Laid back yet elegant, country-inspired living abounds at this Devonshire estate. Dog-friendly rooms include decor inspired by the surrounding flora and fauna, snuggly quilts, flat screen TVs, DVD players, WiFi and REN toiletries.
You and fido can take your pick of any of the individually-styled rooms here.
Uncluttered, relaxing, Classic rooms aim to take you away from your day to day life and immerse you in your country surrounds. Several have garden views and all come with baths, many of which are roll-top.
Named after the estate’s famous landscape designer, for the best views of the garden, try a Repton room. With a tasteful blend of old and new, Room 4 also has a surprise – with its bathroom in the old Duke’s chapel. The hand-painted wallpapers of the two Bedford rooms, meanwhile, invite you into an olde worlde secret garden all of your own.
There are five inviting Suites, two in the Main house, the Gatehouse lodge and the two newest additions in the Stables. All have king-size beds, separate sitting rooms and walk-in showers. The thatched Gatehouse lodge has a private garden and a wood burning stove – perfect to snuggle down in for a winter’s escape with fido.
Dogs will be delighted to find a bed, blanket, bowl and treats waiting for them on arrival.
With 100 acres of wonderful gardens to explore, landscaped by Humphry Repton and with many feature to explore such as the intoxicating Rose Walk in the summer, fido’s nose will be a-twitching with the many exciting country smells. Remember those Dubarrys.
Hotel guests can use the nearby Country Club’s pool, sauna, steam room, gym and spa.
Your dog is welcome to join you throughout the hotel, except for in the main restaurant.
Z-beds and cots for children can be arranged via prior request, and are able to be accommodated in the majority of rooms.
There is many an activity on offer come rain or shine, from table tennis and croquet, to a spot of fishing in the stretch of River Tamar that runs through the garden. Canoeing, cycling, horse riding, falconry, tree surfing, 4×4 driving, archery and clay pigeon shooting can also all be arranged. For wetter days, a selection of books, DVDs and games are available.
The restaurant is inspired by Italy, and the love of sharing a good meal with friends. Combining fresh Devonshire produce, with tastes of the countryside surrounds, menus change regularly and include many a tempting treat. Expect dishes such as crab salad, compressed pickled kohlrabi, whipped avocado and lemon purée, followed by sea bream, parmesan gnocchi, cavolo nero and crab bisque, and rounded off by Nougat parfait, orange pannacotta and mascarpone sorbet.
While the restaurant is not dog-friendly, you can dine with your dog on the terrace if the weather tempts you, or in the hotel’s quiet room.
Room service is not available – a perfect nudge for you and fido to get out and about and explore the best of delightful Devon.
Children under 6 years of age are not allowed in the restaurant but an alternative dining area for families with young children can be organised. Babysitting can also be arranged, or a listening service provided.
Keep an eye out for the honesty bar!
Just a short drive from the hotel, you’ll find Dartmoor National Park, with its open moorlands and deep river valleys. Follow old railway tracks and discover the unique Dartmoor Tors, which your dog will love scampering about on, and definitely make it over to dog-friendly Becky Falls. The hotel can also arrange a guide to take you walking.
The market town of Tavistock is around 15 minutes away, with its cluster of independent shops to explore. There is a also covered pannier market each week, and a farmer’s market and art market each month.
For inspiration see our dog-friendly Devon destination page, which also covers the stunning south of the county. Also check out our ‘Also in the Neighbourhood’ recommendations below.
Address: Hotel Endsleigh, Milton Abbot, Tavistock, Devon, PL19 0PQ
From Exeter, take the A30 tributary through Devon. The hotel is around 10 miles off this road. Just pop the postcode in your SatNav and there is ample parking on site.
This is one destination which is easier to get to, and explore from, with a car. Should you get the train, the nearest mainline train stations are Exeter St Davids, which is approximately an hour’s drive away, or Plymouth, which is around 50 minutes away. From Plymouth you can connect to a local train service to Gunnislake, 8 miles away. Arrange your dog-friendly taxi for the remainder of your trip in advance.
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