Flavoursome rather than fussy, all dishes are made from the very finest locally sourced or homegrown organic ingredients. Lamb & pork are reared on the Estate and the kitchen garden provides vegetables, herbs, salad leaves. The two orchards provide apples which are juiced and offered to guests for breakfast.The peaceful surroundings and excellent grounds make Percy's an ideal venue for special celebrations and private hire. ... more   less 
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