T+L Reports: Artful Lodger
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T+L Reports: Artful Lodger

In 1812, the Duchess of Bedford commissioned architect Sir Jeffrey Wyattville to erect a
rustic fishing lodge in a Devonshire valley above the river Tamar. (At the time, her family
owned a third of Devon.) Fashioned in the cottage orné style—rough oak columns,
Gothic gingerbread, shell grotto—this stone manor was recently acquired by another connoisseur
of the good life. Designer Olga Polizzi, proprietor of the Hotel Tresanton in Cornwall, has
turned the estate into the handsomely restrained, 16-room Hotel Endsleigh. Cream-hued
guest rooms overlook a mossy bend in the trout-laden stream, fires crackle in the paneled
library, mosaic tables from Milan perk up the floral-wallpapered bar. Chef Nick Shopland deftly
revamps the traditional country-house menu—his tender Dartmoor lamb with butternut-squash
fritters and Devon beef with a wild-mushroom raviolo are fit for a duchess. Milton Abbot,
Tavistock, Devon; 44-1822/ 870-000; www.hotelendsleigh.com;
doubles from $415, including breakfast.

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