Hotel Endsleigh

Devon, England

At a Glance

  • Spend a day exploring Dartmoor on horseback then return for a relaxing massage in your room back at Hotel Endsleigh

  • Grab a good book from the library and get cosy with a glass of wine beside one the many crackling fires

  • Hotel Endsleigh has over one hundred acres of magical gardens, with grottos, follies and waterfalls abounding

  • This historical hotel offers excellent salmon and trout fishing on the Tamar River with guidance from the gillie where required

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It is very difficult to predict the weather in the United Kingdom - in the summer from May to late September is generally seen as the most pleasant time to visit. Rainfall is difficult to predict - but the UK does not receive as much as many are led to believe! In the winters, temperatures do fall, but there is nothing better than finding a remote pub with a roaring fire to sit beside after a long walk in the country.

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Insider's View

Take a chilled glass of wine out onto the beautifully scenic croquet lawn and really get to grips with this classic English game while the summer sun sinks in the sky - so peaceful!

Call us on 858 345 1764 to start planning your vacation to Hotel Endsleigh or take a look at our itineraries to Cornwall West Country


Hotel Endsleigh is a small luxury country house hotel on the edge of Dartmoor National Park, Devon, UK. Hotel Endsleigh is a stunning Grade 1 historic house set in 108 acres of beautiful gardens and woodland.

Hotel Endsleigh is tucked away in the peaceful Tamar valley, the house was originally built for the 6th Duke of Bedford in 1811 who chose to use it as a hunting and fishing lodge. Today Hotel Endsleigh is one of the most important Regency country houses remaining and has wonderful views across the River Tamar to Cornwall beyond. There are just sixteen bedrooms which have been carefully restored to the Regency style but with additional contemporary touches to ensure the utmost comfort.

The most endearing part of a stay at Hotel Endsleigh has to be a walk through the stunning gardens which were originally landscaped in 1814 by Humphrey Repton who learned all he knew from Capability Brown. There are over one hundred acres of magical gardens with salmon and trout fishing along the River Tamar and her tributary streams which gently wind their way through the valley past an ancient grotto and various follies - signature features of their time.

Situated in-between Dartmoor and Bodmin Moor, the hotel is a great place to stay if exploring the surrounding National Parks, be it on foot, horseback or bike. The fishing is highly acclaimed and shooting and falconry is also on offer. Hotel Endsleigh is a peaceful hideaway with lots of action for those that desire it.

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Hotel Endsleigh has 16 rooms including two suites and a secluded lodge. All the rooms are decorated in a style in keeping with the Regency period. They all have generous baths with huge overhead showers and many of the rooms have beautiful views over the gardens. As well as antique furniture, the rooms offer flat screen TVs and DVD players and free WiFi. The suites have sofa beds which can accommodate extra teenagers or adults and all the rooms have space for an extra child's bed or baby's cot.

Keepers Lodge

This gorgeous secluded thatch cottage is a walk or drive away from the main hotel. It has two rooms and bathroom and it's own private garden.


There are two suites one on the ground floor and one on the first floor of the main hotel.

Spacious Room

There are four Spacious Rooms all with a gorgeous view over the surrounding gardens.

Comfortable Room

There are nine Comfortable Rooms which all have large baths and overhead showers. Each one is individual and all have charming antique furniture typical of the Regency period.


Hotel Endsleigh has room in most of the bedrooms for an extra child's bed or baby's cot. The hotel is family friendly and babysitting can be arranged for those that require it.


Hotel Endsleigh has a well-stocked library, a croquet lawn, 108 acres of stunning gardens, table tennis and various games, fishing on the River Tamar and bikes to hire. The rooms all have WiFi and flat screen TVs and DVD players.


There are two dining rooms serving delicious seasonal food using mainly locally sourced organic produce. Traditional Devonshire Cream teas are served every day in the dining room. There is an honesty bar which means that guests can enjoy a drink anytime and anywhere around the hotel.


Aside from exploring the riverside walks which take you past waterfalls and hidden follies in the acres of gardens, Hotel Endsleigh can organize a host of other activities. A private guide can be arranged if guests wish to explore the local area, including both Dartmoor and Bodmin Moor. Picnics can be prepared if guests wish to disappear for a day trip either to the coast or to visit the beautiful villages and towns nearby. Fishing, mountain biking, horse riding, shooting (clays), falconry and an in-room massage can all be arranged by the helpful hotel staff.




Who goes?

Escapists, old-school romantics, fishermen and garden lovers.


A verdantly gardened, Grade 1-listed Eden between Dartmoor and Exmoor, with shell houses and hidden glades for romantic tte--ttes.


Built in 1812 as the vacation home for the Duchess of Bedford, Georgiana Russell, this wildly romantic, chintz-free country estate is steeped in royal history.


Given the owners credentials Olga and Alex Polizzi are part of the Forte family, and Alex is Channel 5s Hotel Inspector the service is far from polished. The biggest surprise is how little the staff seem to know about the history of such a notable house. Still, the pace is unhurried, and the make yourself at home atmosphere leaves you feeling like lady of the manor in no time. Theres no room service.


Purposefully low-tech, the rooms dont have televisions, Wi-Fi or mini bars, and only a couple have proper showers. Decorated in Regency pastiche, Room five is the winner, with original hand-painted wallpaper, poetry-inspiring views of the River Tamar and a chaise longue thats made for swooning. Room four wins points for quirkiness: the ensuite bathroom, accessible down steep stairs, was the Dukes chapel.

Food and drink

The cream teas are worth the journey alone: a help-yourself affair of just-baked scones accompanied by massive urns of clotted cream and fruit-laden strawberry jam. Breakfasts, too, are a cut above the rivals.The modern British lunch and dinner menu is served in a wood-panelled, crest-studded dining room, or in the more intimate dining room overlooking the parterre.

Value for money

Rates include breakfast and free wifi.

Access for guests with disabilities?



Most rooms have space for an extra childs bed or cot. Three of the suites have sofa beds, suitable for teenagers. Babysitting and listening can be arranged.


  • Dartmoor

    Dartmoor is one of 15 National Parks in the UK. The dramatic landscape of this part of South Devon is due to its geology and exposed granite hilltops known as tors providing a habitat for wildlife such as Dartmoor Ponies.

  • Exmoor National Park

    Exmoor is a national park in the south west of the UK with nearly 7000sq km of moorland, woodland, valleys, cliffs, farms and villages to explore.

  • Kynance Cove

    Kynance Cove is considered to be one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. It is located on the eastern side of Mount's Bay in Cornwall, on the Lizard Peninsula and is in the Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

  • Lost Gardens of Heligan

    The award-winning Lost Gardens of Heligan, near Mevagissey in Cornwall, lay dormant for over seventy years before becoming Europe’s largest garden restoration project. The gardens offer a wonderful chance to rekindle your childhood imagination.

  • St. Michael's Mount

    The jewel in Cornwall's crown, St Michael's Mount rises majestically out of the sea near Penzance. Reached by a tidal causeway, the Mount is steeped in history and legend, and contains a spectacular medieval castle and sub-tropical gardens.

  • The Eden Project

    Built in an old clay pit, the Eden Project in Cornwall is a collection of artificial biodomes containing plants from all over the world.

  • Tintagel Castle

    Perched above the rugged North Cornwall coast, Tintagel is a ruined 13th-century medieval castle inextricably linked with the legend of King Arthur, and immersing yourself in the history, myth and stunning scenery of Tintagel is a memorable experience.

Location & directions

Devon, England

Hotel Endsleigh is situated on the river Tamar in the village of Milton Abbot, Devon. It lies between Bodminmoor to the west and Dartmoor National Park to the East.

How to get there

Milton Abbot is approximately a one hour drive from Exeter which is served by trains from London Paddington and also an hour form Newquay airport with flights to London Gatwick.

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