Tucked away in the Tamar Valley, on the border between Devon and Cornwall is an unlikely Scottish inspired retreat known as The Hotel Endsleigh. A 5* luxury hideaway surrounded by 100 acres of beautifully and intricately landscaped gardens, this place is the epitome of a romantic country style hotel. Currently owned and designed by the hotelier and interior designer Olga Polizzi, the hotel contains individually decorated rooms including decor that ranges from shabby chic to eclectic elegance. Part of the Polizzi Collection, three sophisticated and opulent English hotels – Hotel Tresanton in Cornwall, The Hotel Endsleigh and the newest addition The Star in Sussex.
Hotel Endsleigh was originally built in 1812 for the Duke and Duchess of Bedford, and it was the Duchess’ Scottish ties that resulted in the ‘highland effect’ that is present throughout the space. The Duchess, Georgiana Russell originated from highland nobility and made sure to import Scottish tradesman to facilitate in creating the cosy haven and breath-taking gardens that would remind her of her childhood home.
The Grade I listed gardens were initially designed by Humphry Repton and was one of his last commissions. The lively parklands contain surprising grottos, radiant floral arches, ancient woodlands and a shell house. They are wildly romantic and lend themselves to the harmony and sentiment of ‘getting away from it all’ that you have at the Hotel Endsleigh.
The hotel itself is decorated with the impression you have stepped back in time, as Olga has retained much of the traditional period design but with a modern touch. The rooms are styled with a mix and match of some antique and contemporary pieces that add a sense of charm and allure. Original oak floors are teamed with plush seating that feels homely and restful and with the addition of a roaring fireplace you truly are able to relish in the stillness of the space.
Communal areas have the guests ease in mind, such as the boot room which hosts some hunter wellies to use as you explore the gardens or the library, which invites you to make yourself at home with stacks of books to enjoy or some board games to play. Rooms are separately decorated with the outdoor landscape at the heart of the design, hand stencilled wallpaper, muted colour tones and old-fashioned wood panelled walls produce an ambience that is idyllic and inviting.
The Hotel Endsleigh encourages you to relax, de-connect to the stress of everyday life and take a moment to simply stop and unwind. The traditional elegance that is highlighted throughout the space is comfortingly delightful and combined with the exuberant and lustrous gardens you truly have a sense of stepping back in time.