Sumptuous Elizabethan country house in deepest Devon

IT'S EASY TO SEE WHY Combe House simply oozes romance. Hidden deep within acres of lyrical Devon countryside, it's a magnificent Elizabethan manor. From the ancient cedar trees to the oak panelled walls, ancestral portraits, flamboyant flowers, squashy sofas and roaring log fire in the Great Hall, this serene, antique-filled house makes a wonderfully romantic getaway.

Watch the Arab horses and pheasants roam freely through the rolling 3,500 acre estate of this luxury Devon hotel as you enter the mile of winding drive. Make time to explore the scented corners of hidden gardens, and drink in timeless West Country views. Wild flowers cover the meadow in front of Combe House in springtime, and in late summer the smell of freshly-cut hay fills the air.

Sprawling bedrooms built for the aristos of times gone by mix character with 21st century comfort.Each one is individually decorated with small, quirky touches; beds are dressed with soft linens and hand-made patchwork quilts.

Hit the spot

A storybook Devonshire estate just outside Gittisham.

We loved the indulgent Linen Suite, with its incredible six foot wide copper bath.

Be savvy
It's a place to slow down, switch off and re-charge.

Be smitten
Where better for some country-house romancing?

Private walled garden

Bedding down in this sumptuous Devon hideaway is pure indulgence. Cuddle under the canopy of a four-poster bed in the Willington suite or unwind in Combe House's new Garden suite, with its lush sunken bath and private walled garden.

Dining is also to be savoured. Combe House has been named a rising Michelin Star and master chef Hadleigh Barrett makes great use of seasonal vegetables and aromatic herbs home-grown in the gardens. Tuck into pan-roasted partridge or stun the senses with a sensual trio of chocolate, and a glass of vintage Chablis.

You can work off your excesses later by striding out over the rugged open spaces of Dartmoor or strolling down the drive to the chocolate-box cob and thatch village of Gittisham – a picture of timeless Devon. Nearby you can search out hidden coves on secret beaches along the World Heritage coastline, and be sure to make time for some chilled champagne (awaiting all Room for Romance guests, with compliments) while watching the sun go down.

Combe House Hotel was reviewed for Room for Romance by Mike North



Taste the best of France whilst staying at some of the best of Devon at Combe House.

As a special offer to celebrate their 10th anniversary Combe House Hotel and Restaurant are offering a bottle of vintage Burgundy, red or white to accompany dinner in the Michelin Rising Starred restaurant. The wine will be awaiting your arrival at the grade 1 listed Elizabethan manor, nestled in 3500 acres of gorgeous Devon countryside. Book two nights dinner, bed and breakfast from Sunday to Thursday before December 18 and you can sample the good life. Prices start from GBP 244.

*Quote tenth anniversary offer on our Booking inquiry Form

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Dining in
Combe House's restaurant serves contemporary British cuisine prepared by master chefs Hadleigh Barrett and Stuart Brown. There’s a choice of three rooms to dine in: the Green Mural Restaurant, with its oriental-style walls and elegant carved stone fireplace, the warm, oak-lined Panel Room and the Pink Restaurant. Whichever you choose, you can enjoy dishes such as foie gras with duck rillette with caramelised apple and boudin noir, seared fillet of bass with sautéed fennel, saffron linguini and langoustine vierge, with perhaps a delicious custard tart with rhubarb to follow.

Dining out
Head off to The Drewe Arms at Broadhambury, or Dart’s Farm Restaurant 30 minutes away.

Combe House Restaurant

What’s cooking?
Try crab and brown shrimp tian or roast breast of Ark chicken. We loved the pineapple clafoutis with coconut ice cream.

Dress the part
Float down to dinner in your smart casual classics.

Top table?
Ask for a table in the beautifully decorated Green Mural Restaurant.

See & Do
From the estate you can walk into the pretty thatched village of Gittisham and 20 minutes away is a costal path stretching from Sidmouth to Lyme Regis, one of Dorset’s finest seaside towns. There are many country pubs to stumble upon, while the cathedral city of Exeter, just 25 minutes away, awaits exploration.


Nearby Honiton has some good antique shops. If you are in need of a serious spending spree head for Exeter, which offers a wide range of shops in a quaint English setting.

Make an evening of eating, drinking and being merry.

Sample all that Devonshire has to offer at the Devon County Show.

Gittisham, Honiton, Devon EX4 3AD

There is free guest parking.

Honiton station – four miles

Around GBP 7 from Honiton station.

Exeter airport –10 miles

Rooms and suites

13 rooms, three suites

Special features
Some rooms have four-poster beds, roll-top baths and hot tubs. Combe House has its own helipad and an eco-friendly Bath House.

There is wi-fi access throughout and DVD players in each room.


Rates guide
GBP 180 - 450

Closed for a short period at the end of January.




Minimum night stay?
Two nights at weekends.

Full breakfast is served until 10am

Room service
Available from 7am to 11pm.

Welcome if they are sharing their parents’ room. Children’s supper is served between 5-6pm.

Dogs are allowed in certain rooms.

Air conditioning

English, French, Spanish, Polish and German.

Wedding license?
Weddings are based on exclusive hire of the property if there are over 40 guests. Weddings in the house can cater for up to 100 guests, or up to 150 on the croquet lawn.

Eco conscience
All food is locally sourced, organic and seasonal. Most vegetables are from the hotel’s own vegetable garden and meat is mostly from within a five mile radius.

Your Contacts
Ruth and Ken Hunt – owners


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