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Glazebrook House

UK England South West England Devon Totnes

01364 733 22  Glazebrook House, South Brent Devon TQ10 9JE United Kingdom

Occupying its own secluded grounds, this cosy country house is just the place to come back to after a spot of yomping across the wilds of Dartmoor. A large and elegant Georgian house that has been a hotel since the 1970s, it was extensively refurbished a few years ago by world renowned Timothy Oulton in a boutique style and now boasts nine guest bedrooms, each named after Lewis Carroll characters. Awarded 'boutique hotel of the year' in 2017, they more than live up to their billing, with king-size beds (in all but one of the doubles), tea- and coffee-making facilities, a complimentary mini bar and snacks, super-fast wifi and in-room iPads – and luxurious bathrooms with underfloor heating and White Company toiletries. They are all different – White Rabbit has a bed made out of sheepskin, Cheshire Cat has a chaise longue and a shower that's big enough for two, Mad Hatter a free-standing bathtub and lots of tea party references, while Tweddle Deez – the only twin room – has two four-poster single beds. There's also a wheelchair-accessible room on the ground floor. They have plenty of vintage pieces and retro curio throughout delivering a British revivalist feel and a real sense of fun. What's more, the beautiful countryside is visible from all of the rooms, whether it's simply views of the garden, the woodland or the Devon countryside beyond.

There's a cosy bar with an open fire and impressive wine and cocktail list, quite the place for a snifter or two before dinner, while a wine and whiskey tasting room can be booked for private tastings with the hotel's professional sommelier. The restaurant – overseen by award-winning Ben Palmer – serves a menu that is inventive and hearty at the same time for both lunch and dinner, featuring everything from a posh fish-and-chips to Chateaubriand for two, and a lot in between including a couple of veggie options. They also serve 6- and 8-course taster menus, a special Sunday menu featuring roasts and brunchy sandwiches with fries, as well as a daily Afternoon Tea, if you book in advance.

Finally the hotel's location could hardly be better. There's a nice circular local walk they recommend (they'll give you a map) which takes in the woodland around the hotel. You're also close to Dartmoor and can walk to nearby Ugborough Beacon, and the entire moor is within easy driving distance – as are the green rolling hills and stunning beaches of the South Hams to the south: Salcombe, Hope Cove and Thurlestone are just fifteen minutes away by car.

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Double rooms from £199 a night.

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