Gidleigh Park is one of the most highly rated small luxury country house hotels in the world. One of only a select handful of British Relais & Châteaux hotels and a designated Relais Gourmande, Gidleigh Park has received countless accolades and awards over the years.
It seems that this very special hideaway, where guests come to get away from it all and to experience Michael Caines cuisine of the highest order, just gets better and better.
The 24 individually designed and beautifully decorated hotel rooms are sumptuously furnished with all the modern conveniences you would expect from a luxury hotel whilst retaining much of their original and delicate charm.
Within the grounds you will find a tennis court, two croquet lawns, a bowling green not to mention the 18-hole championship level putting course which is open during the summer months and poses plenty of challenges for even the most experienced golfers among us.
The finest cuisine and wines
Gidleigh has long held a reputation for serving the finest cuisine alongside an exceptional list of wines. With Michael Caines at the helm since 1994, this is most definitely set to continue. Gidleigh Park has held the covetted two Michelin stars since 1999.
In 2009, Michael celebrated 15 years in the kitchens of Gidleigh, and he still cooks at the hotel on a regular basis.
Says Michael, "Dining at the highest level has always been a very special part of the Gidleigh Park experience. Our goal is to make this experience even better and more special than ever."
Gidleigh Park and ABode
The influence of Gidleigh Park is evident across the ABode group as well as at The Bath Priory. "Everything that we have achieved with Michael Caines Restaurants and ABode is based on our continued success at Gidleigh Park," says Michael. "Gidleigh Park remains at the centre of everything I do. As well as cooking regularly here, I develop all my new dishes at Gidleigh Park. My cuisine can express itself at the highest level at Gidleigh Park and something of this magic finds its way into all my restaurants even if dishes are sometimes simplified or make use of less exalted ingredients. I have Gidleigh Park trained chefs in place in all our units. Two of my talented current Executive Chefs, Ian Matfin and Tom Williams-Hawkes, both worked alongside me at Gidleigh Park for many years so they know the Gidleigh Park way of doing things intimately. Sam Moody, who is now my Head Chef at The Bath Priory, was at Gidleigh Park for four years."
Only the very best...
Gidleigh Park remains the ultimate experience. Sometimes there are those occasions when only the very best will do, when you want or need to be utterly cosseted; wish to relax in quiet, understated elegance and absolute luxury; enjoy the solitude of this majestic outpost in order to re-charge and think about the important things in life; and when you want to experience cuisine at its very highest and purest expression along with a very special bottle of wine, carefully selected from the stone-walled wine cellar.
At such times, perhaps at landmark moments in one's life, a visit to Gidleigh Park is an experience not to be missed.