My two hotels in the West country are each very different and I love them both. One for its perfect position and views of the Cornish sea, the other for its extraordinary architecture deep in the secluded Devon countryside.
Hotel Endsleigh is a Grade I historic house set in 100 acres of fairytale woodland, follies and grottos created by Humphry Repton. The Duke of Bedford, who owned a third of Devon, chose this spot for his fishing and hunting lodge.
Hidden on the edge of the Dartmoor, many of the 18 bedrooms have magnificent views of the gardens, the river Tamar and beyond into Cornwall.
There is no muzak whatsoever at Endsleigh only the birds singing and the bats squeaking.
This year we learned that we used to have a three story glass-house, heightened for the growth of a specimen of Araucaria Excelsa. We learned that Olga Polizzi will open a new suite in the Stables (Number 20). Former Claridge’s pastry supremo Alan Holloway joined Endsleigh to look after our beloved Afternoon tea table. Condé Nast named us Countryside Hotel of the Year and we collected Hotel Restaurant of the Year too.
In January, stay a little longer with three nights for two.
In January, book for two nights and receive a third night free
At the end of January, the hotel will close for its annual refurbishment. The most profound change this year will be a state of the art new kitchen. During most of this time (14 February-7 March) the hotel will be able to reopen but with a simpler food offering.
In the mornings we will serve a buffet style breakfast in the Main House. A simple light lunch menu with a very good homemade soup and Afternoon Tea will be set out in the Library each day as usual.
Dinner on the other hand, will be completely different. Instead of individual reservations and the traditional menu in the Restaurant, we will instead serve a set three course dinner each evening in the Stables. This will be served on one large table at 7.30pm in the style of a dinner party. The room will be decorated beautifully with twinkling tea lights and outside in the courtyard we will light the fire pit to create the feeling of one of our private parties.
In light of this more simple offering, guests staying during this period (14 February-7 March) will be offered a 40% discount on their room rate.
The hotel will close at 5.30pm on Sunday 27 January and will reopen completely on Friday 8 March.
On Saturday 9 March we christen our new kitchen with a very special dinner hosted by Skye McAlpine.
And in March, normal service is resumed
Escape to Endsleigh
Stay for two nights from £499 including
-Full English breakfast each morning
-A warm welcome to the hotel with a glass of Champagne and canapés
-A three-course dinner on one evening with the sommelier’s choice of wine for each course
Based on two people sharing a Classic room. Available from the 8-31 March 2019.
Please call to book this offer
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