Superb food in elegant surroundings
A gentle breeze blows through the open, floor-to-ceiling glass doors; sunlight streams into the room and all you can hear is birdsong. Waking up in one of the new garden rooms at the Horn of Plenty is utterly blissful.
This boutique country house hotel has long been associated with excellent food, thanks to the legacy of previous owner Sonia Stephenson and the impressive fare from head chef Ashley Wright. But what may not be so well known is that it’s also an excellent place to stay, especially with the latest additions to its accommodation.
Turning up the drive, you’re met with the perfect country house scene: tall trees, well established gardens and a pretty water fountain. Then, stepping up to the front door of the elegant Edwardian house, you get your first glimpse of the most incredible panorama over the Tamar Valley.
The house was built in 1866 for the Duke of Bedford’s mine captain, who must’ve enjoyed his bird’s eye view of what was then an industrial landscape. Those days long gone, what’s left is bucolic tranquillity. Inside, the house is homely with the staff who have been here for years, so know the regulars well.
Ashley’s food is immaculate, both in flavour and presentation, and it’s impossible not to feel a genuine sense of excitement as you anticipate each course. With restrained portions, you’ll have room to enjoy one of his famed desserts, like the summery peach melba, or the petit fours which includes the softest rosewater turkish delight.
There are 16 garden rooms, four of which are in the main house and six in an existing stone outbuilding, and an extension houses the six new rooms. This is a sensitive building project; careful use of stone and wood makes the conjoining of new and old seamless.
The rooms are beautifully designed with comfort and space in mind and include fabulous bathrooms; but most stunning of all is the garden setting. In some rooms it’s literally four steps from your bed into the walled garden. What a way to start, and end, the day.
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The Horn of Plenty is just ten minutes’ drive from Dartmoor, and 20 minutes from Cotehele, The Garden House and Buckland Abbey. Dogs are welcome in six rooms; they’ll love wandering the gardens, and the direct access onto 25km of Tamar trails.
Gulworthy, Tavistock, Devon, PL19 8JD
Open all year. Lunch 12pm-2pm. Dinner 7pm-9.30pm
Chef: Ashley Wright
Owner: Julie Leivers and Damien Pease
Bedroom rate: from £110 (including breakfast)
- Kids welcome
- Dogs welcome
- Parking available
- Private dining available
- Gluten free options
- Wedding venue
- Exclusive use
- Online booking
AA Hotel Guide 4 stars.
Silver in 2015 Visit England Awards for Excellence, UK Small Hotel of the Year.
Gold in 2014/15 Devon Tourism Awards, Devon Small Hotel of the Year.
Taste of the West Gold 2016. Sunday Times Top 100 Ultimate British Hotels.
Silver in 2014 Devon Tourism Awards, Taste of Devon and Venue and Business Tourism awards.
Handpicked Brixham crab salad, orchard apple and garden sorrel
Trio of Devon pork, old English apple and baby gem lettuce
Garden elderflower cheesecake with textures of strawberry
3 courses plus canapés £49.50 per person