Fodor's Expert Review The Pig-at Combe

Off A30, Gittisham, Devon, EX14 3AD, England Fodor's Choice

Rolling parkland surrounds this stately Elizabethan manor house, which is 16 miles east of Exeter and has been converted into a hipster retreat run with energy and enthusiasm. "Fun not formality" is the guiding principle, evident from the moment you step into the grand entrance that now holds a lively bar. Public rooms have a shabby-chic coziness, with blazing fires and deep, soft sofas, while the individually decorated guest rooms are spacious and have fabulous views, as well as bathrooms equipped with roll-top baths and powerful showers. The two restaurants—including one in the garden—use produce sourced from the kitchen gardens or from within a 25-mile radius, which then create such dishes as black truffle risotto, pigeon breast, rump steak, and hake fillet. A range of treatments is offered at the Potting Shed, and you can explore nearby Gittisham, once described as "the ideal English village" by King Charles III.


  • beautiful rural surroundings
  • relaxed ambience
  • attentive but informal staff


  • rather remote
  • defiantly untraditional atmosphere not for everyone
  • food sometimes falls short




Phones: 01404-540400


31 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals

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