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Home > England - South West > ILSINGTON COUNTRY HOUSE HOTEL, Dartmoor, Devon


At-a-Glance Guide

AA Three Silver Stars
dogs welcome
25 bedrooms incl 4 suites
bar, inn, AA 2 Rosette restaurant, dining terrace
2 lounges, conservatory
spa with hydrotherapy pool, sauna, steam, treatment rooms, gym, indoor pool,
10 acres private land, croquet
B&B from £135 for 2
Check in / out: 2pm / 11am



This handsome property was built in the 1890s for a group of surgeons, and was used as a convalescence home until the early 1900s, when it became a hotel.


The hotel - South West Tourism's Spa and Wellness Experience 2017 Gold Winner - is owned and managed by the Hassell family, who purchased it in 1998. It is a family-friendly hotel and welcomes children of all ages. Dogs are also welcome.


Yes, if you enjoy peaceful surroundings - the hotel sits in 10 private acres inside the boundaries of Dartmoor National Park and within sight of the spectacular Haytor Rocks.
Yes if you enjoy traditional values: the emphasis here is on traditional hospitality, comfort, award-winning food and, above all, friendly staff.
And yes, if you are looking for a family-friendly hotel. Children may use the pool for 8-10am and 4-7pm every day; there are 11 acres of gardens to explore, outdoor games and indoor games and puzzles. As well, local tennis courts and play areas are a five-minute walk away. There is free wi-fi throughout.
The hotel is licensed to hold civil ceremonies.


Two comfortable, spacious lounges and the conservatory sun-lounge make relaxing indoors an inviting option.

The hotel's two AA rosette Devon restaurant has beautiful views of the surrounding countryside, and serves breakfast and dinner as well as 2- or 3-course Sunday lunches. The regularly changing, diverse menu is inspired by seasonal, fresh, quality Devonshire produce, and offers a balance between traditional classics and contemporary dishes.

The Blue Tiger Inn bar area serves morning coffee, drinks, snacks and lighter-meal options.

Devonshire cream tea featuring home-made scones, clotted cream and strawberry jam, with a champagne version available, is served on the lawn.

There are 25 guest bedrooms: six Standard rooms, eight Country rooms, two single rooms, two Superior rooms, three Deluxe rooms and four Suites. All rooms have panoramic views of the surrounding Dartmoor landscape. All are en suite and feature tea/coffee making facilities, complimentary bottled water, 26" flat-screen TV with freeview, Mulben and Fearne toiletries, bathrobes. Deluxe rooms and Suites have digital radio with an iPod dock.
Most rooms have duck-down feather duvets and pillows - when booking, please advise of any allergies.
Only the ground-floor basic-level Standard rooms and two of the suites on the first-floor rooms (one of them a Suite can accommodate dogs. (See below for details of pet charges.)

Standard rooms are on the ground floor and available with twin beds or a double bed. Please use the BOOK NOW button or the MAKE AN ENQUIRY button below for a price quote for your stay.

Country rooms are more spacious and on the first floor, and again are available with twin beds or a double bed. Please use the BOOK NOW button or the MAKE AN ENQUIRY button below for a price quote for your stay.

Superior rooms are also more spacious, and available with twin beds or a double bed. These rooms can accommodate an extra bed or cot (at no extra charge) for children under 16. Please use the BOOK NOW button or the MAKE AN ENQUIRY button below for a price quote for your stay.

The beautifully furnished Deluxe rooms with luxury bathrooms are the hotel's newest. There is one double and one twin room in this category on the second floor; both are air-conditioned and each features a roll top bath plus a walk-in shower. There is also a large Deluxe on the first floor; it has a king-size bed and features a high-spec shower with jets and steam facility, but no batrhtub. Please use the BOOK NOW button or the MAKE AN ENQUIRY button below for a price quote for your stay.

Ideal for families or those seeking more space, the Suites at the Ilsington have a bedroom and a sitting room with a TV in each; there is also a playstation. Two suites have the option of twin beds or a double bed. Please use the BOOK NOW button or the MAKE AN ENQUIRY button below for a price quote for your stay.

All room rates include breakfast, full use of the Spa facilities, free Wi-Fi, service and VAT.

Children under 16 years of age can only be accommodated in Superior rooms (maximum 1 child) or Suites (maximum 2 children). The rate for these rooms includes the use of cot or extra bed, which must be ordered in advance, and breakfast for the children. All other meals are charged as extra. Please ensure you have reserved one of these rooms if travelling with children.
Children aged 16 or over can be accommodated in their own room at a 25% discount.

Children's meals are available in the Blue Tiger Inn and served all day. Children are welcome to eat with you in the main Restaurant for dinner, however we do ask for consideration of other diners.

£8 per dog per night

Rate includes dog treats and a comfy dog bed, plus a sign for the room door advising that a pet is in residence.
Please note that dogs are not allowed in our public areas, with the exception of the conservatory/sun lounge. Dogs are most welcome to use our grounds but we request that dogs are controlled on leads, out of consideration for small children, other guests and our flock of hens who are busy laying for your breakfast!

CANCELLATION POLICY: We operate a 7 day cancellation policy for online bookings. Should the need arise please cancel directly with the hotel by phone. Failure to comply with the cancellation policy will result in the full charge for your stay, unless we are able to re-let your accommodation.

The boutique Spa is a peaceful, tranquil haven, with a mood-lit 4. x 3m 5hydrotherapy pool, steam rooms and a sauna as well as an 11 x 5m heated indoor pool, kubel douche (cool bucket-tip) poolside shower, a well-equipped fitness suite and three treatment rooms.
Treatments, which are subject to availability and should be booked in advance, include Ilsington's signature Tibetan Massage, plus two of innovative French brand Caudalie's facials and their relaxing and Nourishing Body Wrap.

The hotel's extensive gardens feature a croquet lawn.
On Dartmoor you can join one of the hotel's organised walks led by an experienced guide, or visit one of the National Park Visitor Centres, which stock a wide selection of walking guides, books and maps. For cyclists, Dartmoor has everything you could wish for - safe, traffic-free trails, quiet forest tracks, challenging bridleways and historic rural lanes to enjoy at your own pace.
If you choose to be on horseback, you can ride out across common land on the open moor and trot along woodland trails and bridleways; or follow the historic byways, linking towns and villages, that were used by medieval traders. Dartmoor has first-class stables offering you a good horse, tuition and an experienced guide.
Many of Dartmoor's famous granite tors offer groups and individual climbers challenging routes and exciting bouldering opportunities, in some of the south west's wildest country.
Ask at the hotel for details of other outdoor pursuits that you can experience in this magnificent National Park.

For a heavenly Devon wedding, Ilsington, with its glorious countryside setting, first-class service and award-winning food, has the components for perfection.
The hotel is licensed to hold civil ceremonies, and can for smaller, intimate weddings with up to 60 guests. For larger weddings, over and above 60 people, the hotel can be booked exclusively for your special day. With use of the lounges, restaurant and Hound Tor Suite, along with the grounds of the hotel, you can have the wedding of your dreams. Maximum numbers are:
formal dining up to 120
plus an extra 30 for an evening function.
And if you are looking for the perfect venue for an exclusive private party - perhaps to celebrate a christening, a birthday or a wedding anniversary, again the Ilsington can cater for all your needs on that special day.
Please use the Make an Enquiry button below to request further information or a wedding brochure.

With its convenient location, extensive grounds, scenic countryside setting and proximity to Dartmoor's open moorland and tors for outdoor activities; its choice of two versatile, well-appointed meeting rooms accommodating up to 100 delegates, several additional smaller conference rooms for between 2 and 25 delegates, plus several break-out rooms for even smaller group sessions; its team of experienced conference organisers; its separate dining areas and award-winning two rosette restaurant, Ilsington Country House Hotel is an outstanding conference venue for businesses seeking to inform, inspire or motivate colleagues or conference delegates, hold team-building sessions or host corporate events.

Day delegate rates start at £38; 24-hour rates are from £135. These rates include conference equipment, Wi-fi, bottled still and sparkling water, coffee and biscuits, as well as other little touches to make your meeting run as smoothly as possible.

The largest is the Hound Tor Suite, which can accommodate 100 in theatre configuration, 50 in a classroom configuration, 45 when set up in a U-shape and 40 in a boardroom configuration. It will seat 100 for a banquet.
Next largest is the Haytor Room, which seats 60 in theatre configuration, 20 in classroom configuration, and 30 in a U-shape or boardroom configuration.
The smaller Kestor Room, seats 20 in theatre configuration, and 15 in classroom, boardroom or U-shape settings. It will seat 20 for a banquet.
The Library is the most intimate meeting room and will accommodate 15 in theatre configuration, and 10 when set up as a classroom or boardroom. This room can seat 12 for a banquet.

Please use the Make an Enquiry button below to request further information or discuss your requirements.

Ilsington is four miles from the A38 (which is a continuation of the M5). It is 20 minutes by car from Exeter, 35 minutes from Plymouth. Bristol is 1.5 hours/90 miles, Birmingham 3 hours/180 miles and London 3.5 hours/210 miles away.

It is recommended that you do not use satellite navigation to find the hotel after leaving the A38, as most such systems take the most direct route down typically very narrow lanes, and the hotel is on an unmarked road.
The recommended route is as follows:
Shortly after Exeter, the A38 divides: take the right-hand fork in the direction of Plymouth.
After approximately 12 miles, take the exit for Newton Abbot, Bovey Tracey and Moretonhampstead. This is the also the exit to take if you are driving in the opposite direction, from Plymouth.
Take the third turning off the roundabout, the first if coming from Plymouth, towards Liverton and Ilsington. Follow this road for approximately 4 miles to the village of Ilsington.
Go past the village sign at the top of the hill and continue along the road for 500 metres. The hotel is located on your right-hand side and has a large car park at the front, with one space for disabled guests.
There is level access to the front door. Six guestrooms are on the ground floor; the remainder are reached by a lift adjacent to the reception area.

The nearest railway station is Newton Abbot, which is on the main Paddington to Penzance train line. It is approximately 8 miles from there to the hotel, and taxis are available at the station.

PLEASE NOTE There is no public transport to Ilsington.

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