One of England's foremost country-house hotels, Gidleigh Park occupies an enclave of landscaped gardens and streams. It's reached via a lengthy, winding country lane and private drive at the edge of Dartmoor. The extremely pricey contemporary restaurant, directed by chef Michael Caines, has been showered with culinary awards. You may see why when you dig into the Cornish salt cod with crab, chorizo, and lemon puree, one of the choices often on the prix-fixé menus (£44
for two courses at lunch, £125 for a three-course banquet at dinner). The wine list is formidable, and the locally pumped spring water is like no other. Antiques fill the long, half-timber building, built in 1928 in Tudor style; there are also 24 luxurious guest rooms.