Country house glamour and fine dining frolics in the heart of Devon
Leave the gym gear in the laundry basket, forget connecting to the wifi and don’t even think about checking your email: a long weekend at Paschoe House is all about indulging in life’s simple pleasures.
Decadent dining, country pursuits and space to unwind and relax are all part of the experience at the family-run country house hotel and restaurant. Tucked away in a secluded valley not far from Dartmoor, the beautifully refurbished 19th century abode feels a million miles from modern day stresses.
Owners Juan and Tabitha Amador-Christie have spent almost a decade renovating the former family residence, creating a blissful bolthole of rural elegance and contemporary glamour. Drawing rooms and lounges with book-clad walls, slumbersome sofas and gently glowing log fires are best enjoyed with a glass of something noteworthy from the wine list, while sunny days should be spent sampling scones and drinking tea on the lawn.
The most striking room at Paschoe House, however, must be the sleek royal blue and bronze dining room where head chef Sam Brook demonstrates his skills in seasonal cookery. Dazzling diners with Instagram-worthy dishes, the former Abode Exeter pastry chef has stepped up to the pass in his new position. Locally-sourced showstoppers such as pan-fried seabass with celeriac, apple and hazelnut feature on monthly three course lunch, dinner and tasting menus.
Day-trippers are welcome to dine in the restaurant or stop by for afternoon tea following a walk along the nearby Two Moors Way footpath, though a night or two in one of the nine bespoke bedrooms is the best way to kick back at this rural retreat.
Read our review of Paschoe House here.
Bow, Crediton, Devon, EX17 6JT
Chef: Samuel Brook
Owners: Tabitha and Juan Amador-Christie
Bedroom rate: from £220
- Kids welcome
- Dogs welcome
- Disabled access
- Parking available
- Private dining available
- Gluten free options
- Beer garden
- Wedding venue
- Exclusive use
- Online booking
Smoked cheese tortellini, caramelised onion, onion consommé
Skate wing, carrot, beurre noisette
Caramel mousse, banana, peanut
3 course lunch £30, 3 course dinner £50
There’s a small zoo of taxidermy hidden around this quirky country house. The ostrich at the bar, elks on the stairs and fox curled up by the fire were our faves.