Paschoe House is an imposing country house hotel in the heart of the Devon countryside. Flanked by acre after acre of rolling green countryside and farmland, the house itself stands out like a stately jewel in a crown of nature. This luxury Devon hotel brings the intimacy of a boutique hotel with the grandeur of a country manor house.
The estate dates back to the 13th century and was owned by the Hamlyn family when it was first recorded in the Domesday Book in 1611. Fast forward to the twenty-first century and a multi-million pound refurbishment later, Paschoe House now welcomes discerning guests for a luxury stay and fine dining.
The estate is situated right in the centre of Devon, six miles from Crediton. Reached via typical Devonshire country lanes, Paschoe House is somewhat isolated in the depths of the countryside. This is all part of its appeal though, and its remote location amongst acres of land makes it a popular destination for shooting parties.
Style & interiors
The interiors of the hotel combine luxurious furnishings with decor that borders on the outlandish. Walk through the entrance and guests are greeted with a grand staircase, pink walls, and a bold display of taxidermy. A nod to its reputation as a shooting hotspot, the taxidermy unashamedly takes centre stage.
In the welcoming bar area, an ostrich hovers above the fireplace, keeping a watchful eye over guests. Take a seat in the lounge area on one of the plush pink sofas with a tipple of your choosing. To your left, look out at gorgeous views over the surrounding land – to your right, a stuffed squirrel sits on the shelf. With something to see in every nook and cranny, the hotel is an eclectic mix of five star luxury with quirky idiosyncrasies.
Bedrooms follow a similar pattern of bold design and opulent furnishings. All the rooms are named after animals; we stayed in Bat on the top floor. A grand bed is framed by lavish purple and gold wallpaper. But the bathroom is what really steals the show. A giant freestanding copper bathtub sits opposite a double basin. While at the far end of the bathroom, there is an expansive double rainfall shower.
Paschoe House is, without doubt, a destination for foodies. The three-rosette restaurant serves impeccable cuisine, overseen by Head Chef James Checkley. Food comprises local produce that amplifies the flavours of the ingredients, cooked to perfection, and presented with an artistic flair.
Our culinary journey started at lunchtime, when we ordered a Caesar salad and charcuterie board to share, not wanting to go too overboard before dinner. The first bite of the Caesar salad – a traditionally simple and standard dish – gave us a taste for the cooking prowess we’d experience throughout our stay. The flavours, the texture, and the presentation were impeccable. So much so that we couldn’t resist ordering another portion!
Dinner service is kicked off with a selection of intricate canapes served on a pebbled box. To start, we had trout tartare and duck liver, followed by a lamb dish that melted in the mouth. It’s the kind of cuisine that makes your eyes roll back in your head with each bite. A delectable dessert followed along with a selection of local cheese. The final finishing touch was a plate of perfectly crafted sweet treats served in the lounge area.
Events & things to do
One of the largest draws to the hotel is the shooting days, where guests can enjoy simulated game days. A day of shooting clays is accompanied by exceptional hospitality and fine food to keep you fuelled.
Shooting aside, the hotel grounds provide plenty of outdoor entertainment. Put your croquet skills to the test out on the croquet lawn, or don your rackets for a few sets of tennis on the tennis court. Give your brain a workout with a game of giant chess, or simply sit back and relax on one of the sun loungers. There are also a number of walking trails in the area, popular with ramblers and hikers alike.
In the depths of winter, when a frosty game of croquet may not appeal, snuggle up by the roaring fireplace with a good book and a glass of wine. Or to continue the theme of food and drink, indulge in a luxury high tea. Tantalise your tastebuds with a selection of classic sandwiches, hearty scones, and delicate cakes and patisseries.
For those looking to tie the knot soon, Paschoe House provides a stunning wedding venue in the heart of the West Country. Given the hotel’s enviable setting and luxurious facilities, I can imagine that it would make the most charming and remarkable venue.
Paschoe House is quite unlike any other hotel. It brings the classic grandeur of a traditional manor house with an eccentric twist. One thing’s for sure: you’ll be blown away by the elegant and truly unforgettable food.
Find out more and book a stay at PaschoeHouse.co.uk. This post was written as a result of a one night press trip at the hotel.