As someone who adores the countryside and has a penchant for British eccentricity, I had been told on numerous occasions that I needed to visit Devon’s newest country house hotel Paschoe House.
The boutique venue – located 15 minutes to the North of Dartmoor – promises visitors quality service, fine dining and a place for relaxation. Sold by it’s reputation, I popped in last week for a spot of afternoon tea and a quick look around..
What is Paschoe House? A youthful country house hotel nestled in a lush Devonshire valley.
Where is it? Paschoe House is a 25 minute drive from Exeter, located in the village of Bow (Crediton, EX17 6JT).
Who should you go with? Despite it’s beautiful interiors and five star status, this is one country house hotel that doesn’t feel overtly pretentious. Providing you’re a fan of life’s little luxuries, Paschoe House is ideally suited to couples, families and groups of friends alike. When I visited for afternoon tea, I went with my Mum, but I would just as happily have visited with my partner or girlfriends.
When I was shown around the hotel by a member of the Paschoe House’ team, I was told that in the not-so-distant past the house had been filled with mood boards detailing the precise ‘look’ owner Tabitha had been hoping to achieve.
It would seem that she did a marvellous job of bringing her vision to life because you don’t have to look far to see her creative touches..
If you’re not a fan of taxidermy, you may wish to give this hotel a miss, because there is a LOT of the stuff. But if you can appreciate this vintage art form from time to time then there are plenty of fun little flourishes to enjoy (from stuffed pheasants to the occasional ostrich). Likewise, the hotel features some rather beautiful decorative floor ties and some very unique wallpaper.
The only aspect of the decor I wasn’t particularly keen on was the pale salmon colour on many of the walls. It certainly sets the place apart from other hotels I’ve visited, but I wasn’t completely sold on it. That being said, it’s nice to see that Paschoe House isn’t attempting to be a carbon copy of other establishments and is confident enough to stand out from the crowd.
Tabitha personally designed each of Paschoe House’s 14 bespoke bedrooms, which are whimsically named after British wildlife such as ‘Owl’ & ‘Squirrel’.
Chief among the rooms is ‘Stag’ – Paschoe House’s Bridal Suite. This spacious room contains a roll-top bath, a stunning four poster bed and fabulous views of the grounds. There’s also the aptly named ‘Bat’ – a cosy room with a lofty ceiling and the kind of bathroom that I could only dream of one day owning!
On New Year’s Eve my parents stayed in ‘Hedgehog’ – a cosy little room with olive green walls and a large, luxurious bathroom. Apparently, during the buildings renovation work they found an old cigarette tin in Hedgehog’s walls, containing lover letters from a servant to a previous owner of Paschoe House. What a lovely story!
Like most hotels of its kind, there are plenty of countryside strolls to take and books to read by the fire. Unfortunately, there are no spa facilities as of yet and no swimming pool. However, you can book yourself onto a number of country pursuits, such as Deer Stalking, Horse Riding and Shooting (if that’s your thing).
I haven’t personally tried lunch or dinner at Paschoe House yet but I was lucky enough to enjoy a complimentary Afternoon Tea in the Morning Room. This was beautifully presented and contained lots of little pastries, finger sandwiches and warm scones. I’ve eaten my way through a lot of afternoon teas in my time and this one was definitely up there.
What’s the damage:
A spot of afternoon at Paschoe House can be enjoyed for £25.50 per guest; while a three-course lunch starts from just £30.
If you fancy staying over night then rooms start from £150 to £360.
Paschoe House is a charming place with heaps of potential. I will certainly be back in the future to stay at the hotel and try their dinner offerings for myself. All of the staff were exceptionally polite & helpful and if you’re looking for a peaceful country retreat you won’t go far wrong with this boutique hotel.
To book your visit to Paschoe House, call their team on 01363 84244 or visit their website www.paschoehouse.co.uk