Combe House

[SC] Csar award in 2007

'Hospitality is a tradition here.' In rolling parkland where Arabian horses and pheasants roam free, Ken and Ruth Hunt's 'stunningly renovated' Elizabethan manor house is 'a delight'. 'The staff genuinely seem to care at all levels.' Beyond the heavy oak door, there are open log fires, 'tastefully furnished' bedrooms, and a long history. Bedrooms vary in size and decor: some country-style rooms overlook the gardens; grander rooms have antiques and family portraits. Half a mile from the main building, a new cob and thatch house (which sleeps eight) stands in woodland with fenced gardens, ancient orchards and a brook. For a couple seeking seclusion, there is a cottage with a private garden. In the candlelit restaurant, chef Hadleigh Barrett's 'excellent' dinners use ingredients from the house's Victorian kitchen garden, perhaps pink grapefruit; grilled brill with a foie gras crust, roasted garden artichokes, girolles. Breakfast has plenty of choice, including home-made yogurt, home-laid eggs; porridge with Devon cream and maple syrup is 'a wonderful, if naughty treat'. (WA, DH, and others)

  • This is hotel where hospitality seems to be a tradition. In a secret combe, it's a delight, seductively traditional inside, with more modern overtones peaking through in the gardens. We had afternoon tea in the great hall by the roaring log fire, a walk round my beloved donkey sanctuary, and after a good dinner we retired to bed warmed by hot water bottles. Lovely. I think breakfast was in need of a little shaking up that morning but we had great fun. A perfect hideaway.

    Wendy Ashworth, 02/03/2013

  • A stunning renovation of a beautiful building, with several open log fires expertly tended by the staff, as were we. Excellent food and a lovely big bedroom. A good choice for a winter break. Good circular walks from the hotel through the park grounds.

    Frances Thomas, 27/11/2012

  • Excellent. Our master bedroom was spacious, nicely decorated, well equipped; lovely view. The bed was comfortable: we appreciated the choice between blankets and duvet. Dinner was good but not outstanding; perhaps a slightly lighter touch needed. Breakfast was fine. The big plus is the service: you are made to feel welcome through your stay. Staff work well as a team. I like the way they welcome dogs, taking the dog's name when you book so that she was also greeted by name on arrival. Not cheap, but good value.

    David Hampshire, 14/10/2011

  • Beautiful setting, magnificent building, elegant rooms, spotlessly clean, memorable food. Staff; constantly there to help but unobtrusive; friendly, informed and thoroughly nice. The owners were hospitable

    CS, 06/05/2009

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Local attractions

The Eden Project
The world's largest greenhouse (biodome), with plants collected from around the world.
Castle Drogo
Behind the imposing façade, poignant family keepsakes sit alongside 17th-century tapestries.
Beer Quarry Caves
Learn about the methods used to quarry and deliver huge blocks of stone, the appalling working conditions, and the dangers faced daily by generations of local quarrymen.

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Contact Details

Combe House

Gittisham, nr Honiton Honiton Devon England EX14 3AD


01404 540400

Discount Vouchers

This hotel accepts discount vouchers which entitle readers to a 10% discount off their normal B&B rate for a single night's stay

Further Information


20, 1 in cottage, 4 in thatch house.


all year.


ramp, sitting room, Great Hall, bar, restaurant, private dining rooms, free Wi-Fi, civil wedding licence, 10-acre garden in 3,500-acre estate (helipad), only public rooms suitable for disabled.

Background music

occasionally in hall and bar.


all ages welcomed.


allowed in some bedrooms, public rooms except restaurant, a booklet of dog-friendly walks is available.

Credit cards

MasterCard, Visa.


[2014] per room B&B 220-380, D,B&B 328-488. Set dinner 54. 1-night bookings sometimes refused Fri/Sat in peak season.

DHO voucher offer

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