Gidleigh Park – Chagford, Devon, England, United Kingdom
In a Poetic Setting, Peaceful Beyond Imagination
Buried deep in the wild country of Dartmoor National Park, secluded and elegant Gidleigh Park encourages bewildered guests with roadside signs reading “Keep Heart”—they’re on the right track. It’s well worth the single-lane drive to this Tudor-style manse, 45 magnificent acres of gardens, pastures, and a stately 1929 tribute to other times, whose woodland get lost within the untamed natural beauty of the encircling national preserve, Britain’s second largest park.
From the terraced patio, guests hear only the rushing waters of the North Teign River, the music of nature that will lull them to sleep at night and invite them for excellent trout fishing in the morning. Its setting is its glory, but only one of many.
It is also one of the finest Built, on a 16th-century foundation eating establishments (with an unrivaled wine cellar) in this area of the country. Prices are memorable (if you have to ask, this isn’t the place for you), but so is the singularly delightful experience Gidleigh Park offers.
Of the impressive circuit of England’s famous country manor houses, Gidleigh Park has been one of the prime destinations since it opened in 1977, rivaled by few others in culinary refinement or natural beauty.