I had always thought that elegant country retreats were to be avoided with children at all costs. Lofty halls and stuffy afternoon teas don’t sit well with rowdy two-year-olds...
That was until I visited Hotel Endsleigh. Quite possibly one of the UK’s prettiest hotels, it had always been on my must-stay list and I didn’t see why I, or my two daughters, should miss out.
In 1812 the Duke of Bedford wanted to build a country house. Owning a third of Devon, one of England’s most picturesque counties, he had plenty of options – that he chose the spot where Hotel Endsleigh stands is a testament to its charm.
A four-hour drive from London and just an hour from the stunning coastline of north Cornwall and south Devon, Hotel Endsleigh is nestled in a valley overlooking the glittering Tamar River and rolling woodland.
The approach is down a long, winding drive lined with rhododendrons, azaleas and the occasional pheasant. Having spent a week in Cornwall we were already in holiday mode, but a sense of supreme serenity sweeps over you as soon as you arrive.
Completely refurbished by renowned hotelier and interior designer Olga Polizzi when she bought it in 2004, Hotel Endsleigh has just 13 bedrooms – all of them individually designed – and five suites.