“Nothing quite prepares you for the first sight of Elizabethan Combe House, with a wildly romantic Caroline interior. Set in its own park in picture-perfect Gittisham, this is one place where the idea of a special break really does live up to its promise, with luxurious rooms (including a divine cottage for two), lovely gardens and excellent food in the beautifully muralled dining room. Romance, and comfort, in spades. The hotel has no pool or spa, however.”
Written by Fiona Duncan
“Imagine a wildly romantic Grade 1 Elizabethan Manor set in 3,500 acres of one of Devon's finest country estates, close to the sea for long coastal walks, yet just a short drive from the historic city of Exeter. Beautiful Arabian horses and pheasants roam freely as you approach Combe House along a mile of winding drive. This charming country house hotel lies in Gittisham, the film location for a Rosemunde Pilcher novel and described by Prince Charles as the "Ideal English Village" with its pretty Devon cob and thatch cottages, Norman Church, babbling brook and Village Green - a timeless picture of days gone by.
Why people love Combe …The ”WOW factor” location ..and it’s so handy ie 5 mins A30,15 mins M5 exit 29 and 25 mins from heaps of
Devon’s best spots .
AND The consistent high quality of Hospitality, great food & wine with unobtrusive but friendly service by a team who love to please & love what they do.
What to do in the area:- Heaps. We’re 20 mins from Sidmouth, to Lyme Regis World Heritage Jurassic coastline, 25 mins from the wide open spaces of Dartmoor , we have walks ie Letterboxing & Guides , 25 mins from Cathedral city of Exeter, for sightseeing , shopping & restaurants .
National Trust Houses ,Castles & Gardens , Knightshayes, Killerton, A la Ronde , Castle Drogo ,Powderham Castle , Forde Abbey , Bicton Gardens .
Farm Shops & Markets , Darts Farm , the National Farm shop of the Year .
Breakfast , Full English , with all local; produce , incl Combe’s daily baked Croissants & freshly laid eggs from Combe’s own Chickens .
Other Meals . Two course Lunch & Canapes for £29 . Bar Menu from £9, Combes Full Afternoon Tea £22.50, Devon cream tea £10.
Dinner 3 course & Canapes £54 , Tasting Menu 7 courses £75.
Other Restaurants/Country pubs close by , plenty …we provide a list .
Ie ;- The Railway Inn , Honiton : The Holt Inn Honiton : The Hare & Hounds Inn ,Honiton/Sidbury: The Bird’s Nest, Chinese & the Wine Bar Honiton
Most popular Rooms . The Linen Suite , Tommy Wax Master Bedroom & Combe’s Thatch Cottage.
Message for Readers . “Somewhere different, somewhere special “ where visitors are always made most welcome .”