It’s Little Wonder
That the Duke of Bedford, who two centuries ago owned a third of Devon, chose this spot for his hunting and fishing lodge. Overlooking the River Tamar and beyond into Cornwall, Endsleigh, now owned by Olga Polizzi, is set in 108 acres of gardens, woodlands, follies and grottos created by Humphry Repton.
Designed 200 years ago this was one of Humphry Repton’s last commissions and brings together a multitude of landscaping elements for which Repton was renowned.
Immediately around the house there are formal gardens running down to the River Tamar. There is a picturesque dell with little bridges crossing streams, huge Gunnera leaves and wonderful picnic spots. Beyond the formal gardens is the arboretum which contains unusual trees from around the world, still standing in the spots marked out with bamboo canes by the Duchess. Some of the trees are national champions.
The Endsleigh Gardener
Though we are still in the depths of winter and have just had our first hard frost, there are little beacons of hope popping up all over here at Endsleigh. Snowdrops pop their bowed heads through the frost, as if to check all is well for the coming year; winter aconites light up shady corners with their sunny yellow flowers; crocus are tempted from their winter slumber by the low winter sun, and hellebores, now unencumbered by their old leaves, attack the new year with vigour and a smile on their faces.
By Ben Ruscombe-King
Come and see for yourself…
Escape to Endsleigh
Stay for two nights from £519 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
This offer is based on two people sharing a classic room. Available from the 6 February-1 April 2020 (excluding 12-22 & 27-29 February).
This year we learned that we used to have a three story glass-house, heightened for the growth of a specimen of Araucaria Excelsa.
If ever a hotel were built in paradise it would be like Endsleigh – a fairytale cottage set in an Arcadian landscape with delicious food and blissful rooms. I love it and envy that sublime landscape – the perfect opportunity to step back in time to a graceful age.
Tour of the gardens
with Head gardener Ben Ruscombe-King
The Chelsea Flower Show
The gardens are open everyday
Admittance to the garden is £5 or free to guests joining us for lunch, afternoon tea or one of our eclectic selection of events. There is something happening almost everyday.