at Gidleigh Park
At Gidleigh Park, we have so much to offer both within the hotel and the grounds.
That is the reason we make sure our experienced team share one passion, the passion for outstanding service. At any point, feel free to speak to one of us and we will be delighted to help.
Here is a list of activities and information about what is available within the grounds and hotel:
Located in an area of outstanding beauty, you would be forgiven for thinking that the area beyond would eclipse Gidleigh Park's own gardens, but in fact each only serves to enhance the other.
The gardens have been planted to provide an array of colours against the hues of green that form the natural backdrop. From the first tulips of spring to the carpet of bluebells that follows right through to the azaleas, acers, alliums, camellias and rhododendrons, and the rich hues of autumn, the riot of colour and beauty is spellbinding.
Discover our water gardens (pictures above in early spring) by taking a stroll through the pathways, discovering unique and unusual species flourishing in the damp atmosphere. Take in the soothing sound of water running and trickling over boulders and pebbles, and naturally formed miniature waterfalls whilst breathing in the clean air. You could even let your imagination run and spot a fairy or little pixie in these magical woodland water gardens!
Practicality plays a big part in the garden's landscape, particularly in the specially designed kitchen garden. The seasonal produce is destined for our kitchen and a planting scheme supports our chef's menu planning throughout the year. The scent of the herbs as you meander cannot fail to provide a nod to the very fine dining experience you enjoy here.
Throughout the year, both our Executive Head Chef Michael Wignall and Estate Manager Andrew Brimblecombe run various gardening tours and foraging events. For more information on what's available, visit our Events Diary page.
It's no coincidence that at Gidleigh Park we offer a boot room for guest use, wellingtons and stout walking boots are almost compulsory attire for many of our guests.
Dartmoor is a walker's paradise, offering a huge variety of trails that cater for all levels of walker, and discovering this magical landscape on foot affords the opportunity to experience the wildlife and natural vegetation that are at home here.
A circular route of about six miles is a good initial hike; Postbridge and Bellever are both circular walks taking in a varied mix of scenery, riverside trails, moorland, woodland, waterfalls and historical remains.
Chagford, our local village, is a great starting point for walkers and one of the most worthwhile walks is the four and a half miles that take you to the top of Nattadon Hill, a steep climb, but when you reach the summit, the view beyond you is well worth the exertion.
On the estate itself, there are several routes which we can provide self-guiding maps, or by prior appointment, we can organise for a local guide. Wherever your trails take you, we are happy to equip you with sustenance - speak with our reception team who can organise a picnic rucksack with prior notice.
Seasonally, the River Teign is packed with wild brown trout, sea trout and salmon, offering some of the finest fishing in the South West. At Gidleigh Park, we can provide fishing licenses and tuition for those who are keen novices; tackle and gear can be booked by prior arrangement.
For the experiences fishermen, we can point in the right direction of some perfect spots along the river. Please speak with our reception team who will be happy to advise or arrange this for you.
Our Peter Allis designed 18-hole putting course is situated near the Pavilion where you can practice your putting. During the winter months we allow the green to rest before re-opening again in early spring. Speak to our reception team who can provide you with clubs and balls.
We have an outdoor, on-site tennis court at Gidleigh Park which is located at the front of the house. We provide tennis racquets and balls at reception. The courts are of course first come, first served.
Located near the Pavilion within the grounds, croquet is available to all our guests. The equipment can be found at the Pavilion. If you need any assistance or help with the rules, our reception team are happy to help.
There are always times when the urge to have a little snack creeps up on us, and with this in mind, we encourage guests to make full use of our Pantry.
Located in the main house, and available to guests day and night, there are tea & coffee making facilities with home-made biscuits and a fridge stocked with fruit, yoghurts and milk to enjoy at your leisure.
As befits any luxurious experience, an element of pampering is essential, and at Gidleigh Park you will find it very easy to be indulged with relaxing treatments and luxurious products.
As well as our three spa bedroom suites, guests can treat themselves to a range of beauty treatments in the privacy of their own room, or our dedicated on-site treatment room. These include:
- Swedish massage
- Aromatherapy massage
- La Stone therapy (hot stone massage)
- Indian head massage
- Caudalie Vinoperfect facial
We do request that the spa and beauty treatments are booked in advance of your stay to ensure a therapist will be available.
Dog Friendly Rooms
Well behaved four-legged friends are welcomed to Gidleigh Park, as the area offers such wonderful walking, we are happy to provide some creature comforts.
Welcoming touches include dog blankets, bowls, leads and a torch for late night and early morning walks. Heated kennels are also available within the gardens.
The hotel offers three dog-friendly rooms. Choose from The Pavilion, and idyllic thatched cottage set apart from the hotel; Bellever, a king-size Master Room with a private balcony; or Lydford, a king-size Deluxe Room with a Juliet balcony.
We respectfully request that dogs do not come into the main house, and that younger dogs are housed within their own cages when staying in the rooms. This allows them to settle more easily and avoids playful accidents.
Please note, furry guests are charged at £20.00 per night (which includes the above, plus complimentary use of the kennels).
Please follow this link for full details of the accessibility of Gidleigh Park Hotel -> Accessibility.
For information about things to do a little further afield, please visit our Explore the Area page.