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Endsleigh is set in 100 acres of fairy tale gardens, woodlands, follies and grottos created by Humphry Repton

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Endsleigh has 19 rooms each individually designed with uncluttered elegance. The furniture is a mix of old and new, with some unusual pieces

I defy anyone to find a more beautiful spot in the whole of England. There is no traffic or aircraft noise, no light pollution, just the sound of the Tamar river. It’s little wonder that the Duke of Bedford, who owned a third of Devon, chose this spot for his hunting and fishing lodge.

Endsleigh comes complete with such delights as a thatched dairy for the duchess and an unlived-in little house in the woods, built specifically so that, when the fire was lit by a boy who rowed across the river every morning, a charming wisp of smoke would emerge from the treetops to ‘animate’ the landscape.

Hotel Endsleigh in Devon is my favourite hotel in Britain

The Daily Telegraph