Sometimes in life we are lucky enough to find a special place somewhere, that forces us to leave the hectic pace and endless schedules behind, to slow down and focus on the small but oh so important details of living.
For my wife Christina and I, that place is Gidleigh Park, when our two daughters were young and the pressure of our publishing business kept us all busy, this was our bolthole. The house and location provided the peace and tranquility which we all needed so much, and our love affair with Gidleigh Park and Devon began.
In 2005, we were delighted to became the custodians of this wonderful country house hotel, and took on the task of renewing the interiors to create an ambiance that really felt luxurious and comforting. The result of this labour of love is the Gidleigh Park that you will experience today, a wonderful historic house that fulfills and indeed we hope exceeds your expectations at every level.
The warmth of the house is further enhanced for us by the very special team of people who will welcome you, never pompous, always genuinely caring, nothing is ever too much trouble. The food here at Gidleigh Park, under the direction of Michael Wignall, proves to be incredibly impressive and we consider ourselves very privileged to have him and his team with us.
After nearly twenty years of visiting Gidleigh Park, Christina and I still feel a sense of delight each time we arrive here, it always feels like a homecoming, and we feel sure it will for you too.
We look forward to welcoming you very soon.
Andrew and Christina Brownsword
Older than the river the sea-wind Brings from West or South, the chilled and frothy bumpers that refresh Dartmoor’s granite mouth.
Older than mankind, the river swallows The tale it has to tell. Every bubble on it stares in envy at Gidleigh Park Hotel.
‘How lucky O how wise you people are’ Whisper the jostling bubbles, ‘Who know just where to pause, and rest your dreams, And raise above your troubles Such mouthfuls – for one taste the wildest river Would wash dish, glass and cutlery forever.’
Ted Hughes, Poet Laureate 1984-1998